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3 April 2025 – Ruhr University Bochum

Ruhr University Bochum and the Professional School of Education invite you to the international Closing Conference of the EU-funded project TESTEd (Towards a European Syllabus in Teacher Education) on the topic of international, cross-curricular teaching and learning practices in teacher education on the 3 April 2025.



The conference will take place at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, and at the following TESTEd partner universities, that will offer hybrid participation opportunities for local scientists:

  • University College Cork
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Braga)
  • Universidad de Sevilla
  • University of Oulu

Europe faces demographic, climatic, economic, technological, and political challenges for which its education systems must prepare future generations. As teachers are at the heart of our education systems, it is important to prepare them for these cross-cutting challenges in order to ensure high quality education for all young people. Cross-cutting issues are not a local phenomenon – they are international and relevant to teacher education across Europe., Therefore, teacher education can only succeed if we work together and integrate the wealth of experience and good practices from other countries into national education systems. Within TESTEd, we followed this guiding principle and looked at how we can advance teacher training together and in line with European values. True to the motto: learning from each other – shaping the future together.

Since June 2022, the TESTEd project has been working on a European Syllabus to integrate five cross-cutting issues in teacher education.

The five cross-cutting issues of TESTEd are:

  • Education for sustainability
  • Democratic education and active citizenship
  • Gender diversity and equality
  • Multilingual classrooms
  • Digitalization of learning environments

At the conference, we will look back together on three years of TESTEd and present our Syllabus, but we will also look into the future of teacher education and discuss perspectives for schools and teacher education.

Our conference offers a scientific audience, teachers, doctoral candidates, students and schools a platform to present their research work, projects and teaching activities in the field of the five cross-cutting interdisciplinary topics. You can also look forward to exciting scientific symposia and workshops on the project topics, which will enable you to engage intensively with European researchers and take away new ideas for your own teaching at schools or universities.

Research on the integration of the five cross-cutting issues in teacher education can be presented in various formats Among other things, there will be poster presentation, workshops for teachers or symposia. The evening will conclude with a panel discussion and a conference dinner.

A call for papers will be published shortly.

Please contact us at any time if you have further questions:






We welcome submissions of empirical and theoretical scientific work as well as good practice examples on the integration of cross-cutting issues in teacher education and schools, innovative project presentation, or presentations on policy initiatives. Presentations can be submitted as single paper proposals, workshops, or poster presentations.

Please follow the Call for Participation detailing our submission formats and guidelines.

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You can submit your abstracts until 31 October 2024 (at midnight CET).

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You will receive feedback on the acceptance of your proposal by 25 November 2024.