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What is ELM Magazine?

ELM Magazine (European Lifelong Learning Magazine; ISSN 2489-5865) is a free online magazine on lifelong learning and adult education. It is a journalistic medium with a European scope and with a continent-wide correspondent network. ELM Magazine is published by the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation, KVS, and its editorial office is located in Helsinki, Finland. 

ELM Magazine’s readers are adult education professionals in Europe and around the world. The readership consists of educators, practitioners, advocates, decision makers and academics in the field of adult education.

ELM is committed to the Journalistic guidelines of the Council for Mass Media in Finland and to the Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists of International Federation of Journalists.

ELM Magazine has received funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland.

Our promise to the reader

ELM keeps the reader on the pulse of trends and phenomena in the field of adult learning. It discusses learning in a broad sense, seeing it as a lifelong process comprising formal, informal and non-formal learning, both vocational and liberal adult education.

ELM spreads good practices and knowledge on lifelong learning and adds depth and context for important phenomena. The cornerstones of its articles are reliability and research-based knowledge.

ELM discusses research in an understandable, accessible way. Its aim is to build a bridge between the worlds of research and practitioners strengthening the nexus between them.

ELM also furthers pan-European dialogue and collaboration. It offers a virtual community of colleagues for its readers.

In 2023, ELM was ranked second of the Top 25 Adult Education Blogs on the web.

Editorial board

ELM’s Editorial board consists of members from various regions of Europe:

Antra Carlsen (NVL, Denmark)
Jón Torfi Jónasson (University of Iceland)
Thomas Jung (DIE, Germany)
Dearbháil Lawless (EAEA, AONTAS, Ireland)
Maja Maksimović (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Dina Soeiro (EAEA, ESREA, Polytechnic University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Michael Sommer (Akademie Klausenhof, Germany)

Who we are

Meet our Editorial team and Editorial board members.

Who we are

Our partners

ELM is produced in cooperation with several European organizations.

Our partners

History of ELM

Read more about ELM’s history in an article written by Michael Sommer.

History of ELM

Write to us

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Write to us

Join our correspondent network

Are you a journalist or an adult education professional who can write fluently in English? Are you interested in contributing to ELM Magazine? Join our correspondent network by emailing us at 

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