Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE)

Forthcoming events


9-11 September 2015: Form Follows Learning, Athens, Greece

Buildings Infrastructure Greece

The conference leverages the OECD’s knowledge and expertise to further assist Greece develop efficient and effective learning environments, and enable an exchange between OECD members and others on best practice. Further information: www.formfollowslearning.com


6-7 November 2014: Second Session of the Group of National Experts on Effective Learning Environments (GNE), Genova, Italy (by invitation only)

Contact: Hannah.vonAhlefeld@oecd.org.


21-22 October 2013: First Session of the Group of National Experts on Effective Learning Environments (GNE), Paris, France (by invitation only)

Contact: Hannah.vonAhlefeld@oecd.org.


18-20 June 2012: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Universities through Educational Facilities, Seoul, Korea

Organised by OECD/CELE in co-operation with the Educational Facilities Research and Management Center, Korean Educational Development Institute (EDUMAC - KEDI).

University facilities need to adapt and provide a quality environment for teaching, learning, research and as a workplace. At this conference, the topic will be explored through the lens of four themes, ensuring quality facilities, green campuses, the role of public private partnerships and efficient facility management systems. This will be the third conference held by the OECD in the series: Higher Education Spaces and Places: for Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, and follows those held in Helsinki in May 2008, and in Riga in December 2009. Further information: www.cele2012korea.com


31 May-1 June 2012: OECD CELE / World Bank international workshop : Ready, Steady, Go! Inspiring Design of Learning Environments for Early Childhood Education and Care, Moscow, Russian Federation

Organised by OECD and World Bank, in collaboration with Government of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), National Ministry of Education and Moscow City Government

The workshop, which involves regional educational authorities, urban planners, experts, will focus on current research on linkages between design and quality of facilities, and developmental outcomes of young children; examples of exemplary completed projects, projects under development or ECEC facilities in use; examples of national and regional frameworks and legislation on the design and construction of facilities for ECEC. For further information, click here.


22-24 February 2012:  A Recipe for Success: Transforming Learning Environments through Dynamic Local Partnerships, Turku, Finland

Organised by OECD/CELE, University of Turku, Municipality of Kaarina, and Finnish National Board of Education.

The conference will bring together a range of local and regional players from universities, local businesses and school communities to discuss the catalysts and drivers for transforming today's learning environments into dynamic learning communities of the future. http://congress.utu.fi/CELE2012/ 


29 September 2011: Celebrating 50 Years of Educational Facilities: Launch Event for Designing for Education, Paris, France

The launch event for CELE’s flagship publication Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011 commemorated OECD’s anniversary by bringing together top designers and educators to celebrate 50 years of educational facilities design. To watch the webcast recordings and videos, click on CELE's multimedia page for the event or consult www.oecd.org/edu/facilities/compendiumlaunch.


30 September 2011: 3rd Session of the Board of Participants of the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE), Paris, France (by invitation only)


30-31 May 2011: Better Value for Schools: Making Public-Private Partnerships Work for Educational Infrastructure, Athens, Greece

Organised by OECD/CELE and the School Buildings Organisation, Greece

A key challenge for governments is to meet the changing needs of education within the constraints of tighter budgets. As governments seek to find ways of improving value for money from PPP agreements that can last over 25 years, this conference will explore the key issues behind successful PPPs in educational infrastructure, drawing on the expertise from different countries, the European Investment Bank and other institutions. www.bettervalue4schools.gr


30 March 2011, OECD CELE member-only webinar, "Standardised design: applications and challenges".

This live webinar explored the context, implementation and overall impact and benchmark for the future through using “standardised design” approaches in six different countries. Click here for the report Standardised design for schools: old solutions new contexts?.


18 October 2010: 2nd Session of the Board of Participants of the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE), Paris, France.


20-22 September 2010: “IMAGINE! Exploring radical visions for tomorrow's schools ... and how to make them work”, Vienna, Austria

Organised by OECD/CELE, Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, Austria, and Technical University of Vienna

The rich output from discussions at this conference – including videos, posters, photos from school visits, presentations and other material collected over the workshop sessions – is now available at http://www.gbl.tuwien.ac.at/imagine2010/documentation/index.html


1-2 July 2010: 2nd Session of the OECD/CELE Group of National Experts on Education Facilities Evaluation (GNEEFE), Paris, France

At its second session, the group discussed CELE’s current evaluation-related projects, including results from the International Pilot Project on Evaluating Quality in Educational Spaces (EQES). See www.oecd.org/edu/facilities/evaluatingquality.


28-29 June 2010: Workshop on Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Facilities, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Organised by OECD/CELE and European Investment Bank.

The objective of this workshop was to develop guidance, based on existing technical expertise and good practice in different countries, with a view to maximising the effectiveness of capital planning projects for educational infrastructure. See www.oecd.org/edu/facilities/evaluatingquality.


11-12 May 2010: Usability and Sustainability of Learning Environments

A joint symposium of CIB W111 and CELE, in Manchester, United Kingdom

A two-day symposium organised with the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction Working Group W111 on Usability of Learning Environments (CIB W111) explored the aspects of usable and sustainable learning environments. The symposium was held within the context of the CIB World Congress "Building a Better World", held on 10-14 May 2010. For further information please see the symposium webpage.


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