Project presented to 2 events in Bulgaria

The ENLIVEN project was presented at two international events in Sofia, Bulgaria. The first one was the international scientific workshop for the 8th wave (2018-2019) of Photo_dissemination_BG_Oct_2017SHARE – Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. The Bulgarian team coordinating SHARE is led by Dr. Ekaterina Markova and includes Dr. Gabriela Yordanova and two members of the Bulgarian team of ENLIVEN – Assoc. Prof. Vasil Kirov and Diana Nenkova. The meeting (25–27 September 2017) was opened by the Scientific Coordinator Prof. Dr. Axel Börsch-Supan, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. Prof. Rumiana Stoilova, Director of ISSK-BAS and a member of the ENLIVEN project presented it to 100 scientists from Europe and Israel that took part in the meeting.

The second event was the 5th Progress Meeting of the NEGOTIATE Project – Overcoming early-job insecurity in Europe (2015-2018). The Bulgarian team coordinating NEGOTIATE includes three members of the Bulgarian ENLIVEN team – Rumiana Stoilova (team leader), Prof. Pepka Boyadjieva, and Dr. Petya Ilieva-Trichkova, as well as Dr. Gabriela Yordanova and Dr. Veneta Krusteva. The meeting (5–6 October 2017) took place at the European Parliament Information Office in Bulgaria and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and was opened by the Scientific Coordinator Prof. Bjørn Hvinden, HiOA NOVA, Oslo, Norway. Prof. Rumiana Stoilova presented the ENLIVEN project to 35 scientists from Europe.

Calling for workshop contributors: Developing IDSS: Societal Challenges and Technical Strategies

This workshop brings together the ideas and ways of thinking of two University of Nottingham colleagues, Sharon Clancy from Education and Claire Palmer from Computer Science, who are working on the development of an Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS) within the context of the Enliven project which is aimed at examining policy making in the context of lifelong learning, and particularly for disadvantaged young adults.

The main social science theory underpinning Enliven is that of bounded agency which recognises the complex interplay between personal/individual motivation and the broader structural and cultural conditions in which a person has been raised – specifically the institutional and labour market settings and the social support available. The theory argues that such factors are as important in shaping a person’s decision to engage in lifelong learning/adult education as their individual drive or motivation (‘agency’).  An IDSS system “uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, taught algorithms and data analytics to help support decision-making in real-time, by setting out possible courses of action and evaluating the likely results of these proposed actions” [1] . It will suggest types of action which have been previously employed and enable them to be assessed against suitable criteria.

The workshop will focus on determining how these two theories might meet the needs of policy makers and other end users of the research and, crucially, how it can meet the needs of our “messy, fuzzy, anarchic field of practice” [2] , and with sufficient emphasis on the young people who are its chief stakeholders.

Consequently, our focus has become one of knowledge democracy and we are keen to explore the ontological differences between data expectations at policy maker level and at target community level and how data can serve knowledge creation for those most excluded in society.

Please follow this LINK for more details of the workshop.


[1] Field, J., the Learning Professor, blog, Mechanising education policy with intelligent decision support systems, Posted on January 18, 2015, Accessed 20 September 2017).

[2] Field, as above

Martina Lubyová appointed Minister of Education

We would like to extend a huge congratulations to our colleague Martina Lubyová, the leader of our Slovakian team. She has been appointed Minister of Education by the President of Slovakia.

The news and announcement can be found at:

Second International Workshop of ISA RC45 on Social Inequality

Elena Tuparevska attended  the Second International Workshop of ISA RC45 on Social Inequality in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on 1st September 2017. She presented a paper titled ‘The 2015 Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education (Paris Declaration) and the conceptualization of social exclusion and social inequality in EU adult education policies’. The paper was prepared by Elena Tuparevska, Rosa Santibáñez, and Josu Solabarrieta from the University of Deusto ENLIVEN team.

For the full programme, see

CHER 30th Annual Conference

Pepka Boyadjieva and Petya Ilieva-Trichkova from the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, the Bulgarian team of the ENLIVEN project, gave a paper ‘Patterns of interaction between inclusion and fairness in access to higher education: theoretical distinctions and policy implications’ at the 30th CHER (Consortium of Higher Education Researchers) Conference “Universities as political institutions – HEIs in the middle of academic, economic, and social pressures” in Jyväskylä, Finland, on the 28-30th August 2017. The session was attended by one of the keynote speakers, Susan Robertson.

Click HERE to view their presentation slides.

ECER 2017

Marcella Milana and Ellen Boeren, team members of the H2020 project ENLIVEN presented at ECER 2017 in Copenhagen.

For more details, see:

Marcella gave a paper with Palle Rasmussen on ‘Learn or perish! How Italian and Danish policy adapts and enacts international prescriptions on adult education and learning’.

Ellen represented the Edinburgh team, talking about findings of WP2 ‘Institutional Architecture Of Youth Training In The Context Of Welfare Regimes And Youth Unemployment’.