It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 10th conference of the ESREA Network Between Global and Local: Adult Learning and Communities. The Adult Education Institution Dante has been given the honour to co-organise the conference with the Network.


The European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) promotes and disseminates theoretical and empirical research on adult education and adult learning in Europe through research networks, conferences and publications. Active members come from different parts of Europe. ESREA is made up of several networks that have regular meetings in which research involving particular themes is discussed. Among these is the ESREA Network Between Global and Local: Adult Learning and Communities.

The BGL-ALC Network was established in 2006 to bring together European researchers committed to studying community development and adult learning. We believe that the social life of people in communities is a key element for understanding adult learning. In order to clearly identify global and regional/local dimensions of adult learning processes and social change, different scales of community development need to be analysed together.

Our aim was to create a network capable of encouraging research on development in the context of globalisation by using territorial and micro-scale approaches, urban and rural studies, studies of community regeneration, and locating learning places and spaces. All of these issues hinge on the centrality of adult learning in the processes of community development.


The Adult Education Institution Dante has been carrying out adult education programmes in Rijeka, Croatia, for 26 years. We offer quality educational programmes and courses that respond to the needs of modern society and contribute to the development of adult education at the local, regional, and European level.

We have extensive experience in European projects, especially Erasmus+ KA1 and KA2 projects, promoting international cooperation and partnerships. Dante has also been the host and organiser of numerous international meetings, training events, and conferences related to adult education.

Our last two conferences were partially founded by the Central European Initiative (CEI) action plan and focused on key issues related to adult education in Croatia: the connection between adult education and the labour market (2016), and the professional identity of adult educators (2017).

In 2017 we also became an ordinary member of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA).