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

Trondheim, Norway
25/10/2021 09:00 Add to calendar
27/10/2021 16:00


Registration fees
Venue & accomodation
Abstract submission
Important dates
Author guidelines

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 welcome you to Trondheim in October!


  • Early bird: 4000,- NOK (closes September 20th)
  • Regular: 5000,- NOK
  • Students: 2000,- NOK


The event shall be hosted both physically and digitally in Trondheim, Norway. More information regarding physical and virtual participation will be made available in due course, depending on the corona situation. 

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


Please put together a 50-150 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


  • 9th April 2021 – New deadline for submission of abstracts*
  • 28th May 2021 – Submission of full-papers
  • 20th June 2021 – Registration opens
  • 2nd July 2021 – Notification of full-paper acceptance
  • 20th September 2021 – Final submission of camera-ready papers & early bird registration closes
  • 25th-27th October 2021 – Main conference

*Abstracts are required for both paper and presentation ideas. Full papers will be published in the ELEC2021 conference proceedings with ISBN. However, submission of full papers is not mandatory.


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 pages in length) 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. There is also a strict maximum page limit of 8 pages that must be adhered to.

*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
Research Manager / Chief Scientist
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