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Digital con­fe­rence program – June 24th, 2021

6th Dortmund Symposium on Empirical Educational Research „Optimizing School Educational Processes – What works?“

Publication volume of the con­fe­rence

Cover des Herausgeberwerks 6. Dort­mun­der Symposium der Empirischen Bil­dungs­for­schung: „Optimierung schulischer Bildungsprozesse – What works? “ © Waxmann

An edited volume has been published for the con­fe­rence, more in­for­mation can be found here.



Opening of the conference

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany (Executive Director of the IFS)

Welcoming speeches

Prof. Dr. Sabine Hornberg (Dean of the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Educational Research)
MinDirig. Dr. Stefan Luther (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

Plenary lecture: Optimizing school educational processes - What works?

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein (Eberhard Karls University Tübingen)

Brief commentaries from the perspectives of educational sociology, and teaching methodology

Prof. Dr. Mirjam Steffensky (University Hamburg)
Prof. Dr. Isabell van Ackeren (University Duisburg-Essen)

and plenary discussion
12:30 Lunch break and Poster exhibition by junior researchers
13:30 Poster award donated by Waxmann Publishing Co.

Spotlights by junior researchers

Dr. Julia Frohn (Humboldt-University Berlin and Goethe-University Frankfurt)
with commentaries by
Prof. Dr. Silke Hertel (Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg)

Maximilian Knogler (TU Munich)
with commentaries by
Prof. Dr. Alexander Kauertz (University Koblenz-Landau)

Dr. Sebastian Röhl (Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg)
with commentaries by
Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn (DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education)

Nadine Sonnenburg (TU Dortmund University)
with commentaries by
Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt (LIfBi - Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories)

Hot Topic Study: Fachintegrierte Leseförderung Bayern (FiLBY)

Prof. Dr. Anita Schilcher (University Regensburg)

and plenary discussion
15:00 Coffee break

Topic statement: Making the results of intervention research useful for science and practice

Prof. Dr. Elmar Souvignier (Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster)

and plenary discussion

Controversial Statements: "Potentials and limits: Laboratory vs. field research"

Focus field research Prof. Dr. Harm Kuper (Freie Universität Berlin)

Fokus laboratory research Prof. Dr. Claudia von Aufschnaiter (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen)

and plenary discussion

Podium and “Ask the Expert” with all con­fe­rence experts


Closing Ceremony


Cafeteria menus

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.