LbD Conference 2012 - Creativity in Higher Education took place in Laurea Leppävaara on May 8th - 11th, 2012

The conference publication is now available

The LbD Conference Proceedings 2012 have been published as a special issue under the Interdisciplinary Studies Journal ( The publication can be read under 'Previous Conferences'.

LbD Conference 2012 took place in Laurea Leppävaara on May 8th - 11th, 2012. The conference was successful in hosting about 190 participants from over 20 different countries. Among the participants there were a lot of people who have participated in the previous LbD Conferences as well but the 2012 conference attracted plenty of new-comers also. The overall feedback on the conference has been positive:

"Excellent experience as always."
"Thank you! Multidisciplinarity is the key in education research today."
"I learned a lot and improved my professional skills."
"This one was the best LbD Conference I have attended. The topic was very interesting and inspiring!"

The conference programme was divided on four days; May 8th-9th being the pre-conference days and May 10th-11th the main conference days. The pre-conference consisted of workshops held by Peter Kelly, Vesa Taatila and Arthur Lindemanis. The main conference in turn started with two excellent keynote sessions given by Charles Snow and Holger berg and continued with altogether over 50 presentations on four different paper tracks. Based on feedback from 2010 each presentation was given a 30 minute time slot and the participants could change to another session between presentations. This arrangement received quite positive feedback from the participants:

"It was great that the presentations were only 30 minutes so it was very varied. And we had the opportunity to choose between different subjects, which was also very useful."

All the presentations from the conference are available on the conference web page.

After the conference programme, on Friday (May 11th) afternoon, conference guests had a great opportunity to experience Finland by joining the unique cultural post-conference programme in UNESCO World Heritage Site Suomenlinna. The programme included a guided tour and a dinner in a local restaurant.

Info 1

Laurea produces new competences in the field of service innovations and carries out professionally orientated education, regional development and R&D activities by following the Learning by Developing (LbD) operational model. Laurea employs approximately 500 personnel and has app. 8 000 students.


Laurea is a research-oriented and developmental university of applied sciences that produces new competence. Laurea's pedagogical innovation, the Learning by Developing (LbD) model, is built on a development project that is genuinely rooted in the world of work, which aims to produce new practices and whose progress requires collaboration between lecturers, students and workplace experts. The best projects produce new competence and know-how.

LbD is also a method to fulfil the overall duty given to universities of applied sciences, involving three basic tasks - pedagogy, regional development and research and development - carried out in integrated and merged fashion. Integration means making a solid connection between the three tasks such that all students, lecturers and other staff can participate in all three at the same time.

Laurea works in the highly competitive region of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Within the innovation environment of the Metropolitan Area, Laurea is profiled particularly as a developer of regional development influence, R&D linked to cluster development, network and business competence, related operating models, the welfare sector and welfare entrepreneurship. The regional vision for Uusimaa is to become the most competitive, safe and welcoming metropolitan area in northern Europe.

With regard to international relations, Laurea enriches its area of operation with its international networks, R&D programmes and top-level expertise, promoting the internationalization of the broader metropolitan area. In terms of innovation, Laurea strengthens and supports the innovation capacity of its region and creates favorable conditions for the birth of innovation.

Laurea Units

Laurea operates in the Greater Helsinki Region in seven units close to good transport connections.


Laurea Leppävaara
Vanha maantie 9
02650 Espoo
Tel. +358 (9) 8868 7400
f. (09) 8868 7401


Laurea Tikkurila
Ratatie 22
01300 Vantaa
Tel. +358 (9) 8868 7300
f. (09) 8868 7301



Laurea Porvoo
Mannerheiminkatu 20
06100 Porvoo
Tel. +358 (9) 8868 7600
f. (09) 8868 7601


Laurea Lohja
Nummentie 6
08100 Lohja
Tel. +358 (9) 8868 7800
f. (09) 8868 7801



Laurea Hyvinkää
Uudenmaankatu 22
05800 Hyvinkää
Tel. +358 (9) 8868 7700
f.(09) 8868 7740
Laurea Otaniemi
Metsänpojankuja 3
02130 Espoo
Tel. +358 (9) 8868 7500
f. (09) 8868 7501

Laurea Kerava
Keskikatu 3 a
04200 Kerava
Tel. +358 (9) 8868 7754
f. (09) 8868 7775


in brief

An international Learning by Developing - New Ways to Learn conference is organized at Laurea Leppävaara every year. The conference discusses learning and teaching in higher education, focusing on a different perspective every year. Researchers, developers, leaders, lecturers, students and other representatives of cooperation partners from higher education institutions, private and public sector are warmly welcomed to participate. Workshops and paper sessions are held separately and a pre-conference is arranged to accommodate longer visits, mobility programmes and R&D cooperation meetings. The popular cultural post-conference programme will also be arranged.

The third conference was held on October 12th - 15th, 2010 at Laurea's Leppävaara unit.The Learning by Developing - New Ways to Learn 2010 conference aims to present, discuss, benchmark and develop Future Expertise in Higher Education. The conference has four tracks: Competence Development, Assessment of Learning Outcomes, Multicultural Expertise and Student-Centric R&D&I.

The second conference was held on February 12th and 13th, 2009. It concentrated on Transformative Teaching in Higher Education and featured a benchmarking and networking session for new development programmes and projects, as well as workshops, panel discussion, poster exhibition and a key note lecture. The conference was successful in hosting approximately 60 presentations around the world.

The first conference on February 6th and 7th, 2008, addressed Innovative Pedagogical Models in Higher Education. It gathered 160 participants from over 10 countries. The conference included two key note lectures and versatile workshop sessions in which experts from all over the world presented different kinds of pedagogical models and projects. External evaluation report of Laurea's Learning by Developing -model was published as a part of the conference.