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Call for Papers:
PIAAC Second International Conference

November 25-27, 2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

The OECD with the Dutch Ministries of Education, Culture and Science, Social Affairs and Employment and Economic Affairs and Maastricht University is organizing the Second PIAAC International Conference in Amsterdam, November, 25- 27h 2015.  The purpose of the conference is to present work using data from PIAAC relating to issues such as: the deployment of skills in the economy, returns to education and skills or the influence of workplace training. Click here to download the conference Agenda.

The organisers are launching a call for papers to be presented in a series of workshop during the Conference. The research papers should be based on primarily PIAAC data, and have a clear focus on topical policy issues. Specific topics of interest are listed below, although papers covering other topics of relevance to economic, education and social policy will also be considered.

Topics of interest

Improving labour market perspectives

  • Access to training for specific groups: e.g. older workers, lower skilled adults, and adults with upper or post-secondary non-tertiary studies.
  • Skills needed for the labour market, targeting specific groups: e.g. those with upper or post- secondary non-tertiary studies.

Fostering equity

  • Reducing the impact of socio-economic background on participation in education and training.
  • Improving labour market outcomes for specific groups: e.g. Low skilled workers, young adults, women and migrant workers.

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Past events

Nordic PIAAC Conference 21-22 May in Copenhagen

The Conference launched the new Nordic countries research on skills in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving based on the PIAAC Data and discussed adult training and education policy implications in the Nordic countries.

Organisers: The Nordic PIAAC network in collaboration with the Danish National Centre for Social Research
Venue: Copenhagen
Date: 21-22 May 2015 (in Denmark)

PIAAC Invitational Research Conference: The Importance of Skills and How to Assess Them

The conference provided an overview on the the first results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC).
Organiser: ETS and the OECD
Venue: Washington, D.C., United States
Dates: 13–15 November, 2013


Webinars, speeches, articles

What teachers know and how that compares with college graduates around the world, by Andreas Schleicher - 22 Nov. 2014

Recording of the webinar with Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2014

Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being, says OECD, (Press release) - 8 Oct. 2014

Launch of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills, speech by Secretary-General Ángel Gurría - 8 Oct. 2014

From Japan to Italy: Tour OECD's First-Ever National Rankings Of Adult Skills, by Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2014

Elevar la calidad de la educación, by Andreas Schleicher - 10 Oct. 2014

Skill up or lose out, by Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2014


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