The Board of ENIRDELM and Kocaeli University are delighted to announce the forthcoming 2023 ENIRDELM Conference in Antalya,Türkiye, October 19th– 22nd, 2023



You can register for our conference now and take advantage of early registration.



You can attend our conference with an oral, poster, or workshop presentation.



The scientific conference program will be announced here.


Remaining to conference

Inclusive Leadership in Education

Invitation to Conference

Dear Colleagues,

The Board of ENIRDELM and Kocaeli University are delighted to announce the forthcoming 2023 ENIRDELM Conference in Antalya, October 19th– 22nd, 2023.

Building on recent ENIRDELM conference topics, the theme of this year’s conference is:

Inclusive Leadership in Education 

This year’s theme invites academics, practitioners, policymakers and teacher educators to reflect on and discuss the crucial role of educational leadership in promoting inclusiveness for all students, parents and school community members especially in today’s turbulent world of ongoing and rising immigration and people movement.

It is well known that education plays a vital role in building a society that is peaceful, democratic, and respectful of human rights. Since schools are bedrock of the education system, school leadership is the key factor in meeting the varied needs and increased expectations of students and parents. Pedagogical leadership, as suggested by Sergiovanni (1998), invests in capacity building by developing social and academic capital for students and intellectual and professional capital for teachers. Students lacking in social capital may generate it for themselves by turning to their subculture for support. However, they then may develop norms and codes of behavior that work against what schools try to teach.

To promote and support more socially inclusive societies, all countries need inclusive education systems (European Agency for Special Needs, 2015). These systems no doubt need school leaders who can give a clear direction to all stakeholders to ensure learners’ full participation, to take responsibility for all learners, and to value them. Ultimately, school communities can create an inclusive culture by working together and valuing diversity, with a view to guaranteeing that all learners receive a high-quality education (European Agency for Special Needs, 2019).

Inclusive leadership can be seen as a necessary approach for teachers and other staff, students, parents, and the surrounding community. For this reason, we hope that the topic we have chosen will attract the attention of teachers, counselors, educational leaders, practitioners and academics, also that participation from a wider field of study can be achieved.

Key questions for us all include:

  • How can inclusive education play a role in building a society that is peaceful, democratic, and respectful of human rights?
  • What is the key leadership factor in meeting the varied needs and increased expectations of students and parents in today’s world?
  • What qualities are needed by school leaders in their work with people from different backgrounds and different cultures? Is it sufficient to approach them as transformational, instructional, sharing and distributive leaders?
  • Do we need, in this current context, to redefine values, ethics, citizenship, and community building in terms of investing in human capital?
  • What can countries do to ensure more inclusive education systems in their own contexts?
  • What opportunities are there for all learners in an inclusive education system in their local community?
  • In disadvantaged areas and where there is inequality for example in relation to women, the disabled, the poor, asylum seekers, victims of violence, those who cannot access education, etc, What can be done to overcome these issues?
  • What are the implications for curriculum and assessment, teacher practice, pedagogy, skills, management, and supervision?

What are the implications of the questions above for:

  • University/teacher educators
  • Policy makers
  • Educational consultants and entrepreneurs
  • School Leadership development and practice
  • International and national curriculum and local initiatives?

In this regard, we hope that the Conference will bring together educational professionals from a range of sectors and roles – researchers, policy makers, school leaders, curriculum developers and teachers – from all of our ENIRDELM member countries and beyond to discuss these important educational questions.

With warm wishes to all of you,
Mualla Aksu
Chairperson of ENIRDELM
On behalf of ENIRDELM Board and Kocaeli University

European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, 2015. Agency Position on Inclusive Education Systems. (Accessed December 25th, 2022).

European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, 2019. Inclusive School Leadership: Exploring Policies Across Europe. (E. Óskarsdóttir, V. Donnelly and M. Turner-Cmuchal, eds.). Odense, Denmark. (Accessed December 25th, 2022).

Sergiovanni, T. J. (1998) Leadership as pedagogy, capital development and school effectiveness, International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice, 1:1, 37-46, (Accessed December 25th, 2022).


You can follow the important dates of our conference here.

Meeting Date
October 19-22, 2023 – Antalya, Türkiye
Meeting Venue
Porto Bello Hotel
Early Bird Registration
August 28, 2023 (Extended)
End date for submission of abstracts
August 18, 2023 (Extended)
Full papers must be submitted
January 31, 2024
First Date for Announcement of Accepted Presentations
August 8, 2023
Announcement of Final Programme
September 19, 2023


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We invite you to submit an abstract of 250-300 words including main parts of your study and to share your experience and research relating to this year’s topic: Inclusive Leadership in Education

Two types of presentations will be welcomed in the parallel sessions:

1. Paper presentations: During these sessions, presenters will have 20 minutes to introduce the content of the paper followed by 10 minutes of discussion or response to questions.

2. Poster presentations: During these sessions, presenters will have a full two hours to display their posters and will have an opportunity to respond to questions from participants interested in the subject.

All submissions will be assessed in a review process by the science committee of the ENIRDELM 2023 Conference, on merit and relevance to the conference theme.
Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings, or in a journal published by the university as a special issue.


We now kindly ask for proposals from ENIRDELM members who wish to lead workshops and to prepare workshop proposals derived from the conceptual framework outlined above. If more proposals than expected are suggested, a final decision regarding workshop themes and leaders will be decided by the Board following submission of proposals from willing ENIRDELM members.

Workshop facilitators are kindly asked to submit a title of their workshop and an abstract of 250-300 words which describes the main issues which will be addressed in the workshop.

Congress City

About Antalya

Antalya, the paradise on earth, the pearl city of the Mediterranean, and the Turkish Riviera. With its history, natural beauty and a rich variety of local life style, the city hosts more than 11 million foreign guests, from all over the world on a yearly basis. Antalya is one of the world’s foremost tourism destinations, offers you a peerless experience.

Things to do

Antalya has many well preserved historical sites and ancient settlements dating back thousands of years. These historical structures give you a number of options for daily activities. There is history, natural beauty and a rich variety of local life style to be discovered. Somewhere beyond your dreams. Antalya, feel the breath of Mediterranean.

Where to go

Antalya is a typical Mediterranean city, which combines ancient cities whispering tales of history, myth and legend, emerald green forests and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. Antalya is the largest city on Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline. This great city is full of places to go and world famous seaside towns to stay for tourists.


Cinnah Cad. Alacam Sk. Tu-Ba Is Merkezi. No: 10/5
06690 Cankaya, Ankara, Turkiye
+90 312 466 70 00


Çiğdem Apaydın (Assoc Prof Dr)
Akdeniz Univesity, Faculty of Education
Educational Sciences, Educational Management