World Education Leadership Symposium Online Conference

September 1-4, 2020, 3pm CEST
Half days


The conference offers 2 formats:

i. plenary channel with keynotes, plenary discussions, plenary voting and surveys and
ii. group channels with roundtables, discussion groups and networking.

Call for Proposal

On the third half day, September 3, 2020 (3pm CEST*), the focus is “Research on Educational Leadership around the world”. A variety of short research based presentations on Education Leadership / School Leadership around the world are provided. Various discussion forums will be organized, including group discussions. Submissions are welcome in the format of 5 to 10-minute presentations. Presentations are expected to report summaries of research or development projects or to provide a brief reflection on a current topic of research on education leadership and management.


Submission of proposals is possible till August 17, 2020. The submission form is one page obly and takes only a few minutes. Presentations already accepted by a conference in 2020/2021, which was cancelled recently due to the consequences of the corona crisis, will be automatically accepted without any further review for WELSonline.


You can participate all half days or only those you choose. Each half day comprises 3 (to 4) hours. The technology we use will be easily accessible, free of barriers, and intuitive. The recording of the conference proceedings of the plenary channel is available during the conference and for the whole week after, for participants only.

Please register now for WELSonline. This online conference is free of charge.

We want to contribute to the current situation as «responsible science» and stimulate discussion on relevant issues for policy, practice and research.

First half day, September 1, 2020 (3pm CEST*)

COVID-19; Crisis in Society and Impact on Education around the World

Themes of the keynotes and the plenary discussions are: national and international monitoring of the current school situation due to COVID-19, e.g. school leadership as management of crisis, teams and digitalisation. Group discussions will be facilitated.

Second half day, September 2, 2020 (3pm CEST*)

Practices of Education Leadership around the World

Themes of the keynotes and the plenary discussions are: research and monitoring of the profession of school leadership, challenges and solutions in school leadership in different countries. Group discussions will be facilitated.

Third half day, September 3, 2020 (3pm CEST*)

Research on Education Leadership around the World

A variety of short research based presentations are provided. Different discussion forums will be organized. Group discussions will be facilitated.

Fourth half day/Vierter Halbtag, September 4, 2020 (German-speaking/deutschsprachig) (3pm CEST*)

Lessons Learnt aus WELSonline 2020

Erste Runde: COVID-19 und Schulschliessung – Was ist geblieben? Digitalisierung, Individualisierung, Differenzierung, Krisenmanagement und Wissensmanagement

Zweite Runde: Schulleitungsforschung und Schulleitungspraxis – Internationale Perspektiven

In jeder der beiden Runden fasst ein Plenumsvortrag die wichtigsten Erkenntnisse der vergangenen drei Tage zusammen. Im anschliessenden Podiumsgespräch mit Vertreterinnen und Vertretern von Verbänden, nationalen und internationalen Agenturen und weiteren Partnern werden aus der Perspektive unterschiedlicher Akteursgruppen Konsequenzen für zukünftige Entwicklungen diskutiert. Zudem werden Gruppendiskussionen arrangiert.

*3pm Zug CEST (for example 6am San Fransisco, 9am New York, 10am São Paulo, 2pm London, 3pm Berlin, 4pm Mombasa, 9pm Shanghai / Singapore / Hong Kong, 11pm Sydney)

You are passionate about education.
Join the 1st interna­tional online symposium on education leadership.

Around 700 experts from around the world come together online to discuss challenges and solutions for education and schools. The core idea is to share ideas, knowledge, and experiences.


get inspired · pursue ideas · reflect on current development and research · extend your own network with international experts · design solutions · shape the future

The core purpose of the WELSonline is to improve education quality and by doing so to improve the quality of life for individuals and society. WELSonline wants to share ideas, knowledge and experiences by bringing together experts from practice, policy and research.