First NICE Academy in Krakow

First NICE Academy in Krakow – A Report

Johannes Katsarov, Coordinator of the NICE Foundation

From 5-8 September 2018, we held our first European Academy in Krakow. With our academies, we aim at enriching the current range of international scientific conferences with a new format that focuses primarily on learning and networking. Accordingly, the academies aren’t conferences, but large training events for practitioners of career guidance and counselling and academic trainers in the domain.

The theme of the first NICE Academy was the question of how the dialogue between science and practice in career guidance and counselling can be enhanced. The first keynote speaker, Jenny Bimrose from the University of Warwick (UK), immediately devoted herself to this question after a warm reception with all kinds of drinks and snacks. She raised the question of what role theory plays for practice and repeatedly encouraged the participants to discuss various key questions in small groups.

Picture: Participants of the NICE Academy in Krakow 2018

The next morning, the second keynote speaker, Scott Solberg from Boston University (USA), spoke out in favour of rethinking career guidance and counselling. To a greater extent than in the past, socio-emotional learning should empower people to shape their educational and professional biographies independently, for example by enabling them to deal with insecurity.

Directly following these words, which invited the participants to rethink their practice, they had the opportunity to choose between several 90-minute training workshops. The most popular was a master class on “Career Guidance for Social Justice” offered by Tristram Hooley (UK), Ronald Sultana (Malta) and Rie Thomsen (Denmark). For my part, I took part in a workshop on supporting migrants and refugees from Anne Chant and Hazel Reid (UK). There we solved mathematical problems, while our neighbours asked us all sorts of strange questions about other topics – to get a lively picture of the mental burdens fugitives often carry around with them.

A total of 12 such workshops were offered at the academy – and were very well received by the participants. A central condition was that at least 60 minutes of the workshops were spent on discussions, individual and group tasks. In the other workshop I attended, Nurten Karacan Özdemir (Turkey), for example, led us to intuitively select therapeutic cards to become aware of different aspects of our own careers. What I learned about myself (and about a valued colleague) was unexpected and left a lasting impression on me.

The Academy also offered space for the presentation and discussion of new scientific findings on counselling practice and training of counsellors. Through its academies, we would also like to promote research that makes greater efforts towards innovation in practice and training.

Another highlight for many participants were parallel workshops under the motto “It takes two to tango”. Using the Dynamic Facilitation method, practitioners and academics jointly discussed specific challenges of career guidance and counselling, e.g., clarifying what kind of a support a client needs, asking the questions (a) what practical challenges are involved, (b) what are good practices, (c) how could practitioners be trained for these challenges and (d) what research and development needs do we see here? What was fascinating about the corresponding discussions was how much the participants could learn from each other and how many ideas were collected to improve the existing practices (career support & training of practitioners). A summary will be published in 2019.

To crown the Academy, Mary McMahon (University of Queensland, Australia) spoke about how a systemic understanding of the counselling situation, the clients and the counsellors can change the practice and how it can be put into practice.

Two people were honoured at the academy, whom I would like to congratulate here in the name of the NICE Foundation: Christiane Schiersmann (University of Heidelberg) received the annual prize of the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counselling (ESVDC) for her life’s work in the field of research on educational and career guidance. Bernd-Joachim Ertelt (HdBA Mannheim et al.) was honoured by the NICE Foundation for his lifelong services to the training of guidance practitioners in Europe. These two awards were also extensively celebrated at a particularly cordial gala dinner hosted by our host Czeslaw Noworol (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski Krakow).

With the first academy in Krakow, NICE wants to establish a new beginning and a new tradition. The very positive feedback from around 80 participants from around 25 countries shows that we are well on our way to fulfilling this mission. In this respect, I am very pleased to take this opportunity to draw your attention to the next NICE Academy, which will be held from 9 to 12 October 2019 at the University of Split in Croatia. This year’s theme will be innovative methods and approaches in educational and vocational guidance, and we are already looking forward to learning many new things and broadening our horizons in a dialogue between practice and research.

