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

Call for proposals for

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs)

at RENT XXXIV in Naples (Italy) on 18 November 2020


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. Quite apart from the professional development side, these PDWs should also promote networking among members who may not meet otherwise.

The PDW will have a set timeframe of 2 hours and will be scheduled as afternoon sessions on the pre-conference day on 18 November 2020. Participation in PDWs is free, but participants need to be registered for the conference in order to join. Proposers choose the session format, but PDWs have a maximum of 30 participants each. 

Any topic will be considered, however, we have a limited opportunity due to facility restrictions. Therefore, the Scientific Committee will screen proposals and choose those we believe have the broadest appeal for delegates. There is not set structure for the proposals but please clarify the organizers of the PDW, the importance of the workshop theme, the format you will use, the target audience and the takeaways from the workshop for participants.

Deadline for proposal of PDWs: Monday 25 May 2020
by e-mail to Mirela Xheneti (