Geplaatst: 21 November 2023

LEO-NET Annual Seminar 2024

This year the seminar is settling down in Portugal. An ideal opportunity to zoom in on internships in Portugal, as well as to become more acquainted with our host, the University of Porto.

Traditionally, the seminar is the opportunity to reflect on the state of affairs of the present E+ programme and to discuss critically the challenges and opportunities for internship mobility.                     In addition, we will discover new perspectives on the quality of internships. We also learn about Living Labs for Circular Transition to train students to become changemakers. Co-members share with us their experience with a European university alliance career network to incite us to consider one too; others will present new opportunities for cooperation. We ‘ll learn how students’ entrepreneurship can be fostered. In addition, we will gain insight in what could be the potential impact of Artificial Intelligence on our daily work. Last but not least we are eager to get a clear view on what drives and challenges the younger generation, that’s the main target group we do it for, after all!

Managing Internship Mobility:
how to keep up with new trends

Porto, 22-24 April, 2024

Contact: LEO-NET secretariat   –   –  +31402474336 / +31651541168
Host: University of Porto
Venue: Palacete Primo Madeira
Rua do Campo Alegre 877
PT-4150-177 Porto
Tel +351 918 339 788

Pre-seminar activities

April 22


14:00 – 17:00:

Guided tours of the Rectory of the University of Porto,  Porto City Hall (Paços do Concelho) and the Science and Technology Park (UPTEC)
Reitoria da Universidade do Porto
Praça de Gomes Teixeira, 4099-002 Porto

19:00: Meet & Greet your trainees

In the evening before the seminar participants can invite trainees of their institution, who are at that moment in Porto or nearby, for a drink offered by LEO-NET to listen to their first-hand traineeship experiences.
Easy at Selina
R. Das Oliveiras 61, 4050-449 Porto

Seminar programme

April 23

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30: Opening seminar
  • Welcome by University of Porto, Professor Olívia Pestana – Pro Rector for Cultural Infrastructures and Alumni and Mrs. Luísa Capitão, Director of the International Relations Office
  • Introduction to the seminar by the LEO-NET Board
09:30 – 10:00:  Traineeships in Portugal. ‘Everything you always wanted to know about traineeships in Portugal’
10.05 – 11.05: Quality Internships: just a matter of the companies?
  • Mr. Maarten Brand, Bureau Brand (The Netherlands) 
Finding quality internships abroad seems to be a relentless and sometimes frustrating quest. Are quality internships mere flukes, or can you as a college or university supervisor and/or as an intern influence the quality of the internship? What to invest in or not invest in? Which approach provides the most benefit? What role does the internship-seeking student play in this?
Internship expert Maarten Brand shares valuable insights, tips, tricks and tools.
11:05 – 11:55 LEO-NET 25th anniversary coffee break 
12:00 – 12:55: Redesigning Education & Research by setting up transdisciplinary collaborations through living labs for sustainable impact
  • Mrs. Elke van der Valk, Fontys University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
Society is changing fast and in order to keep up and make sure there is an ecological, social and economic balance we need to rethink our current educational system. Students need to obtain different kind of competences to become changemakers, universities need to close the gap between Education & Research, organisations need to rethink their business models and more importantly all those different stakeholders need to collaborate, co-create and learn together. In this session you will learn about the Living Labs for Circular Transition at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Internships are part of the programme as a mean to reach a bigger goal, which is speeding up the Circular Transition.
13:00 – 13:55: EU2024 and collaboration with Europe Direct – our opportunity to make a difference?
  • Mr. Thomas Berger, Institut inter.research e.V. (Germany)
The EU 2024 election is crucial for the future of our Erasmus programme. The Brexit should be a wake-up call to use all opportunities to promote participation in EU election especially among our target groups. This can raise our profile and our visibility through regional cooperation e.g. with Europe Direct centers. Learn about 2 examples how E+ consortia have collaborated with Europe Direct and brainstorm how such synergies can be achieved for your mobility project.
14:00 – 14:45: lunch
14:50 – 15:50: Linking international mobility experiences with an entrepreneurial mindset.
The role of guidance in widening students’ career perspectives
  • Mrs. Anna Storgards, University of Helsinki (Finland)
Research shows that certain skills develop more intensively during a mobility period. These so called soft skills or future proof skills are valued by employers widely. But are these skills useful for an entrepreneurial career also? This session will explore simple tools how to widen students’ career thinking side by side with traineeship advising.
15:55– 16:50: Generation Z
  • Mr. Maarten Brand, Bureau Brand (The Netherlands)
What is important to today’s young generation? What do they expect from their internship, work, life? How best to communicate with them?  How do employers get them on board?
Maarten shares insights about young people, about cooperation between generations and how to respond to Gen Z’s drives and challenges.

16:55 – 22.30:


April 24

09:30 – 10:25: Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027: state of art
  • Mr. Johannes Gehringer, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport & Culture / Higher Education (Belgium)
Mr. Gehringer will present the state of art of the present Erasmus+ Programme, especially for traineeship mobility. After a few years we have experienced the improvements and challenges.
10:30 – 10:55: Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00: Generative AI: Advantages, Limitations and Challenges
  • Mrs. Els Lefever, Ghent University (Belgium)
This session introduces the exciting world of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). Els will briefly explain how the underlying language models work, but also address the main limitations and challenges, including considerations about the quality of the models, as well as the ethical questions they entail and the societal impact of using AI on a large scale. Moreover, she will also discuss how AI has entered the business sphere, particularly today’s recruitment process and expected impact on the labor market.
12:05 – 13:00: Career Communities for mobility: Are we on the right track? The case of EUGLOH Career Network
  • Mrs. Fernanda Correia, University of Porto (Portugal)
  • Mrs. Maria Júlia Mello, University of Porto (Portugal)
The U.Porto Talent and Career Office showcases the EUGLOH Career Network, which comprises career services, researchers, and academics from 9 European HEIs, focusing on skills development, careers, and traineeships. The presentation will provide a theoretical contextualization of career communities, explaining the case of EUGLOH Alliance, and detail the construction of its Career Community. The session will conclude with a group discussion on career communities, incorporating a practical exercise to explore potential challenges, resources, actions, strategies, advantages, and the impact of community-building on mobility, career, and traineeship opportunities.
13:05 – 14:15: Lunch
14:30 –15:50: Erasmus+ Consortia meeting 
  • Mr. Karol Ovеsný, Workspace Europe (Slovakia)
LEO-NET is also an association of Erasmus+ mobility Consortia of higher education institutions with focus on international traineeships. We count several Consortia among our members, from across Europe. Every year we organize a Consortia meeting, a unique opportunity for coordinators to meet and discuss the state of the art and share the good practice as well as the challenges they currently face. This time we will present the outcome of the survey we have conducted to map the current Consortia in Europe and discuss the next steps. We will talk about the specific benefits the new internship portal of LEO-NET ( brings for Consortia. We look forward to meeting again the current members as well as new coordinators to boost the voice of Consortia in the area of Erasmus+ traineeships.
15:55 – 16:30: Wrap up & Closing
Cruise on the Douro river and visit to a wine cellar


Biography Speakers Seminar 2024



Practical details

Please note:
Fees do not include accommodation and travel.

  • For participants who decide to become an LEO-NET member at the time of their registration the seminar fee for LEO-NET members will be applicable
  • Participants will receive a 20% reduction on their seminar fee if they bring along another colleague from their institution
  • Registration deadline: April 12, 2024
    The seminar has a limited capacity of 50 people. Registrations will be handled upon order of receipt.
  • Cancellation policy:
    Till April 12, 2023: € 50 for administrative costs

After April 12, 2023: no refund is applicable
No VAT is applicable.

Information about arriving to Porto and hotels

Geplaatst: 8 November 2023

Online Webinar – The new internship portal kick off

Dear LEO-NET members,
We are proud to announce that our new internship portal has been finalized and is ready for kick-off.
We are really happy to introduce this innovative tool for our members helping their students and young graduates moving forward to a sustainable career.

The portal, its functionalities and benefits for you and your students / young graduates will be demonstrated in the upcoming webinar.
It will be a „members only“ webinar as only students and young graduates of LEO-NET members institutions will be able to use it (after login) and have access to exclusive company offers for internships or graduate jobs.

