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Coming together is the beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.

(Henry Ford)

The German Euroguidance, Eurodesk, Europass and EURES centres are happy to announce that the Learning by Leaving Conference 2018 – a joint conference for European mobility networks – will take place in Cologne, Germany on 19–21 November 2018.

After a few years’ break when the last Learning by Leaving Conference took place in Uppsala, Sweden, the conference in Cologne marks the kickoff of a series of Learning by Leaving Conferences that will be organised in the next three years. The aim of these confer­ences is to establish closer cooper­ation between the European mobility networks through regular exchanges of infor­mation, best practices and peer-learning as well as to make better use of synergies to increase the quality of the service provision.

As European mobility facil­i­tators, we, the networks Euroguidance, Europass, EURES and Eurodesk need to keep the European spirit going by ensuring that learners and workers are provided with the appro­priate infor­mation, guidance and compe­tences before and when deciding to go abroad. Thus, the aim of the Learning by Leaving Conference 2018 is to strengthen cooper­ation between the networks with focus on mobility in today’s Europe. The conference will enable partic­i­pants to network, to share innov­ative practices and tools, to set up cooper­ation with other networks and to obtain infor­mation on initia­tives regarding mobility at European level. We will offer workshops, plenary sessions and other networking activ­ities connected to the conference themes.

Take part in the Learning by Leaving Conference 2018 and help the European idea and spirit to persist!


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View all posts with #LbL18Germany on our social wall … Image: Eurodesk

The Cultural programme

is set…Image: taxicologne / — CC0 Creative Commons


Enabling successful mobility experi­ences … Image: © Sergey Nivens — Fotolia


The “Learning by Leaving Conference 2018” will take place at…Image: © Felix Pergande — Fotolia


Motivation + Information

How do the mobility networks reach their target groups? How do they motivate and inform them? Which infor­mation has to be provided and through which channels? How is infor­mation shared among the networks? Image: © C. O’Kane — 2015

Training + Qualification

Which compe­tences do counsellors need to (a) success­fully counsel target groups? (b) cope with changes due to digital­i­sation (e.g. e-guidance and online courses) and fast-changing labour markets? Which measures exist to train mobility experts? Image: © C. O’Kane — 2015

Guidance process

How do mobility experts need to counsel/advise their target groups? Which methods, formats and tools are available? Does quality assurance exist? If so, what does it look like? Image: © C. O’Kane — 2015

Human skills

How can target groups better assess skills they developed through mobility? How can these skills be made more visible?   Image: © C. O’Kane — 2015

Certification process

Which tools exist to certify acquired skills of target groups? Image: © C. O’Kane — 2015


Monday, 19 November 2018

11:00 — 14:00 Arrival and regis­tration
12:00 — 13:15 Lunch (optional)
14:00 — 14:15 Welcome and intro­duction
14:15 — 14:45 Opening speech (Dr Wolfgang Müller, German Federal Employment Agency)
14:45 — 15:30 Keynote (Prof. Dr Birte Nienaber, University of Luxembourg)
15:30 — 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 — 17:30 News from the European Commission on the Europass Decision, the European Solidarity Corps and the European Labour Authority
17:30 — 18:30 Meet & greet
18:30 Closing — End of day one and group picture
20:00 Dinner

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

08:30 — 08:45 Welcome back and intro­duction to day two
08:45 — 10:15 Workshop session 1
10:15 — 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 — 12:15 Workshop session 2
12:15 — 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 — 15:00 Workshop session 3
15:00 — 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 — 16:25 Market of possi­bil­ities
16:25 — 16:35 Closing — End of day two
17:00 Cultural programme (departure)

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

08.30 — 08:45 Welcome back and intro­duction to day three
08:45 — 10:15 Presentation and exchange on good practices
10:15 — 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 — 11:00 Closing Speech (European-Commission)
11:00 — 11:30 Summary of the conference
11:30 — 11:45 Next steps: The way forward to “Learning by Leaving 2019”
11:45 — 12:00 Closing of the conference
12:00 — 13:00 Lunch (optional) and departure


Dr. Anneli Starzinger


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Mathias Ernst


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Dr. Wolfgang Müller

Opening Speech

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Prof. Dr. Birte Nienaber

Keynote: “Youth on the move?”

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Andrea Reichel

European Commission

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William O’Keeffe

European Commission

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The official pre-registration is now closed.

If you are inter­ested in partic­i­pating, please contact us.