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The meeting had to be postponed. New date in 2021.

Anniversary Conference - 10 Years of

Friday, August 27, 2021, HEP Vaud, Lausanne

Call for posters (Registration closed)
Conference topic issue


Literacy – Potential for Science and Practice 

The online platform aims to support the research and promotion of literacy and to link science and practice across language barriers. Since March of 2010, 33 issues with hundreds of contributions from research and practice have been published. The platform has established itself as a digital journal far beyond the borders of the country.

At our anniversary conference, we want to take up and continue the discussions revolving around the concept of literacy, which have been held on for the past ten years:

  • What role does literature play nowadays in the German-, French- and Italian-speaking research communities?
  • What significance does the concept of literacy have for the practice of promoting reading, writing and media skills - in school and extracurricular contexts?
  • What innovative forms of literacy promotion have emerged since 2010, and in what directions should the practice of literacy promotion develop?

These are some of the questions to be addressed at the conference.

The event is aimed at researchers and mediators who are involved in research and/or promotion of literacy in schools, families, day-care centers, libraries, etc., but also at all other stakeholders from culture and education and other interested parties.



Welcome coffee


Opening plenum

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to the conference topic
  • Introduction to the poster session
10.00 Break / poster exhibition   

Short presentations

  • Development of the platform
  • Focus 1: Literacy and orality
  • Focus 2: Literacy and specialized lessons
  • Focus 3: Literacy and digital media

Panel discussion with experts on literacy

  • Comments on the focus topics
  • Different concepts of literacy in discussion
12.30 Lunch break / poster exhibition
13.30 Poster session
Questions and exchange

Ateliers, Round 1   Insights into projects and practice

  • A1 Literacy in early childhood (0-4 years)
  • A2 Literacy and plurilinguism at school
  • A3 Libraries and digital literacy
  • A4 Literacy and multimodality
  • A5 Adult literacy and basic skills
15.15 Break / poster exhibition   

Ateliers, Round 2   Insights into projects and practice

  • A1 Literalität in der frühen Kindheit (0–4 Jahre)
  • A2 Literalität und Plurilinguismus in der Schule
  • A3 Bibliotheken und digitale Literalität
  • A4 Literalität und Multimodalität
  • A5 Literalität und Grundkompetenzen von Erwachsenen
17.00 Closing assembly
  • Visual commentary
  • Review and thanks
17.15 End of the conference

The detailed conference program will be available here from March 31, 2021 onwards.


Registration for the conference via ConfTool of HEP Vaud will be possible from April 1, 2021 onwards.


Haut école pédagogique HEP Vaud (University of Teacher Education)
Avenue de cour 33
CH–1014 Lausanne


Access and map of the HEP Vaud campus in Lausanne


Thomas Sommer
Office of the Swiss Literacy Forum
c/o Swiss Institute of Children's and Youth Media SIKJM
Georgengasse 6, 8006 Zurich

Conference topic issue (to be published in early July 2020)

The number 2/2020 of takes up the topic in the run-up to the conference and publishes more than 10 contributions under the title "Literacy - Potentials for Science and Practice". These current articles will also be discussed at the conference itself and will be related to the retrospective of the contributions of the past 10 years. Number 2/2020 will be published at the beginning of July 2020.

Read more about the concept behind this anniversary issue here (in GermanFrench or Italian).
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