Programme LLL-AGORA 7-8 March

29th January 2016

The last phase of the LLL-HUB project, which has been running for a bit more than 2 years, will take place at the Lamot Conference Centre in Mechelen on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March 2016. This European conference presents a transnational pooling of expertise in order to make a comparative analysis of critical factors, identify common challenges and elaborate policy recommendations to improve and promote lifelong learning at all levels. Around 250 national experts from across Europe, as well as high-level EU decision-makers and key stakeholders, will gather in Mechelen in order to exchange best practices, experiences and views. The main goal is to create a space for lifelong learning by providing concrete outcomes such as policy recommendations towards the convergence of lifelong learning policies and their implementation at the European, national and regional level.





In a stimulating environment

LLL-AGORA will be held in Mechelen, Belgium, which is a train ride of about 20 min. from Brussels.

The event will take place at the Lamot Conference Centre in Mechelen, spacious, recently renovated premises, situated at the waterside in the historic centre of Mechelen.

Because good conditions often mean better work.

During your free time you can go for a stroll around the beautiful old town.





The morning debates will be followed by insightful workshops following 3 different themes, during which the best practices from 7 countries across Europe will be presented. The workshops will also look at transferability and implementation in diverse European contexts and aim at developing policy recommendations.

   1)  LLL and Territories                                              

   2) Enrolling people in their LLL pathway            

   3) Recognising and valuing LLL Pathways     

Who should attend?

Participants should come from either the practical field of lifelong learning, from policy-making institutions or have an academic background. They should possess knowledge and experience concerning different types of lifelong learning, focussing their activities on the labour market or on personal development. Participants with less experience but with a keen interest in lifelong learning and education in general are also very welcome to participate.

The event is free of charge but travel and accommodation have to be paid by the participants themselves.



Monday 7 March

09.00 – 09.30             Registration

09.30 – 09.45             Welcome words

Joke VAN DER LEEUW-ROORD, Secretary General,  Lifelong Learning Platform

09.45 – 10.30             Opening Speeches

Julie WARD, (MEP S&D) – Video Message

Dawn ENGLE, Co-founder and Executive Director of the PeaceJam Foundation

Herman BAERT, Professor, Centre for Research on Professional Learning and Development, Corporate Training and Lifelong Learning,  Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

10.30 – 11.00             Presentation of the LLL-HUB project’s main achievements

11.00 – 11.30              Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00

LLL Implementation in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities

Sophia ERIKSSON WATERSCHOOT, Head of Unit “Europe 2020, DG EAC, European Commission

Raúl IGLESIAS, Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Cáceres, Spain

Małgorzata DUDZIAK, Krakow Regional Labour Office, Poland

Koen DePRYCK, Entrepreneur. Superintendent of Schools & Prof. Innovation in Education, Belgium

MODERATION:  Joke VAN DER LEEUW-ROORD, (Secretary General, Lifelong Learning Platform) and Audrey FRITH, (Director, Lifelong Learning Platform)

13.00 – 13.15             Workshops’ Presentation

13.15 – 14.30             Lunch

14.30 – 15.30   

WORKSHOPS – Presentation of best practices from across Europe – 3 thematic groups

(LLL and territories – Enrolling people in their LLL pathway – Recognising/Valuing LLL pathways)

15.30 – 16.00             Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 

WORKSHOPS – Follow-up

Transferability and Implementation in diverse European contexts and development of policy recommendations

17.30 – 18.00              Registration for LLL-Contest Award Reception

18.00 – 20.00              Reception and LLL-Contest Award Ceremony

Presented by Etelberto COSTA, Vice President, Portuguese                                         Association of People Management (APG) Portugal



Tuesday 8 March

9.00 – 9.30                 Registration

9.30 – 10.30

Summaries from the workshops with Policy recommendations and questions from the audience

10.30 – 11.30            Feedback session and Future Steps

Policy recommendations and future steps

Audrey FRITH, Director, Lifelong Learning Platform

Lessons learnt from the implementation of the  LLL-HUB methodology

Liliane ESNAULT, responsible of the Project development of the European Regions Foundation for Research, Education and Training (FREREF), France

The DISCUSS Online Platform: Fostering Synergies between Lifelong Learning Communities

Thomas FISCHER, Senior Researcher, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU), München

11.30 – 12.00             Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.30

Reactions and Recommendations: Ways forward for LLL implementation in Europe

João SANTOS, Deputy Head of Unit, Vocational education and training, apprenticeships and adult education, DG EMPL, European Commission

Patrick LEUSHUIS, Senior Policy Advisor at Ministry of Education, Culture & Science, the Netherlands

Etelberto COSTA, Vice President, Portuguese Association of People Management (APG) Portugal

Yunus ASLAN, Immigration Expert, Mardin Provincial Immigration Office, Turkey

MODERATION:  Joke VAN DER LEEUW-ROORD, (Secretary General, Lifelong Learning Platform) and Audrey FRITH, (Director, Lifelong Learning Platform)

13.30 – 14.30                 Light Lunch  



High level meeting of LLL-Project partners with European Commission officials



  1. Dear project partners of LLL HUB, dear colleagues,

    I really enjoyed the firstday of the LLL AGORA, from the Keynote in the beginning to the Workshops and the Best Practices. I am now looking forward to the second day of the conference.


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