Day 1: September 19th

 9.00 – 16.00   Registration at City hotel Ljubljana 
 10:00 – 12:00  Board meeting
 10:00  – 12:00  PhD Session (Optional pre-conference)
 12:00 – 15:00   School visits:

  • Primary School Ledina 
  • Primary School Toneta Čufarja 
  • Secundary School for hairstyling 
 16:00  START OF THE CONFERENCE at City hotel, walk to the Ljubljana Castle
 17:00 – 18:30 

Keynote lecture 1: 

 Slavko Gaber and Veronika Tašner at the Ljubljana Castle  

Education leaders and the age of transition

Slavko Gaber is associate professor at the Faculty of Eduction – University of Ljubljana. His fields of expertise cover sociology of education (equity, equality, social inclusion…) and education policy studies (power and education; education reforms and organisation; quality assesment and assurance in education…).

Veronika Tašner is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Eduction – University of Ljubljana. Her Research areas are: meritocracy and education, equity and equality in education, comparative education, gender and education, sociology of family, violence and school, future of education and public, private education.

 18:30 – 19:30   Welcome reception of the Municipality of Ljubljana  in the Upper Lapidarium at the Ljubljana Castle 

Day 2: September 20th



9:00 – 9.30 


Opening remarks 

9:30  – 11:00

Keynote lecture 2: 

 Pierre Tulowitzki at the City hotel  

Can Schools Keep Up With The Digital Revolution? Insights About The Use Of ICT In Schools

Over the past decades, digital media and ICT have become a part of virtually all aspects of our collective professional and private lives. They have also had an increasingly stronger impact on schools and schooling. There is strong evidence that the school principal plays a key role in the school organization on a general level. Similarly, there is ample evidence from research outside of education that ICT can have a profound impact on workflows, management, communication and coordination processes. Yet, our knowledge regardinghow school principals use digital media to support leadership and management activities is very limited. Likewise, not much is known about the role digital media can play in school improvement. Using evidence from current research, this keynote will shed light into the use of ICT in schools, especially on the organizational level. Among others, this keynote will address the following questions:

What do we know about the use of ICT in schools?

What are benefits and dangers of ICT in schools?

How can school leaders support an effective use of ICT in schools?

Pierre Tulowitzki is an assistant professor at the Ludwigsburg University of Education (LUE) in Germany. He is the Head of the Department of International Educational Leadership and Management as well as the German Director of the International Education Management Program, an international master’s program that is offered in collaboration with the Helwan University, Egypt (

Pierre has conducted, published and presented research on a vast array of topics from the realm of educational leadership and school improvement. In recent years, he has studied the effects of educational networks, the preparation and professional development of school leaders as well as issues around the use of ICT in schools. Through workshops, lectures and conferences, he works together with schools to navigate educational change. He serves as a board member of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) and as the Link Convenor of the Educational Leadership Network of the European Educational Research Association (EERA).


11:00 – 11:30


Coffee Break


11.30 – 13:00


Parallel Session 1


13.00 – 14:30




14:30 – 15:30


Poster Session 


15:00  – 16:30


Parallel Session 2 




Free afternoon: Exploring the city … Visiting … Networking ….



Day 3: September 21st

9:00  – 10:30

Keynote lecture 3:

Kris Van den Branden at the City hotel  

Pushing innovation forward: can it be done? 

In numerous publications, far-reaching ideas have been launched with regard to the innovation of education, in an effort to make sure that young people growing up today develop the key competences they need to fully participate in society today and tomorrow. Many of these innovations have been launched by educational researchers and experts, international educational organisations, ministries of education and policy makers. But what does it take to bring these innovations (whether they pertain to curriculum reform, the integration of modern technology, or other aspects of school organisation) to the floor? What does it take for teachers to change and to optimize what they are doing? In my presentation I will try to identify the truly useful and essential innovations that are required, and the key factors that determine the success of innovations in schools. 

Kris Van den Branden is a professor of linguistics and the head of the language teacher education department at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven. At the same university he is the academic promoter of the Centre for Language and Education. He is the author of the book “Rethinking schools and renewing energy for learning (Routledge Publishing), and has published several articles on innovation in education.

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12:30 Parallel Session 3
12.30 – 14:00  Lunch 
14:00 – 15:30 Parallel Session 4
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Round table discussion and Plenary feedback 
Election of new Board member
Closing the conference and  ENIRDELM 2020 Conference announcement
17: 00 – 18:00 ENIRDELM board meeting

Social programme on Sunday, 9:30 – 12:30: 

Discover Ljubljana in the company of licensed knowledgeable guide. Visit the main attractions and discover Roman Legacy, medieval town, baroque monuments, Art Noveau buildings and the masterpieces of Jože Plečnik. Admire the unique landscape at the doorstep of Ljubljana on Ljubljana Marshes:

  • 1h walking tour around Ljubljana City Center and
  • 2h boat ride with wooden boat on Ljubljanica river through the City center and to the The Ljubljana Marshes, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.