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ETEN Conference 2021

The 2021 European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) Annual Conference will be hosted by University College South Denmark (UC SYD) in Esbjerg.

Cancellation of the Conference

Due to the current development in the Covid situation it has been decided to cancel the ETEN Conference, initially planned for 22 – 24 April 2021 in Esbjerg.

All paid conference fees will be refunded 100%. The International Office at University College South Denmark will reimburse the conference fees as soon as possible.

The ETEN Board has decided to offer an online event with key note speech and workshops. The event will be free of charge and open to all.

ETEN conference in Denmark, April 22-24, 2021

University College South Denmark (UC SYD) is proud to announce that we are hosting the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) Annual Conference in 2021. The conference will take place April 22-24, 2021, at University College South Denmark (UC SYD) in Esbjerg.

Find some inspiration for the conference here.

Conference theme: Professional Identity

The theme of the conference is Professional Identity. Read more below.

Professional Identity – an international perspective

A few years back, internationalisation was very high on the educational policy agenda in Denmark, and it was a stated ambition that all institutions of higher education should turn out graduates who were citizens of the world - with broader insights based on a global outlook.

At that time, internationalisation was its own justification. We did not even have to ask ourselves why internationalisation was important, only how we could live up to the political requirements of the time concerning the volume of student mobility.

Today it is different and not least in the light of the current situation with Corona virus in the world. Answering the question 'why internationalisation?' is now vitally important if we are to attract the attention of politicians and corner resources for international work. Higher education institutions in Denmark - Universities, University Colleges, Academies - have been forced to think creatively in order to explain why we really need to internationalise our academic courses and our young people. But it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, as the saying goes, and at this point both research and professional identity can step in to play their part on the international scene.

Danish institutions of higher education have thus begun digging down to a deeper level of justification, which is now required if we are to give internationalisation the attention it deserves, both within institutions and, of course, in relation to the wider world.

Whereas research is almost by definition international in nature - so much so that we almost forget that an international perspective is the very foundation of research - the international angle is not naturally associated with our professional identity. If we look at a teacher or a social pedagogue/social worker for example, these professional workers mostly identify themselves as locals because their profession is framed and embedded in a local cultural context. Nevertheless, the international perspective is a formidable tool to open up new realms of discourse, which lead to new inspiration, innovation and thus development of the professions and their practice field. By gaining insight into the professions in other countries, and the cultures in which they are embedded, professional workers may become much more aware of why things are as they are in their own countries, as well as the advantages and limitations of their home culture.

Internationalisation is so much more than student mobility - an important point that this conference will focus on. Whether we come from a large country or a small one like Denmark, our courses of study and the whole study environment benefit greatly from all kinds of international cooperation. International cooperation must be seen as a means to ensure greater quality and relevance in the strategic planning of our educational institutions – never as a goal in itself.

Download the desciption of the theme.

Erasmus+ Teaching

If you visit on an Erasmus+ Teaching agreement remember to sign up to the conference no later than 11th January – please also note this when you register.


Please find programme for ETEN 2021 here.

Accompanying persons will be offered their own daily programme. The programme will be announced here.

About ETEN

The mission of The European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) is to promote cooperation, exchange, research and possibilities for universities and institutions engaged in education. ETEN has 50 different member institutions in nearly 20 countries around the world.

If you are interested in learning more about ETEN, you can find more information here.

Thematic Interest Groups (TIGs)

You will have the opportunity to participate in one of the eleven Thematic Interest Groups (TIGs) during the conference.

Arts Education
Creative Storytelling
Identity & Diversity
Language Education
Mathematics Education
Science & Technology in the Digital Era 
Special Ed Needs
Urban Education

Call for papers
The deadline to submit a paper proposal is January 15. Read more here.


Accommodation near the meeting venue has been reserved at preferential rates for conference participants. For more information, click here.


All changes or cancellations before 21 February must be sent to eten2021@ucsyd.dk.

We take various scenarios into account depending on the COVID-19 situation so that as a member you can confidently register. On 1 March 2021 ETENs board together with UC SYD decide which of the scenarios apply. If we choose a 100% vitual conference all paid conference fees are refunded 100%.

If a participant is unable to travel because of COVID-19 (for instance if their institution will not allow travel abroad) the registration fee is refunded 100%. Such cases must however be documented to UC SYD for instance in the form of a letter from the participant’s institution or reference to government guidelines.

Find more information here.


If you have any questions concerning your registration or the conference, please email eten2021@ucsyd.dk.


You can find us here:
University College South Denmark (UC SYD)
Degnevej 16
6705 Esbjerg Ø

Find your way with Google Maps.

How to get to us

From the airport

Billund airport
University College South Denmark (UC SYD) is located 60 km from Billund airport. 

There is two public buses from the airport to Esbjerg (line 144 and line 944X). This journey takes approximately one and a half hours. Please visit Rejseplanen to find timetables and informations about prices and tickets.

Aarhus airport
There is an airport shuttle bus from Aarhus airport to Aarhus railway station. The shuttle bus runs 20 minutes after each arrival.

Copenhagen airport
Copenhagen airport is 300 km from University College South Denmark (UC SYD). If you plan on travelling here, you can take a train from the airport or Copenhagen central station to Esbjerg. The trip takes four hours.

Timetables to and from Aarhus or Copenhagen airport can be found here.

By train

There is no direct train from Billund airport to Esbjerg. But you can take the bus from Billund airport to Vejle and from Vejle the journey continues by train to Esbjerg.

From Aarhus railway station or Copenhagen central station you can take the train to Esbjerg.

Use Rejseplanen to plan your trip.

By bus

We are 30 minutes away on foot from Esbjerg railway station. There are busses from the station that brings you to the main entrance of University College South Denmark (UC SYD).

Bus timetables can be found here.

By car

Esbjerg has direct connections to the motorway, E20.

Free parking is available on campus. 

You can find parking spots on Degnevej 16 or Skolebakken 171.

Do you want to rent a car?

Who are we? 

In the video below, you can find out more about University College South Denmark (UC SYD).

Welcome to Esbjerg

Whether you enjoy nature, food or museums, there are many things to do in and around Esbjerg. For further information check out: