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Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP) have recently become hot topics, not only for educational researchers, but also for policy makers in Europe and abroad. There is a general agreement that openness has the potential to widen access to education and to improve, amongst others, cost-efficiency and quality of teaching and learning. In its recent Communication on Rethinking Education, the European Commission announced a new initiative on "Opening-up Education" to be launched mid-2013.

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) --part of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission- in a study for Directorate General Education and Culture -- is now calling upon experts and practitioners to come up with visionary papers and imaginative scenarios on how Open Education in 2030 in Europe might look with a major focus on Open Educational Resources and Practices.

Furthermore, the authors of the five "best papers" in each of the three categories will be invited to take part in one of three dedicated foresight workshops on the development of a common vision of the Future of Open Education. These will take place in Seville on:
(a) 29-30 April 2013 (Lifelong Learning)
(b) 28-29 May 2013 (School Education).
(d) 6-7 June 2013 (Higher Education)
Travelling and accommodation costs will be reimbursed according to standard European Commission rules.
A selection of papers could also be published as part of an IPTS report.
To participate, please send your vision paper - including a one sentence summary of your vision - and your CV as e-mail attachment in pdf format to: or
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. To learn more about the project, follow the developments on our webspace:

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