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 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 keeps its reader up-to-date on the trends and phenomena of the adult learning world. 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.

Editorial board

Elm Editorial board members come from various regions of Europe:

Antra Carlsen (NVL)
Dearbhail Lawless (EAEA, AONTAS)
Jón Torfi Jónasson (University of Iceland)
Maja Maksimović (University of Belgrade)
Michael Sommer (Akademie Klausenhof)
Thomas Jung (DIE)

Join our correspondent network:

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

Elm Research

Elm Research is a section for refereed academic articles in Elm Magazine. Elm Research aims at providing the opportunity for both young and established academics to publish recent research results on lifelong learning and adult education. While Elm Magazine generally reports journalistically good practices and spreads knowledge about the benefits of lifelong learning, the Elm Research is to present research results in adult education as they relate to pan-European developments and trends. Read more about how to submit your research article here.

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Heini Huhtinen

(MA) is the editor-in-chief of Elm Magazine. Contact: heini.huhtinen@kvs.fi or +358 447914526.

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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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Antra Carlsen

is the head-coordinator of the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL), established by the Nordic Council of Ministers and based in Denmark.

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Dearbháil Lawless

is Head of Advocacy at AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation in Ireland. She is also a representative of European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) Executive Board.

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Jón Torfi Jónasson

is a professor emeritus at the University of Iceland. He has researched many aspects of education and taught courses inter alia on adult education. His main current interests concern the many futures of education for all generations. Contact: jtj@hi.is

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Maja Maksimović

(PhD) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy at University of Belgrade. She is a member of ESREA (European Society for Research of the Education of Adults) steering committee and a co-convener of the ESREA Active Democratic Citizenship and Adult Learning network. Contact: maksimovic.ma@gmail.com

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Michael Sommer

(PhD) is Elm Magazine editorial board member. He was the editor of the German magazine "Erwachsenenbildung" (until 2021) and works as a project developer for the Akademie Klausenhof. Email: sommer@akademie-klausenhof.de

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Thomas Jung

(PhD) is the editor of peer-reviewed content and a member of the editorial 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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