Webinar details:
Date: Friday, November 24th, 2023
Time: starting at 11am CET (until 12:30)
Registration link: Register for the Webinar

After your registration we will send you the webinar link one day beforehand. Looking forward to meeting you all again!

The LEO-NET board

Geplaatst: 26 May 2023

Online Webinar – Quality Framework for Traineeships


Dear member

We are happy to invite you to the next LEO-NET Webinar on ‘Findings of the Evaluation of the Quality Framework for Traineeships’

Date: June 23rd 2023, 11-12.30 (Brussels CET)
Speaker: Shui-Beam Lam, Policy Officer DG Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion/Youth Employment.

Traineeships are a common way for young people to gain practical and professional experience before taking up regular jobs. However, various stakeholders have voiced concerns about the working conditions of trainees. Therefore, a few months ago the European Commission conducted a thorough review of the 2014 Quality Framework for Traineeships. Shui will share the findings of the evaluation and the next steps to cater for high-quality traineeships, integrating all 10 (or more?) quality dimensions.

This webinar is the follow up session of Shui’s presentation at the Ghent Seminar (June 2022). Unfortunately, she could not join us for the Bratislava Seminar (April 2023), though looking forward to sharing the findings with us, as promised. Time for discussion is included.

Don’t forget to register via the link. 

Looking forward to meeting you again soon!

Geplaatst: 24 May 2023

2023 Virtual Coffee – Traineeships in Startups. Pros&Cons?


2022 Virtual Coffee – Using a Learning Robot

Geplaatst: 23 May 2023

2022 Virtual Coffee – Brexit


2020 Online Webinar: Virtual Internship

Geplaatst: 10 March 2023

LEO-NET Annual Seminar 2023


Let’s explore new geographical horizons regarding internships, and gain new insights about virtual internships, future-oriented skills, and inclusion on the work floor. Let’s learn why the mental balance of interns is important as well as for ourselves.
Discover the role of regional traineeship mobility consortia and how we want to interconnect them.

Bratislava, 19-21 April, 2023

LEO-NET secretariat   –   –   +31402474336 / +31651541168

Workspace Europe – Coordinator of Slovak Consortium of Universities for Erasmus+ traineeships

Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava
Pilárikova ulica 5
SK-811 03 Bratislava
Tel +421 2 2101196 0

Pre-seminar activities

April 19

A tour of the biggest and oldest state University in Slovakia with a brief presentation of their international activities.

Location:  Šafárikovo námestie 6, 814 99, Bratislava

A tour of a small modern private University representing the new/innovative ways of higher education with a brief presentation of their international activities.

Location: Grösslingová 53, 811 09, Bratislava

  • 20:00: Meet & Greet your trainees

Participants can invite their trainees, who are at that moment in Bratislava or nearby, for a drink offered by LEO-NET and listen to their traineeship experiences.

Location: Kolkovna Eurovea, Pribinova 8, 811 09 Bratislava.

Seminar programme

April 20

09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00: Opening seminar

  • Welcome by Karol Ovesný, Workspace Europe (Slovakia)
  • Introduction to the seminar by the LEO-NET Board

 10:00 – 11:00: Why going for a traineeship in Slovakia & the Central and Eastern European region.

  • Mrs. Anastasiia Shevchenko, Placement Slovakia porgramme (Slovakia)
  • Mr. Sergio Molla Garcia, foreign trainee in Slovakia (Spain)

Let us explore the several aspects why Slovakia is an interesting destination for your students to go on traineeships and gain professional skills and an unforgettable life experience. The session will include examples of successful stories as well as peculiarities of going for traineeships in Central & Eastern Europe from the point of view from both the host companies as foreign trainees.

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30:  Virtual Internship Academy – a new EU supported project to help Students, Host organisations and Universities introduce, manage and successfully complete Virtual Internships.

