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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!



Find out about the workshop topics … Image: Amador Loureiro — Unsplash (CC0)


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

Draft Programme

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
14:45 — 15:30 Keynote
15:30 — 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 — 17:30 News from the European Commission (e.g. on the Europass Decision, the European Solidarity Corps and the European Labour Authority)
17:30 — 18:30 Meet & greet
18:30 End of day one
19:30 Dinner

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

09:00 — 09:15 Welcome back and intro­duction to day two
09:15 — 10:45 Parallel sessions 1
10:45 — 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 — 12:45 Parallel sessions 2
12:45 — 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 — 15:30 Parallel sessions 3
15:30 — 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 — 17:00 Market of possi­bil­ities
17:00 — 17:15 Group photo
17:00 End of day two
18:00 Cultural programme (optional)

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

09.00 — 09:15 Welcome back and intro­duction to day three
09:15 — 10:45 Presentation and exchange on good practices
10:45 — 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 — 11:45 Next steps: The way forward to “Learning by Leaving 2019”
11:45 — 12:30 Summary and closing of the conference
12:30 — 13:30 Lunch (optional)


Prof. Dr. Birte Nienaber

Keynote: “Youth on the move?”.

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Dr. Wolfgang Müller

Opening Speech

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The official pre-registration is now closed.

If you are inter­ested in partic­i­pating, please contact us.