Call for Papers: ADA 2018 Education Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan

ADA 2018 Education Conference:
“Strategizing Education Development: Reflections and Way Forward”
Five years have passed since the adoption of the State Strategy on Development of Education in Azerbaijan (2013). It is pertinent and timely for all key players involved in the education sphere to reflect on the status –quo of the Strategy implementation by questioning where we have come today, what we need to improve or change, and in which directions we should move on to ensure the quality of education. The State strategy implementation requires us as scholars and practitioners to expand our awareness of the voices, actors and knowledge producers that have been involved in the educational research development process. Thus, ADA University is delighted to invite researchers and policymakers in the field of education to submit their research papers to be presented at the Education 2018 Conference. The Conference aims at bringing together scholars, policymakers, independent researchers, educational practitioners, students and other stakeholders interested in national and international education development to present research analyzing the implementation of state strategies for education development around the world and in Azerbaijan to reflect on best practices, discuss future steps and suggest policy recommendations towards the innovative modification to the education system. 
The Conference will focus the conversation on analysis of knowledge produced at the national level, with a view toward exploring best practices around the world and to re-envision possibilities for cooperation and mutual support in advancing education research and practice. ADA University encourages proposals on the topics that are in line with the key strategic directions pointed out in the State Strategy:
  1. Creation of a competency-based, person-oriented content of education, covering all stages of education, including pre-school, general, initial VET, specialized -secondary and higher education (Strand 1);
  2. Modernization of human resources in the education sector with the focus on the improvement of pre-service and in-service teacher training models and on the   development of inclusive, interactive training methodology (Strand 2)
  3. Establishment of result-oriented, transparent and effective management schemes, as well as a new information and reporting system for ensuring and managing quality of education (Strand 3);
  4. Establishment of education infrastructure, conducive for lifelong education (Strand 4);
  5. Creation of an economically sustainable financing model of the education system, consistent with the standards of leading education systems of the world (Strand 5).
The Conference is intended to be broad encompassing panel discussions facilitated by keynote speakers, presentations of research papers and poster sessions that build on the expansion of the parameters of knowledge production and educational practice in the process of national and international education development. Additionally, a rich post-conference events agenda, Share Shops sessions aimed at demonstrating innovative, successful teaching practices are planned. The detailed information on the registration and participation in Share Shops will be provided later in the ADA University Conference webpage.
Language of Conference:  Azerbaijani and English (simultaneous translation will be provided)
Criteria for paper submission:  
Research proposals (both abstracts and full papers at a later stage) are accepted in Azerbaijani, English or Russian.  The length of abstract: 200-300 words with three keywords. The length of full paper: 3000-4000 words, excluding cover pages and references.
Important dates and deadlines:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 29, 2018
Successful applicants notified: February 16, 2018
Deadline for submission of completed research (full paper): April 23, 2018
Review of final papers and presentations begin: May 14, 2018
Deadline for the conference registration: May 21, 2018
Date of Conference: June 7-8, 2018
Please submit your abstract (by email only), using the abstract submission form by January 29, 2018 to ADA School of Education at Please include “Abstract for ADA Education 2018 conference – Your Name” in the subject line of the e-mail. Abstracts should include the following details: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission.  Abstract, as well as full paper submission must follow all general guidelines put forward by ADA University. Decisions about acceptance are reached within 2 to 3 weeks.
Registration for the conference and fees
Submission of your paper or proposal does NOT automatically register you for the conference itself.  Everyone planning to attend the conference must complete the registration form. Online registration for the ADA 2018 Education conference will be available mid- April 2018 at ADA University Conference webpage.
The registration fee is 35 AZN.
*Included in the registration fee: admission to all sessions, plenaries, share shop sessions, a printed copy of the conference program,  networking event, daily refreshment breaks, etc.
Payment should be made via bank transfer or online.  ADA University bank accounts info can be found here.
The fee waiver to provide financial support to young researchers, students planning to present at the Conference is available upon request and approval of the Conference Organizational Committee. 
Questions can be directed to ADA University School of Education at or (0099412) 4373235 (ext. 417)