Project Partners

Logo AddOAssociazione di donne Orlando (AddO) » more info …

Orlando Women’s Association

“Orlando” is a feminist Association legally established in 1982 and aimed at documenting, researching on and promoting women’s actions, theories, arts and literature, political presence in public life. The Association rules the Women’s Centre for Documentation, Research and Initiative, through an agreement with the Commune of Bologna. The Centre, among the most important women’s institutions at international level, comprises the Women’s National Library and Archive, Gender Resources Centre (counselling, training service), Internet and ICT training and services. The Association owns a technological infrastructure (service provider and portal:, is active in gender policies at local, national and international levels, is member of several international and national networks, has implemented actions of peace-mediation and support of the feminine civil society in conflict areas (Bosnia, Kosovo, Israeli/Palestine). Its action fields are research, teaching, counselling and political initiative. Its Training Sector has worked in LLL, Higher education (through an agreement with the Bologna University), courses for specific targets.


c/o Centro di documentazione donne di Bologna, Via del Piombo 5, 40125 Bologna, Italy 0039 0514299411 Direct contact for the BeLL project:

Logo ATHENAAssociation for Education and Development of Women (ATHENA) » more info …

Adult Education Society (AES)

ATHENA is an NGO focused on empowerment and all-round support, training and coaching of women including guidance for self-directed learning and development of e-learning for women. ATHENA networks with the Regional Chamber of Commerce, development agencies, universities, municipalities, employment offices and with umbrella organisations in Prague on national projects supporting women and ethnic minorities and aiming at the integration of disadvantaged people. These activities include the social inclusion of ethnic minorities (e.g. courses and guidance for people with different cultural backgrounds and their teachers and trainers); e-learning courses in multiculturalism in healthcare in Czechia; collaborating with doctors from hospitals in Silesia (rural area); courses in self-defence for older women; methodologies for teachers of seniors; and training supporting the development and maintenance of the creativity and mental skills of seniors.


28.října 165/68 709 00 Ostrava Czech Republic Tel: +420 775 563 224

Logo CREA-UBUniversity of Barcelona. Research Centre (CREA-UB) » more info …

University of Barcelona. Research Centre (CREA-UB)

CREA is the Centre of Research in Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities at the University of Barcelona, aninterdisciplinary and inter- university research centre with consolidated experience in leading FP research projects with a significant scientific, social and political impact. Besides being partners of different Framework Programme projects since 1997, CREA has been the coordinator of the FP5 Project WORKALO. The creation of new occupational patterns for cultural minorities. The Gypsy case (2001-2004), and the FP6 Integrated Project INCLUD-ED. Strategies for inclusion and social cohesion in Europe from education (2006-2011). It has participated also in previous projects on SiS such as TRAMS (FP6) and PERARES (FP7), as well as on Lifelong Learning, in a number of EU programmes (Grundtvig, Daphne, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.), such as BeLL. Benefits of Lifelong Learning, Learning for career and labour market transitions, ALNET Dialogic Numeracy on the NET, EMAE European Master on Adult Education, among others. CREA’s strong commitment with the dialogical relationships between research and society has been developed through the communicative methodology of research, which engages the end-users and interested stakeholders from the very beginning of the Project and throughout the whole research process. This approach guarantees a great impact of research, fostering Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). As an example, the INCLUD-ED project was recently selected as one of the 10 examples of success stories from the FP of research by the European Commission, due to its scientific, political and social impact.


CREA Campus Mundet University of Barcelona Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron, 171 Edifici de Llevant, pl. 0, desptx. 12-13 08035 Barcelona (Spain) Email: Phone: +34 93 4035099

Logo EAEA European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) » more info …

European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)

European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) is the voice of nonformal adult education in Europe. EAEA is a European NGO with over 120 member organisations in more than 40 countries and represents more than 60 million learners Europe-wide. EAEA promotes adult learning and access to and participation in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented. The main roles of EAEA are:

  • Policy advocacy for lifelong learning at a European level
  • Development of practice through projects, publications and training
  • Provision of information and services for our members



  • International co-operation


Rue d’Arlon 40 B-1000 Brussels Fax: + Contact person: Francesca Operti Tel: + E-mail address: Website:

Logo DIE German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) » more info …

German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) (Project coordinator)

