Make it matter

This year’s motto “Make it matter” reflects the consortium's intention to organize an event of relevance. We invite the national research teams to...

  • Make the forum matter by using the chance to present your results and data to your fellow researchers to get feedback.
  • Make the EUROSTUDENT data matter also in the future by developing ways to further increase data quality and response rates.
  • Make your publications matter by exploring communication strategies and ways to more effectively address policy makers.

The Forum opens a platform for the participating countries to exchange best practices in national implementation of the EUROSTUDENT survey, present and discuss EUROSTUDENT results and analysis strategies and initiate and foster collaboration opportunities. A hands-on workshop draws the focus towards the dissemination and effective communication of the results to the EUROSTUDENT stakeholders.

The Forum will gather representatives from all national research teams involved in conducting the EUROSTUDENT VII survey at the national level.

Participants of the event will have a possibility to:

  • Hear expert opinions and share best practices of overcoming the challenges experienced during the implementation of national EUROSTUDENT surveys;
  • Discuss preliminary results and provide feedback on their importance for policy development;
  • Learn how to transform survey results into policy recommendations;
  • Receive consultations on relevant data preparation and analysis issues;
  • Network with researchers from other countries.

On the day of arrival (17 February) we will gather for the Poster session where participants will be able to reflect on topics of interest for EUROSTUDENT analysis, most surprising results and cooperation possibilities. Networking activities and a cultural program including a joint dinner will also take place on the first afternoon and evening.

The first full day of the Forum (18 February) is dedicated to sharing the knowledge and experience gathered by national teams on different survey implementation issues, as well as learning about the possible solutions. In the afternoon of the first day participants will concentrate on the analysis of results presented by national teams in thematic parallel sessions.

In order to facilitate understanding and discussions, national teams are asked to contribute by sharing the results of recent data analysis.

The second day of the conference (19 February) will focus on enhancing knowledge in impact writing for a better reach of EUROSTUDENT results. With the help of a policy writing expert, we will explore the possibilities for researchers to make their data and study results more policy relevant. No preparation in advance is expected from the national researchers for the second day, but active participation is appreciated.

Opportunities for networking among the participants will be provided in dedicated sessions and naturally throughout the whole event. Besides input from the EUROSTUDENT national teams, international guest speakers are invited.

All national teams are encouraged to actively contribute to the Forum by presenting a poster, a presentation, and/or chairing a workshop.

Please see the relevant information below.

DRAFT AGENDA (as of November 14, 2019):

Monday, 17 February 2020
All day Arrival
16:30 - 17:00 Registration / welcome coffee
Courtyard Vilnius City Center – Castle yard, 2nd floor
17:00 - 18:30 Poster session and networking activities
19:00 - 22:00 Cultural program & joint dinner


Tuesday, 18 February 2020
09:00 – 9:30 Registration and welcome coffee
Lobby on the 2nd floor
09:30 – 10:00 Opening of the conference - setting the scene
Kristina Hauschildt, EUROSTUDENT project coordinator
Representative of the European Commission – TBC
Robert Napier, President of the European Students’ Union
10:00 – 11:30 Keynote by Prof. Edith de Leeuw, Utrecht University
Declining response rates in online surveys in Europe – what can be done? (working title)
11:30 – 13:00
Coffee within the session
Workshop - Lessons learned during the implementation of EUROSTUDENT survey
Exchange of good practices and examples – see section "Get involved".
Developing guidelines for more efficient EUROSTUDENT implementation from the national perspective.
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:00 EUROSTUDENT VII micro data: Plans & process.
Presentation with Q&A session.
15:00 – 17:00 Thematic parallel workshops
Analysis of EUROSTUDENT results: input from national teams.
See section "Get involved".
17:00 – 17:30 Wrap-up of the Day 1
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner
Hotel’s restaurant


Wednesday, 19 February 2020
09:00 – 12:00 Training session: Impact (policy-oriented) writing
Jakov Bojović (Executive Director, Centre for Policy Writing - CEPOW)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 14:00 Update and discussion on EUROSTUDENT project activities
  • Update and discussion on EUROSTUDENT project activities
  • Further steps of EUROSTUDENT VII
14:00 - 14:30 Wrap-up of the Forum
14:30 - 18:00 Departure / individual consultations with consortium



To kick off the event and get the discussions started, we invite all national research teams to bring a poster to facilitate the discussions with other participants. The session will start with a round of “lighting” poster presentations (< 1 min), after which participants will have the chance to freely move around the room and engage with presenters and posters of interest. Posters should clearly focus on a specific question or topic think of it as your personal billboard – what would like to present to and discuss with the other national research teams? For example, posters could...

  • Show a result you have found in your (EUROSTUDENT VI or EUROSTUDENT VII) data that surprises you – what ideas do the researchers have? Do they have similar findings? For example, which indicator(s) have changed the most from the past to the current round? Which focus groups stick out? In which indicator is your country special?
  • Briefly present a “hot topic” relating to student life in your country, inviting other researchers to share their national situation with you.
  • Propose a collaboration idea, looking for interested researchers among the EUROSTUDENT national teams.

