Conference Programme

Social and Economic Benefits of Lifelong Learning:

Research – Development and Innovation

14th National and International Lifelong Learning Conference – PLANNED Programme

Venue: University of Debrecen, Main Building

(4032 Debrecen, Egyetem tér 1.)

19th of April 2018 – Thursday

09.00 – 09.30  Registration – Coffee

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome


Prof. Dr. Elek Bartha, Vice-rector– University of Debrcen
Prof, Dr. Gábor Szabó, rector – University of Szeged, former president of MELLearN

Dr. Balázs Heidrich, rector – Budapest Business School


Chair: Dr. Balázs Németh – MELLearN Executive President


10.00 – 12.00 Plenary Session I.
10:50 – 11:00 Short break

Keynotes to be given by:

  • Dr. h.c. mult Arne Carlsen (Aarhus University): The Impact of Asia-Europe Cooperation in Higher Education
  • Dr. Katarina Popovic (Secretary-General of ICAE): Lifelong Learning Research – Between Policy Making and Academic Credos
  • Dr. Gábor Szabó (University of Szeged): Technological Innovation and Lifelong Learning
  • Dr. Péter Baranyi (Széchenyi István University): The Most Effective Form of Digital Education
  • Dr. Sándor Klein (University of Pécs): Learning for Workplace Successes – Learning from Workplace Successes

Chair: Dr. Balázs Németh – MELLearN Executive President

Questions and Comments

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch-break

13.00 – 14.00  Plenary Session II. / Round-table discussion with Representative of Four Doctoral Schools in Educational Science about Lifelong Learning


  • Dr. Gábor Halász (Lóránd Eötvös University)
  • Dr. Benő Csapó (University of Szeged)
  • Dr. Gabriella Pusztai (University of Debrecen)
  • Dr. Katalin Forray R. (University of Pécs)

Chair: Dr. Zsolt Varga – University of Debrecen

Questions and Comments

14.00 – 14.30  Short break

14.30 – 17.00  Workshops in six Topics (A-B-C-D-E-F)


  • ) Career Development in HE, Counselling and Guidance as LLL-services

Co-chairs: Dr. Judit Sass  – Corvinus University Budapest and  Dr. Edina Márkus – University of Debrecen

  • ) HE-based LLL Researches and Statistical Analyses in the Scope of EU2020 and Agenda 2030 – ASEM LLL Workshop

Co-chairs: Prof. Dr. István Polónyi – University of Debrecen and Dr. Gábor Erdei – University of Debrecen

  • ) Virtual Education and Effective Learning in Higher Education

Co-chairs: Dr. Adél Vehrer – Széchenyi István University and Dr. Ildikó Horváth – Széchenyi István University

  • ) Community Development, Community Learning and LLL Innovations

Co-chairs: Dr. Erika Juhász – University of Debrecen and Dr. Gizella T. Molnár – University of Szeged

  • ) Promoting Learning and Employment of Senior Citizens through Higher Education

Co-chairs: Prof. Dr. Zsolt Nemeskéri – University of Pécs and Dr. Marianna Móré – University of Debrecen

  • ) Technological Innovations, Higher Education R+D and Industry4.0
    Co-chairs: Dr. István Lükő – University of Pécs and Dr. György Molnár – Budapest University of Technology and Economics

18.30 –20.00  Reception – Given by the University of Debrecen


20th of April 2018 – Friday

08.00 – 09.00  MELLearN General Assembly for Heads and/or Delegates of Member Universities
(For University Delegates with Official Letter of Representation Only!)

09.00 – 11.00  Workshops Strand II. – (A-B-C-D-E-F)

11.00 – 11.15  Short break

11.15 – 12.30  Plenary Session III.


  • Dr. Tamás Kozma (University of Debrecen): Learning Communities and Social Innovation
  • Csilla Szabó (Head of Centre for Teacher Training of the University of Dunaújváros) A Short Intro of the University of Dunaújváros (Host of the the 15th MELLearN LLL Conference in April 2019)
  • C-chairs of Strands A-B-C-D-E-F to report ont he Activities of Workshops

Chair: Dr. Gábor Erdei – University of Debrecen

Questions and comments

12.30 – Departure

Our planned programme is under constant revision, organisors claim all rights to initiate changes in this programme if necessary!

Registration for and some relevant info at:

MELLEarN is publishing a Thematic Collection of Papers under the title of the above Conference topic with the following code: ISBN978-963-429-221-0

Abstracts of each Workshops are reviewed by co-chairs of related strands!

MELLearN Secretariat – April, 2018.


Partners of MELLearN in the Making of this Conference: