VETNET received 102 proposals and accepted 80% of these, so that there were 80 papers presented in 30 sessions. VETNET attracts papers from across Europe and beyond, including presenters from Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. Attendances were positive. The rooms allocated worked well for us this year. Themes for the conference were widespread reflecting the range of interests and research in the field: VET Teachers and Teacher Education, Gender and VET, Learning in the Workplace, Scaffolding ICT and Teaching Styles, Interactive Research, Vocational Partnerships, Transitions, Informal Learning, Personal Learning Environments, Literacy, Measurement and Assessment, Transition, Core Skills for Work, Occupational Competence, Review of VET Research and Theory, Apprenticeships, Competence and Professional Development, Professionalisation, Organisational Change, and Didactics.
VETNET has a regular electronic newsletter and a website. The members are also active in the submission of bids, the conducting of research and publications, all contributing to the continued VET community of practice.
We have identified a need to encourage early / emerging researchers more actively. Our new Board membership represents a positive range of experience, location, age and gender.