Mission Statement

The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) is an international, scientific community with the primary goal to support an active research culture in the field of learning and instruction. 
EARLI also promotes and supports research initiatives between internationally active researchers, such as Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Advanced Study Colloquia (ASC) and the EARLI Centre for Innovative Research (E-CIR). It also aims to stimulate young researchers to engage with senior researchers through its JURE network. Paramount in achieving these goals are the EARLI Conference activities, and publications - three renowned academic journals (Learning and Instruction, Educational Research Review, Frontline Learning Research) and the EARLI book series.


  • 1985
    The birth of the European Instruction of Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) in Leuven, Belgium.
  • 1988
    The first SIG Conference is hosted by SIG Writing in Padova, Italy.
  • 1991
    The first issue of Learning and Instruction is published, with Eric De Corte acting as editor- in-chief.
  • 1995
    To encourage and support young researchers, EARLI starts up the JURE network as a permanent initiative for Junior Researchers in EARLI.
  • 1997
    In order to offer permanent support to the EARLI membership, and to facilitate the promotion of research initiatives between international researchers, the EARLI Office was established.
  • 2013
    EARLI launches Frontline Learning Research, a digital open-access journal with Erno Lehtinen as Editor-in-Chief.

A Brief History of EARLI

The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) started in 1985 as a small gathering of 140 researchers at the University of Leuven, in Belgium. Before that time, research in Europe was organized and supported only at the level of individual states. Since then, EARLI has grown into a dynamic scientific community that attracts more than 2000 participants from over 40 countries at its Biennial Conferences.

Find further information on EARLI's history in the documents below:

25 years of EARLI

30 years of EARLI

Previous EC and Conferences