What is Elm Magazine?

Elm (European Lifelong Learning Magazine; ISSN 2489-5865) is a free online magazine on lifelong learning and adult education. It is the only journalistic medium of adult education with a European scope and with a continent-wide correspondent network. Elm Magazine headquarters is located in Helsinki, and the main publisher is the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation, KVS.

Elm Magazine’s main target group is the adult education professional, in Europe and beyond. Our main readers are educators, advocates and workers in adult education organizations, decision makers and academics. But anyone, with an interest in themes related to lifelong learning, can find interesting content in Elm.

 Elm Magazine is committed to the Finnish Ethical Guidelines for Journalism and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Declaration of Principles on the Conduct of Journalists.

Our promise to the reader

Elm Magazine supports the work of the adult education professional by keeping its reader up-to-date on the trends and phenomena of the adult learning world. Through its correspondent network Elm paints an authentic picture of the European adult education field. The media spreads good practices, knowledge about the benefits of lifelong learning and of topical research and adds depth and context into important events and trends. It aims to offer a community of colleagues for its readers. Elm discusses learning in a broad sense, seeing it as a lifelong process comprising of formal, informal and non-formal learning, both vocational and liberal adult education.

In 2018, Elm was ranked third of the Top 25 Adult Education Blogs on the web.


Elm was born in the autumn of 2015 as a result of a merger of two online media, LLinE (Lifelong Learning in Europe) and InfoNet Adult Education. Elm keeps the best traditions of its predecessor media alive: LLinE was well-known in the field for its high-quality journalism. InfoNet was a strong network bringing together professionals from the main adult education organizations in Europe. Elm thus combines LLinE’s quality with the unrivaled content-producing network of InfoNet.

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Are you a journalist or an adult education professional who can write fluently and intelligently? Are you interested in contributing to Elm Magazine? Join our correspondent network by emailing us at elm@kvs.fi.

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Karoliina Knuuti

(MA) is the editor-in-chief of Elm Magazine. Contact: karoliina.knuuti(a)kvs.fi; +358408268699; Twitter: @KaroliinaKnuuti

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Anne Tastula

(MA) is the editor of Elm Magazine. Contact: anne.tastula@kvs.fi; +358 40 1523 830

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Thomas Jung

(PhD) is the editor of peer-reviewed content and a member of the executive board of Elm Magazine. He is also the head of publications at the DIE, Bonn, Germany. Contact: thomas.jung@die-bonn.de

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Michael Sommer

(PhD) is Elm reporter, project/PR manager (Akademie Klausenhof) and senior editor of the journal “Erwachsenenbildung” (Adult Education) in Germany. Email: sommer@akademie-klausenhof.de

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Annu Griñan

is the communications manager of Kansanvalistusseura (KVS), the publisher of Elm Magazine. Contact: annu.grinan(a)kvs.fi; +358 40 7594 532; Twitter: @annugrinan

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