Mission Statement

The mission of EAPRIL is to improve learning and professional development in a variety of contexts by promoting practice-based research. EAPRIL supports all research that has significant impact for learners and practitioners by bridging the worlds of practice, research and policy.

EAPRIL offers a platform for all sorts of practice-based researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss, develop and share their research and practices. The association, therefore, consists of an extensive network of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and students from a wide range of sectors and in various stages of their careers.

EAPRIL is unique as a supportive community for both researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The association encourages members to constructively support each other on improving learning and professional development. The international collective of researchers, practitioners and policy makers from all professional backgrounds offers opportunities for collaboration, innovation and (policy) development in both practice and research methodology.

A short history of EAPRIL

In 2006, the first Practice-based and Practitioner Research conference was organised in Leuven, by EARLI (the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction). After the success of this first conference, two other conferences were organised, which finally led to the formal installation of EAPRIL in 2009, the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning. Since then, EAPRIL has experienced an expansive growth in terms of members and conference participants. In 2014, the merge with the former European Training and Development Federation welcomed research on learning and development in organisations. Furthermore, new activities were launched over the past years which increased learning and networking opportunities for members, e.g. school visits, Cloud activities, corporate learning case studies, and much more.

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Previous conferences



2021 Online conference
2020 Online event in collaboration with FH Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
2019 Tartu, Estonia
2018 Portorož, Slovenia
2017 Hämeenlinna, Finland
2016 Porto, Portugal
2015 Belval, Luxembourg
2014 Nicosia, Cyprus
2013 Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
2012 Jyväskylä, Finland
2011 Nijmegen, the Netherlands
2010 Lisbon, Portugal
2009 Trier, Germany
2008 Bergen, Norway
2007 Maastricht, the Netherlands
2006 Leuven, Belgium