Call for Papers – ENOHE Annual Conference Prague, 14-16 June 2023

The conference format and the title:

ENOHE, the Charles University Prague and the Czech National Network of University Ombuds Offices are delighted to be working together on the 2023 ENOHE Annual Conference to be held in Prague, Czech Republic. The in-person conference format will be delivered over three days, 14 to 16 June. The format and timing enable participation from Europe and beyond with old friends and colleagues as well as with new partners. There will be plenaries, sessions, workshops, and round tables. There will also be a social program (concert, city walk, gala dinner).

The general topic of the conference is:


The conference will be preceded by the opening two-day event of our Training Activities Program.

The environment:

The conference will encompass the ab urbe condita (“from the foundation of the city”) developments and changes within our profession from the first conference 2003 in Amsterdam and our improvised “early years” during the early 2000s up to our formalization as an association in the late 2010s (“tweenagers”). The conference will also take a look into the crystal ball for the next decade(s) to come (“from boomers to millennials”).

Many higher education institutions in Europe have set up complaint / relationship management offices and national networks in the past two decades, with the Czech Network being the youngest one. The roles may carry different titles depending on the country or institution, but tasks and duties are pretty much the same for all of them, regardless of the job title.

With the first ENOHE self-reflection document of the ENOHE Innsbruck Descriptors of 2015 and the Communique of the European Higher Education Ministers‘ Rome Conference in November 2020 the network and its members have pushed forward. With discussion of “Values and Principles” in 2022 and the start of our first designed training program in 2023, ENOHE enters a new era.

Issues to be considered during the conference are:

Reviewing how higher education ombuds offices have worked since the informal ENOHE network was set up in 2003 in Amsterdam (benefits, disadvantages, wrong tracks)?

How and why should higher education ombuds offices be set up and run?

What worked (or didn’t work) during ‘the Covid years’, and what changes might this bring to higher education governance?

What reforms are needed to adapt to tomorrow’s challenges within higher education?

How to develop our relationship with student representatives?

How can we increase student input into Higher Education Governance?

Main Tracks:

In the Mists of the Past: A long and winding road

Gaining Momentum: Mists are lifting / Lifting Mists

Shortcomings and how to overcome them: Full speed ahead

Looking into the Crystal Ball: Where to Go

Call for papers:

We invite contributions from speakers who will each deliver a short and focused talk for a maximum of 10 minutes. We also invite joint presentations. Each time slot will be shared with other speakers on cognate or complementary topics.  There will be time for discussion after the speakers’ presentations.

The organizers will place the speakers into cognate or complementary groups, so please ensure that you will be able to attend the full conference as you will be allocated to a session slot nearer the time of the conference.

Proposal format:

Your proposal must include:

Title*: this should succinctly reflect your proposed topic

Abstract*:  a succinct description of the session to allow delegates to assess whether it will meet their needs (100 words)

Presenter(s): name* of lead speaker (and co-speakers if appropriate), your e-mail address, mobile phone number, name of institution*, country*, a short description* (100 words) of your function within your institution and your photo*

Category*: for example, historical review, case study (practice-oriented or policy-oriented), discussion, workshop

Topic*: Describe how your proposed topic fits into the overall theme of the conference

Proposal format*: Details of the points you propose to cover, the methods you propose to use in e.g. a discussion group or workshop, etc. (max 200 words)

*Information marked * will be published in the conference program if your proposal is accepted.

Deadline and timeline:

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday 16 January 2023. You will be advised no later than 13 February of the decision on your proposal.

You submit your proposal here:

For further information: Please email

If you have not previously attended or presented at an ENOHE conference, we would encourage you to contact us in advance to discuss your proposal.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Josef Leidenfrost, ENOHE President
Jean Grier, ENOHE Vice President
Milena Králíčková, Rector, Charles University
Michaela Antonin-Malanikova, ENOHE board member
Jaroslav Šotola, Czech Network of University Ombuds Offices

Prague, Czech Republic