May 2015            
13th PATHWAYS Workshop at Cumberland Lodge (19-22 May 2015)
Special topic: The role of context in shaping the transition to adulthood


April 2015                                                                                           
Collaborative research workshop at the University of Helsinki (site visit and presentations from Clemens Lechner, Maria Pavlova, Florencia Sortheix, Heta Tuominen-Soini and Julia Moeller) organized by Katariina Salmela-Aro.
Edited handbook on motivation by Jacque Eccles and Katariina Salmela-Aro, to be publiushed by Elsevier.


November 2014               
Publication of ‘Gender Differences in Aspirations and Attainment: A Lifecourse Perspective’, edited by Ingrid Schoon and Jacquelynne Eccles (Cambridge University Press) with contributions from PATHWAY Fellows reporting on their studies examining how gender differences emerge and develop over the life course, using longitudinal data to examine the role of multiple interlinked factors, such as the role of parents, peers and teachers in shaping school experiences and informing the career choice of males and females.

12th PATHWAYS Workshop at Marbach Castle (14-17 November 2014) Special topic: Pathways to Adulthood: the role of structure, agency and social change


October 2014    
SRCD European theme meeting in Prague (23-25 October 2014)
Invited presentation by Ingrid Schoon on ‚Making it against the odds‘ and Rainer K. Silbereisen on ‘Positive youth development and adaptation in the context of social change’
Pathways Symposium on the ‘Effects of economic hardship on youth development in Germany and Poland’ organized by Martin Tomasik and Rainer K. Silbereisen


September 2014

3-7 September 2014

14th Biennial European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) Conference, Cesme/Izmir, Turkey. (Invited symposium on youth transitions - Ingrid Schoon)


July 2014

8-12 July 2014

23rd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD), Shanghai, China

8-13 July 2014

International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP): From crisis to sustainable well-being, Paris. (Invited symposium on Entrepreneurship - Rainer Silbereisen).

15-17 July 2014

17th European Conference on Personality, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. (Invited symposium - Katariina Salmela-Aro)


June 2014

12 - 14 June 2014

Inernational Conference on Motivation: Passion to Learn, University of Helsinki, Finland


May 2014

20 - 23 May 2014

PATHWAYS workshop, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK


April 2014

3-7 April 2014

American Educational Research Association (AERA)2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA


March 2014

20-22 March 2014

Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) 15th Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas



November 2013

10 - 13 November 2013

PATHWAYS workshop , Windsor, UK


September 2013

3 - 7 September 2013

16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology , Lausanne, Switzerland

Katariina Salmela-Aro will be organising a symposium on motivation.


August 2013

27 - 31 August 2013

EARLI conference, Munich, Germany


April 2013

27 April - 1 May 2013

AERA conference, San Francisco

Session chaired by Barbara Schnieder:

Innovations in Data and Technology for Education Research. Four papers presented: (1)  student data longitudinal systems, (2) international assessments; (3) observational data for studying social contexts and (4) learning in the age of MOOCs (Massive open online courses).

Presenters include Ingrid Schoon and Katariina Salmela-Aro


May 2013

16 - 19 May 2013

PATHWAYS workshop, University of Tubingen, Germany



2-5 December 2012

PATHWAYS workshop held at Cumberland Lodge, UK.



18-20 October

PATHWAYS Symposium at the SRCD in Tampa, Florida



29-31August 2012

PATHWAYS Symposium at the EARA conference in Spetses, Greece


JULY 2012

8-12 July 2012

PATHWAYS Symposium at the ISSBD held at the University of Alberta, Canada

- Symposium 19: Connecting Contexts: Understanding School Motivation Across Multiple Social Contexts and Academic Domains

Monday, July 9, 2012, 15:45

Chaired by Barbara Schneider & Jacquelynne Eccles

Other PATHWAYS members presenting are Lara Perez- Felkner, Yi-Miau Tsai, Katja Upadyaya and Ming-Te Wang

Full programme and abstracts here.