Photo Gallery from Krakow Academy:

NICE Academy in Split 2019

NICE Academy in Split 2019

We are proud to announce that the 2019 Academy of NICE will be hosted by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Split in Croatia from October 9-12, 2019, organised by dear colleague Prof Srečko Goić.

Theme: “Innovative Approaches to Career Guidance and Counselling

Over the past years, many new approaches to career support have been developed across the world – many of them drawing on state-of-the-art theory and the latest results of empirical investigations into career development, career-related challenges, learning, the benefits of new technologies, etc. At our second NICE Academy, we would like to create a space for you to

  • share new approaches, methods and tools for the careers practice,
  • introduce new approaches to practitioner training,
  • engage in developing and testing ideas for innovative approaches,
  • present and discuss empirical findings on innovative approaches, and
  • develop your knowledge and criticality of relevant innovations.

Please find further information here:

ECADOC Summer School in Malta 2019

ECADOC Summer School in Malta 2019

The sixth summer school for doctoral researchers will be taking place in Malta from June 9-14, 2019 . The programme will provide selected participants with opportunities to:

  • Explore the intersections between career guidance and social justice
  • Investigate how research can be mobilised to further equity agendas
  • Present their work in progress
  • Discuss the challenges encountered during their doctoral journey
  • Benefit from advice and support from ECADOC faculty and peers
  • Advance their career development through publications in scientific journals, and participation in international projects

Keynote presenters include the three Summer School organisers, Prof Ronald G. Sultana (University of Malta), Prof Rie Thomsen (Aarhus University), and Prof Tristram Hooley (University of Derby), together with other guest speakers such as Prof David Blustein (Boston College Lynch School of Education) and Dr Gideon Arulmani (Promise Foundation, Bangalore). Members of the ECADOC scientific committee will also contribute to the different sessions by sharing their knowledge, research, and experience. The programme will create a powerful learning environment through lectures, seminars, workshops, poster sessions, a film forum, and on-site visits.

It will also be an occasion to feel part of a community of practice, with cultural events that include participation in a traditional village festa, a tour of the island, a visit to a Neolithic temple, and a boat tour.

Places are limited to 20 applicants. The application form, criteria for selection, and information about venue and costs can be found here:

There is no registration fee for those staying at the conference venue. Selected participants will meet travel, accommodation, and per diem expenses. Individuals may wish to apply for European mobility funding at their respective institutions.


Final deadline: 15 February 2019 | Processed ASAP (latest by March 15)

NICEC Conference 2019

NICEC Conference 2019

NICEC (National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling)  is to hold an international conference on April 16th/17th 2019 to share perspectives on current and changing relationships between theory, practice and policy in career development. The conference will be held in Manchester, England; and confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Michael Arthur, Suffolk University Boston, USA, Dr Mary McMahon, University of Queensland, Australia, Professor Rie Thomsen, Aarhus University, Denmark, and John Amaechi, OBE, United Kingdom.

The call for workshop/seminar proposals is now open.  The attached document provides further information on where and when to send your proposal.  The abstract deadline is October 31st 2018.

If you have any queries, contact NICEC on and to book your place:

ICeGS 20th Anniversary Conference in Derby

The International Centre for Guidance Studies 20th Anniversary International Conference

“Imagining new perspectives on work – the role of career development in shaping futures.”

Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2018

Venue: University of Derby, Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LD. United Kingdom

The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2018.  To commemorate this fabulous achievement and to mark the occasion we are hosting an international conference on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2018 at the Enterprise Centre, University of Derby, UK.

The event aims to examine how the concept of work might develop and evolve over the next decade and in conjunction with this how the role of career development practitioners might need to adapt to continue supporting individuals in the future.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor David Blustein, (Boston College, USA).
  • Dr Phoebe Moore (University of Leicester)
  • Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (University of Warwick)
  • Professor Tristram Hooley (University of Derby)
  • Dr Siobhan Neary (Head of iCeGS, University of Derby).

