TEFCE presented at leading international conferences

October 4, 2021

The TEFCE team received invitations to present the TEFCE project and TEFCE Toolbox at six major international conferences:

• Westminster Higher Education Forum: “UK universities and their contribution to local and regional development” (10.05.2021): TEFCE project leader Thomas Farnell presented the TEFCE Toolbox at an online national conference in the UK chaired by UK Member of Parliaments and including high-profile speakers from the Civic University Commission, Times Higher Education Research England and Imperial College London. The session was attended by 102 participants.

• Living Knowledge Conference 2021 (28.06-02.07. 2021): The Living Knowledge Network is composed of researchers and students active in - or supportive of- community-based research and ‘science shops’ and aims to bring together all those involved in doing or supporting research with and for communities. The TEFCE team (represented by IDE, GUNi and UNIRI) held the opening panel of the conference, entitled ‘From theory to practice: community engagement and higher education’. The session was attended by 48 participants.

• European Educational Researcher Association: ECER 2021: European Conference on Educational Research (06 - 10 September 2021): ECER is the largest conference on educational research in Europe The TEFCE team (represented by IDE and TU Dublin) were speakers and discussants at the symposium "Civic Engagement in Higher Education Teaching and Learning", which took place as a breakout session within ECER. Other speakers included researchers from the University of Vienna and University of Tartu, whose presentations also quoted the TEFCE Toolbox. The session was attended by 7 participants.

• TNLC 2021: Talloires Network Leaders Conference 2021 (30 September – 3 October 2021): TEFCE project leader Thomas Farnell joined a panel of experts including Dr. Mathew Johnson (Albion College, USA / Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement), Uwe Brandenburg (Global Impact Institute), Dr. Haifa Reda Jamal Al-Lail (Effat University, Saudi Arabia). The panel, moderated by Dr. Leslie Van Rooi (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) focused on the topic ‘University-Community Engagement Track: Comparing and Contrasting International Frameworks’, and included reflections on the value of the TEFCE Toolbox. The session was attended by 45 participants.

Presentations and links to the recordings of the Westminster Forum and the Talloires webinar will be available soon in the section www.tefce.eu/consultations.

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