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The European Commission – DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) and the Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET II) are organising their 2nd annual conference, on “Empowering schools: evidence-informed policies for quality education”.

The Conference will be held on 23rd November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrès, 1, 1000 Brussels.

The EENEE and NESET II Conference is a major annual event aiming to encourage broader dialogue between policy makers at the EU and national levels and researchers, offering a wide ground for information exchange. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the evidence on effective policies and practices gathered by NESET II and EENEE as well as their implications for policy makers, researchers, practitioners, civil society organisations and other stakeholders at local, national and european levels.

The 2017 Conference is focused on the topic of schools and their role in improving education. The main purpose of the Conference is to discuss different measures that directly impact schools and ECEC services, the evidence that both networks have gathered on the issues and to debate possible policies and orientations that can lead to the empowerment of schools and ECEC services to better meet the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s society.

The Conference will alternate between the formats of plenary sessions and parallel group discussions to enable dialogue and sufficient opportunities for the audience to actively participate. Both networks will present the key messages they have gathered and analysed from the pertinent literature in recent years. The importance of ECEC and of measures to integrate immigrants and refugees as well as other disadvantaged groups will be central topics of this year’s conference.