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2nd PIAAC International Conference

Harleem (the Netherlands), 22-24 November 2015

The OECD, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministries of Education, Culture and Science, Social Affairs and Employment, and Economic Affairs, and Maastricht University, is organising the
Second PIAAC International Conference in Haarlem (the Netherlands), on 22-24 November 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.

- Find more information about the conference

- Download the conference Agenda

- Register for the conference

- Read more about the First PIAAC Conference on the importance of skills and how to assess them, 13–15 November 2013, Washington, D.C., United States


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Korea-OECD PIAAC Joint Conference 2015

We are pleased to inform that "KRIVET (Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training), a South Korean national research institute affiliated with the Prime Minister's office, in collaboration with the Korean Government and the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, is hosting “Korea-OECD PIAAC Joint Conference 2015” in Paris on 1 December 2015."

The conference will discuss issues on “Varieties of School-to-work Transitions and Youth Employment,” “Skills in the Labor Market and Lifelong Education,” and “PIAAC and Skills Development Policies”, with a focus on PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) data. It will also provide participants (researchers on skill policy, policy makers, and the general audience) with an invaluable opportunity to exchange diverse opinions on the subjects.

Overview of the Conference is as follows:

Date : December 1, 2015
Venue : OECD Annex (Delta) Auditorium (4, quai du Point du Jour, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France)
Host : Republic of Korea (KRIVET, Ministry of Employment and Labor, Ministry of Education) and OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
Download the Conference programme.

Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

» In order to participate in the event, it is necessary to pre-register for the conference no later than Nov. 23, if you are not an OECD staff member. We kindly ask you to provide us with your title (Mr/Ms), first name, surname, institution (affiliation), country and an e-mail address. Please submit this information to or by Nov. 23, 2015.

» Information in Korean.

Call for Research Papers Using PIAAC Data

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE, US Department of Education) is collaborating with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, specifically the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child and Human Development (NICHD) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), to sponsor a call for research papers on the relationship of education and skills to public health for adults and their families, particularly for those most at risk for poor educational, economic, and health outcomes.
The theme of the call is: Improving the Lives of Adults and Families: Identifying Individual and Systems-level Factors Relating Education, Health, Civic Engagement, and Economic Well-being. This effort leverages and extends the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on U.S. Health in International Perspective as well as the recently released Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) cross-national, population-representative dataset, the Survey of Adult Skills, part of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), to hone in on issues specific to the U.S. and allow for rich international comparisons.

» To know more about this Call for Papers.


‌This blog aims to share leading analysis related to the skills of the workforce, how skills are used at work, the mismatch between skills and jobs’ requirements, how countries assess and respond to changing skill needs.

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PIAAC Workshop week 26–30 October 2015

The workshop week is a joint workshop with instructors from DPC, Hamburg, and WZB, Berlin, and consists of two consecutive workshops on how to analyse the PIAAC data.. Additionally, the workshops will provide an overview of existing and new data analysis tools and methods. A key aspect will be multilevel analyses with PIAAC. The workshops address Master and PhD students as well as Postdocs, who are interested in working with the PIAAC data and want to expand their methodological knowledge regarding international large-scale assessments and multilevel analyses. Both workshops will be held in English.

Organisers: GESIS, DPC Hamburg and WZB Berlin.
Venue: GESIS, Cologne, Germany.

Webinars, speeches, articles

Literacy for life, by Andreas Schleicher - 14 Apr. 2015
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. 2013
Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being, says OECD, (Press release) - 8 Oct. 2013
Launch of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills, speech by Secretary-General Ángel Gurría - 8 Oct. 2013
From Japan to Italy: Tour OECD's First-Ever National Rankings Of Adult Skills, by Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2013
Elevar la calidad de la educación, by Andreas Schleicher - 10 Oct. 2013
Skill up or lose out, by Andreas Schleicher - 8 Oct. 2013


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