Nordic Perspectives of Lifelong Learning in the New Europe – comparative considerations of the educational space
University of Turku, March 15-17, 2007


Welcome to the 35th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association on 15 - 17 March 2007. The congress is held in Finland at the Faculty of Education at the University of Turku. We are delighted that such an interest has been shown towards the Congress. About 700 people are participating.

The NERA Congress has a multifaceted scientific programme. We have a great pleasure to hear six excellent scholars as keynote speakers to illuminate the Congress theme Nordic Perspectives of Lifelong Learning in the New Europe. There are altogether about 540 papers to be presented in paper sessions, symposia, round tables and poster sessions. We hope that you will receive lots of intellectually sharp stimulating insights and engage in fruitful conversations. We hope that this Congress will bring the Nordic educational science at least one step forward.

Turku, the old capital of Finland, has a very long Nordic history and many beautiful sights including the Cathedral, the Castle and one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. And at its very heart, Turku is also a very academic city. The Academy of Turku was founded already in 1640. Nowadays the city is the home of the University of Turku, the Swedish language Åbo Akademi University and the Turku School of Economics. There are nearly 30,000 students at the universities and polytechnics in the city.

Turku with its seven hills and the river Aura, has a lively and versatile cultural life with several theatres, the City Philharmonic Orchestra, museums and art galleries. Turku was just elected one of the cultural capitals of Europe for the year 2011.

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to Turku! We will do our best to make sure that you will enjoy your stay.

On behalf of the organising committee

Risto Rinne
Chair of the NERA 2007 Congress