Directory of Professional Contacts has been launched on the WIFO
site, offering first-hand information on key contacts in the field of European
VET and HRD research:
of Professional Contacts (DPC): http://www.dpc.wifo-gate.org/
most of the contacts are VET or HRD researchers, some at national level
also work as administrators or documentation specialists in VET and HRD
research. In all cases, these professional contacts have vital roles either
within research communities or at the interface between research, politics
and information systems. The Directory is an extension of the VET&HRD
Base (www.vet-hrd.wifo-gate.org), drawing
on the overview and analysis of the European research landscape in this
Directory is provided by the Research Forum WIFO in collaboration with
the European Research Network in Vocational Education and Training [VETNET]
and the University Forum for Human Resource Development [UFHRD]. In its
first edition, it includes 171 professional contacts from 31 countries,
based on requests for information sent to pre-selected contacts (514).
Only those contacts who provided information in response to these requests
are included in the Directory.
basic principle of selecting 'professional contacts' has been to identify
people who have a profound knowledge of VET and/or HRD research themselves
but are also interlinked (as 'nodes' of networks) with many other researchers
and experts in this field at either European or national level. According
to this principle, the following (necessarily strict!) criteria have been
applied in pre-selecting professional contacts for the first edition of
* People carrying out coordinating activities related to major European
associations or networks (board members), journals (editors) and projects
(coordinators) in the field of VET/HRD research, incl. a few experts
in European VET/HRD from outside Europe who have been involved in major
collaborative research activities at European level;
* Contact people for VET/HRD research and development listed in the national
research reports prepared by members of the Cedefop ReferNet and published
by Cedefop (see Reference in VET&HRD Base).
order to promote cross-European collaboration, special care has been taken
to present professionals from Central Eastern and Southern Europe (94 contacts).
The selection criteria for these contacts have been extended to include
members of editorial boards of the selected journals; members of the national
consortia of the Cedefop ReferNet, authors of articles/papers in selected
journals and conference proceedings, partners in European projects, tutors
of PhD students and chairs of Masters programmes.
Directory will be updated every year on the basis of renewed requests for
information. Urgent amendments to the present edition will of course be
carried out as they arise. Those colleagues who were not able to respond
to the initial call are welcome to join the Directory for the next edition!