Invitation to the International Conference "Challenges for High Quality of Adult Education"

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The Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia and the National Library of Latvia (NLL) invites to participate the International Conference "Challenges for High Quality of Adult Education". The Conference will take place on 30 May, 2017 in NLL's Ziedonis Hall (Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga). The conference will bring together experts, practitioners, policy makers and researchers in the field of adult education. The conference is intended as a forum to share experience and knowledge across Europe.

The opening of the conference: 9.30.

Opening speeches:

  • Kārlis Šadurskis - Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia
  • Andris Vilks - Director, National Library of Latvia

Non-formal adult education is a part of Lifelong Learning and is able to provide a wide range of competences required by today’s knowledge society. To be effective it requires quality to ensure education that leads to better competence acquisition for new opportunities either in life or at work.

Representatives from European Commission, Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Welfare and Ministry of Economics, local governments, universities, adult education providers, libraries, NGO's and different adult education institutions are invited to participate in the conference.

The conference organizing committee welcomes any contribution to the scientific publication that will advance our understanding of the prerequisites for effective adult education policy and practice in order to increase participation and ensure lifelong competence development.  

The Conference is free of charge. The conference language is English and Latvian. Simultaneous translation will be provided. The submitted papers will be reviewed by the members of the scientific committee, the conference proceedings will be published and electronically, and also submitted for scientific indexation.

We are particularly interested to receive papers that focus on the following themes:

  1. Quality in non-formal adult education.
  2. Professional competence of adult educator.
  3. Governance of adult education.
  4. Andragogy - challenge to librarian’s competence.
  5. Support to adult learning.

Participants can apply for the Conference HERE.

Requirements for submission of abstracts

1 page abstracts should be submitted clearly highlighting contribution of the research, methodology and key results (max. 400 words). Both empirical and conceptual papers are welcome.

Abstracts have to be submitted electronically in English or in Latvian. Submit your abstract and fill in the forms in English HERE.

Following the peer review process, notifications about the acceptance of the papers will be sent to the authors.

The authors of the accepted papers will receive an invitation to submit a full paper for the Proceedings of the Conference. The full paper length is 6 – 12 pages.


Abstracts should be submitted by March 25, 2017.

Notification of acceptance, will be forwarded to authors by April 5, 2017.

Full papers should be submitting by May 30, 2017.

Registration deadline for the participation in the conference is May 15, 2017.

Conference scientific committee

Dr. philol. Ilze Kangro
Dr. philol. Yanka Totseva (Bulgaria)
Dr. paed. Andra Fernāte
Dr. oec. Tatjana Volkova
Dr. sc. admin. Silvija Kārkliņa
Dr. philol. Sandra Kraže
Dr. philol. Jana Dreimane
Dr. geog. Inese Stūre
PhD Anita Jākobsone
Dr. paed. Ilze Ivanova
PhD Ramona Camelia Silvestru (Romania)
PhD Dalia Siaulytiene (Lithuania)

Conference organizing committee

Evija Papule, Ministry of Education and Science, Deputy State secretary – Director of Education Department
Dzintra Mukāne, National Library of Latvia, Executive director
Silvija Kārkliņa, Project "National Coordinators for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning" manager
Andra Šēnberga, Project "National Coordinators for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning" quality expert
Daina Jāņkalne, Project "National Coordinators for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning" communication coordinator
Ilze Seipule, Project "EPALE National Support Services (NSS)" manager
Sarmīte Pīlāte, Project "National Coordinators for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning" activities coordinator


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Conference has been funded with support from the European Commission. Project "National Coordinators for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning" (Grant No. 2015-2772/001-001). This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.