Transitions 18

  • 1st June @ University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • 8 & 9th Oct @ Canyon View High School, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • 15 & 16th Oct @ University College, Copenhagen, Denmark.

What is Transitions?

A trans disciplinary, research symposium focusing on innovative learning environments in schools and higher education.  Transitions 2017 opened the door to an international conversation about realizing the potential of innovative learning spaces.

TRANSITIONS 18 will explore:

What are teachers doing (well) when transitioning from traditional classrooms to innovative learning

  1. What strategies are teachers using that are working in ILEs?
  2. How do teachers adjust to changes in learning spaces?
  3. How might we enable people, practice, and place when transitioning from traditional classrooms to innovative learning environments?
  4. What examples are there of effective learning environments in schools?
  5. What are the challenges for teachers/students in adapting to new spaces?

Call for papers is now open for all events full details with full details regarding submission of abstracts, papers and timelines here.

Registration will open for all events in March 2018.  Sign up to here to our network to receive an alert.


Transitions builds on the success of the LEaRN Graduate Research symposia held for a number of years in Melbourne.  In 2017 this event was expanded to include 2 overseas events in London and Grand Rapids USA, in addition to the Melbourne event.  These events were organised by the ILETC project, in partnership with Steelcase and Ecophon.

In 2018 the overseas events have responded to participant feedback and now include a second day to include research conducted by architects, designers, educators and academics.


The research symposium features a single stream of 12 blind-peer selected papers, delivered in 8 minutes by current or recently completed Masters and PhD researchers, with discussions facilitated by expert interlocutors and guest keynotes by leading researchers.

In Europe and North America in 2018 there will be a Day 2 program which will feature invited research papers from current projects including those being undertaken by The University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) and academic and professional research projects from each region.

These are events are organised with our project partners Ecophon Saint-Gobain and Steelcase Education. 



We also acknowledge the support of DLR Group and Agua Fria School District and Canyon View High School.