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Annual Themes and Conferences

The Lifelong Learning Platform organises events, roundtables, and political debates on transversal and strategic issues in lifelong learning. We invite speakers and participants from various sectors of education and training to see how the same problem is tackled in a university, an association or a training centre, by the parents, the learners, the educators or managers. Social partners and representatives of national, regional and European institutions participate as well, to broaden the debate and disseminate our results to a larger audience.

2021: The changing nature of evaluation in education and its impact on learners’ well-being

In 2021, we wish to assess the changing nature of evaluation and assessment in education settings, as well as its renewed impact on leaners’ and educators’ well-being. Stay tuned for more!


2020: Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies

Facing the disruption by the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 annual conference was held online. Nowadays, it is no longer enough to have an outlook on the future of education, and we rather have to imagine the future of learning with sustainability as a polar star. Such was the spark that lit the debate for the LLLP webinar “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies”, which took place on May 27th. To be sustainable, education and training needs to have a broader focus, on transversal skills and on key competences. In our current landscape, lifelong learning is a fresh, positive and transformative force, as it enables learners to think laterally.


2019: Learning Democracy, Values and Participation

For the 2019 edition, the LLLPlatform gathered education stakeholders in Brussels, Belgium, on 19-20 June to tackle the annual topic of “Learning Democracy, Values and Participation“. While the political landscape in Europe changed due to the European elections, civil society organisations are more determined than ever to build a stronger Europe based on the values of democracy and education. The annual conference had almost 100 participants exchange views and planning ahead on the topics of global citizenship education, validation of volunteers competences and civil society space.


2018: Lifelong Learning Culture

The Annual Conference 2018 took place on 5-6 July 2018 in Vienna, Austria. This year’s topic was “Lifelong Learning Culture: A Partnership for Rethinking Education.” The challenge of the revision of the Key Competences for Lifelong Learning commands us to include all learning environments through effective validation processes, and a truly holistic approach to lifelong learning.  The conference saw one hundred participants debate the role of education and culture in building lifelong learning societies: from active citizenship to intercultural dialogue, to validation and to learning environments, the conference opened up pathways for civil society organisations to operate in. The event closed with specific recommendations to improve the European education systems. Relive with us the days in Vienna!


2017: Education in a Digital World

In 2017, the LLLPlatform address its Annual Conference to the topic of “Education in a Digital World“, discussing with education experts the role of technology and digital learning in our society. The challenge of education in a digital world commands us to open education as widely as possible to include all, through flexible pathways and innovative thinking in order to enable all to adapt to yet unknown developments. The two days in Tallinn have brought us vibrant inputs, valuable contributions and have opened our minds on the main topics (and beyond). This is why we are happy to share the report of the conference, including all the interventions from the speakers. Read the report!


2016: Imagining the Learning Community of Tomorrow

13147325_1284461988234919_6466122588063260269_oThe learning community of tomorrow, what will it look like? The speed at which society has evolved in the last decades makes it difficult to conceive what might be happening in 10 years, let alone 20 or 50. But this is not enough to stop us from hoping for a better future. On the contrary, it seems the perfect time to design the society we dream of, and what role education will play in realising it! The LLLPlatform held its Annual Conference 2016 in Bratislava, on 31 May and 1 June. Gathering some 100 experts and practitioners in education, the conference was the opportunity to share practices from all over Europe to learn from each other and build creative solutions. Read more.

Past Annual Themes and Conferences

  • NEW! Lifelong Learning Lab – National training for education stakeholders – Save the date 1-2 June

    The year 2021 marks the start of the European Education Area as well as of the renewed Digital Education Action Plan and therefore, an opportunity for Europe and Member States to reflect and build capacities to achieve its goals. However, Europe and its Member States face difficulties with citizens’ engagement in policy-making because of a lack of trust, knowledge and/or a lack of social dialogue. This is affecting the quality and efficiency of public services such as education and training.
    How […]

  • Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies – Let’s make it happen

    The European discourse on sustainability has gained the centre of policy arenas and has spilt over all fields, including lifelong learning. Nowadays, it is no longer enough to have an outlook on the future of education, and we rather have to imagine the future of learning with sustainability as a polar star. Such was the spark that lit the debate for the LLLP webinar “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies”, that took place on May 27th. 

    To be sustainable, education and […]

  • Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies – Registrations are open

    We are excited to announce that the Lifelong Learning Platform will host an online debate on “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies” on May 27th, at 2pm!

    What does it mean for education to be sustainable, and how can we achieve this goal? We believe that sustainability – of learning and of education systems as a whole – shall be the polar star for Europe for the years to come; in particular, for our communities to be sustainable (socially, environmentally and […]

  • Annual Conference – Registrations postponed

    The Lifelong Learning Platform has decided to postpone the launch of registrations for its Annual Conference “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies” to be held on Zagreb on 27-28 May. Because of the outbreak in COVID-19 across all Europe, the LLLPlatform has decided to postpone the launch of the registrations until the end of March, when the Steering Committee will be assessing the situation again. This also applies to the timing of the General Assembly 2020, initially foreseen for 26-27 May […]

  • Five takeaways from the LLLP Annual Conference 2019

    The Lifelong Learning Platform’s Annual Conference took place on 19-20 June in Brussels, the perfect place to take stock of the EU elections and assess the role education will play in the future of Europe. It gathered stakeholders from all education sectors and interests, tackling together the topic of “Learning democracy, values and participation: the added value of lifelong learning”. A very dynamic discussion saw the light, and there was general concordance on some key issues. 

    1. Our democracy needs all […]

  • Registrations open for the LLLP Annual Conference 2019!

    We have opened the registrations for the LLLP AC 19, “Learning democracy, values and participation: the added value of lifelong learning“! Hurry up and reserve your tickets to the European conference on learning democracy, global citizenship education and promoting common values!

    Book your agendas for 19-20 June 2019, in Brussels. LLLP will take you into citizenship education and much much more with exceptional speakers and insightful workshops!

  • Save the date for LLLP Annual Conference 2019

    The Lifelong Learning Platform is happy to announce the dates of its next Annual Conference for 19-20 June 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The debates will turn around the exciting and topical theme of “Learning Democracy, Values and Participation”.

    2019 will be a crucial year for Europe, as the political landscape is compelled to change in the May elections: through this topic the LLLPlatform will seek to bring back the discussions around citizenship education, active citizenship, and the values that inform […]

  • Press release – LLLP Annual Conference in Vienna

    VIENNA – The Annual Conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform on “Lifelong Learning Culture: A partnership for rethinking education” took place at the very beginning of the Austrian Presidency of the European Union.
    On 5-6 July over a hundred representatives from the education and culture sectors including political representatives, civil society organisations, academics and practitioners gathered in Vienna for the Lifelong Learning Platform’s Annual Conference “Lifelong Learning Culture: A partnership for rethinking education”. The purpose of the conference was to highlight […]

  • Discover the LLLP Annual Conference 2018

    When? 5 – 6 July 2018
    Where? Vienna, Austria – TU Wien
    What? A partnership between lifelong learning and culture
    Why? To rethink education in Europe: from validation and recognition to learning environments, all of this with the unmistakable LLLP’s holistic approach
    Who? Members, experts, academics, learners, civil society organisations, national, EU and international representatives: all together to debate this great topic!

    THE OPENING
    We start with sparkles and fireworks! For the opening ceremony, we invited a distinguished panel to discuss Bulgarian and […]

  • LLLP Annual Conference Report published

    The Annual Conference 2017 took place on 31 May and 1 June in Tallinn, Estonia. This year’s topic is “Education in a digital world. Reducing inequalities through lifelong learning”. The challenge of education in a digital world commands us to open education as widely as possible to include all, through flexible pathways and innovative thinking in order to enable all to adapt to yet unknown developments. The two days in Tallinn have brought us vibrant inputs, valuable contributions and […]

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