Véronique Maes

Her experience in the Education & Training and Social Inclusion areas can broadly be divided into three phases. Initially, she was responsible for coordinating international academic cooperation projects supported by the European Commission to contribute to the goals of major policy initiatives in education & training such as the ‘Bologna Process’, the ‘Lisbon Strategy’ and ‘i2010’. Her two main responsibilities focused on conceiving, applying for and managing European Commission co-funded Education projects and in coordinating large European Higher Education networks and research partnerships. This work for the Coimbra Group of Universities was subsequently built on through work carried out, as Communication & Partnership director, for the MENON Network– an international economic interest group, including six universities and research organisations, based in Brussels and contributed to developing and applying innovative research and networking in lifelong learning.

After, more recently, some years at the Commission’s Education Agency as E-Learning Project Officer, her last years has focused mainly working in the frame of ‘i2020’ more on carrying out research in the education and training fields in social inclusion area’s. She recently worked on a study on the use of ‘Web 2.0’ in education and currently collaborating in a study on ICT for Youth at Risk and a study and methodology for a survey on the perception of Youth towards ICT commissioned by IPTS (the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies). Another example is an important study for the European Parliament which focused on a review of all school systems of European member states in the area of Minority Languages and Multilingualism.
In the frame of her collaboration with Arcola Research,llp, she collaborates in two Lifelong Learning projects "Teach.us" which plans to set up a web community for teachers interested in integrating Web 2.0 in classes and “Links Up” which will explore three main issues: is Learning 2.0 really supporting inclusive lifelong learning, and in what ways? Can the success stories from isolated experimental examples be mainstreamed and rolled out to support a truly inclusive knowledge society? Is Learning 2.0 really fundamentally changing the nature of learning and the educational landscape of Europe and, if so, what are the implications for policy and practice?
New LLP project “eLene2Learn” will involve her as external evaluator and ICT PSP project CARER+ will give her the opportunity to explore the area of ageing well in the community and at home

Evaluating projects for the EDULINK Programme (Higher Education cooperation between EU and ACP countries) and for the Lifelong Learning Programme at EACEA gives her the opportunity to keep a good understanding of key players in European and African Education Cooperation and a sound knowledge of innovative initiatives.

She is also Member of the Steering Committee of OEB (Online Educa Berlin) and Programme Content Team Member of OEB and eLearning Africa for ICWE GmbH, Berlin.