List of conferences relevant for higher education in 2017

2017 coming up – what are your conference plans for the coming year? Calls for papers have been distributed and dates are confirmed. So time to start planning which conferences to attend in 2017. To make this easier for you, we are now compiling a list of relevant conferences for the fourth year now!

Remember, always double check with the conference websites for the dates or changes in deadlines, extensions and so forth. We still hope this can be a useful resource to plan your calendar for next year.

We have listed the conferences first as specific higher education conferences and then other disciplinary conferences that would likely be relevant for higher education researchers. The conferences are listed alphabetically in their respective sections. Where we have such reviews, we have also added a link to Hedda reviews from these conferences, to give some insight for how these conferences are like – just to make your selection process a little easier!

Again, if you have some to add – leave a comment and we add it to the list!

(Bi)Annual conferences

AERA 2017 Annual meeting

AERA is the American Educational Research Association. AERA is a primarily national research society to advance knowledge about education, but has also international members from about 85 countries. The organisation composes on 155 special interest groups (SIGs). The 2017 annual meetingis titled “Knowledge to Action. Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity”

  • Time and place: April 27 – May 1, San Antonio, TX, USA
  • Conference website
  • Deadlines: closed (usually in June/July)

ASHE 2017

ASHE is the Association for the Study of Higher Education, it is located in the US, and in 2017 it will be the 42nd annual conference. The conference is towards the end of the year, so the information is not yet available. Note that the conference has a range of pre-conference events – with different kinds of focus.

  • Time and place: November 9 – 11 (pre-conference November 8-9), Houston, TX, USA
  • Conference website: not up yet, but information will be available here.
  • Deadlines: not confirmed, usually 1st of May


BERA stands for British Educational Research Association. There organizers highlight that since 2015, the conference has aimed to innovate presentation modes, with sessions in the gardens, creative sessions, and even school visits, to name a few. The conference usually attracts 700-800 delegates on various themes related to education, including in 2017 also higher education.

CHER 2017

CHER stands for the Consortium for Higher Education Researchers and is a consortium of academic researchers in the field of higher education. The annual conference has a research focus and usually attracts around 150-200 participants from across the world on a variety of themes. In 2017, the conference is helt for 30th time and is titled “Universities as political institutions -HEIs in the middle of academic, economic and social pressures”. Read more about conference theme here (pdf).

CIESC 2017 and CSSHE 2017

The Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences means that more than 70 academic associations in Canada will hold their annual conferences under the same umbrella. The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) has its main mission to contribute to “the advancement of knowledge of postsecondary education through the dissemination through publication and learned meetings”. CIESC is the The Comparative and International Education Society of Canada. Both of these organisations hold an annual conference that takes place during the Congress.

EAIE 2017

EAIE stands for European Association for International Education. Of the conferences listed here, EAIE is the conference with a clearly professional and practice oriented profile.  The EAIE conferences are large scale, attracting almost 5000 participants across the world.

EAIR 2017

EAIR is the The European Association for Institutional Research (International association for higher education researchers, practitioners, managers and policy-makers). The conferences are relatively large and include both academic research and practitioners in higher education. In 2017 the conference will be titled: “Under pressure? Higher education institutions coping with multiple challenges”. There will be eight major tracks: governance and management, teaching and learning, quality management, strategy and strategizing, professionals, performance and assessment, funding and regional innovation.

ECER 2017

ECER stands for the The European Conference on Educational Research and it is the conference held by EERA – the European Educational Research Association. The conference has a broad focus on education and in 2017 year the theme is “Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent roles of policy and educational research”. ECER is a relatively large conference, attracting educational researchers from a diverse background.

EDEN 2017

EDEN stands for European Distance and E-Learning Network. The 2017 conference is titled “Diversity Matters”. The conference format includes papers, posters, workshops and demonsitrations.

