EIT Community Lifelong Learning Conference

Oct 22 - 9:15 > Oct 23 - 13:15

EIT Climate-KIC has taken COVID-19 as an opportunity to work towards their zero-carbon emissions goal and will therefore hold the conference digitally this year.


The pandemic has changed the lives and daily routines of many people in Europe and around the world, both at home and at work. Being digitally native is now paying off. Many companies had to restructure quickly and provide digital resources, tools, and know-how. Many are taking advantage of the sudden large offer of digital often free online training, e-learning, library access, etc. to further their education. The pandemic shows once again how important lifelong learning is and how digitality is a topic of the future.
But “Lifelong learning” has been an important premise not only since COVID19 to survive on the labour market as an employee, to remain relevant as a company or organisation or to participate in the transformation as a community or region. These skills for the future are becoming more and more important and necessary for the individual, especially as new jobs and sectors emerge at speed. The existing societal needs, however, are not fully covered by formal education offers. Additionally, lifelong learning requires dynamic development of learning approaches and methodologies, with continuous ‘innovation in learning’. The EIT community is well positioned to initiate the development of offers that address the gap and to experiment with new learning approaches. Therefore, this year’s conference will focus on sharing insights around lifelong learning for innovation and entrepreneurship stemming from the previous experience of the KICs. Moreover, it will provide a space for sharing good practices, enable scaling of validated approaches, discuss trends, and ideate about future initiatives in the field of lifelong learning. It also builds upon ongoing developments and discussions in the EIT cross-KIC Human Capital project.
The conference will be conducted in an interactive online format, with a mix of sessions dedicated to share and discuss knowledge and interactive sessions dedicated to exploring new opportunities and activities.



October 22, 2020

01 Welcome and setting the scene   9:30 am-9:45 am
02 Inspirational Panel A panel of diverse stakeholders providing inspirational statements and examples about needs and services in the space of lifelong learning 9:45 am – 10:30 am
03 World Cafe – exploring challenges and services Engage around key challenges of lifelong learning and collect and insights, ideas, examples of how to address these 10:45 am – 12:05 pm
04 TBD Option 1: Explore examples of collaborative business models for life long learning
Option 2: Education expert panel on COVID-19
12:05 pm – 12:50 pm
  Closing remarks   12:50 pm – 13:00 pm

October 23, 2020

05 Human Capital WP presentation Participants are invited to get to know the objectives and results of each Work Package, the up to date progress and linkages to lifelong learning 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  Break   11:30 am – 11:45 am
06 Review World Cafe Exploring challenges and services 11:45 pm – 12:00 pm
07 The future: what is needed? A facilitated interactive session to create key messages about the future of lifelong learning and to identify actions and initiatives to take forward within the EIT family 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
  Closing remarks Summary of the day and information about how each EIT KIC will proceed to work with lifelong learning questions.  12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
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