  • Karol Ovesný, Workspace Europe (Slovakia)
  • John David, Amnick Social Enterprise (UK)

Within this session the new recently completed project of 6 partner organisations, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union in the area of digital education will be introduced. The Virtual Internship Academy offers students, companies and universities a free access to online course learning modules in the area of virtual internships and remote work. These modules are specifically prepared by professionals in the field to provide necessary knowledge and basic peculiarities about remote work, management and completion of virtual internships.

12:30 – 13:15: Competence Pass – a compass for development of future skills during an Erasmus traineeship abroad?

  • Thomas Berger, Institut inter.research e.V. (Germany)

Let us explore how online reflective practice can support students’ future skills development during a traineeship abroad. The Competence Pass (CP) developed and piloted by our consortium, the Network for Erasmus-Traineeships and University Business Coop., will be introduced and discussed as a tool for developing students’ competences through reflection. You will leave the session with a copy of CP which you can adapt to your needs in order to empower your students’ future skills development.

13:15 – 14:15: lunch

14:15 – 15:45: How to set your goals

  • Martina Vysluzilova, Transformational Coach (Spain)

How to set your goals so that you avoid a burnout, broken relationships, bad health and financial and emotional bankruptcy? Designed to challenge you to master yourself, this interactive presentation will provide you with the opportunity to learn the latest discoveries in neuroscience, epigenetics and quantum physics and deepen your understanding of how you create your reality with your mind through your choices. In 90 min of theory and practice you will learn HOW TO SET YOUR GOALS to create success with your wealth, health, love or fulfillment without struggle and elevate your life to what you now might consider impossible.

15:45 – 16:15: coffee break

16:15 – 17:00: LEO-NET member meeting

18:30 – 21:30: Cooking workshop/dinner at THE NOOK Restaurant


April 21

09:30 – 10:30: Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027: state of art

  • Johannes Gehringer, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport & Culture / Higher Education (Belgium)

Mr. Gehringer will present the state of art of the present Erasmus+ Programme, especially for traineeship mobility. After a few years we have experienced the improvements and challenges. This session is a great opportunity for discussion and Q&A’s.

10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00: The importance of the well-being of trainees

  • Patricia Burssens, Ghent University (Belgium)

Being a student is more than just studying. The time students spend in higher education involves integral personal development. Studying offers opportunities, but also many personal challenges. An internship is a learning situation that may bring additional incentives and challenges, also for young graduates. The session will give insight in the importance of prevention and detection of emotional coping by 18-24 year olds in the frame of public mental health care. Which role could there be for internship supervisors at early signal detection? How to respond if the supervisor’s ‘feelers’ tells that the trainee may be struggling with something? How to briefly engage with trainees; how & where to refer if the trainee needs help before, during, or after an internship.

The session includes also a presentation of good practices in Flanders (Belgium).

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:00: Present trends in companies regarding inclusion of their staff

  • Thomas Faltner, the President of IAESTE Global (Austria)

With several case studies this session will introduce several very different models how inclusion of staff as well as interns can be mastered from a company perspective and also give some ideas, how the education sector can be involved. In addition during a group exercise will put ourselves in the shoes of companies and try to find an approach how to become more inclusive.

As inclusion is a very wide aspect, the session will also give some background about the terminology and how different departments are connected to become more inclusive.

15:00 – 16:45: Erasmus+ Consortia

  • Sophia Siegfried and Mrs. Susanne Friedemann, EU-Praktikum THURINGEN (Germany)
    In Germany, most of Erasmus+ SMPs are run within a consortium. This session will provide you with an overview of consortia work. Including the advantages in the application and organizational implementation as well as the status of a consortium within the state government. Also important is the position of a consortium towards its own National Agency. The presentation will show the possibilities of setting up and composing consortia as well as the advantages and disadvantages.
  • LEO-NET board

2013 is the date of the former (paper) directory of mobility consortia. So now in 2023, it is due time for a thorough (online) update. The why, goal, and call for action to contribute to the search/identification of current consortia will be explained.

16:45 – 17:00: Wrap up & Closing



Biography Speakers Seminar 2023



Practical details

Please note:
Fees do not include accommodation and travel.

