Lifelong Learning is an enigmatic term. First of all it describes what people do day-to-day throughout their lives. Secondly, it gives a name to a strategy of the EU’s education policy to make learning accessible to everyone regardless of age. Thirdly, it is a general label for numerous different educational activities and offers and finally, its concept, with all the complexity in which is entailed within it, is the object of scientific analyses.

It is our opinion that the theoretical concepts and practical experiences concerning Lifelong Learning are not interconnected enough in the context of European Education. We feel that a constructive relationship between the theory and practice can inform one another and that both sides can benefit from the perspectives and experiences of the other. Despite this advantage, exchange between them rarely takes place. Therefore, we want to foster the dialogue between science and practice, to develop educational offers and concepts with high quality and participative character. Therefore, it is important to bring together research conclusions and theoretical concepts on the one hand with experiences obtained in education practice in Europe on the other.

The cooperation with our Academic Advisory Council is one part of our activities here.

Furthermore ILE Berlin is engaged in several learning partnerships, where we deal with different topics and themes present in the field of lifelong learning. We cooperate with a wide range of European partners from both scientific institutions or universities and practice-oriented and experienced organisations. As a result of this, we succeed in bringing together diverse protagonists in order to exchange experience and knowledge and to develop, conduct and evaluate common projects. Therefore, we conclude that learning partnerships are an appropriate method bridging the gap between scientific theory and practice.