Will you win the 1ste Badges Award

What is the BADGES Award?

It’s a competition that aims to promote innovative initiatives and ideas for validating informal and lifelong learning for adults in the cultural and heritage sector.

We would like to invite innovative European projects from the field and provide a forum for presentation and exchange. We are looking for projects and activities in the cultural and heritage sector that promote the development of competences in a holistic way. These projects should also include practical cases on how learning outcomes and competence development within this specific competence area can be assessed and evidenced, also beyond the walls of formal education.

Who can participate?

The competition is targeted towards organisations or projects in the cultural and heritage sector. Ongoing or completed, existing or planned case studies, initiatives or projects can enter the competition.

How to participate?

Please fill in the application form for your submission to the BADGES Award. It only takes a few minutes.


Which projects / approaches can be submitted?

All submissions received will be evaluated by an independent jury in accordance with the following criteria:

  • mission statement
  • organizing the content
  • organizing a network of actors, stakeholders, beneficiaries
  • applying a learning oriented methodology
  • acknowledging the learning outcomes of visitors
  • the use of ICT to optimize learning

When can you start submitting your project / approach?

You can submit your project / approach from June 20th 2019 onwards.

When is the closing date?

Please submit your project / approach by August 16th 2019.

And the award goes to…

The jury will select three organisations to receive the prestigious BADGES Award. It is an award given to the most innovative and promising European projects or approaches that:

  • focus on integrating competence oriented learning in their learning contexts
  • reflect on/consider ways of measuring and documenting learner’s development in relation to these competences
  • promote understanding and awareness for the evaluation / validation of informal and non-formal learning and highlight its value either for the individual (whose competences were validated) or for the organisation (who validates competences).

The winners will be widely published through a range of media and networks across Europe.

The BADGES Award is something organisations can be proud of. It celebrates and promotes best practices in the area of non-formal learning in the cultural and heritage sector.

The BADGES Award ceremony in Alden Biesen, Belgium

The three winning organisations will be invited to present their project / approach to an international audience at the BADGES international study day which will be held in Alden Biesen on September 5th 2019. This will be in the form of a video and a short, live interview.

The prize includes travel and accommodation for a two-day trip to Alden Biesen. The winners will benefit from a European-wide dissemination in a specific newsletter and on our BADGES website.

We are looking forward to your approaches and wish you the best of luck!


Please fill in the application form to submit your project, approach or idea for the BADGES Award. It only takes a few minutes.


BADGES Conference ‘Learning in and through heritage’!

Heritage makes us wiser! By visiting cultural or natural heritage sites, you learn about a specific culture or nature area. It allows you to develop broader competences. But how exactly can exhibitions, monuments or landscapes contribute to this? How can they present themselves and turn the experience into one that motivates people to delve deeper and wants them to learn more? How can you make this personal development visible? And how can you give visitors recognition?

The EU BADGES project provides you with handy tools. It has developed a framework for attractive competence-oriented learning in heritage institutions. Furthermore it has created a smart methodology to validate this learning.

On September 5, 2019 all BADGES partners are happy to share their pilots and vision with you in the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen (Belgium). In presentations and a fair you will discover a windmill walk in Schiedam (NL), projects raising natural heritage protection awareness in Tatra National park (PL) and Berlengas Island (PT), badging volunteers (BE), an open monuments weekend that involves 6000 volunteers in one city (IT) and much more. In the afternoon you will discover what ‘badging’ can look like in your organization and have the unique opportunity to talk to colleagues from all over Europe.

Don’t miss this interesting FREE event and register today by sending the registration form to myriam.swinnen@vlaanderen.be.


Any questions? Contact julie.focquet@vlaanderen.be

Do you already have an adult learning project that you are proud of? Do you have a great idea on how to promote lifelong learning in your organization? Enter our competition and win the first BADGES award! Share your story and enroll for the competition on before 16 August 2019. Apply for the BADGES Award 

Preliminary Program

  • 10:00-10:30 Coffee and a badge
  • 10:30-11:00 WHAT IS BADGES? Introduction by Julie Focquet and Guy Tilkin (B). Language: NL/ENG
  • 11:00-11:45 HOW TO BADGE? Methodology by Jaap van Lakerveld (NL). Language: NL/ENG
  • 11:45-12:05 KEYNOTE: Learning happens in Technopolis! Triggering learning in leisure time by Stephane Berghmans (B). Language: NL
  • 12:05-12:25 INSPIRATION. Monumenti Aperti by Giancarlo Zedda (IT) and visitor. Language: ENG
  • 12:25-12:40 BADGES TOOLBOX What can BADGES offer you? by Tim Scholze and Sara Wiemann (D). Language: ENG
  • 12:40-14:00 Walking lunch & INSPIRATION FAIR
  • 14:00-15:45 BADGING IN YOUR OWN ORGANISATION Workshops on how to use the BADGES methodology yourself in …
  1. Natural heritage contexts (ENG)
  2. Heritage sites (NL/ENG)
  3. Museums and exhibitions (NL/ENG)
  • 15:45-16:30 1st BADGES AWARD Presentation of selected projects with movies and interviews and AWARD ceremony. Language: NL/ENG
  • 16:30-17:00 Network drink

Venue: Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Kasteelstraat 6, 3740 Bilzen, Belgium, www.alden-biesen.be