VETNET Regulations

The regulations were reviewed by the current VETNET Board and agreed in September 2002 (Lisbon EERA conference) as follows:


The network is the Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET), a network of the European Educational Research Association. It is concerned with research and development in the field of initial and continuing vocational education and training.


The objectives of the Vocational Educational and Training Network are:

  • to promote the discussion and dissemination through mutual learning of research, theory formulation and the use of research results in the European research area and beyond;
  • to explore the relationship between research, policy and practice;
  • to foster the highest quality of research in the field of Vocational Education and Training;
  • to encourage cooperation between VET researchers and project partnerships in the European research area by, for example: organising research seminars; developing international contacts; organising annually the ECER-VETNET programme; producing electronic or other newsletters; considering the possibility of launching a VETNET journal


The Vocational Education and Training Network is informal and is open to all engaged in research and development in this and related fields (including policy makers interested in research).

General Meeting

There will be a General Meeting of members of the Vocational Education and Training Network at the annual EERA European Conference on Educational Research.

There will be additional General Meeting/s if: called by the Board of VETNET;  at least 10 members of the Vocational Education and Training Network express in writing to the Board of VETNET a wish for a General Meeting. Notification of the General Meeting will be at least one month before the meeting. All members of the Vocational Education and Training Network have the right to vote at the General Meeting (voting decisions being reached by absolute majority). Voting by proxy is not permitted.

The Board of the Vocational Education and Training Network

  • The Board of VETNET will have a minimum of six and a maximum of 12 members.
  • Members of the Board will be elected by the General Meeting. Half the Board will be elected every three years. Members are entitled to stand for re-election.
  • Nominations (with two proposers) for election must be received two weeks before the date of the General Meeting
  • Any vacancy which arises during the three-year period will be considered by the Board and an appointment made which must be confirmed at the next General Meeting.
  • The Board may co-opt additional members as appropriate. Co-opted members will stand for election at the time of the next election to the Board if their continued membership is sought.
  • The Board will be chaired for three years by a Board member elected through this process.
  • The Board will approve every year a chair of its programme committee for the next ECER. This will normally be a member from the country in which the ECER is to take place.
  • The Board will designate such roles and responsibilities for individual members as it considers necessary for the carrying out of its functions.

Functions of the Board of VETNET

Functions include the following:

  • to promote research collaboration and engagement in the European research area and beyond;
  • to provide through the VETNET programme for ECER a stimulating research forum for discussion and debate
  • to organise other symposia or seminars as appropriate;
  • to report annually to EERA following each ECER and the attendant General Meeting;
  • to administer VETNET affairs and any financial matters concerning VETNET efficiently;
  • to encourage good communications within the network and within the European research area and beyond; this will include the use of the web and electronic and other newsletters as appropriate;
  • to consider and, if appropriate, launch an academic journal of international standing.


Meetings of the Board of VETNET are held at every ECER and on at least one other occasion during the year. In addition, general meetings of VETNET researchers are held at each ECER.

The role of VETNET in the context of new thinking about a European research space has been an important subject of discussion and led to the idea to organise an opening Colloquium in the VETNET programme at the Hamburg ECER which would open discussion on ‘the nature and future of VET, VET-related and interdisciplinary research in the developing European research area.’ More details can be found in the ECER programme. The VETNET programme encourages more discussion of this question at key points during the course of the conference.

Given the limited time and resources available to the Board, most of the energy has been concentrated on developing and improving the VETNET programme at each ECER. The programme increasingly provides a valuable opportunity for mutual learning and it is hoped that it will become a significant feature of the European research area. In addition, the question of developing strong links with Eastern European countries and internationally remains an important question.

Agreed and discussed on VETNET Assembly in Lisbon 2002 (Convenor, Toni Griffith, Institute of Education, University of London)