Call for papers

Key topics

Service Learning in teaching & research: innovative concept of the committed campus
  • Understanding, objectives and impacts of Service Learning
  • Different disciplinary approaches to Service Learning
  • Service Learning in contrast and comparison to other higher education perspectives (such as education for sustainable development, open educational resources, problem-based learning)
  • Skills development through Service Learning for students, teachers and people with real-world experience
  • Students as (critical) citizens
  • Civic commitment at higher education facilities (third mission)
  • Deinstitutionalisation, transformative learning and research
Service Learning from a practical perspective: specific effects in and for society
  • Examples and experience arising from cooperation with people with real-world experience and from addressing local or cross-regional topics through Service Learning
  • Challenges in integrating Service Learning into higher education and specific solutions, e.g. to curricular, legal and qualification-relevant issues
  • Paving the way for new cooperation and joint projects

Format of the submissions

Presentations and colloquium for PhD students

Students will have 25 minutes to present their theoretical/conceptual and/or empirical contributions (15 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for a discussion).


Workshops are held to work through clearly defined questions with the participants. The workshop facilitator may start by providing some motivation (max. 10 minutes) with a view to developing the skills and experience of the participants. Each workshop lasts for 60 minutes and is planned for a group size of max. 15 people.

Stalls on the marketplace

The pivotal part of the conference is the marketplace, a lively meeting point for all participants to engage in active discussions during breaks and beyond. On Saturday afternoon, the marketplace will even spring “Into Action”. Project ideas can be “declared”, allowing interested parties from higher education facilities and civil society to partner up, flesh out ideas and discuss next steps. The “stalls” are used to present and discuss current or future projects in diverse, open formats — e.g. as a poster to look at and enquire about, through videos on laptops or using storytelling.

Contributions must be submitted by 31 January 2021

Abstracts must be submitted in a length of 350 words with reference to the planned format. The submission deadline is 31 January 2021. Abstracts must be submitted together with contact details to

You will find out whether your abstract has been accepted by the end of February 2021. You will have the opportunity to expand your abstract into a fully-fledged publication contribution to be published in the conference proceedings. Information will be provided in due course.

You can view the call for papers as a PDF here.