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Events at IFS

The IFS offers two differently oriented conferences each year: The Dortmund Symposium of Empirical Educational Research and the IFS-Education Dialogue. Both deal with annually changing focal topics that come from different disciplinary perspectives. In addition, at the end of the Dortmund Symposium, controversial topics will be the focus of pointed discussions.


22.09.2022 6th IFS-Education Dialogue „Learning in and for School in the Age of Digitality – Opportunities and Challenges for Teachers, Classes and Learners“
15.06.2023 8th Dortmund Symposium of Empirical Educational Research on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the IFS: „What Competencies Should Today's School Teach for Tomorrow's Society?“
Geschwungene, schwarze und grüne Linie, sowie ein schwarzer Schriftzug des Veranstaltungnamens DO Symposium EBF

The Dortmund Symposium of Empirical Educational Research addresses researchers in particular and provides for an intensive exchange between the disciplines in that all presentations - main lecture, short comments, study presentations, topic statements - are accompanied by plenary discussions. In addition, selected young researchers will also have the opportunity to present their work in the form of short lectures and posters.

Sprechblase und schwarzer Schriftzug des Veranstaltungnamens IFS-Bildungsdialog

The IFS Education Dialogue focuses on the exchange of actors from education policy, education administration, education practice and education research. The main lecture will be supplemented by three key topics, each with impulses from educational practice and research. The event concludes with a plenary discussion introduced by a keynote lecture, in which the perspectives of representatives from politics, administration, academia and civil society are brought together.

Schwarzer Schriftzug Ringvorlesung und darüber das Logo der Veranstaltung als ein schwarz-blauer Kreis

Every summer semester the IFS organises the Lecture series, which is open to the public and deals with various current topics in education and school development research. Due to its interactive format, the lecture series enables interdisciplinary exchange on the respective focus topic and gives students and staff the opportunity to discuss with renowned researchers.

Logo Virtual Keynote Series mit Bildschirm und Wlan-Symbol

The IFS Virtual Keynote Series, the Institute organizes an annual digital event in winter dedicated to significant topics in empirical educational research. Excellent international researchers present their current research results and discuss them with the plenum, consisting of students, university members and interested guests from the scientific community.

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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.