  • Time and place: 13-16 June, Jönköping University, Sweden
  • Call for papers: January 30, 2017.
  • Conference website

EQAF – European Quality Assurance Forum

The 12th forum will be hosted by University of Latvia. Usually, the Forum organisers invite contributions from QA practitioners in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, and researchers in the field.


Next Euredocs will be held in 2018.

HEAd’17: International Conference on Higher Education Advances 

HEAd conference is a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results relating to the preparation of students, teaching/learning methodologies and the organization of educational systems.

ICED 2017

ICED, The International Consortium for Educational Development is a network focused on working with educational and academic development. Its membership organisations work with staff development on national level. Information on the 2017 conference has not yet been distributed as the 2016 conference is currently on its way.

RAHER 2017

VIII Moscow International Conference of Higher Education Researchers will be held in October in Moscow. The conference is titled “Dynamic Universities for Dynamic World”. The conference is arranged by the Russian Association of Higher Education Researchers at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

SRHE 2017

The Society for Research into Higher Education is a UK based “international learned society” that has its main focus on higher education studies. Each year, they also hold an annual conference which takes place early December (thus, the 2016 conference has not been held yet)

  • Time and place: TBC (usually first half of December)
  • Call for abstracts: TBC

University-industry interaction conference 2017

The annual conference is focused on university-industry interaction and is the largest conference on themes related to entrepreneurial universities and collaborative innovation. Usually, about 400 participants world wide, representing about 60 countries.


Specialized conferences



Other conferences with HE relevant tracks

ECPR General Conference 2017

ECPR stands for European Consortium for Political Research. The conference is a large political science conference (nearly 2000 participants) with a Standing Group (SG) on the Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, currently with 231 members (look also here for a few words from two of the conveners of the SG). There has been a higher education research related section at the ECPR conference since 2011 and has been steadily growing, and various panels relevant to higher education can also be found in other sections.

  • Time and place: September 6-9, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Call for panels and papers deadline: Section deadline has passed and the selection will be announced in on 1st of December. The call for papers will then be announced with a deadline on 15th of February.
  • Conference website
  • Read the review of ECPR 2016 by Martina Vukasovic
  • Read the reviews of three earlier ECPR conferences by Mari Elken (201420132011)

ECPR Graduate Student Conference

ECPR stands for the European Consortium for Political Research, and they have traditionally held their graduate conference every second year. Next conference will be held in 2018.

EGOS 2017

EGOS stands for European Group for Organizational Studies, and their 2017 conference will be titled “The Good organization. Aspirations, interventions, struggles.” While there have often been specific tracks on higher education, this year the only track which has specific higher education focus is on business schoools. However, higher education organization issues are of relevance for most of the other tracks.

  • Time and place: July 6 – 8, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Call for papers: Deadline for submission of short papers, January 9 2017.
  • Conference website


ESPAnet is the European network for social policy analysis, which is an academic association of researchers in this area. The network holds an annual conference, in 2017 it is themed: “New Horizons of European Social Policy: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges”. Deadline for stream proposals has passed, but education is among suggested themes, and one can thus assume there would be education-relevant streams at the conference, as was the case in 2016.

  • Time and place: 14-16 September, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Call for panels: Call for abstracts will be issued January 3, 2017, with deadline March 15th.
  • Conference website


ICPP stands for the International conference on Public Policy, supported by the the International Public Policy Association (IPPA). A broad public policy conference, the 2015 edition featured several HE relevant panels. The conference has grown rapidly during the first two installments in 2013 and 2015. In 2017, there will also be a specialised panel for higher education (see T09 P15 – “Transnational Circulation and Multilevel Governance of University Reforms: What Higher Education Teaches about Policy Science” and T02P12 – “Analysing Knowledge Policy Coordination for the 21st Century”)

  • Time and place: June 28-30, Singapore
  • Call for panels: Deadline 15th of January
  • Conference website


IPSA stands for the International Political Science Association. The next world congress will be held in July 21-26, 2018, in Brisbane, Australia. The call for proposals will open 10th of May 2017. Read more here.