The EDEN 2022 PhD Symposium Tallinn is a full-day interactive and collaborative seminar that will be organized right before the main conference. The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019), Dublin (2019), Timisoara (2020),  Lisbon (2020) and Madrid (2021) has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students conducting research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, and provides a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. PhD students should apply by submitting a short summary of their research plan to EasyChair. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts.

The aims of the PhD Student Symposium are to:

  • Create a community for intellectual exchange and support among e-learning doctoral students researching in the area of.
  • Give and receive practical feedback on research topics or specific problems or concerns about their research with their peers.
  • Receive feedback on their research topics, problems and concerns from international experts in e-learning research who are experienced supervisors.

Call for presentations

Doctoral students in the field of e-learning and educational technology are encouraged to submit short abstracts to present an overview of their research at the PhD Student Symposium. Proposals should be related to the research topics of the actual Symposium.

PhD students must currently be studying, i.e. have had their research proposals approved but have not yet defended their theses. Preference will be given to students who have collected data to analyse. The abstract should be in English, and contain a 300-350 word description of the state of their research and a problem they would like to address in the symposium. It should include the research title, research objectives/questions and methodology.

PhD students should apply by submitting a short summary of their research plan to EasyChair.

Deadline for submitting abstracts to PhD symposium: 15 May

Committee Members

The expert committee is composed by: 

  • Denise Whitelock, EDEN Vice-President of Research
  • Airina Volungevičienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • Alan Tait, Professor Emeritus of Distance Education and Development, The Open University, UK
  • Wim Van Petegem, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Sarah Guri-Rosenblit, The Open University of Israel, Israel
  • Albert Sangra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
  • Sandra Kucina, Zagreb University, Croatia
  • Alfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Mart Laanpere, Tallinn University, Estonia

Intended participants

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.

In addition to submitting an application to the PhD Symposium, PhD students are also welcome to send submissions to the Annual Conference.

Date and place of the symposium

The next PhD Student Symposium will take place in June at the EDEN 2022 Annual Conference at University of Tallinn, Estonia, 20-22 June.


If you are interested, please email to tallinn2022@eden-europe-eu.