Forum on the Future of Learning
24 Jan 2019 08:30 - 17:30, Hotel Crowne Plaza, Brussels


Organised at the initiative of Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport  by the European Commission, DG EAC, the event will provide an open platform for exchanges between education, training and youth stakeholders and policymakers. The main discussions will focus on key issues that education and training will be facing in Europe and beyond until 2030, including the challenges associated to demographics; inclusion and citizenship; technological change and the future of work; digitalisation of society; environmental concerns; and investments, reforms and governance.

The Forum will build on the work of the European Education and Training Expert Panel, which consists of independent experts from across Europe. The Panel members will present their findings on these six challenges and there will be an opportunity to provide input to the preparation of the new EU education and training cooperation framework beyond 2020. The Forum will also highlight some of the European Union’s main initiatives driving forward the future education and training, including non-formal and informal learning, in particular via the Erasmus programme. It will involve plenary sessions, a number of interactive workshops and plenty of networking opportunities.


Day 1 - 24/01/2019

Participant registration
Opening Plenary

Sean Klein, Facilitator for the Event

Opening statement

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

Keynote interventions

Ecaterina Andronescu, Minister of Education on behalf of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Petra Kammerevert, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament

Regina Ebner, President of the Lifelong Learning Platform

Objectives and programme of the Forum - Sean Klein
Ted-talk style teasers on the six thematic reports – 6 Expert Panel members
Parallel sessions – 1st round: Presentation of Panel key findings and discussion with stakeholders

Demographic challenges

Expert Panel members:
Malcolm Fisk, Eva Klemenčič, Hanne Shapiro

Per Paludan Hansen
President, European Association for the Education of Adults

Inclusion and citizenship

Expert Panel members:
Paul Downes, Teresa Sordé-Martí, Hermann J. Abs

Piotr Sadowski
Head of European and International Affairs Volunteurope

Technological change and the future of work

Expert Panel members:
Silvija Karklina, Rob Mudde, Raimo Vuorinen

Margarida Segard
Vice President European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB)


Coffee break – change of room
Parallel sessions – 2nd round: Presentation of Panel key findings and discussion with stakeholders

Digitalisation of society

Expert Panel members:
Emmanuel Boudard, Serena Pastore, Andrius Plečkaitis

Susan Flocken
European Director at European Trade Union Committee for Education

Environmental challenges

Expert Panel members:
Anna Rabajczyk, Gabriela Teodorescu, Carla Morais

Katrina Koppel
Vice-President European Students' Union (ESU)

Investment, reforms and governance

Expert Panel members:
Per Kornhall, Etienne Denoël, Sandra Kučina Softić

Daniel Wisniewski
General Secretary European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE)


Thematic discussion plenary

Feedback on the first two rounds of workshops and discussion with stakeholders

Parallel sessions – 3rd round: Presentation of future-oriented projects and discussion with stakeholders

European Universities and VET Centres of Excellence

European Universities
Ludovic Thilly
Chair of the Executive Board, Coimbra Group

VET Centres of Excellence
Audrey Rost
Rotterdam, Manager of the innovation experts team within the STC group

Future-oriented projects and pilots at EU level

Teaching EU
Agnes Roman,
Senior Coordinator
Education & Training Policy - European Trade Union Committee for Education

Boost maths
Liliane Ancelet
General coordinator of the BOOM project

Digital Ecosystem
Elisa Lironi
Senior Manager European Democracy  ECAS - European Citizen Action Service

MENtoring Technology-Enhanced Pedagogy (MENTEP)
Anja Balanskat
Senior adviser and MENTEP project manager

Future-oriented projects and pilots at national level

FR – ‘12 Parcours Sans Couture sur 4 Territoires Apprenants’
Antonin Cois
Developpement manager at « la Ligue de l’enseignement »

Maya Nakach
Manager of inclusive projects at French Ministry of Employment

BG – ‘Your Class’
Denitsa Sacheva
Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Bulgaria

PT – ‘INCoDE.2030’  
Sofia Marques da Silva
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Porto

HR – ‘e-Schools’
Branka Vuk
Deputy CEO for Education Support, Croatian Academic and Research Network


Final plenary

Closing remarks:  

Manuela Geleng,  Director for Skills, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Stefaan Hermans, Director for Policy Strategy and Evaluation, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Are you ready to contribute to how Europe looks beyond 2020 to further strengthen its education, training, and youth policies? Then join the Forum on the Future of Learning!