The conference focus is on critical themes shaping the concept of career and the way in which career guidance is theorised and practiced. Topics will include globalisation, social change and technology. There will also be contributions from academics, researchers and practitioners offering 20-minute paper presentations.

For the more details and the conference programme click the link:—programme–booking-information-now-available-.html

To find how to book on the Conference and for more information click the link:

NICE Foundation Formally Established in Padua

NICE Foundation Formally Established in Padua

On October 5, 2017, the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe (NICE) held an Opening Ceremony from 18:30-20:30, where the NICE Foundation was formally established. During the ceremony, the present founders developed project ideas for the next three years, and elected the first Elections & Ethics Committee, as well as the first Board of Directors.

24 individual founders and representatives of university and organisational founders participated in the ceremony. Including guests, about 40 people participated in the ceremony. Whereas all participants engaged in discussion on possible priorities of the NICE Foundation in the coming years, only registered founders participated in the elections.

Dr Rebeca García Murias (University of Applied Labour Studies in Mannheim) and Prof Monika Petermandl (Danube University Krems) were elected to form the Elections & Ethics Committee. In this role, they will organise elections and votes at Assemblies of Founders until 2020. Also, they will be the principal contact for ethical questions in the foundation and mediate intra-foundational conflicts, should they emerge.

Six colleagues were elected to form the foundation’s Board of Directors (Board) until 2020: Dr Anne Chant (Canterbury Christ Church University), Prof Lea Ferrari (University of Padova), Johannes Katsarov (University of Zurich), Prof Monika Kil (Danube University Krems), Peter Tielenius Kruythoff (University of Maastricht), and Prof Czeslaw Noworol (Jagiellonian University Krakow). Johannes Katsarov will perform the role of the foundation’s Coordinator.

NICE Foundation Board of Directors and Elections & Ethics Committee members elected on October 5, 2017 at the University of Padova in Italy (Photo: Peter C. Weber, CC-BY-NC 4.0

Eleven proposals were made for the priorities of the NICE Foundation until 2020. For example, one proposal was to exchange students in Europe in projects of research-based learning. Another proposal was to organise training workshops for career practitioners at NICE conferences and offer training credit for the participation at NICE conferences, including for academics. Participants also suggested to begin with the development of a quality label for degree programmes, which has already been envisioned in the Statutes of the foundation.

The most urgent task for the elected Board will be to determine the date of the NICE Conference in Krakow that is foreseen for 2018. It will be the first of the annual networking conferences, which NICE is planning to establish, and shall place a strong focus on workshops and collaborative activities for the professional development of career advisors, career professionals and career specialists. At the 2018 Conference, NICE will also establish working groups to begin working on future projects. The Board will be charged with setting priorities in the preparation of the conference and engaging interested founders in relevant activities.

The electorate of present founders represented more than half of the 42 registered founders of the first generation. All in all, the registered founders of the first generation come from 18 European countries and represent 32 different organisations. The foundation continues to welcome new founders (higher education institutions, organisations and individuals) who are active in the academic training of career practitioners, or support academic training in the field of career guidance and counselling.

Further information is available on or from Johannes Katsarov (johannes_katsarov[at]hotmail[dot]de)

CEDEFOP Call for National Experts in Lifelong Guidance and Careers Education

Call for National Experts in Lifelong Guidance and Careers Education

Cedefop, April 4, 2017

Cedefop is looking for national experts based across Europe to cooperate for the development of national lifelong guidance and careers education systems.

An expert is needed in each of the 27 EU Member States, as well as in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.

Applications and supporting documents (CV and other documents demonstrating the suitability) should be sent by 28 April 2017 to:

You can find all related information and documentation at :

We would like to kindly ask you to disseminate this information to all those who might be interested.

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About Cedefop

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), an agency of the European Union based in Thessaloniki, Greece, supports European policy-making in the field of vocational education and training.

NICE Newsletter #1/2017

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