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The annual EAIR Forum is the opportunity for researchers, practitioners and policymakers to get together, to exchange information, give or listen to presentations, network with colleagues from abroad and meet new and interesting people. Forums are usually hosted by a university and each year a different European location is chosen as venue. Each Forum has a special theme, which is sub-divided into several tracks to accommodate special interests and various fields of expertise and specialisation.

Budapest, Hungary #EAIR2018

"Competition, Collaboration & Complementarity in Higher Education"

The 40th EAIR Forum was hosted by the Central European University - CEU in Budapest. 242 participants from all over the world took the chance to stand up for CEU - and made the anniversary of EAIR a great success.

Porto, Portugal #EAIR2017

"Under pressure? Higher education institutions coping with multiple challenges" The University of Porto hosted the 39th EAIR Forum. A total of 300 researchers, managers and lecturers from 30 countries participated at the conference.

Birmingham, UK #EAIR2016

"Only connect: Collaboration, cooperation and capacity building through HE partnerships"

The 38th EAIR conference was hosted by the Birmingham City University. 220 participants from 26 countries joined the Forum.

Krems, Austria #EAIR2015

Krems, Austria #EAIR2015

"From here to there: Positioning higher education institutions"

The 37th EAIR conference was hosted by the Danube-University Krems. 269 participants from 35 countries from all over the world took the chance to visit Austria.

EAIR - collaborating since 1979

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Would you like to host one of the next EAIR Forums? That is great!
What it means to become a host, what we can offer and how we could work together is explained in our brochure.

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EAIR Forum since 1979

  1. Forum 1979, Université de Paris I, France: “Institutional Research in North America and Europe”

  2. Forum 1980, London University Institute of Education, United Kingdom: “From Institutional Evaluation to Catastrophe Theory”

  3. 1981, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium: “The Pyramid of Decision and other Approaches”

  4. 1982, Uppsala University, Sweden: “The Universities in a Changing World – Adaptation or Guidance?”

  5. Forum 1983, University of Limburg, The Netherlands: “The University as an open system”

  6. Forum 1984, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium: „Beyond Retrenchment: Planning for Quality and Efficiency”

  7. Forum 1985, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: “Universities in the Melting Pot: Institutional Research as a Tool for Change”

  8. Forum 1986, Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom: “Information for Excellence”

  9. Forum 1987, University of Twente, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), The Netherlands: “The Changing Relationship between Government and Higher Education: The Management Challenge”

  10. Forum 1988, University of Bergen, Norway: “Evaluation of teaching and research in planning and management of institutions of higher education”

  11. Forum 1989, University of Trier, Germany: “Towards Excellence in European Higher Education in the 90’s”

  12. Forum 1990, Université Claude Bernard – Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France: “Quality and Communication for Improvement”

  13. Forum 1991, Napier Polytechnic, Scotland, United Kingdom: “Managing the Higher Education Environment”

  14. Forum 1992, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium: „Higher Education in Europe for Tomorrow: Strategy for Cooperation or Competition?”

  15. Forum 1993, University of Turku, Finland: “Higher Education in a Changing Environment: Regional, National and Trans-National Issues”

  16. Forum 1994, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands: “Less Administration, More Governance: Professional Leadership for Academic Professionals”

  17. Forum 1995, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland: “Dynamics in Higher Education: Traditions Challenged by New Paradigms”

  18. Forum 1996, Budapest University of Economics, Hungary: “Higher Education in the Market Place: strategies of survival and success”

  19. Forum 1997, University of Warwick, United Kingdom: “The University of the Twenty First Century”

  20. Forum 1998, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain: “Higher Education Institutions: open to innovation, willing to learn”

  21. Forum 1999, Lund University, Sweden: “New Realities – Renewed Institutions”

  22. Forum 2000, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany: „Institutional Responses to Mass Higher Education: The Challenge of Social Change and Technological Development”

  23. Forum 2001, University of Porto, Portugal: “Diversity and Harmonisation in Higher Education”

  24. Forum 2002, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic: “Crossing National, Structural and Technological Borders: Development and Management in Higher Education”

  25. Forum 2003, University of Limerick, Ireland: “Building Bridges and Enhancing Experience”

  26. Forum 2004, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain: “Knowledge Society Crossroads”

  27. Forum 2005, University of Latvia, Latvia: “Enduring Values and New Challenges in Higher Education”

  28. Forum 2006, University LUISS Guido Carli, Italy: “Who runs higher education in a Competitive World?”

  29. Forum 2007, Innsbruck University, Austria: “In Search of Identity: Dilemmas in Higher Education”

  30. Forum 2008, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark: “Polishing the silver: Are we really improving higher education?”

  31. Forum 2009, Vilnius University, Lithuania: “Polishing the silver: Are we really improving higher education?”

  32. Forum 2010, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain: “Linking Society and Universities: New Missions for Universities”

  33. Forum 2011, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland: “Bridging cultures, promoting diversity: higher education in search of an equilibrium”

  34. Forum 2012, University of Stavanger, Norway: “The Social Contract of Higher Education”

  35. Forum 2013, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands: “The impact of higher education: addressing the challenges of the 21st century”

  36. Forum 2014, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany: “Higher Education Diversity and Excellence for Society”

An outline for hosting an EAIR Forum:

    • Forum to be held last week of August or first week of September
    • Three or four day conference
    • Presentation Rooms (Fully AV equipped) approximately:
      • 1 Auditorium (350-400 capacity),
      • 1 meeting room & 1 office room
      • 3-4 Presentation Rooms (60-75)
      • 5-6 Presentation Rooms (40-50)
    • Coffee/Tea Break & Lunch facilities
    • Welcome Reception & Social Dinner Even
​ Interested in hosting? We would love to hear from you!
  • 15 July 2024: Deadline full paper submission for participants to the best paper award
  • 15 August 2024: Deadline powerpoint submission for the presentations

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