29 April 2021

International Conference '21

The Development of Competencies for Employability

conference description

The GiLE Journal of Skills Development (GJSD) published by the GiLE Foundation is proud to present the GiLE4Youth International Conference, which will be held on the 29th April, 2021. The conference will bring together students and young researchers, as well as offer a unique networking opportunity for teachers, trainers and academics. The GiLE Foundation advocates for the development of specific key competencies among the youth and a greater level of solidarity, collaboration and synergy in youth-focussed initiatives. The conference topics highlight the role of developing character building, digital competencies and communication skills in order to boost youth employability.

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Keynote Speakers

Porkoláb Imre keynote speaker at G4Y Conference

Dr. Imre Porkoláb

Director, Mathias Corvinus Collegium Foundation, Hungary

Imre Porkoláb has had a distinguished military career involving both active service in the Hungarian Armed forces and a number of years serving NATO in a strategic role. During his time in the US, he also completed management training at Harvard University and a degree in organisational innovation from Stanford University. Imre’s areas of specialisation include defence innovation, organisational transformation in a VUCA context, hybrid organisational architecture development, and leadership and decision-making in complex and chaotic situations. He joined the Mathias Corvinus Collegium team in 2020. In keeping with the core philosophies of both MCC and GiLE, Imre believes that supporting highly talented young people is a fundamental public interest. 

Dr. Rusudan Makhachashvili

Chair, Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, Ukraine

Prof. Rusudan Makhachashvili is a widely published researcher and EU expert in ICT and Digital skills development and assessment in Higher Education. Rusudan advises the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science on Digital Skills Implementation Strategy. She is a frequent Keynote Speaker on the Open Educational E-environment of Modern University and Research in E-learning.

She is Chair of Romance and Typology Department and a leading researcher of the Communication and Digital Diagnostics Tools, the author of 11 individual and collective monographs and 90+ publications. She is an Editor and Editor-in-Chief of multiple scientific journals, a passionate researcher and a curricular development adviser promoting ICT Tools, Digital and Soft Skills Assessment into Higher Education.

Dr. Daniel Xerri

Lecturer in TESOL, University of Malta

Dr. Daniel Xerri is an educator, researcher, conference speaker, and prolific author. Active as a researcher, he also regularly gives talks and writes for wider audiences about issues relating to English Language Teaching, teacher education and soft skills training. In 2020, Daniel and Sophia Mavridi co-edited English for 21st-century skills, a collection of articles for English Language Teachers issued by Express Publishing. Besides co-writing the foreword, Daniel also contributed a chapter titled “Developing Students’ Leadership Skills”. Daniel believes that good teaching is informed by research, and oriented towards creativity and innovation.

Deirdre Hughes

Dr. Deirdre Hughes

Director, DMH & Associates Ltd, Exeter, England

Dr Deirdre Hughes is a UK expert in lifelong guidance and careers education. Deirdre advised the Scottish Government on its National Careers Strategy and has recently worked with Careers Wales and the Welsh Government on a new 5-year vision and strategy for the national careers service. She is Chair of Skills Northern Ireland and Chair leading on a major review of the UK matrix quality Standard for information, advice and guidance. She is a prolific writer, researcher and policy adviser promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. Deirdre is Director of DMH Associates and an Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick, Institute for Employment Research (IER). 

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Benefits of attending

Online Networking

Expand your network by joining our virtual networking opportunities.

Affordable price

For Attendees only 30 EUR (12.000 HUF). An awesome student discount is available: 15 EUR (5.400 HUF).

Publication Opportunity

Papers will be published in a Conference Proceedings and the GiLE Journal (best ones).

Training sessions

Our programme includes open sessions on each topic area of the conference.

GiLE4Youth International conference
Topic Areas

We encourage submissions within the following disciplines and fields.
Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable.

GiLE4Youth International Conference '21

Communication Competencies

Examples: Communicating with Clarity, Non-verbal communication, Intercultural Communication, Motivation, Mentoring and Coaching, Relationship and conflict management, Respect Everyone, etc.

Character Building

Examples: Emotional Intelligence & Empathy, Situational Leadership, Stress and Anxiety Management, Growth Mindset, Resilience, Avoiding Self-Sabotage, Managing Ethical Dilemmas, etc.

Digital competencies

Examples: Digital Knowledge, Digital Skills, Digital Literacy, Digital Attitude, Digital Culture, Digital Divine, Digital Communication, etc.


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Maybe about the dissemination rules, the registration fees and how you can participate?

Full paper Submission:

Submission is open until 30 May:

To provide a consistent format for papers published in the conference proceedings, GiLE strongly encourages the use of the conference manuscript template provided below.


Download and save the template file, and apply these styles to your paper.

If you are experiencing any problems during the submission process, then please contact for assistance.

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important things you should know

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

General information:

Yes, if they pay the registration fee for the conference. Co-authors of the same paper are also required to pay the registration fee separately.

All Participants need to do a presentation or poster, and they may or may not submit a full paper for publication. Attendees do not need to do a presentation or poster, or even submit a paper. Instead, they can join the conference to listen in and enjoy the presentations of others and they may also participate in the online workshops and training sessions that will take place during the conference.

Presentations and articles may have a maximum of four (4) authors. Only registered authors can attend the Conference. If co-authors would like to attend the conference, they will have to register separately.


No. The official language of the conference is English.


Once you have received an abstract acceptance message, you can pay your registration fee online using PayPal or a debit/credit card. Cash payments will not be accepted. Your acceptance message will be sent to the email address that you mentioned in your application form. You will receive a link where you can process your payment as well as our foundation’s banking details if you prefer to do an electronic transfer.

Yes. For written cancellations received on or before 12 April 2021, 90% of the registration fee will be refunded. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date. All cancellations must be sent to and addressed to the Conference Organisers.
All refunds are subject to a 5 euro/1.600 HUF standard processing fee.

Formatting requirements:

The abstract cannot exceed 150-200 words. The abstract should contain a description of the thematic scope of the study, the mentioned methods that were used in the study and the main conclusion, if applicable. The abstract should include maximum 5 keywords in alphabetical order. You will have to upload the title and the keywords separately.

The manuscripts must adhere to the Author’s Guide for the general manuscript format and style accepted by GJSD.

No. You can prepare an oral speech (presentation), a pre-recorded speech or a poster presentation.

The maximum talk length is 15 minutes (+5 minutes for Q&A). If you are presenting, please stick to this: time keeping is important.

Pre-recorded presentations cannot exceed 20 minutes. In such cases, there will be no Q&A afterwards, but audience members can still meet the presenters in Howspace.


Yes. All full paper submissions will be peer-reviewed and evaluated based on originality, research depth and accuracy.

All the full papers will be published in a (digital) Conference Proceedings and the best high-quality papers will be published in the GiLE Journal of Skills Development (GJSD).

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Thank you for your Application!

We will contact you via email with further information.