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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!


We start with sparkles and fireworks! For the opening ceremony, we invited a distinguished panel to discuss Bulgarian and Austrian perspectives on lifelong learning and the synergies built between education and culture. Denitsa Sacheva, Deputy Minister for Education and Science of Bulgaria; Stefan Zotti, Director of OeAD (Erasmus+ National Agency); Stefaan Hermans, Director of Policy Strategy and Evaluation, DG EAC; and our President David Lopez will give a lively debate on the direction of education in Europe. A remarkable keynote from Prof Dr Kim Shinil, Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University, Advisor, Korean Federation of Lifelong Education, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education of the Republic of Korea will widen our perspective on lifelong learning.
At the end of the discussion, we will be offering a “European Year of CUltural Heritage Reception” in the Rathauskeller, with welcoming words from Dr Anna Steiner, Austrian national coordinator for the European Year of Cultural Heritage and Dr Claire Giraud-Labalte, European Heritage Alliance 3.3.



On the second day we will have Prof Dr Kurt Matyas, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of TU Wien open our day with some welcoming words. A panel discussion with members from civil society organisations and European institutions will set the scene, highlighting the numerous initiatives in the fields of education and culture. Get the chance to ask questions to Gerhard Bisovsky, Verband Österreichischer Volkshochschulen and Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research of Austria; Eva Sobotka, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights; Lars Ebert, Board Member of Culture Action Europe; Gina Ebner, Secretary General of the Lifelong Learning Platform.

After the panel discussion not one but two keynote speakers will provide different points of view on “Lifelong Learning Culture”. Prof Rineke Smilde, Professor of Lifelong Learning in Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen and Professor of Music Pedagogy at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna will lead us through «Lifelong Learning Culture: Art as a Catalyst», whereas Prof Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, will deepen the topics related to education and lifelong learning.



Nobody likes break-out sessions more than us, and to really make sure that we open the floor to everyone’ contributions, we will offer four participatory moments, to tackle these following topics deeper
  • The benefits of learning environments: how to put non-formal and informal learning in the spotlight – With Christina Paulus, BOKU University and Annette Mjöberg, Secretary of IFLA’s Public Libraries section
  • Making all knowledge count: moving from skills and competences to their recognition – With Mariya Dzhengozova, 3s Unternehmensberatung GmbH, and Lorenza Leita, Fondazione Politecnico Milano
  • The place of education and culture in an holistic society; how do they shape active citizenship? – With Eddy Habben Jansen, NECE and Dr Ana Gaio, ENCATC



Can it be an LLLP event without a Fishbowl discussion? Now that it has become a trademark for us, we i,vite you to take part of the most democratic discussion-driver in the conference! You know the rule: five experts enter the inner circle, a moderator asks them to agree (or disagree) with five statements and then the debate is on! Only people in the inner circle can speak, and to do so you will have to…tap on someone else’s shoulder!



The conference will be a space for sharing, exchanging good practices, and building knowledge. All of this, in a dynamic and interactive way. At the centre of the venue, participants will be able to visit a “Gallery Walk”, exploring successful and innovative projects displayed in this dedicated area. The Walk is open to members, local and European partners, as well as sponsors to showcase their successful stories. In addition, the Walk will have blank canvas for us all to imagine a new scenario for Europe.

The LLLPlatform will give opportunity to members and partners to showcase their practices during the main day, with a dedicated session (see the programme). Would you like to be involved and present a project or an initiative? Fill in this form before June 1st! Or get in contact with us if you to have more information!