10:00 - 10:30 REGISTRATION & Welcome coffee
10:30 - 12:00 OPENING PLENARY SESSION: Effective policies and practices for empowering schools and promoting quality education

Moderated by Mr Jan Pakulski, Head of Unit "Evidence-Based Policy and Evaluation", European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Welcome by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Dr Daniel Gros, Director at the Centre for European Policy Studies

Welcome by the Coordinators of the Networks NESET II and EENEE
Dr Jana Huttova, Scientific Coordinator of the Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET II)
Prof Ludger Woessmann, Scientific Coordinator of the European Experts Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) and Director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education

Welcome by the European Commission
Mr Jens Nymand Christensen, Deputy Director General, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Keynote address
Dr Abigail McKnight, Associate Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics

12:00 - 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
13:30 - 15:00 PARALLEL GROUP SESSIONS

Session 1 - Importance of institutional frameworks to ensure quality and equity
Moderated by Dr Miroslav Beblavý, Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the European Experts Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) and Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of Unit at Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Prof Erna Nairz-Wirth, Head of the Education Sciences Group, Vienna University of Economics and Business and member of NESET II
Dr Jean Hindriks, Full professor in Economics, Université Catholique de Louvain
Mr Rimantas Dumčius, Research Director at Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI)

Discussants:
Prof Dr Idesbald Nicaise, HIVA (Research Institute For Work and Society), KU Leuven; Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, KU Leuven and member of NESET II;

Dr Andreu Arenas, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), Université catholique de Louvain

Session 2 - Migrants, refugees and other minority groups - how to identify successful integration policies

Moderated by Dr Jens Schneider, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, University of Osnabrück and member of NESET II.

Dr Maria De Paola, Associate professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance, University of Calabria
Ms Claudia Köhler, SIRIUS Board Member, Executive Director of Farafina Institute, Senior Researcher at European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS).

Discussants:
Dr Mehtap Akgüç, Research Fellow at Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Session 3 - Empowering teachers: promoting skills and competences for the 21st century learning and teaching

Moderated by Ms Hanna Siarova, Research Manager at Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI)

Prof Dr Daniel Münich, Professor of Professional Practice at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education, Economics Institute (CERGE-EI) and member of EENEE
Dr Nima Sharmahd, Senior Researcher at Centre for Innovation in the Early Years (VBJK)

Discussants:
Dr Jan Peeters, Director of Centre for Innovation in the Early Years (VBJK), Ghent University and member of NESET II;
Dr Karolien Lenaerts, Researcher at Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

15:00 - 15:30 REFRESHMENTS BREAK
15:30 - 16:30 CLOSING PLENARY SESSION: New areas for evidence and research

Moderated by Mr Adam Tyson, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Dr Jana Huttova, Scientific Coordinator of the Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET II)
Prof Tobias Ley, Center of Excellence on Educational Innovation, Tallinn University, Estonia
Dr Miroslav Beblavý, Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the European Experts Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) and Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of Unit at Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)