The second National Conference on Interdisciplinary Education (NIE) will take place on January 30, 2018, at Eindhoven University of Technology. During this conference, teachers and researchers from universities in the Netherlands and Flanders will share their experiences, practices, expertise, and ideas on interdisciplinary education in the domain of higher education.

Future workers and researchers are increasingly required to deal with complex problems that go beyond the borders of single domains, and they have to work in teams with people sharing different competencies and expertise. Education has to prepare students for these new situations and competencies, and higher education institutes are doing so in a variety of ways. There are many interesting questions to be answered with respect to interdisciplinary education. How to effectively and fruitfully collaborate between teachers from different domains in order to prepare and implement interdisciplinary education activities? How to assess such activities, even in situations where only domain experts are available? How to design for activities that truly go beyond the borders of subject domains or even institute domains? What competencies are needed from students to navigate interdisciplinary education experiences? What expertise and knowledge do teachers need to teach such activities? What does research tell us about effective, high-quality interdisciplinary education?

Call for proposals

You are invited to submit a short proposal in relation to questions such as the ones above. Contributions may be practical or theoretical, or combinations thereof. Proposals should include the following information:

  • Names and affiliation/s of the presenter/s
  • Contact info of the first presenter/author
  • A short abstract of the contents (max 500 words)
  • Preferred session format: paper presentation / workshop / poster

Paper presentations will be short (no longer than 10 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion time). Workshops can be 30 (or 60) minutes long, but please be aware that due to time constraints and number of proposals we can typically only accept a limited number of (long) workshops. All accepted posters will be presented at a special poster session (1 hour).

Proposals can be submitted to

Deadline for submission: November 30, 2017

Website: Email: Tel: 040 247 3095

Reviews and decisions

Each paper will be peer-reviewed by two members of the programme committee. You will be notified by the organisers about the outcome of your proposal.

Important dates

  • 30th November 2017:      Initial submission by author/s
  • 20th December:                  Decisions sent to author/s
  • 30th January:                      Conference