Programme for the International
Assessment of Adult Competencies

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International PIAAC Research Conference 2021

October 7 – 8, 2021 in Mannheim, Germany

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, we will continue our scientific conference series on PIAAC and hold the third international research conference in October 2021. The conference is scheduled after the publication of the data from 3rd PIAAC round of cycle 1 as well as the field test of PIAAC cycle 2. This will allow to look at results based on more than 40 countries and outline survey and methodological issues from the second PIAAC cycle.

The addressees of the conference are primarily researchers who work or want to work with PIAAC data, as well as project managers who are commissioned to carry out the study in the respective countries.

Conference Topics

The conference will tackle diverse and interdisciplinary topics related to adults’ cognitive skills, such as: Relation of skills and health, low literacy, relation of skills and digitalization and automation (e.g., challenges of automation in the labor market; skills behind the robotics), relation of skills and personality, determinants of cognitive skills, relation of skills and economic outcomes, cognitive skills and lifelong learning (e.g., effects of vocational and non-vocational training; aging; cohort effects), cognitive skills across demographic groups (e.g., gender, migration, indigenous people), skills mismatch, PIAAC survey methodology, assessment of cognitive skills, process data, small area estimation, linking PIAAC to other surveys or administrative, etc.

We welcome both contributions with a substantial focus as well as methodological contributions. Contributions should either use PIAAC data or provide valuable insights for the further development of PIAAC.


Call for abstractsNov. 01, 2020

Submission of individual presentations and symposia

Nov. 15, 2020 to Jan. 30, 2021

Notification of acceptance

March 2021

Registration to the conference

Feb. 2021 to July 2021
ConferenceOct. 07 - 08, 2021

Conference Venue

Dorint Kongresshotel Mannheim

Friedrichsring 6

68161 Mannheim


Phone: +49 (0) 621 1251 0



For an overview of hotels in Mannheim available for accomodation please see For presenting authors we have reserved rooms at the conference venue, the Dorint Hotel. Please contact us for further questions regarding accommodation (piaac2021(at)gesis(dot)org).


Travel Information

How to get to Mannheim from Frankfurt am Main Airport:

  • By Train: If you land at Frankfurt Airport, the quickest and easiest way to get to Mannheim is by ICE train. From Terminal 1 follow the signs for "Fernbahnhof / long-distance trains". From there on you can take a train to Mannheim Hauptbahnhof (main station). You can purchase your ticket at a ticket booth, in the travel center of "Deutsche Bahn" or inside the train (more expensive). The train ride from Frankfurt Airport to Mannheim takes approx. 30 minutes by high-speed ICE train. (Visit for more information.)
  • By Bus: As an alternative, you can also take the Lufthansa Shuttle Bus, which also leaves every hour from Terminal 1 (arrival area, hall B, Exit B4-5). However, you have to make a reservation in advance.

Further information:


Mannheim Information

General information about Mannheim are available here

For turistic information please see

Call for Papers (comming soon)

Abstract submission will commence in November at

Types of contributions

We welcome both contributions with a substantial focus as well as methodological contributions. All contributions should either use PIAAC data or provide valuable insights for further development of PIAAC.

Symposia (90 min)

A symposium consists of four presentations and is organized by a chair. As a focused session in which individual speakers present their research on a common issue, the symposium should provide diversity of perspective as well as the integration of the different perspectives. Please submit the title and an abstract of the symposium (max. 350 words) along with the authors’ names and affiliations, titles and abstracts (max. 350 words) for each of the contributions.

Single Presentations (15 min)

Single presentations will be arranged in thematic sessions consisting of three to four presentations (session length: 90 min). Please submit the names and affiliations of the authors, the title of your presentation and an abstract (max. 350 words).


Registration will be open February 2021. There are no conference fees. The conference will be limited to a maximum of 200 participants. When registration has reached this maximum number of participants it will be closed.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us (piaac2021(at)gesis(dot)org).

Scientific conference coordination:

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt & Dr. Débora B. Maehler

(GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Mannheim)

Organizational coordination:

Maria Kreppe-Aygün & Daniela Niederauer


Scientific Advisory Board:

  • Dr. Matthias von Davier (Boston College, Boston)

  • Prof. Dr. Julia Gorges (Philipps-University Marburg, Marburg)

  • Dr. Jan Paul Heisig (Berlin Social Science Center, WZB, Berlin)

  • Prof. Dr. Corinna Kleinert (Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, LIfBi, Bamberg)

  • Prof. Dr. Simon Wiederhold (Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt)

GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences

P.O. Box 12  21 55

68072 Mannheim, Germany

E-Mail: piaac2021(at)gesis(dot)org


Note: We currently assume that we will be able to hold a face-to-face event in one year, taking into account national and international restrictions and hygiene regulations due the COVID-19 pandemic. If this will not be possible, we will announce any adjustments or changes on this homepage as soon as possible.