EERA congratulates Martin Mulder for having been awarded the "European Vocational Educational Training and Researcher Award" for his life time commitment to Vocational Education and Training Research. The Award was presented in december 2016 by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner, Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility. The European Vocational Skills Week is a new event, organized under the auspices of the European Commission.

Within EERA Prof Martin Mulder has initiated VETNET,  the Vocational Education and Training Network, which he lead in the early years. He thereby promoted the research field within the European Conference on Educational Research and helped to initiate and foster European dialogue in the field.

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Short CV of Prof Martin Mulder

Martin Mulder, PhD, is Professor and Head of the Chair Group of Education and Competence Studies, Wageningen University, in the Netherlands. He studied educational sciences at the University of Utrecht (1982), and did his PhD at the University of Twente (1992), also in the Netherlands. He was appointed as chair in agricultural education in Wageningen 1998, and proceeded as the chair of the new group on Education and Competence Studies in 2004. In this position he is providing leadership for a teaching and research program on competence development in the agrifood and environment sector.

He is editor of The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension (JAEE) and member of editorial committees of various other journals in the field of education, training and development. He is the past chair of the European Journal of Vocational Training which was published by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. He (co)published hundreds of academic and professional articles, chapters and books, for academic, policy, and practical audiences. He recently edited the book ‘Competence-Based Vocational and Professional Education. Bridging the Worlds of Work and Education’, which is published by Springer.