  • For participants who decide to become an LEO-NET member at the time of their registration the seminar fee for LEO-NET members will be applicable
  • Participants will receive a 20% reduction on their seminar fee if they bring along another colleague from their institution
  • Registration deadline: April 12, 2023
    The seminar has a limited capacity of 50 people. Registrations will be handled upon order of receipt.
  • Cancellation policy:
    Till April 12, 2023: € 50 for administrative costs

After April 12, 2023: no refund is applicable
No VAT is applicable.

Contact the local host for practical assistance: Ms. Anna Kurylo, email: Tel: +421950451339


Vienna international airport (45 min from Bratislava, achievable by shuttle buses every hour)

Bratislava Airport

How to get to Bratislava? (in case you arrive at Vienna airport): Bus stops are right in front of the entrance of Arrivals. The trip takes around 45 minutes. Best to get off at the final station called Mlynské Nivy. (up to 30 min walking distance from the city center hotels)

Slovak Lines platform 4
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Regiojet platform 3
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How to get to the meeting venue:
Walking distance from the city center. If you need further information about transportation in Bratislava please contact us.


  1. Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava
    Address: Pilarikova 5, Bratislava

The hotels recommended below are situated in the city center, within short walking distance from the meeting venue:

  1. Crowne Plaza 4****
    Address: Hodzovo Namestie 2, 21625 Bratislava
    Booking: +421 2 5934 8111 /
  1. AC hotel by Marriot 4****
    Address: Vysoka 2A, Bratislava
    Booking: +421 2 2002 0000 /
  1. Radisson Blu Carlton 4****
    Address: Hviezdoslavovo namestie 3, Bratislava
    Booking: +421 2 5939 0500 /
  1. Sheraton Bratislava Hotel 5*****
    Address: Prbinova 12, Bratislava
    Booking: +421 2 3535 0000
  1. Loft Hotel Bratislava 4****
    Address: Stefanikova 4, Bratislava
    Booking: +421 2 5751 1003 /
  1. Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava 4****
    Address: Rybne namestie 1, Bratislava
    Booking: +421 2 5934 0000 /

Geplaatst: 1 June 2021

LEO-NET Annual Seminar 2021

Can we shape the new normal?

Our 2021 seminar focused on the new Erasmus+ programme period in terms of traineeship mobilities, employability of students in a post-pandemic era, virtual traineeships, digital skills development, and new trends of University – Business collaboration, and more!

Thanks to everyone who joined us and the speakers for an interesting presentations.

Seminar Program

Date:June 29-30, 2021
Venue:Online, Via Zoom Application

JUNE 29TH (10.45 – 17.10)

10:45 – 11:00 – Introduction
Welcome & introduction to the seminar

11: 00 – 11:45 – New Erasmus+ program
The Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027 has finally been launched. The first mobilities with a grant from the new Programme can start on September 1. Mr. Johannes Gehringer from the European Commission will explain the differences between the current and the new programme. There will be time for a Q&A and discussion, in particular about “Blended Intensive Programmes”, “Blended Mobilities” and “Mobility with Partner Countries”.
•        Mr. Johannes Gehringer, European Commission (Belgium)

11:45 – 12:30 – A Seismic Shift in Internships? STEM Talent Development in the Roaring
The pandemic forced IAESTE to consider virtual internships for STEM students. Those preparing to grow skills through international internships are struggling to find ‘the right’ virtual experience and wondering how to translate that into a resume that impresses a potential future employer. Now, all young people are coping with a paradigm shift that may forever change how they attain professional development- and how they demonstrate that to others judging the value of a work-from-home experience.
•        Reza Goldansaz, IAESTE (Luxembourg)

12:30 – 13:00- Break

13:00 – 13:45 – European voice/statement against unpaid traineeships: will unpaid traineeships finally be banned in the future?
In recent years in Europe, a fundamental discussion has been brought about in the framework of equal social rights, on whether or not interns should be paid for their work. The European Youth Forum has undoubtedly contributed to this debate by taking some concrete steps that led to a positive evolution in the field. The session frames important milestones that have been achieved, explains why and how, and what should be done in the future.
•        Mr. Frederic Piccavet, European Youth Forum (Belgium)

