Mentoring Meet and Match 2019


Mentoring Meet and Match Brussels - An advocacy event

The European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring organizes in collaboration with national and regional partners a Mentoring Meet & Match in Brussels, on 18/19 March 2019. It is the second time that such an event takes place, connecting mentoring organizations, universities, businesses and policy makers from all over Europe.

This two-yearly event in Brussels focuses on strengthening the communication between the mentoring field and EU decision- and policy making. It is also a major step for the mentoring field to advocate for the personal, social and economic effects of mentoring. The events translate the impact of mentoring on the lives of people to EU public policy.

Effects of mentoring and the relation to European policy making

"Mentoring touches eternity, you never know when the impact ends."

Goal of the 2019 Meet & Match is twofold. On the one hand, participants explore successful mentoring methods based on evidence, with impact on the development of people. On the other hand, they learn about the transition towards the new European (post EU2020) strategy and its shaping priorities: how to collaborate on a European level in order to give an answer to European challenges?

Participants of the Meet & Match are delegates of:
- research institutions and universities,
- mentoring programmes (NGOs, vocational and higher institutions),
- diverse stakeholders of mentoring,

Main topics of the upcoming event are:
- European focus on youth development and integration of migrants,
- Place of mentoring on national and European agenda,
- Impact of mentoring as shown by research,
- Post - EU2020 Strategy: what can we learn from its focus and how can we connect,
- Multi-sectoral approach of mentoring and the relation to European priorities.

Programme of the Meet and Match

18th March

12:00 Registration and Network Lunch, Neth-ER office, 22, Rue dArlon, Brussels

13:00 Opening of the Meet & Match by ms Szilvia Simon, community manager of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring

13:15 Keynotes on the state of the mentoring field in Europe, by dr. Oscar Prieto (University of Girona and member of the researchers' committee ECEBM), by ms Gloria Amoruso (KiPa Berlin and leading practitioner of the European Mentoring Summit 2018) and prof. dr. Geert-Jan Stams (University of Amsterdam)

14:00 Discussion about the present and upcoming policies of EU Research and Innovation, by mr Koen de Pater, EC policy officer (DG Research and Innovation) and mr Stijn Delaure, EC policy officer (DG Eduction, Youth, Sport and Culture)

14:45 Thematic session about quality, impact and research agenda, connecting mentoring scientists and practitioners, moderated by dr. Migchiel van Diggelen, Open University NL and researchers' committee ECEBM

15:45 Contribution about the present and future EU policy on skills, by mr Carlo Scatoli, EC policy officer (DG EMP)

16:15 Contribution about the present and future EU policy on migration and integration, by ms Laura Corrado, EC head of unit (DG HOME)

17:00 Summary of the sessions
17:15 Ending of day one

19:00 Network dinner (optional)

19th March

08:30 Opening

08:45 Contribution about the Joint Research Centre and the initiative 'Science meets Parliament', by ms Emanuela Bellan, EC head of unit (DG JRC)

09:15 Parallel session researchers : quality thinking, lead by dr Oscar Prieto, University of Girona and researchers' committee ECEBM  and dr. Migchiel van Diggelen, Open University NL and researchers' committee ECEBM

09:15 Parallel session practitioners : European collaboration for knowledge exchange; best practices, partner searches and upcoming call. Lead by ms Paula Bijvoets, policy advisor (Friesland College)

10:30 Thematic session 'evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence', lead by dr. Migchiel van Diggelen, Open University NL and researchers' committee ECEBM

11:30 workshop preparing the advocacy talks in the EU Parliament

12:30 summary of the sessions

12:45 closing of the Mentoring Meet & Match

The afternoon of the 19th March is reserved for the advocacy meetings of the national delegations with members and staff of the EU Parliament (see more information bellow) 

14:00 Tour of the European Parliament

Participating organizations

Participating delegates of the Mentoring Meet & Match are mentoring programme practitioners, representatives of local / regional / national and European government, heads of social foundations and researchers.

AFEV ES; AFEV FR; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bulgaria BG; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia RU; City of Dublin YMCA IE; Defence for Children International Italy IT; Erasmus University Rotterdam NL; Friesland College NL; Fundaci Servei Solidari ES; Humanitas Society in the Netherlands NL; KU Leuven BE; MeerWaarde Welzijn Haarlemmermeer NL; Mentor International Sweden SE; Mentoring Haarlemmermeer NL; National Research University Higher School of Economics Russia RU; NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences NL; Open University of the Netherlands NL; Schulmentoren DE; Universit degli Studi di Padova IT; Universitt Osnabrck DE; University of Amsterdam NL; University of Girona ES; Van Hall Hogeschool NL; VDAB Belgium BE; University of Rotterdam NL; Civic Media Foundation ES; Conclusion Learning Center, NL

Advocacy for mentoring

Special feature of the 2019 Mentoring Meet & Match is the advocacy meetings that participants schedule with policy- and decision makers. National delegates coming to Brussels make appointments with their national representatives - members and staff of the Parliament - to engage in conversations. 


During the Meet & Match, there will be a session to prepare the meetings with policy- and decision makers. The European Center provides you some supporting material for the national delegates.

Do you wish to know more about how to initiate meetings and how to approach EU decision makers? Contact us.

More information and registration

For more information about the Mentoring Meet & Match, you can contact trainee Elena Barison at the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.

Location of the event is Neth-ER office, 22, Rue dArlon, Brussels.

Registration fee is 195 per person. Registration fee for members is 150 per person.
To register to the event, you can email us your name and name of your organization. After registration, you will receive information about the payment through bank transfer.

Feel free to invite your local, regional and national stakeholders to this event, such as entrepreneurs and representatives of the work force being mentors, students, startups, new citizens of Europe being mentees, regional and national authorities initiating and supporting mentoring.

See you on the 18th of March in Brussels!