The "Improving Skills" conference was organised by the European Commission in close cooperation with the Cypriot EU Presidency. The conference took place in Limassol, Cyprus, 15-16 November 2012. It brought together policy-makers in the area of education and researchers who have worked on secondary analyses of international surveys on skills and competences.
The aim of the conference is to develop the knowledge about results from large scale international assessments such as PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) and ESLC (European Survey on Language Competences). The conference will also point to EU relevant areas where there is a need and prospect for further data development and/or areas for secondary analyses in the next years.
The conference was targeted to an audience of policy-makers as well as researchers in the field, and had more than 160 participants from many European countries.
Further information about the conference programme, keynotes, workshop presentations and summaries can be found below.