This was the second year that Network 18 accepted submissions. We were content that the conference attracted over 20 abstracts and that we were able to schedule papers in many of the sessions, including two symposia and one joint session with Network 8 Research on Health Education and Network 15 Research Partnerships in Education. We attracted academics from around the world, and it continues to be evident that the European focus is of interest to academics in our field.
Once more, the location of ECER 2014 in Porto should help to extend the geographical base into areas where we would like to grow our Network.
In the Network meeting, it was noted that we need to retain the ‘European’ distinctiveness of the conference and the Network and this will be emphasised during the abstract submission process.
In order to further grow our numbers, we also discussed the possibility of using the Horizon 2020 themes to focus symposium sessions in ECER 2014 Porto. This links with our intention to facilitate the development of EU and EU/international researcher collaborations for future grant applications. In addition, we wish to link with Network 8 Research on Health Education and the new Network 30 Research on Environmental and Sustainability Education.
At the Network meeting, it was agreed that at ECER 2014, we will encourage presenters to provide more contextual information to ensure that papers can be fully appreciated by a wide audience. We also require presenters to clearly explain the rigour, originality and significance of their work.