Call for Contributions

We are happy to announce the call for papers for the next issue of the European Journal of University Lifelong Learning (EJULL). This Call for Contributions is connected to the SMILE Final Symposium and the 2023 eucen Autumn Seminar and will be focusing on diversity and inclusion. Our journal’s diverse readership includes researchers, practitioners and policymakers and we invite submissions that seek to engage specifically with one or more of those groups of readers. The title of these events is:

Diversity in modern society – Making inclusion a central strategy in our universities

Themes of the Call

In multi-cultural societies like those we life on, richness of ideas, preferences, and cultures cohabitate. This offers endless possibility for learning and openness. However, sometimes politics and economics are driving forces that overshadow the opportunities that diversity brings. Are we embedding and profiting from multicultural chances? Do we value multiculturalism and diversity as disserved? Are universities prepared to go ‘that extra mile’ towards diversity and inclusion?

The fall events organised by eucen in collaboration with the SMILE project consortium would like to present ways to expand university good practices in the area of diversity and inclusion and focus on supporting professional and institutional development. You can download the full Call in pdf format here.

You can submit your abstract addressing one of the three blocks of inequity:

1. Migrant background students

Migrant background students are underrepresented in higher education due to lower access and participation and high attainment rates. This can lead to unemployment and a higher risk of poverty and social exclusion.

Your contribution could be linked to themes such as: 

– Adaptation of the HEI curricula
– Flexibility of studies, to adapt to this target group’s needs
– Recognition and validation of prior learning

2. Women in leadership

Gender inequality in higher education is evident in the low number of women in leadership positions.Career progression in higher education is often related to research and research leadership, and men are 3 times more likely than women to reach the top in research-oriented institutions.

Your contribution could be linked to themes such as:

– Enabling and supporting gender balance 
– Avoiding gender parity only for the sake of doing so
– Recognition of challenges in and out of the working place

3. Low socio-economic status students

‘Low socio-economic status’ is not defined in the same way in all countries and no recent aggregated comparative data is available. However, the educational attainment of parents can be used as a proxy, as it is closely related to employment, occupation and income. Students whose parents have attained a higher level of education have higher rates of completion in all EU countries, though to varying degrees.

Your contribution could be linked to themes such as:

– Entry and attainment 
– Financial aid – innovative ways 
– Special programmes that make a difference

Apart from selecting one topic, your abstract must connected at least to one of these challenges:

a) Understanding diversity – promoting diversity, intersectionality, active engagement and advocacy

b) Collaborating towards diversity – cooperation between stakeholders, support to stakeholders’ actions

c) Embedding diversity – HE programmes, data collection, monitoring or results

d) Facilitating diversity – flexible pathways, staff training, funding

We recommend you read the SMILE Policy Recommendations and Action Plan to expand your understanding on these 4 areas.

Abstracts from Participants

You are invited from all fields of research to submit an abstract addressing the symposium and seminar themes. Contributions from colleagues all around the world are welcome. Abstracts should be no more than 600 words. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 22nd September 2023. The Scientific Committee of these events is responsible for the selection of the submitted abstracts. Please submit your abstract using the form below. Note that you can choose to submit your abstract as a piece to be considered for the SMILE Diversity Award 2023.

Only abstracts submitted using this form below will be accepted.

What happens if we invite you to submit a Full Paper?

The authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper to EJULL. Once the manuscript is received, reviewed and accepted, the paper will be included in one of the next issues of the European Journal of University Lifelong Learning (EJULL)

The next issue of the EJULL will expand on the themes raised during the SMILE Symposium and 2023 eucen Autumn Seminar in Barcelona (ES), 16-17 November 2023. The themes addressed in this current issue are in line with the topics of the current call: Migrant background students, Women in leadership, and Low socio-economic status students.

We welcome submission for three kinds of papers: 

  1. Research papers drawing on theoretical debates or empirical research, contextualised within current national and international policy debate, which develop the theoretical base of the field or report on empiricala research done.   Length: max. 3000-5000 words  
  2. Innovative Practice/Short papers including critical evaluations to share and discuss specific projects or practical approaches that either are in progress or have been completed. Length: max. 2000-3000 words  
  3. Discussion papers presenting an informed opinion or reflection on current research and policy developments on university lifelong learning. Length: max. 1000-2000 words 

All research papers undergo a double-blind review. Innovative practice/short papers and discussion papers are reviewed by one of the editorial board members. 


  • Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 15 September 2023
  • Feedback from the Scientific Committee to authors: 10 October 2023
  • Deadline to register for the SMILE Symposium and eucen Autumn Seminar: 03 November 2023 (after this date, works won’t be considered for the autumn events)
  • Deadline for the submission of full papers – 12 December 2023 (to be sent to journals@eucen.eu)
  • Feedback provided to authors from reviewers – 31 January 2024
  • Deadline for authors to submit their reviewed papers – 23 February 2024
  • Publication date – 31 May 2024



Please, always use the House Style in your manuscripts to avoid delaying or jeopardising the peer-review process.


Abstracts are to be proposed and submitted by one person. Only up to three other people can be named as co-authors in the abstract proposal. For each participant, a maximum of two proposals, in which the person is named as an author or co-author, may be submitted. The abstract proposal must indicate which of the named authors will be presenting the paper. All those authors attending must register for the SMILE Symposium and 2023 eucen Autumn Seminar.  The author or one of the named co-authors is responsible for communicating with the eucen conference organisers about the paper. Please indicate who the nominated contact person is.  Accepted abstracts will be listed at these events’ website. At least one of the authors must register for the SMILE Symposium and 2023 eucen Autumn Seminar.

Full conference papers will be externally peer reviewed and those that are accepted will be part of the European Journal of University Lifelong Learning – EJULL