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.

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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’.

First Youth Panel in Bulgaria

Representatives from various youth organizations in Bulgaria met at the first Youth Panel meeting on the 21st of July 2017 at the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (ISSK-BAS) in Sofia, Bulgaria.


In the first part of the meeting, the participants were introduced to the aims and expected outcomes of the ENLIVEN Project by Pepka Boyadjieva (National coordinator of ENLIVEN at ISSK-BAS), Rumiana Stoilova, Petya Ilieva-Trichkova and Diana Nenkova (Members of the Bulgarian team of ENLIVEN). Then, some basic statistics, which demonstrate the place of Bulgaria in a comparative perspective in three main aspects, were presented to the participants. First, the general educational structure of the Bulgarian population was outlined. It was followed by a description of the labour market situation of the youth. Lastly, there was a discussion of the state of the lifelong learning with a special focus on the young adults. The presented information served as a certain background against which the discussion between the Youth Panel participants and the Bulgarian team of the ENLIVEN Project took place afterwards.

In the second part of the meeting, the participants were encouraged to share their views and to engage in a dialogue with the researchers about the topic of the ENLIVEN project and the problems of the youth in Bulgaria related to lifelong learning. They were asked to think about any joint activities/initiatives and to give ideas how they could be helpful to the ENLIVEN project and respectively how the Bulgarian team with its work on the project could be of any help for their work. The participants provided very interesting insights and explanations of the presented statistics from the perspective of their own experience as representatives of Youth organizations and as youth themselves. Among the main issues raised by them were the access to internships in Bulgaria, the quality of these internships and the need of its regulation; the lack of dialogue between the educational institutions and the business; the necessity of a change in the secondary education before the introduction of the dual system; the potential role of volunteering among the young people which seems to be very limited in Bulgaria so far, and the need of complementarity between the formal and non-formal education.

Figures in the handouts of the meeting can be downloaded HERE.


Survey: Information for a tool to guide NEET policy decisions

The ENLIVEN is considering how to create an Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS) to inform policy debate and decision-making on learning for young adults with a focus on young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs). The idea behind the system is to utilise collected project data to enable learning from the experience of others. If you are involved in providing a project which is aimed at helping NEETs or potential NEETs we would like you to fill in our survey below:

Information for a tool to guide NEET policy decisions

The survey aims to gather information on projects for NEETs so that appropriate and successful projects for this group can be developed. We have had some really helpful initial responses which have increased our understanding. We realise that it will not be possible to complete all the questions as complete information is not available or may be too sensitive. Any input, no matter how small, will be valued.

2nd consortium meeting in Verona

The team gathered in Verona for the second team meeting from Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 June 2017. Several members of the team arrived in Verona several days earlier to participate in the ENLIVEN symposium at the ESREA policy network conference. The team gathered informally on the evening of the 11th for dinner and officially started the meeting on the 12th.

On the first day of the meeting, colleagues from the EDUMAP project joined us to talk about their Intelligent Decision Support System. The rest of the day was devoted to updates on work packages 1-2-3-4 as well as on the ENLIVEN IDSS. On Tuesday, the consortium split into two groups, one group focussing on the IDSS, the other one on work to be undertaken as part of work packages 5-7. The team also had their management board and discussed about the upcoming review meeting in Brussels in December 2017. Wednesday was used for round up sessions on the work packages discussed in parallel groups on Tuesday and to discuss forward planning, dissemination and impact.

Teams are now back home, working on their team duties. The management board will meet again in Brussels in December and our next consortium meeting will take place in Spring 2018 at the University of Duesto in Bilbao.

Verona meeting 2

ENLIVEN = smiling happy people 😊😊😊

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.