European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Engaged entrepreneurship research in Europe

Call for proposals for Professional Development Workshops (PDWs)

at RENT XXXV in Turku (Finland) on Wednesday 17 November 2021

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) are part of the RENT pre-conference day programme since 2015. PDWs are workshops to share knowledge and expertise and foster practical, professional and intellectual skills of participants. PDWs need to have a clear theme and target group as well as deliver a high level of learning and give the participants some clear ‘take-aways’. The format of a PDW should be dialogical and interactive, so no presentation of papers will be possible in these sessions. Apart from the professional development side, these PDWs should also promote networking among members who may not otherwise meet.

The PDWs have a set timeframe of 2 hours and will be scheduled as afternoon sessions in the pre-conference day on 17 November 2021. Participation in PDWs is free, but participants need to be registered for the RENT conference in order to join. Applicants choose the session format, but PDWs have typically a maximum of 30 participants.

All entrepreneurship related topics will be considered. However, due to facility restrictions, the Scientific Committee will screen proposals and select those we believe have the broadest appeal for delegates. There is no set structure for the proposals but please state clearly who the organizers of the PDW are, the importance of the proposed theme, the format you will use, the target audience and the takeaways from the workshop for participants.

Deadline for proposal of PDWs: 30 July 2021
by e-mail to Mirela Xheneti (