Dates & Venue

The EAPRIL 2022 conference will take place in Nijmegen, the Netherlands from November 23 - 25, 2022. This conference will be jointly organised by EAPRIL and HAN University of Applied Sciences.

Conference theme

Learning as a collaborative interaction between learning professionals, research, education and the workplace


EAPRIL is going live again in 2022 with an inspiring conference at HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. EAPRIL2022 @ HAN focusses on the changing ways people learn. The theme from formal education to continuous learning focusses on learning as a collaborative interaction between learning professionals, research, education and the workplace. Although European definitions of lifelong learning vary, it is widely recognised that there is a need to redefine the requirements for lifelong learning: for example, educational practices need to become more ‘embedded’ in work practices and feasibility is becoming more important to ensure that learning professionals do not lose the balance between learning, work and private life. Thereby, responsivity to diverse learning styles and providing possibilities for those who did not flourish in previous learning situations is vitally important to provide good learning environments.

But continuous learning is not a theme pertaining to adult education alone. If we want the next generation to be able to enjoy what continuous learning can bring, and to see lifelong learning as something natural instead of exceptional, we must prepare younger children and pupils by teaching them skills such as self-regulated learning, digital skills and exploring international educational opportunities.

HAN University of Applied Sciences has developed many flexible courses for learning professionals in the past few years. We have developed our strengths in educating adults to be viable partners for organisations that strive for continuous learning for their employees. At the EAPRIL conference we aim to bridge the gap between formal education and continuous learning by giving participants from various educational cultures and school types the opportunity to inspire each other. Some of the questions we will address are: what do learning professionals need in order to be succesful? What added value do MOOCs and microcredentials have for continuous learning? How can previously acquired competences be valued in a formal learning process?

We are looking forward to gaining insights from the EAPRIL-community on research that contributes to flourishing continous learning practices.We explicitly invite everyone to share and discuss good practices as well as challenges associated with changing views on learning. The European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) aims to promote practice-based and practitioner research on teaching and learning within formal, informal, continuous, vocational and professional learning contexts – in many forms of expression. Therefore, the EAPRIL conference is the perfect place for discussions on innovation in learning in multiple contexts.

Keynote speakers

We are happy to officially announce our EAPRIL 2022 keynote speakers

EAPRIL 2022 keynote Alberto Cattaneo

Prof. Dr. Alberto Cattaneo (Switzerland)

Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training


EAPRIL 2022 keynote speaker Sui Lin Goei

Dr. Sui Lin Goei (the Netherlands)

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences & VU Amsterdam


EAPRIL 2022 keynote speaker Jean-Charles Cailliez

Prof. Jean-Charles Cailliez (France)

Lille Catholic University & "HEMiSF4iRE” Design School


EAPRIL 2022 keynote speaker Wietske HAN
EAPRIL 2022 keynote speaker Jos HAN

Dr. Wietske Kuijer-Siebelink & Dr. Jos Sanders (the Netherlands)

HAN University of Applied Sciences


Submissions & review

The submissions for the EAPRIL 2022 conference are now closed and the review procedure which consists of two review rounds has started. Once these two review rounds have been concluded, results will be announced. 

More information on our submission formats and review procedure can be found here.


The registrations for EAPRIL 2022 will open in the beginning of June, 2022. You can find all necessary information about the registration fees here

Important dates

Please take into account the following important dates:

  • February 2022
    Opening submissions
  • April 21, 2022
    EXTENDED Submission deadline
  • June 2022
    Opening registrations
  • September 8, 2022
    Early Bird registration deadline
  • September 15, 2022
    Presenter registration deadline
  • November 23-25, 2022
    EAPRIL 2022

EAPRIL 2022 Local Organising Committee (LOC)

Conference chair

Maritza Gerritsen, HAN University of Applied Sciences

LOC Members

Marleen Duismann, HAN University of Applied Sciences (Project Manager)

Mark Reessink, HAN University of Applied Sciences (Event Manager)

Suus te Braak, HAN University of Applied Sciences (LOC Member)

Hermi Beute, HAN University of Applied Sciences (LOC Member)

Fabianne Papen, HAN University of Applied Sciences (LOC Member)