The round table gathered digital learning specialists from across Europe and focused on the future of learning and ICT in education under H2020.

The Digital Learning round table 2014 logo

You can watch the recordings of the joint sessions here:

Morning session from 9.30-11.00 and Afternoon session from 14:00-16:00 

Please scroll down for the presentations at the bottom of the page.

Have a look at the Storify from the event


Why a Digital Learning Round Table?

Europe is at a crossroads regarding the rapid development of knowledge-based digital economy and society. Digital learning is an integral part of that development, strongly supported by the European Commission.

The Digital Learning Round Table was the first of its kind in the H2020 context. It was a lively debate with concrete suggestions on how to advance digital learning in Europe, in particular through the Horizon 2020 programme and its funding instruments.

The debate capitalised on past R&I investments in technology-enhanced learning - € 185 mio in 2008-2013 - and on the supporting policy initiatives like the Opening Up Education Communication.

For whom?

Speakers and delegates representing a mix of European researchers, innovators, industry and other stakeholders active in digital learning in Europe.

Invited panelists include

  • Jyri AHTI, Vice President, M&A and Corporate Relations, Sanoma Learning
  • Anne BERGMAN-TAHON, Director, Federation of European Publishers
  • Patrice CHAZERAND, Director, DigitalEurope
  • Marc DURANDO, Director, European Schoolnet
  • Elmar HUSMANN, Deputy Secretary General, European Learning Industry Group (ELIG)
  • Alexa JOYCE, Director of policy, teaching and learning, Microsoft 
  • Christine LEURQUIN, Vice-President of Institutional Relations at SES S.A
  • Heikki LYYTINEN, Professor, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Eleanor MURPHY, Head of International Partnerships, Apps for Good
  • Andrea PAROLA, Managing Director, EU Strategy
  • Dr Neil PEIRCE, Technology Lead, Learnovate, Trinity College, Ireland
  • Piotr PLUTA, Senior Manager CSR, Cisco EMEAR, Cisco Networking Academy  
  • Martti RAEVAARA, Vice-President, Aalto University, Finland        
  • Mark ROBINSON, Group Head of Education Product Strategy, Promethean      
  • Michelle SELINGER, Consultedu          
  • Michael SHAW, Programme Director (online learning), TES   
  • Volker ZIMMERMAN, Executive managing director, Neocosmo




The proceedings of the event will be recorded in the final report of the event by the general rapporteur Mr Graham Brown-Martin. It will be distributed to all participants and published on the Digital Agenda website.

 (1)      Digital learning for future work and life

Firestarter: Graham BROWN-MARTIN, writer and broadcaster

This table discussed key issues of digital learning, skills and competences needed for future proof education and training strategy in Europe from cross-sectorial point of view. The participants consist of a mix of industry, research, higher education, schools and workplace learning.

(2)       Educational content

Firestarter: Sanna LUKANDER, Vice-President Fun Learning, Rovio Entertainment Ltd

This table discussed the issues in the intersection of digital learning and training, content, publishing, standards, interoperability, as enabler for access, use and production of rich and engaging educational content in the digital age. The participants consist of representatives of publishing industry, research, educational software, gaming, apps providers.

(3)       Connectivity

Firestarter: Stefano AGNELLI, Director of European Institutional Affairs, EUTELSAT

This table discussed the issues related to the backbone of digital learning – connectivity -  from different infrastructure and systems providers point of view, trying to identify how digital learning could become seamlessly and equally accessible for all in Europe. The participants consist of representatives of telecoms, satellite operators, major systems and software providers.


The Commission also will provide information on ongoing R&I baseline and the current open call H2020-ICT-2015 topic ICT-20 "Technologies for better human learning" with total budget of €60 mio[2].

Background information

You can find here more information about the EC policy, and research & innovation in digital learning:

- Communication on Opening Up Education (2013)

- Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) has been financed by EU research & innovation programmes since 2008. Hereunder you can find a brochure on current R&I projects financed from the FP7 and CIP programmes.

- Other sources of information on EU and digital learning, please look here


DG CONNECT Unit G4 Inclusion Skills and Youth
DG CONNECT Unit G4 Inclusion Skills and Youth