However, these are just ideas – the poster is your chance to create a dialogue with the other EUROSTUDENT researchers. Get creative – you could even create interaction opportunities (by providing voting stickers, comment fields, etc.)! The posters will be left hanging throughout the event.

Please indicate during registration if you intend to bring a poster.


On the first day of the Forum, a workshop is dedicated to an open exchange about lessons learned and best practices during survey implementation. The workshop format is intended to stimulate direct, small-group discussions while at the same time giving everyone the chance to learn about and contribute to all topics. It is planned as follows:

  • Short (1 min) presentations by session chairs in plenary
  • Breakout sessions (5-10 min input from session chair, 10-15 min Q&A and discussion) – repeated 4 times
  • Documentation of results: key take-aways of do’s and don’ts

The organisers welcome volunteers to chair a methodological breakout session.

  • Have you conducted methodological research and have results to share with the other research teams?
  • What were the particular challenges in your country, and how did you approach them?
  • What can other teams learn?
  • What remains challenging and needs to be discussed within the EUROSTUDENT network?

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to: effects of incentives, reminders, different consent forms, invitation strategies, invitation wording, progress bars, etc. Findings from other surveys are also welcome as long as they are generalizable.

If you are interested in sharing your experience by chairing a workshop, please get in touch with Vaida (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by December 15th – a short description of the topic/question per email is sufficient. The organization team will get back to you by Jan 15th to confirm and with additional information.


We invite all national research teams to prepare a presentation sharing results of interest with their international colleagues during the thematic sessions.


EUROSTUDENT has a broad thematic coverage, covering many facets related to the social dimension of student life in Europe by investigating students’ social, economic, and study conditions. At the EUROSTUDENT Researchers’ Forum, all EUROSTUDENT-related topics are welcome. Submissions will be grouped according to topic so that thematic sessions can provide the background for discussions. Presentations focusing on a clear topic or question make it easier to identify an appropriate group.

Input from the survey of national researchers has indicated strong interest in the following topics, so that several contributions in these areas are expected: student employment, characteristics of students (under-represented groups), access and social background, and housing.

Presentations related to the topic of “Flexible learning paths into and within higher education” – the working title of a thematic review prepared by the EUROSTUDENT consortium – can inform the author’s work and stimulate relevant discussions.

Data sources

Presentations are not limited to EUROSTUDENT VII data – analyses based on the data from previous rounds, as well as interesting results from thematically related studies/surveys are also welcome. We are especially interested in learning about in- depth analyses of EUROSTUDENT data that go beyond descriptive reporting, e.g. analyses using multivariate methods, or focusing on specific groups.

Format & submission process

To submit a presentation, please send a brief abstract (300-500 words) to Vaida Šaukeckienė (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by December 15th. The organisers will group the sessions and find a time slot in the programme.

We encourage all teams to use the chance to get helpful input from the international EUROSTUDENT community on their work. Please do not be shy to present preliminary, unclear or surprising results and findings!


On the final day of the Forum, we will have the chance to examine success factors for writing for policy. Many national teams prepare reports, briefs, and other materials on the (national) EUROSTUDENT results, addressing policy makers at the national and European levels. For a chance to receive feedback on your materials from Jakov Bojovic (Executive Director, Centre for Policy Writing - CEPOW) , please submit them by December 15th by sending an electronic version or a link to Vaida (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Selected submissions will get an assessment by Jakov and may be used as an example during the workshop. Unfortunately, only English-language documents can be considered.


To register please fill in and submit the registration form.

EUROSTUDENT Researchers’ Forum is organized in order to bring together researchers from all the national teams participating in EUROSTUDENT VII. Therefore, the registration is now only open for national teams due to the capacities of the event.

The Forum itself is free of charge (incl. program material, meals during the conference and dinners on the 17th and 18th of February) for 2 members per national EUROSTUDENT team. More are very welcome but might be asked to contribute to the conference costs (+/- 100€).

Please note that travel and accommodation should be arranged and covered by the national teams themselves.

The deadline for final registration is 15th of January 2020.


The conference will be held at the COURTYARD VILNIUS CITY CENTER hotel.

Address: Rinktines St. 3, Vilnius 09234, Lithuania; Phone: +370 5 207 0707

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Participants need to arrange travel to/from Vilnius (incl. flights and local transportation) themselves.

Practical information on local transportation will be provided by organizers before the event.


Participants may arrange accommodation at their own discretion. However, the conference venue hotel COURTYARD VILNIUS CITY CENTER offers a special rate of 70€/night for Twin Comfort Room on bed & breakfast basis. Please note that the offer will be valid until the 31st of January 2020.

To book this offer, please use this link.

The COURTYARD VILNIUS CITY CENTER hotel is a four star modern hotel situated in the heart of Vilnius, just across the river from the Old Town district and main attractions. The Marriott Vilnius offers free Wi-Fi and a fitness center.

Address: Rinktines St. 3, Vilnius 09234, Lithuania.

Contact person: Vaida Šaukeckienė, STRATA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )