EAIR Forums

See the programme by clicking on the title of the Forum (now available: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. More will be added soon.)


1st Forum 1979, Université de Paris I, France

Forum Chair, Dr Claude Cossu, Université de Paris I

Institutional Research in North America and Europe


2nd Forum 1980, London University Institute of Education, United Kingdom

Forum Chair, Dr John Calvert, Loughborough University of Technology

From Institutional Evaluation to Catastrophe Theory


3rd Forum 1981, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Forum Chair, Michel Hecquet, Université Catholique de Louvain

The Pyramid of Decision and other Approaches


4th Forum 1982, Uppsala University, Sweden

Forum Chair, Thaly Nilsson, Uppsala University

The Universities in a Changing World – Adaptation or Guidance?


5th Forum 1983, University of Limburg, The Netherlands

Forum Chair, Peter G M de Rooij, University of Limburg, Maastricht

The University as an open system


6th Forum 1984, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Franz Bingen, Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Beyond Retrenchment: Planning for Quality and Efficiency


7th Forum 1985, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Forum Chair, Niels Jørgen Hertzum, University of Copenhagen

Universities in the Melting Pot: Institutional Research as a Tool for Change


8th Forum 1986, Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom

Forum Chair, John Calvert, Loughborough University of Technology

Information for Excellence


9th Forum 1987, University of Twente, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), The Netherlands

Forum Chair, Frans van Vught, University of Twente, (CHEPS)

The Changing Relationship between Government and Higher Education: The Management Challenge


10th Forum 1988, University of Bergen, Norway

Forum Chair, Edmund Utne, University of Bergen

Evaluation of teaching and research in planning and management of institutions of higher education


11th Forum 1989, University of Trier, Germany

Forum Chair, Edgar Frackmann, HIS Hochschul-Informations-System

Towards Excellence in European Higher Education in the 90’s


12th Forum 1990, Université Claude Bernard – Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France

Forum Chair, Laurence Denonfoux, Université Claude Bernard Lyon I

Quality and Communication for Improvement


13th Forum 1991, Napier Polytechnic, Scotland, United Kingdom

Forum Chair, Michael Wright, Napier Polytechnic, Edinburgh

Managing the Higher Education Environment


14th Forum 1992, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Forum Chair, Franz Bingen, Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Higher Education in Europe for Tomorrow: Strategy for Cooperation or Competition?


15th Forum 1993, University of Turku, Finland

Forum Chair, Kari Hyppönen, University of Turku

Higher Education in a Changing Environment: Regional, National and Trans-National Issues


16th Forum 1994, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Forum Chair, Liesbeth van Welie, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Less Administration, More Governance: Professional Leadership for Academic Professionals


17th Forum 1995, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland

Forum Chair, Marcel Herbst, ETH Zürich

Dynamics in Higher Education: Traditions Challenged by New Paradigms


18th Forum 1996, Budapest University of Economics, Hungary

Forum Chair, Péter Debreczeni, Debreczeni & Associates Consulting, Budapest

Higher Education in the Market Place: strategies of survival and success


19th Forum 1997, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Forum Chair, Michael Shattock, University of Warwick

The University of the Twenty First Century


20th Forum 1998, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain

Forum Chair, José-Ginés Mora, University of Valencia

Higher Education Institutions: open to innovation, willing to learn


21st Forum 1999, Lund University, Sweden

Forum Chair, Karl-Axel Nilsson, Lund University

New Realities – Renewed Institutions


22nd Forum 2000, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Forum Chair, Christine Keitel, Freie Universität Berlin

Institutional Responses to Mass Higher Education: The Challenge of Social Change and Technological Development


23rd Forum 2001, University of Porto, Portugal

Forum Chair, Daniel Mora, University of Porto

Diversity and Harmonisation in Higher Education


24th Forum 2002, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

Forum Chair, Václav Havlícek, Czech Technical University, Prague

Crossing National, Structural and Technological Borders: Development and Management in Higher Education


25th Forum 2003, University of Limerick, Ireland

Forum Chair, Patrick Cashell, University of Limerick

Building Bridges and Enhancing Experience


26th Forum 2004, Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Forum Chair, Juan J Pérez, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona

Knowledge Society Crossroads


27th Forum 2005, University of Latvia, Latvia

Forum Chair, Indriķis Muiznieks, University of Latvia, Riga

Enduring Values and New Challenges in Higher Education


28th Forum 2006, University LUISS Guido Carli, Italy

Forum Chair, Giorgio di Giorgio, University LUISS Guido Carli, Rome

Who runs higher education in a Competitive World?


29th Forum 2007, Innsbruck University, Austria

Forum Chair, Stephan Laske, Innsbruck University, Innsbruck

In Search of Identity: Dilemmas in Higher Education


30th Forum 2008, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Forum Chair, Ib Andersen, Copenhagen business School, Copenhagen

Polishing the silver: Are we really improving higher education?


31st Forum 2009, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Forum Chair, Rimantas Vaitkus, Vilnius University

Polishing the silver: Are we really improving higher education?


32nd Forum 2010, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Forum Chair, Miguel Ferrando Bataller, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Linking Society and Universities: New Missions for Universities


33rd Forum 2011, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Forum Chair, Janina Jozwiak, Warsaw School of Economics

Bridging cultures, promoting diversity: higher education in search of an equilibrium


34th Forum 2012, University of Stavanger, Norway

Forum Chair, Jan Erik Karslen, University of Stavanger

The Social Contract of Higher Education


35th Forum 2013, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Forum Chair, Henk Schmidt, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The impact of higher education: addressing the challenges of the 21st century


36th Forum 2014, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Forum Chair, Ulrich Teichler, University of Kassel

Higher Education Diversity and Excellence for Society


37th Forum 2015, Danube University Krems, Austria

Forum Chair, Attila Pausits, Danube University Krems

From here to there: Positioning higher education institutions


38th Forum 2016, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom

Forum Chair, Mark O’Hara, Birmingham City University

Only connect: Collaboration, cooperation and capacity building through HE partnerships


39th Forum 2017, University of Porto, Portugal

Forum Chair, Pedro Teixeira, University of Porto

Under pressure? Higher education institutions coping with multiple challenges