EDEN PHD Symposium



Attend EDEN PHD Symposium and take advantage to present your research to established researchers in the field




We cordially invite you to join us at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI), University of Zagreb to attend EDEN PHD SYMPOSIUM that will be held on October 8, 2020 in co-organization of University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics and European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN). The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019), Dublin (2019) and Temisoara (2020) has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students doing research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, providing a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts.


Call for presentations

Current doctoral students in the field of e-learning or educational technology are encouraged to submit short abstracts to present an overview of their research at the PhD Student Symposium. Proposals related to the conference theme topics are especially welcomed. We do encourage to reflect upon how your research may contribute to one of the conference theme topics. PhD students are currently engaged in doctoral research, i.e. have had their research proposals approved but have not yet defended their thesis. Priority will be given to students who already have collected data. The abstract should be in English and contain: 1. a 300-350-word description of the state of their research (including research title, research objectives/questions and methodology) and 2. a problem they would like to address in the symposium.

PhD students are invited to submit abstracts before 15th September 2020 using this form. The panel of international experts will review the abstracts and select students to participate.  Authors will need to prepare a short presentation (between 5-10 slides) for the symposium. Symposium presenters will receive a certificate. The language of the symposium is English.


  • Open call for presentations: 15th September 2020 
  • Publication of PhD Student Symposium programme: 1 October 2020
  • Submission of participant presentations: 1 October 2020
  • PhD Student Symposium: 8th October 2020

Deadline for Abstract Submission - 15th September 2020 midnight CEST


The selected students will give a brief presentation (between 5-10 slides) which can include one or two questions for the expert panel and/or other students. The presentation is limited to maximum of 10 minutes. At the end of each presentation, there will be a group discussion, approximately 15-20 minutes per presentation, to comment, discuss the questions raised and/or offer research advice.


The PhD Student Symposium is an open-invitation event for all PhD students and their supervisors working in the field of e-learning or educational technology. It is aimed at current doctoral students enrolled in any university, both full-time and part-time. We encourage you to take this opportunity to network with fellow researchers, discuss your research, and receive feedback from international experts and your peers.


All applications must be sent via this form by the 31st July deadline. The list of successful applicants and the final programme will be made public after 1st October 2020.
Please use this template when submitting your application.
In addition to submitting an application to the PhD Symposium, PhD students are also welcome to send submissions to the Annual Conference.


Meet our team

Our team includes established researchers in the field.


Josep M Duart, EDEN Vice-president for research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

Committee Members:

  • Airina Volungeviciene, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Alan Tait, Professor Emeritus of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, UK
  • Wim Van Petegem, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
  • Sarah Guri-Rosenblit, The Open University of Israel, Israel
  • Albert Sangra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Igor Balaban, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Varaždin
  • Dragutin Kermek, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics, Varaždin


If you have any queries, or for further information, please contact us by email  eden@foi.unizg.hr