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8th Dortmund Symposium of Empirical Educational Research „What Competencies Should Today's School Teach for Tomorrow's Society?“

Start: 15.06.2023, 10:30 a.m.

End: 15.06.2023, 17:30 p.m.

8th Dortmund Symposium on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the IFS

The Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS) at TU Dortmund University is organizing the 8th Dortmund Symposium of Empirical Educational Research on June 15, 2023 on the occasion of the institute's 50th anniversary on the topic "What competencies should the school of today teach for the society of tomorrow?". During the event, theoretical approaches and current findings from competence research will be presented and discussed, addressing the question of which future-oriented competencies can be identified and how they can be successfully promoted in the context of school education. The aim is to bring together research approaches and findings from the perspective of different disciplines and to derive implications – in terms of content and methodology – for research and educational practice.

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We are pleased to welcome distinguished researchers to Dortmund to exchange views on current research findings and debates in a discursive, interdisciplinary format. In addition to the invited speakers, selected young researchers will have the opportunity to present their work in the form of posters and spotlights. Ministries, state institutes and foundations are also invited.

We are especially looking forward to celebrating the institute's 50th anniversary with you during the conference.


The 8th Dortmund Symposium of Empirical Educational Research will be hosted in presence. You can reach the conference team at the following e-mail address:

The conference fee is 79,00€. The registration for the conference requires two steps: first you have to register as a user at ConfTool, afterwards the registration for the symposium is possible.

We are looking forward to your registration!

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.