ENLIVEN team presentation at the 3rd ESREA Conference in Verona

Our project team presented the initial findings of our research at the Third Conference of the ESREA (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults) Network on Policy Studies in Adult Education at the University of Verona, Italy, between 8th-10th June 2017.  The theme of the conference this year is “Equity, Social Justice and Adult Education and Learning Policy“.

Details of the conference can be found on this website.

Here are some photos of our team at the conference.

New papers from Bulgarian & Edinburgh partners

Professor Pepka Boyadjieva and Petya Ilieva-Trichkova from our Bulgarian team, and Ellen Boeren from the Edinburgh team have produced the following journal articles from the project.

Management Board & Work Package Leaders Meeting

The ENLIVEN management board and work package leaders met at Wiedner Hauptstraße 18, 1040 Wien in Austria between the 15th-16th December 2016.

The management board was planned to discuss planning and progress of the overall ENLIVEN project and included a discussion of upcoming deliverables, progress of all separate work packages and the role of the advisory board and National Youth Panels. The management board also talked about cooperation with other existing lifelong learning projects and had a Skype session with Marcelo Parreira do Amaral of the University of Muenster, who is the coordinator of the Young_AduLLLt project, which has also been funded under the Horizon 2020 Young 3 call. During the evening of the 15th, colleagues informally gathered over a meal in a local restaurant.


Catching up with Marcelo from the Young_AduLLLt project


Meeting at the University of Tampere

ENLIVEN co-ordinator John Holford and Nottingham computer scientists Rong Qu and Claire Palmer visited colleagues from the EduMAP project (Adult Education as a Means to Active Participatory Citizenship) at the University of Tampere in Finland on the 24th and 25th of November 2016. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the role of the Intelligent Decision Support System, a central part of both Horizon 2020 projects. Having introduced the outlines of both projects to each other, both the Nottingham and Tampere team engaged in further discussions about techniques employed for the IDSS, the interaction between social sciences and computer sciences and the next steps in establishing further collaborations between the ENLIVEN and EduMap projects.

Kick-off Meeting in Edinburgh

The team met for the first time from 19-21 October 2016 at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.


Wednesday 19th October

  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Arrival refreshments
  • 14:00 – 15:45 – Welcome & Introductions: Brief overview of the project aims, vision, organisation, strategy. Role of IDSS. Team members introduce their own role, expertise, interests (Lead: John Holford, Nottingham)
  • 15:45 – 16:00 – Afternoon tea & coffee
  • 16:00 – 17:00 – WP1: Mapping European and national policies and programmes, and their contribution to economic and social inclusion (Lead: Josu Solabarrieta, Deusto)
  • 17:00 – 18:00 – Informal meeting of the Management Board (Lead: John Holford, Nottingham)

Thursday 20th October

  • 09:00 – 09:15 – Morning tea & coffee
  • 09:15 – 11:00 – WP2: Constraints and facilitators of access and participation (Lead: Ellen Boeren, Edinburgh)
  • 11:00 – 11:15 – Mid-morning tea & coffee
  • 11:15 – 13:00 – WP8: Knowledge discovery on evidence-based policy-making in participating countries (Lead: Rong Qu, Nottingham)
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Sandwich lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:45 – WP9: Establishment of Intelligent Decision Support System for evidence-based policy making countries (Lead: Rong Qu, Nottingham)
  • 15:45 – 16:00 – Afternoon tea & coffee
  • 16:00 – 17:00 –  WP3: The role of European governance in adult education and learning policy (Lead: Marcella Milana, Verona)
  • 17:00 – 18:00
    – Project management and integration management, administration, finance and reporting systems, project timetables. (Ruth Elmer, Nottingham)
    Role of the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA) and key points on project management and ethics (Kerstin Wilde – EC-REA)

Friday 21st October

  • 09:00 – 09:15 – Morning tea & coffee
  • 09:15 – 11:00
    Project Management (Alex Hammond – EU Projects Coordinator, Research, Enterprise and Graduate Services, University of Nottingham)
    WP4: Determinants of participation in Adult Education: a macro-systemic approach (Lead: Ides Nicaise, Leuven)
  • 11:00 – 11:15 – Mid-morning tea & coffee
  • 11:15 – 13:00 – WP5: Organisational structuration of early careers: the role of HRM, HRD, workplace learning and innovation (Lead: Günter Hefler: 3s)
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Sandwich lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:45
    Quality of work and young adults’ motivation/well-being (Lead: Günter Hefler: 3s)
    WP7: Understanding the role of young workers’ activism for individual learning and institutional change (Lead: Günter Hefler: 3s)
  • 15:45 – 16:00 – Afternoon tea & coffee
  • 16:00 – 17:00 –
    – Dissemination and Impact (Lead: Ellen Boeren, Edinburgh)
    Reflection & action points (Lead: John Holford, Nottingham)