During its plenary sessions, the 2024 Children’s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN) Conference wishes to engage with the design, research questions, involved actors, funding and impact of the different ways in which collaborative research has been undertaken. They propose using ‘Collaborative research’ as all-encompassing term that designates those research projects that have been set up to foster dialogue between academia and society and form part of the province of knowledge brokering. After looking at the possible definitions of collaborative research, including but not limited to action-research, policy oriented research, applied research, cooperative research, bottom-up research, translational research, participatory research or citizen science, several examples of research in children’s rights that have been developed by academic actors together with civil society and governmental partners will be presented and discussed. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this kind of research? What is the relation between solution oriented and curiosity driven research? How can collaborative research invigorate academic teaching, and vice versa? What are the differences and similarities between collaborative research, science communication, outreach efforts and continuous education? In addition, several sessions are scheduled that are devoted to the presentation and discussion of education and research activities in the broad field of children’s rights studies. During a poster session, CREAN members will present their academic teaching activities in children’s rights, including at bachelor and master level, elective courses, summer schools or continuous education programmes. During parallel sessions, ongoing projects led by Ph.D. researchers, early career researchers and established researchers are discussed, offering an opportunity to assess the diverse and rigorous work currently being conducted in the interdisciplinary field of children’s rights and childhood studies.