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4th European Conference on Service-Learning in Higher Education


Organized by European Association for Service-Learning in Higher Education and ENGAGE STUDENTS project partnership

16th– 17th of September 2021, Bucharest, Romania

Hybrid Format (in-person and online)

Focusing on the contemporary challenges of university-community engagement and partnerships, the 4th European Conference on Service-Learning offers space and time for critical reflection on community engagement, the need for embedding Service Learning in the curriculum, and the value of practical experiences in Service Learning for students, teachers, and community partners. The conference is planned as a source of exchange of knowledge from the field of practice and research of Service Learning and building networks in this field.

The conference is organized by the European Association for Service-Learning in Higher Education in collaboration with the partners of the ERASMUS+ Project ENGAGE STUDENTS – Promoting Social Responsibility of Students by Embedding Service-Learning into Educational Curricula (number 2018-1-RO01-KA203-049309)


The conference will be organized in a hybrid format (in-person and online).

However, considering the actual Coronavirus situation that still impose travel restrictions, at this moment we are only accepting submissions for virtual participation.

If the situation changes, we will be ready to welcome you in Bucharest if you can travel, but if you cannot, you will be able to enjoy a truly hybrid experience.


Virtual participation fees

Regular:                                                            50 EUR

EASLHE members:                                           20 EUR

Membership of EASLHE + virtual participation:    40 EUR

The registration fee includes access to all conference sessions and an electronic copy of the conference proceedings. REGISTRATION IS OPEN

To be published in the ECSLHE2021 Book of Abstracts, at least one author of an accepted paper is required to register for the conference.

In person participation details will follow if the case.

Further information at  ECSLHE2021

or mail to gabriel.dima@upb.ro


Call for Proposals


We are inviting contributors to present their theoretical considerations, empirical research, or practical experiences for discussion and sharing of their progress in:

  • Theoretical considerations about Service-Learning and e-Service-Learning;
  • Empirical research & practical experiences;
  • Implementing university-community partnerships;
  • Embedding Service-Learning courses in the curriculum;
  • Designing (E-) Service-Learning courses.

Topics of interest range from good practices to general challenges to specific obstacles encountered in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as considerations of strategies to address them.

Papers submitted for review must clearly state:

  • The purpose of the work
  • How and to what extent it advances the state-of-the-art
  • Specific results and their impact



Please submit your abstract with max. 500 words including references via conference online submission platform until July  5th, 2021. We look forward to receiving your contributions.


Gabriel Dima (Univ. Politehnica of Bucharest, RO), Chair

Vaida Pilinkiene (Kaunas University of Technology, LT), Vice-Chair

Andrea Hoyer-Neuhold (University of Vienna, AT)

Tanya Zubrzycki (Dublin City University, IE)

Sofia Pais (Univ. of Porto, PT)

Lluis Francesc Peris Cancio (Univ. degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, IT)

Vladimir Tanasiev (Univ. Politehnica of Bucharest, RO)


Call for proposals published:        April 19, 2021
Call for proposals closes:               June 28, 2021
Decision on contributions:            July 9, 2021
Draft programme:                           July 15, 2021
Registration closes:                         September 1, 2021
Final programme:                            September 6, 2021