WERA Focal Meetings
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Each year, WERA holds a Focal Meeting in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of a WERA member association. Focal Meetings consist of a strand of paper and symposia sessions, lectures, and other substantive activities focusing on issues of significance to education research through a world-wide perspective. Research that is comparative, cross-cultural, international, or transnational in conceptualization, scope, or design is emphasized.


The World Education Research Association (WERA) 2017 Focal Meeting was held in Hong Kong, from 30 Nov to 2 Dec. Previous WERA Focal Meetings were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November 2010); Kaohsiung, Taiwan (December 2011); Sydney, Australia (December 2012); Guanajuato, Mexico (November 2013); Edinburgh, Scotland (2014); Budapest, Hungary (September 2015), Washington DC, USA (2016) and Hong Kong (2017). In 2018, the first-ever WERA World Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2019, the Focal Meeting was held in Tokyo, Japan. The 2020 Focal Meeting was planned for Santiago de Compostela, Spain, but has been postponed to 2021.


Click here to view WERA Focal Meeting Programs and related information:



Santiago de Compostela, Spain

July 1-3, 2020+1


Tokyo, Japan

August 5-8, 2019

Hong Kong, China

Nov 30-Dec 2, 2017


Washington DC, US

April 8-12, 2016

Budapest, Hungary 

September 8-10, 2015

Edinburgh, Scotland 

November 19-21, 2014

Guanajuato, Mexico

November 19-22, 2013

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