Program - Nordic Bridges for Livelong Learning



Nordic Bridges for Livelong Learning

Conference on interdisciplinary cooperation and networking

Reykjavik June 10th – 11th 2014



Preliminary program 


Day 1: June 10th  

Alternative program in the morning, study visits to:

Education and Training Service Centre Ingibjörg E. Guðmundsdóttir director

IÐAN vocational learning centre Hildur Elín Vignir, director

Mimir-simenntun, livelong learning centre, Hulda Ólafsdóttir director

University of Iceland Institute for education, Hróbjartur Árnason, leads a Master's programme in Adult Learning



12:30 - 13:15    


Opening: Music Sigridur Thorlacius and musicians
   Illugi Gunnarsson Minister of Education, Science and Culture Iceland
   Stefán Stefánsson, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
 Chair’s welcome – program and practical information                     



1. Key-note session 

13:15 – 14:00

Dagfinn Høybråten Secretary General, Nordic Council of ministers 

14:00 - 14:45   
Kristín Vala Ragnarsdóttir, Professor, Sustainability Science, Universty of Iceland  

Interactive discussion with participants and between the two to key-notes 

15:15 – 17:15 Auður Rán Þorgeirsdóttir and Guðrún Bachmann, project leaders for the development and implementation of the Biophilia method: introduction and workshops
17:20- 18:15 Speed dating, or visits to cafes/bars in Reykjavik

18:20 and 19:15


Bustransfer to Grand Hotel from Harpa


Dinner at Grand Hotel 




Day 2, June 11th

 09:00 – 10:00                 

Geof Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organization’s bring great ideas to live .              



 10:30 – 12:30        

Bridges - Workshops


Goal: In the workshops the participants will take a closer look on analysis, and discuss how adult learning can enhance the further development of the Nordic countries as sustainable welfare societies, and how new/closer cooperation can be initiated between various sectors of adult learning. Each workshop starts with a theoretical presentation followed by two illustrating cases describing praxis.


1. Practice – theory 




Cross border research is a growing trend and there is a potential in the Nordic countries to improve the application and implementation of Nordic analyses and research projects in all sectors in the field of adult learning (Fifth Nordic Research Conference in Adult Education in Reykjavik 2013). There is a tradition for the great personal and organizational contacts between Nordic researchers and research environments. The workshops aim at finding relevant methods for disseminating and interpreting research results to practice and vice versa. 

Session 1 A - Chair: Ellen Stavlund, VOVO in Norway. Presenters: Tove Holm, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Kirsten Paaby, Ideas Bank.

Session 1B - Chair: Hróbjartur Árnason, University of Iceland. Presenters: Xeni Kristine Dimakos, Vox in Norway, Annika Turunen, Åbo Academy, Ingrid Wilhelmsen, Folkeuniversitetet and Cecilie Borgen, Bakers in Norway.


2. Education – work 







Nordic Council of Ministers focuses on the developing knowledge across educational systems, labour market and society. There is a need for more effective forms for collaboration between labour market and adult learning in order to enhance mobility and better position on the labour market. There is also a need for new forms of cooperation that reinforces the mutual benefit, for example:

  • that adult learning develops skills relevant to working life
  • that skills acquired at work are recognised and validated by the formal  educational system
  • there are canals and methods for systematic assessing the needs for education on the labour market and in the society 

Session 2 A - Chair: Ingegerd Green, Skärteknikcentrum Sweden. Presenters: Bjarne Whalgren, National Centre for Conpetence Developement i Denemark, Ingegerd Green and Michael Andersen, Danish Evaluation Institute, EVA.

Session 2 B - Chair: Asta Modig, NVL coordinator/The Swedish National Agency for Education. Presenters: Pär Sellberg, Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education and Iðunn Kjartansdóttir, IDAN, Education and Training Centere. 


3. Education – culture – nature 


The Icelandic project Biophilia is an example of innovative cooperation between different sectors of the society, for example the educational system, cultural institutions, nature and science research and grassroots organisations. The workshops should provide a platform for exchanging cross sectorial experiences of adult education.   

Session 3 A - Chair: Hilde Søraas Grønhovd, NVL coordinator/VOFO in Norway. Presenters: Helga Rut Guðmundsdóttir, University of Iceland, Guðrún Jónsdóttir Bachman, University of Iceland.

Session 3 B - Chair: Hans Mikkelsen, International Business Academy. Presenters: Shahamak Rezaei, Roskilde University, Gestur Hovgard, University of the Faroe Islands, Guðjón Þorkelsson, Matís, Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D.



4. Policy and


Proximity to power and equality are characteristics of the Nordic societies and organisations.  In order to maintain the welfare system it is essential to apply the experiences of organisations and educators as a resource for policy development within the sector of adult education. The workshop provide Nordic and international examples that shed light on how practice has contributed to the development of strategies and policies enhancing the access to and the quality of adult learning.

Session 4 A - Chair: Ingibjörg E. Guðmundsdóttir, Education and Training Service Centre in Iceland. Presenters: Berni Brady, AONTAS in Irland, Guðrún Eyjólfsdóttir, SA - Confederation of Icelandic Employers and Halldór Grönvold, Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASI).

Session 4 B - Chair: Tormod Skjerve, Virke the Enterprise Federation of Norway. Presenters: Tormod Skjerve and Lena Engfeldt, Ministry of Education and Resarch in Norway.


 12:30 – 13:30 



Cultural program

 13:45 - 14:15

Martin Henning, director of studies at the institute for Human Geography at Lund University; looking into future challenges 

 14:15 – 15:00        

Important thoughts from the conference, dialog with participants Antra Carlsen head coordinator for NVL and Ingibjörg E Guðmundsdóttir director for the Education and Training Service Centre, Iceland 


 Thank you and farewell