- Symposium 21: The 'what' and the 'how' of Career Choices: The Role of Motivation at the Post-school Transition

Monday, July 9, 2012, 15:45

Chaired by Julia Dietrich & Ingrid Schoon

Other PATHWAYS members presenting are Angela Chow, Jacque Eccles, Katariina Salmela-Aro, Katja Upadyaya and Ming-Te Wang

Full programme and abstracts here.


JUNE 2012

11-13 June 2012

Course on Building and Testing Structural Equation Models (SEM) In the Social Sciences.

Held at the University of Helsinki.

Course Programme

MAY 2012

20 - 23 May 2012

PATHWAYS workshop held at Jena University


15 February 2012

Happy School 4: Adolescence in the 21st century - Current debates in Finland and the UK

Held at the Finnish Institute, London

Seminar Programme



24 November 2011



Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 24a, Common Room (3rd floor)

Organised by Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

14.00-14.15   Welcome by Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro

14.15-15.00   Professor Dr. Drs. h.c. Jürgen Baumert, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin:   “Professional Competence of Mathematics Teachers”

15.00-15.45   Professor Dr. Ulrich Trautwein, University of Tuebingen: “Frame of Reference Effects on Self-Concept and Behavior: The Role of Tracking”

15.45-16.15   Discussion

After the lectures we will have a toast in honor of Professor Baumert and Professor Trautwein.

Please RSVP to Mette Ranta by 18.11. at, or tel. (09) 191 22643.



10-11 October 2011


Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Address: Fabianinkatu 24 A, Seminar room (ground floor) Map


  • Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro
    Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Professor Christina Salmivalli
    University of Turku
  • National Doctoral Programme of Psychology

The "Happy School 2: Peers and School" seminar brings together prominent and emerging researchers to share new methodological ideas, innovative approaches and advances in the field of peer relationships. The first day of the seminar focuses on peer relations in context, including dyadic contexts (Brett Laursen, Florida Atlantic University; Ernest Hodges, University of Turku; Julie Hubbard, University of Delaware), peer networks (Rene Veenstra, University of Groningen; William Burk, Maastrich University) and classroom and school contexts (Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, University of Groningen; Christina Salmivalli, University of Turku). The second day has a methodological focus in deepening the understanding on methodological issues concerning peer research, with emphases on dyads and social relations modeling, peer networks and classrooms.

The seminar is free and open for everyone, but for practical matters please register to Mette Ranta, , tel. (+358) 9 191 22643.


  • William Burk, Maastrich University,
  • Jan Kornelis, Dijkstra University of Groningen,
  • Ernest Hodges, St. Johns University,
  • Julie Hubbard, University of Delaware,
  • Brett Laursen, Florida Atlantic University,
  • Katariina Salmela-Aro, University of Helsinki,
  • Christina Salmivalli, University of Turku,
  • René Veenstra, University of Groningen,

Happy School 2 Seminar Programme


18-22 October 2011

6th PATHWAYS Workshop, University of Michigan



23– 27 August 2011

Symposium - Bergen, Norway

15th European Conference on Developmental Psychology



8 September 2011

Symposium - University of Basel, Switzerland  

International Conference on Success and Well-Being in Education and Employment

26- 28 September 2011

Symposium - Bielefeld, Germany  

Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies International Conference


JULY 2011

4-8 July 2011

Istanbul, Turkey

12th European Congress of Psychology


MARCH 2011

31 March– 2 April 2011

Montreal, Canada

SRCD Biennial Meeting

A Multi-Nation Study of Career Aspirations and the Internal/External Frame of Reference
Palais des congrès 520 D, Thursday 4:30pm - 6:10pm

Chairs: Philip David Parker, Ingrid Schoon
Discussant: Rainer K. Silbereisen
PATHWAYS to Adulthood

1.Academic Career Choice: The Role of Gender, Academic Attainment and Ability Concepts in a UK Sample
Ingrid Schoon, Julie Ashby, Philip David Parker

2.Math and English Achievement and Self-Concept as Predictors of University Major and Career Aspirations in Germany
Philip David Parker, Gabriel Nagy, Ulrich Trautwein, Oliver Lüdtke

3.Mathematics, the Only Critical Filter? Predicting Adolescents Career Aspiration With Self-Concept and Ability in Multiple Domains
Yi-Miau Tsai, Jacquelynne S. Eccles