Reconnaître - Conférence ePIC

Call for contributions


Reconnaître – Open Recognition Alliance is inviting the submission of contributions to be presented at the 21st international EPIC Conference, December 6-8 2023 in Vienna, Austria.

The main theme of the conference is Open Recognition for a Sustainable Planet

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is June 30, 2023.


  • June 30 2023: Deadline for the submission of detailed abstracts between 500-800 words. Submit early! Reviewed for acceptance within 2 weeks
  • July 15 2023: Final proposal acceptance notification
  • September 30: Speaker registration deadline (early bird ends September 15)
  • December 6-8: Conference
  • December 20: Submission of the papers for the conference proceedings

Contribution types

Participants have the choice of format that best fits the content and presentation style:

Plenary sessions

  • Imagine: 30 minutes keynote to share a vision
  • Explore: 45 minutes moderated panel with Q&A to explore a topic 
  • Listen: 5 minutes speech to convince!

Parallel sessions

  • Share: 20 minutes presentation + 5 minutes Q&A
  • Discuss: meet attendees in small groups next to a poster
  • Do it: 90 minutes activity-based session
  • Clinic: 60 minutes to explore collaboratively an essential question

NB: the choice of session type is indicative and ultimately depends on the decision of the conference organiser.

Conference tracks

Recognition for a sustainable planet

The intent of this track is to explore how opening up recognition could contribute to achieving the United Nations 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Promoting an open recognition culture for a learning planet
  • Inspiring individuals and communities to recognize their power to make a difference
  • Promoting civic engagement, mobilising youth and underserved audiences
  • Sharing learning and recognition practises supportive of SDGs

Scaling up Open Recognition Ecosystems

The intent of this track is to explore how to create inter-connected sustainable Open Recognition Ecosystems:

  • Explaining, advocating, encouraging more open recognition practices
  • Effective practices and lessons learned in change management
  • Mobilising stakeholders to create Open Recognition Ecosystems
  • Developing learning territories, regions, cities and communities
  • Going Global: beyond Europe and North America

Developing innovative services

The intent of this track is to explore how the data produced by open recognition practices could lead to the development  of innovative services:

  • Mapping the competences of an organisation, a professional branch or a territory
  • Documenting professional practices (e.g. communities of practice)
  • Documenting learning paths (e.g. portfolio)
  • Making visible emerging competences (e.g. in relation to the SDGs)
  • Flexible, dynamic competence repositories (e.g.competence Wiki)
  • Prospective analysis on the evolution of jobs and competences
  • Articulating between informal and formal recognition
  • Education and career GPS

Recognition at the workplace

The intent of this track is to explore how opening recognition could contribute to developing effective learning organisations:

  • Beyond competences: recognising professional identities
  • Communities of practice as learning and recognition networks
  • Work integrated learning and recognition (employer or institution-led)
  • Knowledge creation and workforce development 

Recognition and educational policies

The intent of this track is to explore how opening recognition could contribute to opening initial and formal education :

  • Opening up RPL/PLA as a sustainable educational practice
  • Student-led open multi-disciplinary diploma
  • Experiential transcript, experience-based learning, Problem Based Learning, Phenomenon-based learning, reflective practice
  • Personal,Group-based and Social Education and beyond: effective practices for balanced approaches to recognition

Recognition technologies

  • The intent of this track is to explore how technologies can contribute to opening recognition:
  • Implementing a distributed open recognition infrastructure
  • Making authentic assessment more scalable and sustainable
  • Open Badges, Verifiable Credentials, Comprehensive Learner Records,  Decentralised Identifiers, Blockchains, Web3, DAOs
  • Micro-credentials and badges: Best Friends or Frenemies? 

Recognition and AI

The intent of this track is to explore how opening recognition could contribute to developing a distributed open recognition infrastructure

  • Facilitating and increasing the value of the recognition of informal learning  
  • Creating rich biographies (intelligent agent to…)
  • Identifying emerging practices and competences
  • Connecting, competences, people, places, opportunities,…

Badge Summit “Open Recognition Showcase”

This track is reserved for select presentations from Badge Summit 2023 in Boulder Colorado that are invited to present at EPIC 2023!

Submission and Review Process

Contributions Reviews

Please keep in mind that presentation slots are limited. For this reason, presenters may not appear on the program in more than one presentation.

Reviewers score each submission using  the following items:

  • Relevance to the “Call for Contributions”
  • Clarity and completeness of the submission
  • Contribution value to practise or theory
  • Awareness of related work and issues
  • Applicability, useability

The Program Planning Committee will then make its selection from the top-ranked proposals.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit my proposal?

All proposals must be submitted via our online submission form.

Is there a fee to submit a proposal?

No. However, if your proposal is accepted you must register to attend the conference. 

Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes. However, it is unlikely that multiple proposals will be accepted for presentation. On the other hand, they will be added to the conference’s book of abstracts.

Keep in mind that individual presenters are often invited to participate in panels.

When do I need to complete my submission?

The deadline for submitting proposals is July 1st, 2023.

Presenter Registration

If you are selected as a presenter, you will be required to register for the conference by the advance registration deadline of September 30, 2023.

Head office & Office

Association Reconnaître – Open Recognition Alliance – 3, Esplanade Stéphane Hessel – 14 000 Caen (France)

N° SIRET : 839 826 773 00021