2nd International Conference on Self-Initiated Expatriation

The 2nd International Conference on Self-Initiated Expatriation, organised by Prof. Dr. Maike Andresen at the University of Bamberg, will take place from the 11th to the 12th of April 2022 in Bamberg, Germany.

As a follow-up to the 1st Conference on Self-Initiated Expatriation in Toulouse, this two-day event will address the careers of Self-Initiated Expatriates (SIEs), as well as the value these globally mobile individuals bring to companies and, more broadly, to host-country economies and societies.

SIEs are individuals who seek and start a new job/career in another country on their own initiative. For this new job abroad, SIEs either relocate physically or work virtually by international remote work.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring academia and industry together for a fruitful exchange of ideas.

We are delighted to announce our plenary keynote speakers:

Hugh Gunz, Professor Emeritus – University of Toronto Mississauga.
Mila Lazarova, Associate Professor – Beedie School of Business and Simon Fraser University.
Frédéric Docquier, Research Program Leader (on Crossing Borders) – Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research.
Herbert Brücker, Department Head (International Comparisons and European Integration) – IAB.

Call for Papers

Information for Conference Participants

The 2nd International Conference on Self-Initiated Expatriation will take place at the University of Bamberg (Feldkirchenstraße 21, 96052, Bamberg). Due to the pandemic, all sessions will be attended online by all participants – whether in Bamberg or joining the conference virtually. All sessions will take place via Zoom and links will be distributed to registered conference participants in due time.

We have put together a very appealing conference programme that consists of a colourful firework of sessions, including top-class paper presentations, plenary sessions with highly renowned colleagues from the fields of career and migration research, an enlightening talk with the manager of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra – a well-know, international orchestra with musicians from all over the world – tips and tricks for managing large-scale international research projects, an insight into the research results of the GLOMO project, a session to explore future research needs on SIEs, and more. We are sure there will be something for everyone to get excited about! 

Conference Programme

Travelling to Bamberg

In April 2022, track work and rail repairs will take place around Bamberg, which will somewhat restrict train services to Bamberg. This means that for “the last few metres” (about 60 km around Bamberg) you will have to use the so-called SEV (Schienenersatzverkehr) train replacement bus system to get to Bamberg. Everything will be well signposted on site, you can always speak to Deutsche Bahn staff on the train sations on site or get live information at https://www.bahn.com/en. Please look out for these signs:

Important: The tickets you buy for the train remain valid for the SEV.

From Nuremberg Airport, take the underground (13 mins) from to Nuremberg main station. Then, use the SEV Bus, direction Coburg or Lichtenfels. The SEV Bus leaves from Nelson-Mandela-Platz, at the southern exit (so called Südausgang) of the train station.

From Frankfurt Airport,you continue your journey as planned until either Nuremberg main station (please see above) or Ebelsbach-Eltman, where you will have to change to a SEV Bus.Whether you need to change either in Nuremberg main station or in Ebelsbach-Eltman depends on your arrival time in Frankfurt and the train you choose.  

From Munich Airport, you continue your journey as planned until Nuremberg main station, where you will have to change to a SEV Bus (please see above).

Please note that in buses, you are still required to wear an FFP2 mask. 

The venue

In-person participants will spend the conference together at the University of Bamberg, at the so-called Feki campus (Feldkirchenstr. 21, 96052, Bamberg), home of the faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of the University of Bamberg.

Campus Map

Please bring your own laptops and headsets with you.

Buses run regularly from the city centre and the train station to the Feki campus. From the central bus station (ZOB) and the train station, take the bus 931 (direction P+R Kronacher Straße) to Universität. Alternatively, take buses 915 (direction Gartenstadt) or 907 (direction Memmelsdorf) to Feldkirchenstraße. From the Feki Campus, reach the city centre by taking bus 931 directly in front of the Mensa (bus stop Universität). Buses leave every ten to fifteen minutes. Note that there are fewer buses after 19:00 and that the regular bus schedule stops at 20:00. A single journey currently costs €2.10 and a day ticket €4.70. We recommend you buy a four-journey ticket, which costs €7.20. You can buy your tickets directly from the bus driver.

Around the Feki campus, you will find supermarkets, bakeries, a small café and a pharmacy. Just across the street, you will find a 24-hour ATM for national and international transactions. If you come by car, at Feldkirchenstraße 21 you will find a parking lot free of charges.


You can access our free wi-fi on campus using eduroam, BayernWLAN or our own conference network.
Password: glomo2022@uniba


A helpdesk will be waiting for you in the foyer just across the main entrance to the university building. Virtual participants can always write an email to conference.glomo@uni-bamberg.de, call +49 (0) 951 863 2448 or reach us via Zoom using the link: https://uni-bamberg.zoom.us/j/95778082960

Social Events

Coffee Breaks & Lunch

Every conference day you will find hot and cold drinks, snacks and a lunch buffet for all participants on the foyer of the first floor.


We have organised two dinners for conference participants on both conference days. On Monday, 11 April we will have dinner at Restaurant Kleehof (Untere Königstraße 6). On Tuesday, 12 April at Henrii Bamberg (Untere Mühlbrücke 5).

We will meet on both days at 7:30 p.m. Please be so kind and inform us in advance of your participation!

Who should attend

This conference will provide the ideal opportunity for researchers and practitioners from all over the world who are active or interested in the field of international mobility, migration and careers, to

  • disseminate and discuss the latest research on expatriation at the individual, organisational and societal level,
  • share insights on how to put research into practice,
  • explore new international research and business collaborations,
  • meet in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to exchange views and build relationships.


The registration deadline has expired. If you wish to participate in the conference, please send an email to conference.glomo@uni-bamberg.de

Scientific committee

Maike Andresen, University of Bamberg/DE
Cordula Barzantny, Toulouse Business School/FR
Herbert Brücker, IAB/DE
Michael Dickmann, Cranfield University/UK
Sara Louise Muhr, Copenhagen Business School/DK
Vesa Suutari, University of Vaasa/FI

Strategic planning and realisation of the conference programme

Maike Andresen, University of Bamberg/DE
Manh Ha Luong, University of Bamberg/DE
Anh Ngoc Nguyen, University of Bamberg/DE

Organisation and administration

Thomas Saalfeld, University of Bamberg/DE
Simone Treiber, University of Bamberg/DE
Nasia Pliakogianni, University of Bamberg/DE

Special guests

Jaime Bonache, University of Madrid/ES
Chris Brewster, Henley Business School/UK
Marion Festing, ESCP Business School, Berlin/DE
Jan Selmer, Aarhus University/DK

If you have any queries about this event please get in touch: conference.glomo@uni-bamberg.de