Call: 6th International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystem and Regional Development (SLERD 2021)

Call for Papers

SLERD 2021: 6th International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development – SLERD Reload
Smart Learning Ecosystems and the Regional Development after the pandemic
June 24-25, 2021
Bucharest, Romania (blended)
Paper submission deadline (EXTENDED): March 31, 2021

SLERD 2021 will feature:

keynotes by:

  • Inger Birkeland (University of South-Eastern Norway) – June 24
    Place-conscious education and regional development: Facilitating ecologies of place
  • Danielle McNamara (Arizona State University) – June 24
    Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science: Enhancing Literacy from a Multidimensional Perspective
  • Sébastien Turbot (eko6 and WISE research fellow) – June 25
    Accelerating Learning Ecosystems: a Living Lab Approach

the Student Scientific Video Contest
call for contributions
with the award of the “BEST SCIENTIFIC VIDEO DOCUMENTS” (three prizes: 500,00 €, 300,00 €, 300,00 € and free participation to the conference)

two Open Debates – June 25 – on

  • Smart Learning Ecosystems as Engine of the “new normality”
  • Towards Learning Ecosystems Based on Competences: the promise of the micro-credentials

and a Satellite Event – June 23 – the round table on “Social inclusion at school: new perspectives for a smart learning ecosystem”

orgnized by the PLEIADE partnership

SLERD 2021 is proud to invite colleagues – researchers and practitioners – from all over the world to share the efforts concerning the development of smart learning ecosystems and, contributions on how to build together a brilliant post pandemic future, where smart learning ecosystems and smart education will be even more central in the education of future citizens, and in the promotion of social innovation and territorial development.


can be grouped under three big themes:

Places for smart education:

  • future of institutional learning
  • interplay between formal and informal learning
  • new educational models and settings
  • continuity-discontinuity of time, technology, place/space, processes in learning
  • role of, and case studies of, games and gamification in smart education
  • dual education and other alternate scheme approaches
  • monitoring and benchmarking of smartness (individual, institution, city, region)

People in place centered design for smart education:

  • general frameworks and methodological advances
  • design, data and other relevant literacies
  • smart citizen’s literacies, skill and competences
  • communities and co-design in smart learning
  • sharing & participatory practices
  • open access to any resource and disparity
  • cultural influences

Supportive learning technologies for smart education:

  • intelligent tutoring systems and interfaces
  • semantic web technologies and applications
  • text/opinion mining and sentiment analysis
  • real/virtual communities and social network analysis
  • interoperability and application of open/smart data and services
  • safety & security in education
  • IoT, ubiquitous and wearable technologies
  • adaptability to educational contexts and citizens
  • role of VR in education


  • Deadline for papers submission: March 31, 2021 (extended)
  • Notification to the authors: April 30, 2021
  • Camera ready paper: May 15, 2021
  • Conference: June 24-25, 2021


Proceedings, as for previous editions, will be published by Springer in the Series Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies that will be indexed by SCOPUS, EI-Compendex and Springerlink.
(Note that proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development is among the top used publications on SpringerLink that concern one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs))

Extended version of selected papers will be also included in a special issue of IxD&A Journal (ISSN 1826-9745, e-ISSN 2283-2998) that is indexed by SCOPUS and Emerging Sources of Web of Science

SLERD welcomes short (max. 8 pages) and long contributions (max. 12 pages).

Papers should be written according to the Springer Instruction for Authors of the series Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies:

Link to the paper submission page on easy chair:

Join ALSLERD and share our vision on the future of Smart Learning Ecosystems: Timisoara declaration

See ASLERD website for Request of membership, membership fees and legal

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