About PIAAC International Conference

The OECD, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, is organising the 5th PIAAC International Conference in Bratislava, on 27-29 November 2018. The purpose of the conference is to promote the use of PIAAC data to help address relevant policy issues.

The opening cocktail will be held at the UMELKA Gallery

You can find the programme here.

The working language of the conference is only English.

The registration for the conference is now closed.


  • Ministry of education, science, research and sport of the Slovak Republic
  • OECD
  • OECD

Conference Programme


18:00 - 20:00

Opening cocktail and registration

The event will be held at the Umelka Gallery.

Opening speeches wil be presented by:

JUDr. Mgr. Martina Lubyová, PhD.
Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

Mr Andreas Schleicher
Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General (OECD)


09:00 - 12:30

Presentations by invited speakers

09:00 - 10:30

1. Making the case for lifelong learning: PIAAC and policy change

Sir Alan Tuckett

Discussant: Mariano Fernandez Enguita, Professor of Sociology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

2. Stability and Change in Adults’ Literacy and Numeracy Skills: Recent Insights from Longitudinal Studies

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt

Discussant: William Thorn, PIAAC Manager, OECD

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 17:30

Presentations by invited speakers (continued)

14:00 - 15:30

3. Experiences and backgrounds of foreign-born U.S. residents

Johan E. Uvin

Discussant: Alexandria Valerio, Lead Education Specialist, World Bank

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30

4. The role of foreign language skills in the Estonian labour market. Combining PIAAC and other data

Aune Valk

Discussant: Quy-Toan Do, Senior Economist, World Bank


09:00 - 10:00

Skills for the 21st Century: Findings and Policy Lessons from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills

John Martin

10:00 - 12:30

Workshop presentations

Selected researchers from the PIAAC Call for Papers will be presenting their research in two parallel workshops. The papers are primarily based on PIAAC data and have a clear policy focus, covering topics of relevance to economics, education, employment and social policy.

Satoshi Araki
Are skills the key to economic success? The dynamics of economic returns to high skills and credentials in response to educational expansion and skills diffusion

Jolita Dudaitė
Literacy change as a result of the education reform: comparison between post-soviet countries

Quy-Toan Do
Asylum seekers in the European Union: building evidence to inform policy making

Franziska Hampf
The Causal Effect of Higher Education on Skill Development: Evidence Using Variation in Campus Proximity

10:40 - 11:10

Coffee Break

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30

Workshop presentations

Victoria Levin
Benefits and Correlates of Work-Based Learning: Lessons from PIAAC and STEP data

Ashley Pullman
Variable returns to skill: A longitudinal examination of earnings mobility and instability in Canada

Michał Sitek
The effects of cognitive performance on educational and school-to-work transitions in Poland. The evidence from the Polish post PIAAC study

15:30 - 16:00

Concluding comments

Information about the Conference


The conference will take place in Crowne Plaza Hotel Bratislava. The opening cocktail will be held at the UMELKA Gallery. You can find more information about Bratislava here.


You can find more information about how to get around in Bratislava using public transport here. There is also a good connection to Bratislava from Vienna airport, buses operate 2-3 times in an hour.


Bratislava offers variety of hotels for you to choose from. You can check Accommodation in the upper menu to access the corresponding links.

Hodžovo námestie 568/2, Bratislava, Slovensko