PLAS Meeting

PLAS Meeting in Villa Castelli

On 17 April 2013, Angela Molinari and Alison Carminke of LNFE travelled to Villa Castelli in Italy for the penultimate PLAS Project Meeting.  The meeting was hosted by the Comune di Villa Castelli.  Villa Castelli is located in the province of Brindisi in Puglia, a region on the south-east coast of Italy.

The first day of the meeting (18 April 2013) was held at the Municipality of Villa Castelli and involved the presentation of the draft Catalogue of Best Practice which will be one of the key final outcomes of the project.  Partners were taken to a local archeological site and also shown some of the discoveries from that site which had been placed in a purpose-built museum in the town. That evening a public conference was held so that the project partners could present the case studies and best practice guidelines they had identified, followed by a presentation on regional strategies in Lifelong Learning by GAL Alto Salento.  

In the evening all partners attended dinner at a local restaurant and were treated to a performance by three members of the nationally-renowned Cantori di Villa Castelli.This group is an excellent example of inter-generational learning and active aging in progress, as older musicians are teaching young people to perform traditional folk music and they tour and perform together.

On the second day of the meeting, the lead partner gave a presentation on dissemination carried out for the project, after which the partners discussed the arrangements for the project’s final conference, to be hosted by lead partners FM Consulting in Prague in June 2013. The final conference will be a chance to present the project’s findings on best practice for lifelong learning to a wider audience so that relevant contacts throughout Europe can benefit from the research carried out within PLAS.  

Villa Castelli is interested in energy efficiency and sustainability, and before ending their visit, partners had the opportunity to visit a local water plant which was originally constructed after World War I, and a newly built wind farm.

LNFE would like to thank our hosts Francesco Nigro, mayor of Villa Castelli, and his colleague Marina Carrozzo, for their wonderful hospitality during this partnership visit.