Call for proposals for CHER 2020 Conference is open!


The 33rd annual CHER Conference is jointly organised by the University of Rijeka (Croatia) and NUI Galway (Ireland), with their home cities both being European Capitals of Culture 2020. The theme of this year’s conference is Engaged Universities: (De)constructing the Theory, Practice and Culture of Engagement in Higher Education

University of Rijeka and NUI Galway are happy to announce CfP for CHER 2020 conference that they're organising together as European Capitals of Culture! The theme is Engaged Universities: (De)constructing the Theory, Practice and Culture of Engagement in Higher Education. Looking forward to see you in Rijeka/Opatija from 2-4 Sept 2020. Look for details on the conference web page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @cherconf2020.

With an increasing focus on multifaceted missions for higher education institutions (HEIs), there is an international convergence of interest on issues about universities’ role in a wider society. University-community partnerships and engagement have therefore become progressively more prominent in national, regional and international forums of higher education. The objectives of such university/HEIs engagement are both to contribute and to create support from the public by connecting research, teaching and service to help tackle and solve community/societal problems, while contributing to capacity-building, sustainability, economic, environmental, social, civic and cultural development. This is why in particular the theory and practice of university community engagement is as rich and diverse as the historical, political, social, civic and cultural roots that have given rise to regions, nations and continents, and the formation of universities and higher education systems globally.

Important dates for CHER 2020
Abstract Submission: 31st March, 2020
Notification of Acceptance:  15th May, 2020
Early Bird Registration: 14th June, 2020
Best Doctoral Paper Award: 30th June, 2020
Full Papers for Conference: 20th August, 2020



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government