The DIE is an extramural research institute as well as an infrastructural institution which serves as a competent service partner for all institutions in the field of adult education and lifelong learning. The institute’s research activities contribute to the development and networking in adult education on a national and international scale. The German Institute for Adult Education’s socio-political focus is on the development and advancement of adult education in order to improve personal evolvement, social participation and employability for the adult population in Germany. In accordance with its mandate, the DIE’s services focus on two main targets: combining science and research of adult education and supporting them by supplying data and information as well as conducting research and development. The main research focus is partitioned in two areas: Data and Information Centre (Daten- und Informationszentrum – DIZ) and Research and Development Centre (Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum – FEZ). The DIE’s research activities cover all areas of continuing education: adult learning processes, didactic design of programmes, staff, continuing education institutions, and financial, political and legal aspects of the continuing education system. The DIE also picks up on current problems and issues. The DIE’s service activities are the cornerstones of an academic infrastructure in the field of continuing education in Germany. This infrastructure includes statistical services, a specialised library, publications as well as research programmes for the conservation and maintenance of the subject-based memory. These are also continuously developed according to current needs.


Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung – Leibniz-Zentrum für Lebenslanges Lernen e.V.
German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning,
Heinemannstraße 12-14, 53175 Bonn (Germany), T +49 (0)228 3294 – 0, F +49 (0)228 3294 – 399, eMail:, Homepage:,
Dr. Marion Fleige, eMail:, T +49 (0)228 3294 – 119, F +49 (0)228 3294 – 4279

Logo IOE Institute of Education, University of London (IOE) » more info …

Institute of Education

The Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world’s leading schools for education and social sciences and tops the league table for education research, according to the latest official audit of UK universities. The Institute achieved a superb result in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) with the highest proportion of world leading research in the field of education, placing it within the top 10 UK research universities. National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) is one of fifteen departments at the IOE. NRDC was established by the UK government in 2002 as part of Skills for Life: national strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy skills. NRDC has successfully delivered research and development projects for a combined value of more than £26 million. NRDC has undertaken projects for a wide range of funders including Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the European Commission, and the OECD. It pursues a broad research agenda, including teaching and learning, participation and engagement, and the economic and social effects of low skills on the individual, family, community and wider society and has produced an extensive body of work on family literacy, language and numeracy programmes and issues. Methods of enquiry include large scale surveys, experiments, ethnographic and case studies. The NRDC has expertise and experience in the wider benefits approach, research methods and research practice. The NRDC worked closely with the IOE Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning (WBL), which carried out studies that relate directly to the BeLL study in the period 1999 to 2009. WBL investigated the benefits that learning rings to the individual and to society as a whole. WBL’s main objectives are to clarify, model and quantify the outcomes of all forms of intentional learning so as to inform the funding, implementation and practice of educational provision through the life course. From 2008 to 2009 the two centres were directed by the same individual and collaborated on methodological issues.

Logo IREA Romanian Institute for Adult Education (IREA) » more info …

Romanian Institute for Adult Education – IREA

The Romanian Institute for Adult Education- IREA was established in 2000 as a non-profit institution, as a pedagogic research institute in the field of adult and continuing education, aiming to provide scientific and methodological support for all adult education institutions in Romania and to establish the link between the academics and practitioners in adult learning area. Although as an independent research unit, IREA is strongly connected to the Department of Education Sciences, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, West University of Timisoara. The overall research aim is to improve the quality of the education for adults, to identify ways to enhance their ongoing participation in learning, as well as for strengthening the lifelong learning dimension both at individual and institutional level. IREA places its work at a meta- level, by offering research-based input and enabling adult learning professionals and other relevant stakeholders to have a better and qualitative educational and training provision for adults. It also fosters the debate, reflections and sharing of know-how among them by organising different scientific events (i.e. the series of national conferences), or carrying out series of publications on theory, praxis, and methodological guides. The main research directions within IREA covers issues like professionalization of adult learning staff; impact of new media on adult learning (with focus on setting up effective collaborative learning environments and communities); inter-generational learning and active ageing; adult basic education and key competences; workplace learning, social inclusion and active citizenship through education, liberal education and personal development. The research-development-innovation activity is carried out together with partners from Romania and from most of the European countries, IREA being involved in more than 40 international projects. On professionalization of adult learning staff, for instance, the main research direction, IREA coordinated the elaboration of the concept for the national system for continuing professional development, it has contributed to setting up the framework of qualification and competencies for adult educators; it has developed tools for validation of the didactic competencies of dealing with adults, acquired in non-formal and informal settings, publishing several theoretic and methodological books, as well as various research studies.


