Alan Bainbridge, Laura Formenti, Linden West (conveners of the Network).

Michel Alhadeff-Jones, Rob Evans,  Agnieszka Bron, Barbara Bruschi, Lorenza Garrino, Patrizia Lemma, Barbara Merrill, Emanuela Guarcello,  José Gonzalez Monteagudo, Hazel Reid, Marianne Høyen and Hazel Wright.

Members of the Scientific Committee come from Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom; all of us are committed to facilitate communication across the different languages, to create a learning inclusive community and to offer good critical space for early as well as expert researchers.


Dr Barbara Merrill is an Associate Professor. She teaches undergraduate modules, supervises dissertation students and undertakes research. She offers PhD supervision in the following areas, adult student experiences in further, higher and community education, gender, class and adult education, biographical narrative research and adult education, issues of access, retention and drop-out and learning experiences and learner identity.

Biography and Research Interests
Barbara is involved in several European and national research projects. Her research interests include access issues and experiences of adult students in community adult education, further and higher education, social inclusion and lifelong learning, gender and class and adult education, citizenship, regeneration and biographical methods.

Barbara is currently working on the (Word Document)ESREA Access, Learning Careers and Identities Conference 2015, an Erasmus+ EDUPRO research project: (Word Document)Promoting Lifelong Learning in HE by Implementing Innovative Practices in Recognition of Prior Learning, an Erasmus+ EMPLOY Research Project:
(Word Document)Enhancing the Employability of Non-Traditional Students in HE and an Erasmus+ and EDUFIN Research Project:
(Word Document)Developing participative processes for the generation of a financial education curriculum addressed to young adults at risk.

Barbara is a member of the Standing Council on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA), a member of the Steering Committee for the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA), co-ordinator of the Access, Learning Careers and Identities ESREA Network and a member of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI). Barbara is also a member of the Editorial Boards of Studies in the Education of Adults and is the Book Review Editor for the journal. Barbara has recently co-ordinated an eight-partner EU funded project (Lifelong Learning Programme) on Access, Retention and Drop-out (RANLHE) and a project funded by CEDEFOP entitled Learning for Career and Labour Market Transitions: Individual Biographies with Professor Alan Brown and Professor Jenny Bimrose in the Institute of Employment Research (IER) at Warwick.


Assistant Professor, Researcher  in  Nursing Sciences  at the University of Turin. Professor at the Nursing and Midwifery Master’s  Program. She creates and teaches at several post-graduate courses for health care  professionals and educators. Speaker to thirty national and international conferences on topics relating to innovative teaching methods  and other clinical subjects in health care systems. Board member of the Italian Society of Medical Education (SIPeM) since  2003. Board member of PRAQSI INTERNATIONAL (Réseau multinational  de recherche & de réflexion à partir de la Pratique Quotidienne des Soins Infirmiers)  since  2002,   Member of the founding committee  of  IRACLIA (Gruppo Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulle Azioni della Cura: Linguaggi Immagini Apprendimento) since 2014,   Board member of the  Italian Society for Nursing Sciences (SISI) since 2016, and  now of  the Italian Society of  Systemic Medicine (ASSIMSS).  She has been utilizing  the Narration and Filmography  methodologies  for years as a training device for excellence. 


Barbara Bruschi is associate Professor of Digital Storytelling at the Department of Educational Sciences – Turin University. She has been manager and participant in different research project about digital storytelling, such as: “Values education with media: digital storytelling and intergenerational relationships”; “How to Do Things with Stories”; "Ludodigitalstories” (; "

STORIE IN CIRCOLO: digital storytelling per alimentare speranza e saperi

"; Commons project - Heritage in common shared stories (

Patrizia Lemma

Born in Naples (Italy) on May 17th, 1955.
Graduated with honors in Medicine at the University of Ancona on March 1982. Post graduate diploma in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine on July 1986.

From 1984 to 1987 worked as a Public Health Specialist at the Public Health Service of Ivrea (TO) and from 1987 to 1992 as a Public Health Specialist at the Public Health Service of Orbassano (TO) under the direction of the Department of Public Health, University of Torino.

Associate Professor of Hygiene from 1992 to 2005 with teaching responsibilities at the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the University of Torino for two academic years. In 1993 moved to the Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Full Professor of Hygiene since 2005, now in charge of the Department of Public Health and Pediatrics of University of Turin with responsibilities for the courses of Health Education and the broader area of Health Promotion.

Research Activities

Major themes treated: elderly disability, children accidents and health status in migrants, addressing focusing on risk factors assessment and evaluation of determinants of disability; inequality in health with in-depth analyses on psychosocial determinants of health, and health education interventions effectiveness.
Besides the research activity, she contributed to the national debate concerning the development of the profile of the public health professional and about innovations in training.
Since the year 2000 has joined the international Health Behavior in School Aged Children (HBSC) research group, for which is now coordinator for the HBSC national study development.


Emanuela Guarcello is Professor of Theory of Education (Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences, Department of Pubblic and Pediatric Health Sciences, Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences). Her research interests are narration and narrative medicine with special attention on promoting professional identity. Additional information and papers are available at: