LLLab and Annual 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.
2023: Lifelong Learning Lab in Girona, Spain, 26-27 June 2023
The 2023 edition of the LLLLAB will be held at the Universitat de Girona in Spain. Education stakeholders from European and Spanish contexts will come together during two days to stir the new generation of cooperation in education and training through a wide range of topics, ranging from EU cooperation in education and training, to EU decision-making processes, and from civil society engagement to national contexts.
2022: Lifelong Learning Lab in France, 30-31 May 2022
For its 2022 edition, and under the patronage of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, LLLP brought the LLLAB to Nice, France where education stakeholders engaged in a discussion around “Lifelong learning entitlements for the future of Europe”. This training brought together the European and French contexts and stirred the new generation of cooperation in education and training. Check out the report.
2021: Introducing the Lifelong Learning Lab!
In 2021, LLLP turned its Annual Conference from a policy event to a capacity-building moment! With the Lifelong Learning Lab – National Training for Education Stakeholders, LLLP seeks to keep the momentum of EU cooperation to assess EU citizens’ capacity to participate in policy-making, suggest solutions and break silos in the education sectors. Further to this, and following the policy recommendation in its Feasibility study, LLLP would also like to explore the possibilities for national lifelong learning platforms. The very first LLLab took place in Lisbon on 1-2 June 2021 and focused on the Portuguese context. Read the report.
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
The 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.