Service-Learning for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Focusing on the contemporary challenges of university-community engagement and partnerships, the 5th 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.
Fith Euroepan Conference on Service-Learning in Higher Education

Conference Theme: Service-Learning for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Governments, local communities, (future) employers, and even students are pressuring higher education institutions to innovate and adapt their teaching to (global) citizenship’s changing demands. One major and important focus point is the common agenda of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Indeed, they are global goals, creating possibilities for (local/national) Service-Learning all around the globe.

The theme of this 5th European Conference on Service-Learning in Higher Education is aimed at exploring the connection between Service-Learning and the SDG journey of students, communities (community organizations) and HEIs.

  • A first level of questions might focus on the relation between service-learning and the SDGs, addressing questions such as: What is the state of the art of the relationship between SL and SDGs in Europe? What is the basis for this relationship? How do instructors prioritize between the SDGs that are part of their course? How do we design Service-Learning courses that have impact on one or more of the SDGs? How can impact on the SDGs of Service-Learning be proved?
  • A second level of questions might focus on the impact of Service-Learning on the sensibility for SDGs of students, communities, community organizations and HEIs, addressing questions like: How do we design Service-Learning courses that actually transform our students into deeper understanding of (one or more) SDGs? How can Service-Learning course be used to change HEIs to become more SDG minded? How can Service-Learning help to achieve communities to use the SDG agenda this?
  • A third perspective is about the potential to use the SDG agenda to improve Service-Learning, for example making service-learning more holistic, multidisciplinary, interuniversity and international.

Call for proposals

We invite contributors to present their theoretical considerations, empirical research, or practical experiences for discussion and sharing of their progress in (and also beyond) the conference theme:
  • Conference theme: Service-learning and the SDGs
  • The triple value of Service-Learning; how can value be created for community, Higher Education Institutes and students?
  • Theoretical considerations about Service-Learning and e-Service-Learning; does going virtual fundamentally change service-learning?
  • Empirical research & practical experiences;
  • Implementing university-community partnerships; what are the barriers and enablers for university-community partnerships?
  • Embedding Service-Learning courses in the curriculum;
  • Designing (E-) Service-Learning courses.
Papers submitted for review must clearly state:
  • The purpose of the study
  • How and to what extent it advances the state-of-the-art of knowledge or practice
  • The methodology, if applicable
  • The intended specific results and their impact
Conference format

The conference will be organized in an online format. The program will be available the website of EASHLE


Virtual participation fees

  • Regular:                                               50 EUR
  • EASLHE members:                                20 EUR
  • Membership of EASLHE + participation:    40 EUR

The registration fee includes access to all conference sessions and an electronic copy of the conference proceedings. To be published in the ECSLHE2022 Book of Abstracts, at least one author of an accepted paper is required to register for the conference. Registration is OPEN.



The following conference submission types are available:

  • Individual Papers (max. 500 words abstract including references)
  • Panels (Prearranged group of 3-4 papers; a central title of the panel and the 3-4 individual max. 500 words abstracts including references)

Please submit your individual paper abstracts or panel proposals via until July 15th, 2022. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

  • 15th July 2022– Abstract submission
  • 1st August 2022 – Abstract approval
  • 6th / 7th October 2022 – Conference