SLERD 2021

6th International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystem and Regional Development – full blown virtual format




Bucharest 2021, 24-25 June 

After a first tour of Europe Timisoara (East), Aveiro (West) and Aalborg (North), Rome (South) and a virtual edition – SLERD 2020 – also the sixth edition of the SLERD conference will be held in a full blown virtual format.  SLERD 2021 is organized by the University Politehnica of Bucharest with the support of the University of Aveiro and, as for previous editions, supported by ASLERD.

SLERD 2021 is featuring

three keynotes by
• Inger Birkeland (University of South-Eastern Norway) – June 24
Place-conscious education and regional development: Facilitating ecologies of place
• Danielle McNamara (Arizona State University) – June 24
Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science: Enhancing Literacy from a Multidimensional Perspective
• Sébastien Turbot (eko6 and WISE research fellow) – June 25
Accelerating Learning Ecosystems: a Living Lab Approach

the Student Scientific Video Contest
call for contributions

the Open Debate – June 25 – on
Smart Learning Ecosystems as Engine of the “new normality”

and as Satellite Event – June 23 – the round table on
“Social inclusion at school: new perspectives for a smart learning ecosystem”

SLERD 2021 welcome researchers and practitioners from all over the world involved in the development of Smart Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education, as engines of social innovation and  territorial development.

At the core, the adjective smart comprises terms like intelligent, purpose oriented, supportive, artful, clever and the like. Thus, smart does not necessarily includes the usage of technology (neither does it exclude technology!).

Smart referred to learning ecosystems in ASLERD and SLERD contexts, thus, does not simply means “technology enhanced” (to include expert systems or AI). The smartness is a more complex multilayered construct related to the wellbeing of the players operating in the ecosystems, that hopefully are also in relation with the territory (see Declaration of Timisoara, the wikipedia page of ASLERD, the proceedings of the previous SLERD conferences published by Springer (Aveiro, Aalborg, Rome , SLERD2020 on-line) and the special issues (N.16, N.17, N.20, N.27, N.31, N.35, N.39, N.43 and N.47 in preparation) devoted to SLERD by IxD&A journal). Smartness is affected by the improvement of any relevant aspects of the learning processes and ecosystem functioning, especially if connected with territorial development and social innovation.
Technologies are mediators. Hopefully they should be included but they are not a “sine qua non”.

The achievement of the learning ecosystems’ smartness is a process that need a long term vision, multidisciplinary competences, an attitude to understand people and contexts and to mediate point of views, a dynamic resilience to keep on track to achieve, step by step, the foreseen goals: in short a design literacy from which to make emerge projects and processes capable to reify them, all aimed at achieving a people centered smart education, social innovation and territorial development.


watch the video of SLERD 2020 on the Youtube ASLERD channel