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German Youth Institute

The German Youth Institute (DJI) is a non-university social science research entity, studying in the fields of children, youth, women and families. Based on its research results, the Institute provides expertise and data bases for policy makers and practitioners. One of the research majors is covered by the Research Unit "Transitions to Work" that aims at investigating transitions among disadvantaged youth. Another field of work concerns informal learning processes. Within the European project ICOVET, a tool for identification and verification of informally required competencies was developed ( Its successor ICONET works towards disseminating and transferring this methodology ( Furthermore, the German Youth Institute is engaged in the field of e-learning processes. One project example is the content consultancy of an internet information portal for educators, including a section on New Media.

p&w praxis und wissenschaft

p&w praxis und wissenschaft projekt is a research organisation specialized on socioeconomic research and education development. p&w since 2004 is engaged in the development of methods and instruments to validating informal competencies (IFL). In this framework p&w has developed also a train-the-trainer module for validators of prior learning, especially informal learning outcomes of disadvantaged target groups. In Germany p&w is closely collaborating with the national initiative through the delivery of advisory and training to stakeholders and practitioners in the area of IFL validation. Within the framework of several European projects p&w has developed e-learning applications, e-learning scenarios, e-tools for education and open source based learning environments.


Pontydysgu is an independent research and development organisation based in Wales, UK. Established in 1999. the organisations’ main research areas are Technology Enhanced Learning and the use of ICT for knowledge development and sharing. This includes research and development into new pedagogies for Technology enhanced learning, the recognition of informal learning, the training of teachers and trainers and the development of open source software for education and Open Educational Resources. More recently Pontydysgu has been researching and developing new applications and approaches to e-Portfolios and Personal Learning Environments and the use of social software for learning and knowledge development. Pontydysgu are experienced in the use of ICT for e-Learning, producing, delivering and moderating e-learning programmes for teachers and trainers in initial training and for professional development.

CITY Conversity

CITY Conversity acts as a brokerage between academia, industry, public authorities and civic stakeholders to more effectively create sustainable growth in a region. The company operates with an Enterprise 2.0 business model allowing people to learn, work and play in collaborative forms where participants are able to experiment with new ideas, products, services, institutions and new solutions to current problems.  The company offers their clients a virtual societal laboratory that can increase their foresight and innovation capacity. The company and its staff have a broad and deep experience of eLearning and modern pedagogies to take advantage of modern ICT for collaborative learning in the glocal context (thinking global – acting local).


SPI is a knowledge management oriented company with the mission to manage projects that foster innovation and promote international opportunities. SPI has a permanent staff of nearly 50 people in 7 offices worldwide, providing services in 3 main areas: Training, Consulting and R&D. SPI is accredited by DGERT with recognized capacity to conduct a range of training activities and has experience in using different training methodologies for various target groups, applying innovative pedagogical approaches, including e-Learning. SPI has experience in developing training plans, identifying/selecting training resources, developing didactic materials, supervising and evaluating training courses and assessing the impact of training programs, exploiting project results, dissemination, etc. SPI has an excellent track-record of participation in community co-funded projects with recognized quality. SPI has developed e-Learning courses in various national and international projects.


MENON is a European innovation and research network providing information and advice to policy makers, education communities, and the ICT industry on issues related to innovation and changes in Education and training, Lifelong Learning and Knowledge Society developments in Europe and worldwide.  Among the areas of expertise, there are management of transnational projects on elearning, R&D in the field of emerging technologies for education, research into value-oriented and innovative use of ICT, and development of useful ICT applications and services of better quality. MENON plays a key role in important European organisations, like the European Foundation for Quality in eLearning and the European Distance and eLearning Network. MENON members are: The Lambrakis Research Foundation, SCIENTER, The Tavistock Institute, Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli at Helsinki University of Technology, and The Centre for Learning Innovation and Adult Learning at Budapest University.

Associazione Culturale Il filo d'Arianna

Filo D'Arianna is a non-profit association and one of the most known cultural associations in the Province of Bologna. It promotes cultural and social activities, like a vast number of courses, meetings, excursions and short trips, in order to improve creativity and to help the participants to discover their talents and attitudes. Filo D'Arianna also organizes a variety of activities for the local authorities and promotes cultural exchanges with other European countries.

Institute of educational sciences

According to Education Law 84/1995, the Institute of Educational Sciences Romania (IES) is the national research authority having the status of an autonomous body, within the Ministry of Education and Research.  As a national institute for research and development in education, IES aims to put forth the education policies and decisions by the scientific studies and data, to analyze needs and issues of the educational system in Romania, to support the innovation and the reform of the national education system. The organizational structure is composed by five departments: Curriculum, Educational management, Educational policies, Theory of education, Counselling and lifelong learning.