Final Seminar

The European partnership of the Conventus – Learning system for cooperatives project will present the main outcomes within the framework of learning for cooperative enterprises in a final seminar on 27thSeptember 2013. We warmly welcome you to join the event in Helsinki, Finland.

The seminar has twofold aims to1. Raise awareness among policy makers and cooperative systems about the needs of specific cooperative training; 2. Provide information on concrete learning materials and tools produced and tested within the project.

The seminar will focus on the main results of the project, experiences and exploitation of Conventus learning system. There are also cooperative case examples presented and summary of the gap analysis concerning project countries.

Seminar programme, Friday 27th September 2013

9.30-9.45   hrs. Opening words

Mr. Pekka Pättiniemi, Chairman of the Board, Coop Finland Association

9.45-10.15  hrs. What is the Conventus learning system?

Project Manager Eila Seppänen, Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Science, Finland

10.15–10.45 hrs. Finnish cooperation, new Cooperative Act and how learning supports cooperatives

Mr. Sami Karhu,  Pellervo  Confederation of Finnish Cooperatives


Coffee & refreshment


11.15–14.00 hrs. Gap analysis – different countries, different starting points for cooperatives

Emil B. Karlsson, Bifröst University, Iceland

Co-operative WordArt – an Icelandic pilot case

Mr Bodvar Bjorgvinsson, Iceland

Group process in building a cooperative – experiences of web-tools and reflections from pilot groups

Kristina Berneholm and Maria Henriksson, Coompanion Skaraborg, Sweden

Conventus learning system as a supplement to the existing cooperative education and training model in Poland and a contribution to solving some of the cooperative movement’s problems

Adam Piechowski, National Cooperative Council, Poland

The value added by the Conventus learning system to the traditional learning system used within cooperative movement in the region of Trento  – ICT approach

Elena Badeanschi, Trentino Federation of Cooperation, Italy

To whom and why – how to exploit Conventus learning system?

Jarmo Hänninen, Coop Finland Association


14.00-14.10      Closing words

Mr. Pekka Pättiniemi, Chairman of the Board, Coop Finland Association

The seminar is aimed at

  • Representatives of European cooperatives systems and organizations, trainers, cooperative members,
  • LLP Grundtvig representatives, national LLP representatives,
  • DG industry & enterprises,
  • ICT experts,
  • VET, partners’ organisation representatives,
  • educational organisations and business support organisations.

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