Learning Minds


Jacobs Foundation Conference

During the first Board Meeting of the Jacobs Foundation in 1989, it was decided that research conferences should become a key pillar of the Foundation’s strategy. The Jacobs Foundation Conference takes place every other year in uneven years, and it provides a unique opportunity for scientific exchange at the highest level, with a focus on an interdisciplinary approach.

The conference brings together a diverse assembly of senior, mid- and early career researchers from around the world, who are invited to this three-day event, often hosted at the Foundation’s Conference Center, Marbach Castle, in Germany. The prime criterion for selection is scientific excellence with due attention to coverage of a range of disciplines and, as appropriate, the involvement of scholars from a range of countries.

The overarching goal of the conferences is for leading researchers to present cutting-edge findings about an aspect of child and youth development and learning that will culminate in the production of a high-level scientific journal publication and in collaborative follow-up research projects.

The 2023 conference took place from May 10 – 13, in Cascais, Portugal. The organizers were Inge Molenaar (Radboud University) and Dan Schwartz (Stanford University).

The conference topic was Adaptive Learning in a Changing World: Preparing learners with the skills to thrive across contexts and time. How to measure and foster such skills.

Check out the video clips from the conference organizers and selected conference participants to learn more.