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Call for Papers



Submissions can only be made using the conference management system ConfTool at Please note that ConfTool accounts are deleted after each congress. Therefore, please create a new account for the 2020 congress. All given numbers for maximum characters include spaces.

The submission of a contribution (symposium, working group, research forum) consists of the following elements:

  • title of the event
  • a brief summary of the submission for the programme (1,000 characters)
  • an indication of research area and methodology
  • bibliography
  • information about the authors (name, organisation, email address)
  • titles and short descriptions of the individual contributions (max. 1,500 characters each)
  • as a file attachment: a cross-contribution description of concept and content of the event as well as reference to the conference topic (4,000 characters)

All information about the event (with the exception of the cross-contribution abstract) must be entered in the appropriate fields of the ConfTool submission form. For the cross-contribution abstract, a template file can be downloaded via this url. Proposals for both individual contributions to a paper session and posters are limited to 2,500 characters.

In order to be able to offer an active participation in the 27th DGfE-Congress to as many colleagues as possible, multiple appearances as speakers in symposia, working groups or paper sessions are not allowed during the congress. You can only give one presentation in these three event formats. (If the programme structure permits, it is, however, possible to take part in the organisation and realisation of further congress events, e.g., as a moderator or as a discussant, in addition to the presentation in one of these formats. Since research forums and AdHoc Groups share a time slot, attendance at more than one event in these two formats is impossible.)

Selection process and important dates

On the basis of a double-blind review, the Programme Committee appointed by the DGfE Council selects the contributions to be presented at the 27th DGfE Congress in Cologne. Contributions must be submitted online by 24 26 April 2019 [update 2019-04-23: the deadline has been extended by two days]. An exception are the AdHoc groups, which can be submittedfrom 15 October to 30 November 2019, posters until 15 September 2019.

Notifications of acceptance (with the exception of AdHoc groups and posters) will be sent in August 2019.

Types of submissions

Symposia (150 min.) directly relate to the conference topic. They will take place on 16 and 18 March 2020 and should include a maximum of four scientific lectures, with at least one lecture to be given by an emerging researcher. Interdisciplinary symposia are welcome.

Working Groups (120 min.) will take place on 17 March 2020. A reference to the congress topic is desirable but not mandatory. There are no rules for the selection of speakers for the working groups. However, the participation of emerging researchers is just as welcome as the participation of international colleagues.

Research Forums (120 min.) will take place on 16 March 2020 (parallel to the AdHoc groups). These are free in their content and design. They offer national and international research projects or alliances as well as junior or doctoral groups an opportunity for professional exchange.

Paper sessions (approx. 15-20 minutes per lecture plus discussion) provide a space for individual contributions directly related to the congress topic.

Submission of AdHoc groups and posters

AdHoc groups (120 min.) take place 16 March 2020. They focus on current educational research topics, which can also be proposed in alternative forms. Rejected contributions for other event formats cannot be submitted as AdHoc groups. For AdHoc groups, a separate call will be published by the end of June 2019.

Posters present educational research or projects in a graphically accessible and aesthetically attractive way. Emerging researchers are explicitly invited to submit posters. Congress participants are invited to enter into dialogue with the poster authors, especially in the central poster session on 18 March 2020.

To give room for this exchange, the Cologne Congress will provide the poster session with a framework of 120 minutes with different clusters. During the poster session, at least one member of the responsible authors must be available for discussion. Like all other contributions to the congress, poster proposals will be submitted electronically via ConfTool; deadline for poster proposals is 15 September 2019. The submission of a poster proposal must be accompanied by the following information: Title of the contribution and a written abstract (max. 2,500 characters). The poster must be brought to the congress by the authors in paper form in DIN A0 format. A poster award for outstanding posters will again be presented; in addition, for the first time, there will be an audience’s choice award.