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

Conference program – 15th June 2023


Opening of the con­fe­rence

Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany (Executive Director of the IFS)
Prof. Dr. Manfred Bayer (Rektor TU Dortmund)

Welcoming speech

MinDirig Dr. Stefan Luther (BMBF)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Hornberg (Dean of the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Educational Research)
Prof. Dr. Holger Horz (IFS Chairman of the Advisory Board)

Plenary lecture: „What competencies should the school of today teach for
for the society of tomorrow?

Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller (Executive Scientific Director IPN Kiel)

Brief commentaries from the perspectives of educational science and didactics
Prof. Dr. Petra Stanat (Director IQB Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Krauss (University Regensburg)

and plenary discussion

Lunch break, poster exhibition of the junior researchers and election of the best poster


Poster award donated by Waxmann Publishing Co.


Spotlights by junior researchers

Dr. Lisa Bäulke (Eberhard Karls University Tübingen)
Dr. Franziska Baier-Mosch (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Dr. Sarah Rau-Patschke (University Duisburg-Essen)

with commentaries by

Prof. Dr. Ilonca Hardy (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt)
Prof. Dr. Johannes König (University of Cologne)
Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt (GESIS)

Hot Topic Study: „VISIT-Math

Prof. Dr. Tina Seidel (TU Munich)

and plenary discussion


Coffee break


Topic statements: „What competencies should schools teach in the future?

„Noncognitive competencies“
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Gräsel (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

„Social competencies“
Prof. Dr. Hermann Josef Abs (University Duisburg-Essen)

„Competencies in a digital society“
Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt (Director LIfBi)

and plenary discussion


Ask the Expert“ with all con­fe­rence experts


Champagne reception


Speech on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the IFS

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

Moderated panel discussion with former and affiliated professors

Prof. em. Dr. Hans-Günter Rolff
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bos i. R.
Prof. Dr. Heinz Günter Holtappels i. R.
Prof. Fani Lauermann, PhD

Buffet and live music

The program of the main conference is also available for download here (German).

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.