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We are delighted to invite you to ELEC2021 – The Seventh European Lean Educator Conference, 25-27th October 2021.


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This year’s conference theme is: Learning in the digital era. We really hope you will be able to join us and share your thoughts, experience and insights in teaching and learning lean thinking!

The European Lean Educator Conference is dedicated to fostering knowledge exchange within academia as well as between academic institutions and industry, which we believe is especially important. As such, ELEC2021 provides a platform for professors, teachers, trainers and coaches from academia, industry and public sector organizations to share their knowledge and experiences and learn from one another.

ELEC conferences distinguish lean thinking as a broad management and operations improvement philosophy, fully grounded in science and supported by a continually growing set of methods, techniques and tools. All participants are sure to take home practical lessons-learned from one another.
We look forward to seeing you at #ELEC2021 in October!


  • Early bird 3500,00 NOK (approx. €350) until September 24th 2021
  • Standard fee NOK 4500,00 (from September 25th)
  • PhD Student 2500,00 NOK
  • Master student 1000,00 NOK


ELEC 2021 will be a fully online event that will be hosted from SINTEF HQ in Trondheim, Norway. You can read the program here.


Please submit your full papers for ELEC2021 at the Springer online conference service (OCS):

We have received 80 abstracts from academics and practitioners addressing a variety of topics, including:

  • Teaching and learning Lean Thinking
  • Lean programs
  • Lean transformations
  • Lean education
  • Blended learning
  • Agile / Scrum
  • Lean games
  • Lean leadership
  • Lean coaching
  • Lean sensei
  • Lean supplier development
  • Action Research and Action Learning


  • 30th June 2021 – New deadline for submission of full-papers
  • 30th June 2021 – Online registration opens
  • 13th August 2021 – Notification of full-paper acceptance
  • 24th September 2021 – Final submission of camera-ready papers & early bird registration closes
  • 25th-27th October 2021 – Main conference


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Temporary free access to the online version of the conference proceedings (ELEC 2021) on SpringerLink for registered conference participants will be arranged at Societies-online via an http referrer from the conference website. The link must be referred via the conference website to work properly.

Access will be granted for the period 10 Jan – 10 Feb 2022.

The conference proceedings are published by Springer as proceedings in IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (AICT). Volumes published as part of the IFIP AICT are made available through multiple indexing services including Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science and Scopus.


Authors are invited to submit papers (6-8 page short papers are preferred, though we will also accept 10 page full papers) using the templates below, provided by Springer.

Templates for authors who use Microsoft Word and Latex are provided. More specific details on the formats of full papers are described in AUTHOR GUIDELINES (pdf), also provided by Springer. We highly recommend that authors strictly follow the formatting guidlelines because of publication issues. 

*Note: Several users have indicated problems downloading the templates in Chrome. Therefore, we recommend that you use a browser other than Chrome (e.g. Mozilla, Edge…) If this does not work, you can download the templates from Springer. Scroll to Important downloads for authors and then look at Templates, sample files & useful links.

Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway. Photo: Visit Norway
This year’s conference theme is: Learning in the age of digitalization. Photo: SINTEF

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