This conference will focus on the outcomes of the European Horizon 2020 project ENLIVEN: Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe. During the past three years, researchers from across Europe and Australia investigated policy debates, funding mechanisms and lived experiences of participants in the field of lifelong learning, especially for young adults. During the day, the research team will interact with the audience and an expert panel on the significance of the project results. An Intelligent Decision Support System, constructed by the consortium to help policy makers and practitioners to make choices on the design and implementation of education and training interventions for young adults in need of support will be launched and discussed. The ultimate aim of the day will be to enable policy-makers at European Union, national, regional and organizational levels to enhance the provision and take-up of learning opportunities for (young) adults, leading to a more productive and innovative workforce, and reduced social exclusion. These discussions will be backed up by evidence gathered in the project, underpinned by theoretical debates in the broader field of lifelong learning.

  • When? Tuesday 17th September 2019
  • What time? 10:00-17:00
  • Where? Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), Royal Sky Room 1, The Royal Library Meeting Centre, Boulevard de l’Empereur 2, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Please click HERE to register
by 3rd September 2019

For enquiry, please contact Grace Kong at <grace.kong@ed.ac.uk>

Conference programme

10:00-10:15 Arrival
10:15-10:30 Welcome and introduction by project coordinator – including reflection on bounded agencyProf John Holford
10:30-10:50 Structural features of (inequality in the) access to learning at the workplace: how to get disadvantaged adults on board?Sofie Cabus
10:50-11:10 The Youth Guarantee and Upskilling Pathways: underpinning policies and funding mechanismsMarcella Milana, Concepción Maiztegui Oñate & Triin Roosalu
11:10-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-11:40 The Youth Guarantee and Upskilling Pathways: listening to the learners’ voices [Video presentation]Ellen Boeren
11:40-12:20 Insights from the morning session: panel discussion based on voting on statements by audienceWith representatives from youth organisations, policy, practice and EPALE

Dana Bachman, Gina Ebner, Phillippe Pochet, Simon Broek, youth organisation representative; Chair: Pepka Boyadjieva

12:20-13:20 Lunch break
13:20-14:20 (1) Poster session and (2) workshop by youth organisation
14:20-14:45 Empowering agency in workplace learning ─ Reconciling organisational and individual needs in early career phasesGünter Hefler & Ivana Studená
14:45-15:15 Reactions from the panel based on voting on statements by audience
15:15-15:35 Coffee break
15:35-16:20 Computer-aided Decision Support for Policy Making in Lifelong LearningRong Qu and Jérémie Clos
16:20-16:35 Conclusion of the day: Reflections by Prof Pepka Boyadjieva & Prof John Holford
16:35-17:00 Reception