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13th International JTEFS/BBCC Conference Sustainable Development. Culture. Education.

13th International JTEFS/BBCC Conference Sustainable Development. Culture. Education:

Interplay of Traditions and Innovations in Education for Sustainable Development

May 5-6, 2015, Riga, Latvia


The Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Education Research (BBCC) invites professional educators who have an interest in development of Sustainable Education and research on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and who care about fostering reorientation of education toward the aim of sustainable development to participate in the 13th International JTEFS/BBCC Conference Sustainable Development. Culture. Education.

In year 2015 BBCC celebrates the 10th anniversary, since it was established at the Third International Conference Sustainable Development. Culture. Education organized at the University of Vechta, Germany, 2005.




Announcement for the 13th international JTEFS/BBCC conference
Sustainable Development. Education. Culture: 

Interplay of Traditions and Innovations in Education for Sustainable Development

In 2015, the organisation of the 13th Conference will be the responsibility and privilege of Daugavpils University and Riga Technical University from Latvia. Both host Universities will work in close cooperation with University of Vechta, Tallinn University, Siauliai University, and Latvia University of Agriculture.

In the course of twelve years since its establishment, this conference has grown into a leading scientific forum where researchers and practitioners caring for the sustainability in education and global sustainable development can share their visions of current trends, challenges and future prospects in the complex field of research and practice of sustainability-oriented education. In addition, the conference has become a springboard for joint international research projects and other collaborative initiatives among BBCC members. Renewed for its unique spirit of the academic integrity and excellence, collegial respect and appreciation, this landmark scientific event annually attracts over a hundred participants who are both experienced experts and novices to researching sustainability‑oriented education.

We invite all those who feel ready to contribute to BBCC network’s international scholarly 
efforts targeted at exploring current educational practices and their orientation to sustainability 
to attend the 13th JTEFS/BBCC conference Sustainable Development. Culture. Education:
 Interplay of Traditions and Innovations in Education for Sustainable Development.
More information will follow on BBCC website ( with details about 
registration and proposal submission, conference sections, participant fees and other important 
organisational issues.

Proposed conference sections:

* Sections will be announced in January 2015 after the analysis of proposals from registered participants. We recommend to submit proposals which comply with conference general topic Sustainable Development. Culture. Education: Interplay of Traditions and Innovations for Education for Sustainable Development. The content analysis of the themes of your proposals will allow to determine names of the several sections for the conference.

Mode of participation:

Following modes of participation are suggested for the Conference participants:

Presentations at the plenary session are given by Keynote speakers , who will be invited by the Scientific Committee of the Conference and who are recognized specialists in the area.

Paper presentations will be allocated 20 minutes and grouped into paper sessions. Dissemination of handouts will be highly appreciated. Each paper session will have a chair person.

Workshops can provide training in the area of research, methods, interventional programmes, etc. The length of the workshops will range between 90 and 120 minutes depending upon their scale and scope.

Posters are presentations of scientific work in a graphical form. Maximum size will be 90 cm width by 190 cm height. At the time of poster presentation, at least one of the authors must be present.

Invitational seminars

can be organized by researcher or the team

of researchers who are interested in inviting partners for collaborative, cross-cultural, action research (or other type of research and design). The length of such seminar would be one hour during which the researcher would present the research idea, involve the seminar participants in discussion about the further steps of research and obtain preliminary agreement from the international audience of researchers for the participation in the future research.

The conference participants are kindly invited to take part in the conference paper competition and receive a participation fee waiver (for five authors) and three authors will be offered to give a presentation at the plenary session. The authors who would like to participate in the competition need to submit their articles until the end of January.

Important dates

December 31st 2014 – final date for submission of abstracts

January 31st 2015 – paper submission deadline for the authors who would like to participate in the paper competition

March 30th 2015 – paper submission deadline for all conference participants

Registration fee:

Early bird registration (before April 1st 2015) Regular participants: 100 EUR

Doctoral students: 60 EUR

Late registration (after April 1st 2015)

Regular participants: 140 EUR

Doctoral students: 80 EUR

Registration fee includes : admission to the conference, conference documentation, opening ceremony and welcome reception as well as coffee breaks and lunches during all conference days.

*) The language of the conference will be English .

A nnual Conference moves from place to place each year.

Previous editions of the conference have been hosted by different BBCC members, including Daugavpils University (Latvia), Tallinn Pedagogical University (Estonia), University of Vechta (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland), University of Debrecen (Hungary), Anadolu University (Turkey), UNESCO (France), Siauliai University (Lithuania), University of Eastern Finland (Finland) and Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (Russia), the State School of Higher Education in Chełm (Poland).

Universities can express interest to apply for BBCC Conference in 2017 year. Proposals should be send to President of BBCC professor Ilga Salite


**) Post –conference event after 13th BBCC conference in 7-8 May in Riga and Jelgava! !!!

Conference participants are welcome to participate in the International discussions organized by the Centre of Educational Innovations and UNESCO Chair of Daugavpils University in cooperation with Technical University (Riga) and Latvia University of Agricultural (Jelgava), Institute of Sustainable Education (Daugavpils University) on theme: Traditions and Innovations for Sustainable education: European Union values for global development. International discussion will be organized on the 7th of May in Riga and on 8th of May in Jelgava. Information about additional event after 13th BBCC conference will be announced at the beginning of October. Participation in the International discussions will be free from participation fees, registration will be announced at 13th BBCC conference home page in October.