Calea Bogdanestilor nr. 32A cam. 205-206 Timisoara, jud. Timis,300389 Romania Tel: +40256 592960 Email:

Logo SIAE Andragoški center Slovenije (SIAE) » more info …

Slovenian Institute for Adult Education

The Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE) was founded by the Government of Slovenia in 1991 to promote the development of adult education. It is the main national institution for research, development, counselling, education and training in the field of adult education. SIAE is based in Ljubljana and employs 40 people. The basic mission of the SIAE is to foster the development of a culture of life-long learning and education in Slovenia. It focuses its work on topics such as: (a) system and organization of adult education, (b) development of learning opportunities in non-formal education; (c) information and counselling in adult education; (d) raising the level of literacy and educational attainment of adults; (e) the development of learning opportunities in non-formal education and (f) the promotion of lifelong learning and information and communication infrastructure. SIAE has been participating in several international projects (Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Phare, 5th, 6th Framework Programme of the EU, etc.) It is a member of several International organisations, such as ESREA, the UNESCO Institute for Education, NIACE and others.


Slovenian Institute for Adult Education Smartinska 134a 1000 Ljubljana SLOVENIA Phone: +386 1 5842 576 eEmail:

Logo SVEB Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB) » more info …

Swiss Federation for Adult Learning SVEB

SVEB is the umbrella organisation of adult education and lifelong learning in Switzerland. It is a non-governmental organisation, which represents nationwide private and state institutions, associations, representatives responsible for adult education on a cantonal level, institutions, in-house training departments and personnel managers. It also extends its reach to individuals who are active in adult education (lifelong learning). SVEB promotes cooperation among adult learning institutions, raises public awareness for lifelong learning and supports its members in their activities.


Oerlikonerstrasse 38, CH-8057 Zürich T: +41 44 319 71 71 Direct contact for the BeLL project:

Logo UEF University of Eastern Finland (UEF) » more info …

University of Eastern Finland, School of Educational Sciences and Psychology

The University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland. It is a multidisciplinary university, which offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects. The university comprises four faculties: the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. The School of Educational Sciences and Psychology is a hub of expertise in the fields of education, special education, psychology and career counselling. The core of the activity is basic and postgraduate education of experts in these fields of study as well as related areas of research. The School also wields influence as an important societal expert and developer both locally and on an international scale.


University of Eastern Finland | Philosophical Faculty Joensuu Campus | School of Educational Sciences and Psychology PO Box 111, 80101 Joensuu Contact for BeLL project: Dr., professor Jyri Manninen +358 294 45 2200,

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Adult Education Society (AES)

Adult Education Society is NGO from Belgrade, founded in 2000. AES main tasks are: affirmation, support and improvement of adult education (AE) in the country, promotion and implementation of the concept of lifelong learning, support to the European integration and regional cooperation of Serbia through adult education, as well as promotion and support of Serbian andragogy. These tasks are being achieved by: financial and technical support, professional counselling and guidance, training of multipliers, programmes of networking, training and certification of trainers in AE, publishing activities, organization of professional and scientific events, organization of study visits, regional and international exchanges, participating in strategic and legislative initiatives of government, organizing the adult learner’s festival, supporting participation of national institutions within international projects and programmes etc.
AES implements its programmes through cooperation with large numbers of partner organizations all over Serbia – institutions, agencies and institutes responsible for adult education, local community adult learning and culture centres, NGOs, private educational organizations, departments for training in companies etc. Beside partners in the country AES cooperates with many similar organizations in the region and Europe. Main international partner is dvv international (Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association). Continuous cooperation with dvv international provide key contribution to the sustainability of AES. AES also intensively cooperates with EAEA (European Association for Adult Education), with UIL (UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning), with many European AE national organizations (Germany, England, Romania, Finland, Greece, Denmark, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Portugal…), but also with many other organizations.


Adult Education Society | Kolarčeva 5, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia | T +381 (0)11 3033 723 | F +381 (0)11 3034 258 |