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

Call for proposals for

Virtual Professional Development Workshops (PDWs)

Period: October 2020 – March 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. Quite apart from the professional development side, these PDWs should also promote networking among members who may not meet otherwise.

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.

The Virtual PDWs will have a set timeframe of 2 hours and will be scheduled in the period October 2020 – March 2021. ECSB will organize the Zoom meetings and will give technical support on the chairs of the PDWs.

Participation in PDWs is free for ECSB members. To become a member or to renew your expired membership, please go to For more information about the benefits of your membership, please go to

Participation in the Virtual RENT Conference is highly advised, but not compulsory. For further information on the Virtual RENT Conference 18-20 November 2020, please see

Deadline for proposal of PDWs: Friday 31 July 2020 
by e-mail to Mirela Xheneti (