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Postponed - ELEC2020

Postponed - ELEC2020

This year's European Lean Educators Conference will be postponed to Autumn 2021.

Thon Hotel Prinsen
Kongens gate 30, 7012 Trondheim, Norway
26/10/2020 09:00 Add to calendar
28/10/2020 16:00

Regrettably we must announce that this year's European Lean Educators Conference will not take place as planned in Trondheim, Norway. This is a result of the challenging and uncertain conditions presented by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the local organizing committee have opted to host the conference in Trondheim in Autumn 2021.

In the meantime, we would like to thank those of you who have already submitted abstracts to ELEC2020. The international ELEC committee are currently investigating opportunities for running ELEC2020 as a virtual event. More details will be presented in due course.

Stay safe!

Best wishes,
Daryl Powell, Research Manager SINTEF Manufacturing


We are delighted to invite you to ELEC2020 – The Seventh European Lean Educator Conference, 26-28th October 2020 in Trondheim, Norway.

This year’s conference theme is: Learning in the age of digitalization. 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, ELEC2020 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 welcome you to Trondheim in October!


ELEC2020 will be held at Thon Hotel Prinsen, a full-service hotel with a warm and informal ambience, located in the heart of downtown Trondheim.

We are very happy to welcome you all to our wonderful historic city in the heart of Norway. Being the third largest city in Norway, with 193 000 inhabitants, Trondheim is not a big city on a European scale. However, it is the third largest in Norway. Trondheim was founded in year 997 AD and was Norway’s first capital city.

For more information about Trondheim, check out Visit Trondheim or Visit Norway.


Please put together a 70-150 word abstract of your academic / industrial paper or presentation idea and send it to as a manifestation of interest. We welcome abstracts from both academics and practitioners addressing a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • 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


17th April 2020 – Deadline for submission of abstracts*
29th May 2020 – Notification of decision
31st July 2020 – Submission of full-papers
28th August 2020 – Notification of full-paper acceptance
18th September 2020 – Final submission of camera-ready papers & early bird registration closes
26th October 2020 – Pre-conference workshops
27th-28th October 2020 – Main conference

*Abstracts are required for both paper and presentation ideas. Full papers will be published in the ELEC2020 conference proceedings with ISBN. However, submission of full papers is not mandatory.


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
Research Manager
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