Finnish Conference on Vocational and Professional Education Research

Turku University of Applied Sciences has the great honor to organize the Finnish Conference on Vocational and Professional Education Research in Turku, Finland, on 11–12 November, 2021. The theme of the congress is “Practice-based pedagogy as the promoter of sustainability knowledge, skills and attitudes”.

The link to the abstract submission system is now open (Finnish only, English version in the week 25.)

There will be four theme sessions organized during the seminar days. In the sessions, ongoing and latest research and development activities on university of applied sciences (UAS) and vocational education are handled. We accept abstracts on the theme subjects listed below, written in Finnish, English or Swedish. The majority of sessions will be in Finnish, but for English and Swedish language presentations we will organize separate sessions.

Based on the accepted abstracts there will be presentations and discussions on how to advance knowledge, skills, and attitudes on sustainability with help of practice-based pedagogy. In the abstracts, different viewpoints of the main theme with an emphasis on sustainability skills as the target of education should be presented. The abstracts should also handle the theme areas through practice-based pedagogy solutions and practices.

* Sustainability competence and teaching in vocational upper secondary education

* Sustainability competence and teaching in UAS education

* Sustainability skills/competence as occupational proficiency

* Best practices in advancing sustainability in vocational education

* Teacher as a promoter of sustainability

* Eco-social development/knowledge as the target of education

* Sustainable models of thinking and operations in education

* Transformative learning and the challenges of sustainability learning

* The role of vocational and UAS education as the protector of natural diversity

* Environmental contents in vocational and UAS education

* Staff know-how/competence related to sustainability

* Towards a sustainable future with management of education

* UN sustainable development goals in vocational and UAS education

* Open theme with connection to sustainability in education: Social, environmental, economic and ethical aspects


Registration for the Finnish Conference on Vocational and Professional Education Research


The conference is organized as a hybrid event, therefore online participation is also possible.


The registration fees for onsite participants include attendance in the conference programme, meals and refreshments at lunch and coffee breaks, as well as the evening programme on Thursday, 11 October 2021. The fee also includes access to the virtual conference platform and its materials, where the lecture recordings are available to participants for two weeks after the conference.


The online participation fees include attendance in the virtual conference programme through a virtual conference platform where you can follow the common sections of the conference programme, i.e. opening and closing sections, keynote and invitation lectures, panel discussion and part of the evening program. In addition, at least one of the four parallel sessions (1-4) will be opened to online participants. Lecture recordings are available to participants for two weeks after the conference.


All presentations of accepted abstracts as well as special sessions will be physically held at the conference venue, provided that the performers and facilitators are also present.


Link to the virtual event platform will be sent to participants closer to the conference.


Register now and take advantage of early bird registration fees (valid until 14 October 2021)!


Registration fees


Early bird fees
(until 14.10.2021)
Late fees
(15.10.2021 onwards)
Participant: 2 days 370 EUR 395 EUR
Participant: 1 day 240 EUR 265 EUR
Student: 2 days * 185 EUR 200 EUR
Student: 1 day * 125 EUR 140 EUR
OTTU ry member: 2 days ** 360 EUR 385 EUR
OTTU ry member: 1 day ** 230 EUR 255 EUR
Online participation 240 EUR 240 EUR
Online participation – student * 125 EUR 125 EUR
Online participation – OTTU ry member ** 230 EUR 230 EUR


All fees include VAT 24 %.


* Students are asked to provide a student certificate on the registration form.
Membership will be reviewed.


Register via online conference registration form


Methods of payment


1) Credit card payment
2) Online bank payment (Finnish/Scandinavian banks)

3) PDF invoice (payment with bank transfer). An invoicing fee of 10 EUR incl. VAT 24 %.

A PDF invoice will be sent to your e-mail after you have submitted your registration.

4) E-invoice (for Finnish organisations only). An invoicing fee of 10 EUR incl. VAT 24 % .

An e-invoice will be sent to the given e-invoicing address.

Please make sure to give the correct invoicing address. An extra invoicing charge of 10 EUR will be added in case a new invoice is processed (revised PDF or e-invoice due to a wrong address, or otherwise modified).

All payments must be made in euros (EUR).


Cancellation policy

Cancellation of registration must be made in writing (email) to by 15 October 2021. No fees will be refunded after this date. A processing fee of EUR 50 will be deducted from all refunds.


The conference arrangements will take into account the pandemic situation, if the number of participants has to be limited due to the pandemic, the participants will be selected in order of registration. In the event that the conference must be changed to a fully virtual conference, the difference between the paid onsite registration fees and the online registration fee will be refunded. The liability of the Meeting Organiser shall be limited to that refund.


In the event that the meeting is cancelled by the Meeting Organisers, or cannot take place for any reason outside the control of the Meeting Organisers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the Meeting Organiser shall be limited to that refund.


If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Aboa Congress and Event Services