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Inequalities, socio-spatial polarization, and diversity

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Join us for the ENLIGHT Teaching and Learning Conference and Awards - edition 2021

The first ENLIGHT Teaching and Learning Conference will be hosted by Ghent University November 18 and 19, 2021. The central conference theme is Learning from and with each other – peer learning across all levels of the university. The theme of peer learning refers to the educational method used in courses and programmes and to learning from each other during and after the conference. 

Read more below about our keynote speaker and browse the forty sessions in our full programme. 

Keynote speaker: Prof. Eric Mazur

Attending the Conference

Teaching and Learning Awards Ceremony


Keynote speaker: Prof. Eric Mazur

erik mazurEric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Chair of Applied Physics at Harvard University, Member of the Faculty of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Past President of the Optical Society. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics in the Physics Department at Harvard University. Mazur founded several companies and plays an active role in industry.

In addition to his work in optical physics, Mazur has been very active in education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction, a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. He is the author of Peer Instruction: A User's Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively. In 2006 he helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching. Dr. Mazur's teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many disciplines.


Attending the Conference 

Please note that the conference is an invitation-only event for the ENLIGHT community. The opening and the keynote will be livestreamed, and aftermovies will be made available.The ENLIGHT institutional coordinators will liaise with the presenting authors and other participants of their institution for further practical details such as registration, travel and hotel.

The conference is focused on interaction, hence the decision for a physical event – the first one for the ENLIGHT community. The conference will be a “Covid Safe Ticket” event. This implies that participants will have to present their EU Digital Covid Certificate, also required for traveling. We will closely monitor the safety regulations. Participants are required to follow their national regulations. Further info: and

View the full programme [via Conftool]


Teaching and Learning Awards Ceremony

The ENLIGHT Teaching and Learning Award 2021 will be handed to the winner during the ceremony on Thursday, November 18 at 17.35 PM.

The ENLIGHT Teaching and Learning Award recognizes a course or programme which has implemented innovative, international pedagogical approaches and/or learning practices related to specific ENLIGHT educational aims. The criteria for this year’s award are:

  • The use of activating teaching methods related to specific ENLIGHT educational aims(for instance: challenge-based or problem-based education)
  • The use of peer learning
  • The use of feedback

Each ENLIGHT university will submit one nominee for the award. The nominees are technically ''courses'' rather than individuals so an entire teaching team of one course, for example, could be nominated. The eventual winner will be known as “ENLIGHT's Course (or programme) of the Year'', with two runners-up honored as well.

Call for proposals and reviewers

The call for proposals and the call for reviewers is now closed. We have received 62 submissions. We thank all the authors for their abstracts and the reviewers for their evaluation and feedback.


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