VET Congress 2017

Unleashing the creative potential of VET.
5th Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training

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We are proud to present the 5th Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training in Switzerland.
This congress will take place from 14 to 16 March 2017 in Bern/Zollikofen, Switzerland.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Bern/Zollikofen.

Dr. Antje Barabasch
Chair of the Congress


The congress will be hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) in Zollikofen/Bern. With locations in Lausanne, Lugano, Zollikofen and Zurich, SFIVET is the Swiss governmental competence centre for the provision of tertiary-level basic and continuing training to VET actors, for the development of occupations as well as for VET research.

Conference program

In an attempt to reduce our ecological footprint, we will not distribute printed congress programs. The program and further information are available on an app instead:

The Conference4me smartphone app enables you to plan your participation at the congress browsing the complete program directly from your phone or tablet and creating your very own agenda. After downloading the conference, all information will also be accessible offline. The app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices:

To download the app, please visit or type 'conference4me' in Google Play, iTunes App Store or Windows Phone Store.

  • Keynote speakers
  • Scientific Committee
CREATIVET (14 March)

While days two and three of the congress will take place at SFIVET, the first day of the congress will be held in central Bern as a joined event called CREATIVET, including the opening of the congress, SFIVET’s celebration of its tenth anniversary and the award ceremony of the Swiss Venture Club’s ENTERPRIZE as well as a symposium.

Under the patronage of Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), various presentations will be given on creativity in research and practice including keynote speeches from Prof. Dr. Lene Tanggaard Pedersen, Aalborg University in Denmark, Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNEVOC, Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hubert Esser, President of BiBB in Germany, and others.

Location: Kultur Casino Bern

Simultaneous interpreting services will be provided.


Leisure Activity on Tuesday night

From 11 March to 20 May 2017 the 42nd International Jazz Festival Bern will take place across the city. Marians Jazzroom, a well-known jazzclub, and several other venues will host Swiss and international jazz artists. On 14 March there are two different events as a part of the festival – for more information, check out the programme.

Other events on 14 March 2017:

ONO Bern - Janto’s Oktaeder

We do not organize these events. If you are interested in attending an event, please book early, tickets sell out fast. Further information:

Or more general:

We will keep you updated with further events!


We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the hotels listed below at special rates (city map)

Please book your room directly with the hotel and mention the keyword “VET Congress”.
Deadline for reservation is 2 February 2017.

Hotel Ador
Laupenstrasse 15
3001 Bern

Single room for single use:
Double room for single use:

CHF 190
CHF 200
Hotel Bären
Schauplatzgasse 4
3011 Bern
Single room "Classic":
Single room "Comfort":
Double room "Classic":
CHF 180
CHF 205
CHF 225
Hotel City
Bubenbergplatz 7
3011 Bern

Single room:
Double room for single use:

CHF 170
CHF 216
Hotel Kreuz
Zeughausgasse 41
3011 Bern

Single room:
Double room for single use:

CHF 177
CHF 239
Hotel Savoy
Neuengasse 26
3011 Bern

Double room for single use:

CHF 220
Call for Paper -> Start 15 June 2016


  • a short abstract of 100-300 words, and
  • an extended summary of 1,000-1,200 words or you may submit a full paper. The summary should include information on the theoretical and methodological approach used as well as the findings obtained.


Symposia examine a single topic in depth from different perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion. Symposia sessions consist of three or four presentations and a contribution by at least one discussant. In each symposium, the participants come from at least two different countries.
If you are proposing a symposium topic, you will be asked to submit an abstract and an extended summary (or a full paper) for each individual contribution. A symposium proposal will either be accepted or declined as a whole.

Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training (ERVET) (


Showcase the essence of your presentation in a one-minute movie. All kinds of expressions, e.g. dance, paint, pantomime, spoken word… are welcome. The best contributions will be combined in a BEST OF SHORT FILMS that we will show throughout the conference.


A science slam is a scientific talk in which scientists present their own research in 5 to 10 minutes in front of a non-expert audience. The focus lies on teaching current science to a diverse audience in an entertaining way. The audience judges the presentations. Talks can be given directly at the conference or be videotaped and submitted. The best contributions will be chosen for presentation or broadcasting at the congress. An award is foreseen for the best rated presentation. Ratings will relate to the ease of understanding of the scientific research, the scientific content itself and the presentation’s entertainment factor. A committee of SFIVET doctoral students will review all contributions and choose the best ones. Submissions may include abstracts or short summaries, audiotapes and videotapes.