The Summit is organised around the following three meeting places, which are reflected in more than 10 keynotes and a high number of parallel tracks:

  1. Policy and society – global trends in education and work life
  2. Supply and demand – how the educational sector best can meet institutional needs
  3. Learners meet educators – success criteria for inclusive learning environments

Some of the confirmed keynote speakers are:

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will in her keynote be focusing on learning throughout life, and the vital role that lifelong learning plays for the competitiveness of the individual and society. Her government has started to implement a lifelong learning competence reform, aiming for an inclusive work life where more employees will be able to work longer.

Iarla Flynn is the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Google in Northern Europe. Prior to joining Google in 2007 he spent 12 years in senior government and industry roles including in Ireland’s telecommunications sector, where he was a leading advocate for the benefits of competition and digitisation. Flynn will talk about how new tech – machine learning, robotics and virtual reality – are re-shaping how we work and live. What will the future world of work look like?

Haldis Holst is Deputy General Secretary of Education International (EI) which represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe and is the world’s largest federation of unions. Ms Holst is also currently Chair of the Governing Board of The European Wergeland Centre (EWC). The EWC is a resource centre based in Oslo for education professionals, researchers, civil society, policymakers, parents and students across Europe. In addition Ms Holst serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and on the Board of the Global Campaign Against child Labour. Read more>>

President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Asha Singh Kanwar is one of the world’s leading advocates of learning for development. Before joining COL, Professor Kanwar was a consultant in open and distance learning at UNESCO’s Regional Office for Education in Africa. In her keynote, she will address lifelong learning and strategies for quality education world-wide in the light of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Professor Bo Dahlbom, University of Gothenburg, has an optimistic view of the future’ work life and the importance of digitalisation, but will also focus on the many challenges that we are facing.


Programme outline

A full programme will soon be announced. The main blocks  are:

Monday 11 February

11:00 Registration
11:30 Lunch
13:00 Plenary – keynotes
15:30 Parallel tracks
18:00 Welcome Reception at Hunderfossen Winter Park
20:30 Get together dinner

Tuesday 12 February

09:00 Plenary – keynotes
11:15  Plenary – panel
12:30 Lunch & exhibition
14:00 Parallel tracks/ Exhibition
19:30 Conference Dinner – Scandic Lillehammer Hotel

Wednesday 13 February

09:00 Parallel tracks
11:00 Plenary – keynotes
12:50 Closing keynote and the Lillehammer Roadmap
13:30 End of conference / Lunch


Parallel tracks

There will be parallel sessions on each of the three conference days within the following topics:

Policy and society – global trends in education and work life

• Sustainable Development Goals – inclusion, equality and empowerment
• Policies for new competence needs and employment adjustment
• The digital transformation and automation of business and society
• Quality assurance in lifelong learning, flexible learning
• Funding and regulations supporting lifelong learning and employability

Supply and demand – how the educational sector best can meet institutional needs

• Best practices world-wide
• Enabling meeting places between working life and education
• Facilitating for career counselling, training and continuing education
• Towards a sustainable learning organisation
• Encouraging self-directed learning and empowerment

Learners meet educators – success criteria for inclusive learning environments

• Individual strategies for acquirement of knowledge and digital competence throughout (working) life
• Learning models in flexible and online learning: The interaction between content, technology, pedagogy and users
• Open Educational Resources (OER), course portals and MOOCs
• New pedagogies – participation, co-production and sharing
• Learning strategies for social and cultural inclusion


A vital part of the meetingplace between higher education and business is the exhibition that will take place February 12. Here you can meet representatives for ed-tech companies providing tools and solutions for lifelong learning.

Social programme and networking

The summit will give its participants many opportunities for networking and experiencing Lillehammer. The conference will take place when the winter in Lillehammer is at its best and when the landscape is covered in white dry snow. We like to share some of this the first night when all participants are welcome to join us for the welcome reception at magical Hunderfossen Winterpark. Here you will find a small village build in snow and ice. After the reception, participants can register for the get together and dinner in trendy Brenneriet in the heart of Lillehammer. On the second night we will have a dinner with cultural programme at the conference venue.


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