13:45 – 16:25- Collaboration with Erasmus+ Partner countries in a New Erasmus+ Programme
In a time when the whole Western Balkans region strives towards joining the EU, our students could only benefit from a successful international experience. One of the saddest realities of youth today in Bosnia-Herzegovina is that the best, brightest, hardest working, most talented are leaving in droves, to other places, not just to the EU, but anywhere from China to the US. At IUS, we hope to achieve through our programmes, extracurricular activities, scholarships, and exchanges, to foster a sense of entrepreneurship in order to motivate our students to engage in regional entrepreneurship once graduated. By following the example of countries that recently joined the EU, we hope to kindle this flame among our students.
•        Mrs. Zuhal Guvener, International University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

16:25 – 17:10 – The role of University Consortia in a new Erasmus+ programme
The new Erasmus+ programme opens new perspectives. How can (mobility) consortia respond to the new opportunities? How do (mobility) consortia address the recent changes? Let’s learn about their challenges and best practices for the future.
•       Speaker to be confirmed

JUNE 30TH (09.30 – 15.30)

9:30  – 9:40 – Introduction and summary of the 1st day

9:45 – 10:30 – Impact of the pandemic on development of employability skills
It may still be too early to say how the pandemic will affect the economy and graduate employment, but, it is clear that there has been a certain shift in the skill set the employers will be looking for in graduates in a post-pandemic era. What are these changes and what are possible solutions in the development of employability skills in a new normal?
•        Mrs. Nannette Ripmeester, Expertise in Labour Mobility (Netherlands)

10:30 – 11:15- University – Business collaboration in a new normal
The impact of the pandemic has also had an effect on how universities collaborate with companies. What are the new trends in university-business collaboration to support the employability of graduates? Let’s see some good examples.
•        Mrs. Kirsten Williamson, Petrus Communication (France)

11:15 – 12:00 – Company views on international student traineeships and employability of graduates in a post-pandemic Era
We bring you a unique opportunity to hear the voice of the business world on the current and future challenges companies face in a post-pandemic era in regards to student traineeships and graduate employability. How does a representative of an international company see the situation and what are the recommendations for students and universities? 
•       Mr. Carlos Rios Cuevas – EMEA Talent Acquisition Manager, Johnson Controls company (Slovakia)

12:00 – 12:30 – Break

12:30 – 13:15- LEO-NET Erasmus+ Strategic partnership projects participation
•       Erasmus Jobs Annie Kolemen, ESN, (Belgium)
Why are the skills gained through a mobility experience not clear and why does this lack of recognition still exist? In response to this, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is launching ErasmusJobs, an Erasmus+ KA2 project, to bridge the skills gap for the Erasmus Generation. The project is a collaborative cross-European partnership of 9 partners including Leo-Net.
•       Virtual Internships AcademyMr. Karol Ovesny, WorkSpace Europe (Slovakia)
The present reality of the digital era brought the need for digital skills development in the student work experience sector as well. It has clearly pointed to the importance of Virtual Internships as an efficient alternative benefitting all parties involved. The intention of the Virtual Internships Academy project is to develop the digital learning tool for proper preparation so that Virtual Internships can be successfully executed and the benefits for all parties are maximised.

13:15 – 14:45 – Managing virtual teams
Managing distributed teams and virtual collaboration has become a part of our everyday working lives. This professional training is our gift to the seminar participants. We are sure it will improve their management or collaboration within virtual teams. The participants will have an increased level of knowledge and awareness about managing remote teams, the potential, and the challenges around them. We hope you will enjoy!
Ms. Zuzanna Przybyla, World is your office (Poland)

14.45-15.15 – Networking + Discussion: ” Can we shape the new normal?”

15:15 – 15:30 – Final wrap up

Biography Speakers Seminar 2021

Practical details

Contact:  /  +31402474336
Venue: Online, Via Zoom Application. Access details will be sent to you after the registration.  


Seminar Fees

Individual Tickets:

Bring your colleagues!
If you would like to join the seminar with your colleagues, consider purchasing an institutional ticket allowing access for up to 5 participants.

Institutional Ticket:

Leo-Net warmly welcomes new potential members.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you at our next seminars!