EPEA conference workshop and speaker invite

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We are delighted to invite you to the 18th International conference of the European Prison Education Association (EPEA) to be held at the Hotel Klubben in Tønsberg, Norway.

The conference will be held from Tuesday 13th June to Saturday 17th June 2023.

Tønsberg, is a city in Vestfold and Telemark county, eastern Norway, located around 100 km southwest of Oslo.
The theme of our conference is Education in Prisons : Everyday challenges, experiences and solutions.

The price of the conference is €1100 which includes full board, accommodation, celebration dinner and visits to local prisons, with €50 discount for EPEA members.

To promote wider participation at the event, we have decided to offer a limited number of reduced price places (€800, or €750 for members) for people living in our Eastern and Southern regions, including Poland, Hungary and Slovenia. There will also be a price reduction for invited speakers and workshop leaders. If your organisation is not able to cover the cost of the conference, please consider applying to your national agency of Erasmus+ who may be able to subsidise your fees.

Conference registration will open at the end of January 2023.

Since we are holding our conference in Norway, we have planned an agenda which starts with an introduction of the Norwegian context and broadens out to consider and compare the challenges, experiences of education in prisons across Europe.

Our proposed agenda is :

Tuesday afternoon
Arrival and introductions

Wednesday morning
Introducing the Norwegian context

Wednesday afternoon
Visit to local prisons

Thursday morning
Feedback from prison visits.
Speakers to introduce 4 key topics

Thursday afternoon
Workshop 1 and 2

Friday morning
Liaison Persons Meeting
EPEA General Meeting
History of EPEA
Speaker to introduce the state of prison education today
Workshop 3

Friday afternoon
Free time

Saturday morning
Recidivism and what works
Speakers to introduce 2 key topics

Saturday afternoon
Workshop 4
Round table session for concluding messages
Saturday evening Celebration


We invite proposals from speakers and workshop leaders on the following topics :

  1. The state of prison education today
  2. How to engage with angry young men
  3. Developing collaboration between teachers and prison staff in delivery of vocational training
  4. Practitioner solutions for teaching digital skills
  5. Supporting outcomes for people convicted of sexual offences
  6. Inclusive approaches for foreign language prisoners
  7. The role of prison staff in supporting education
  8. We will prioritise applications from teaching practitioners.

Running in parallel to the workshops, we are proposing to hold a research group open to researchers and others to meet during the 4 workshop time slots. We invite researchers to apply to join this group to share their research on the topic of prison education.

Please submit your proposal by 30th November to Ruth McFarlane on projects@epea.org using the attached form.

Invitations will be issued for speakers, workshop leaders and researchers in early January.