Conference: Waves of Innovation, Tool Fair XII

Dates: 6-10 November 2017

Venue: Varna, Bulgaria

Eligible are 100 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countriesSouthern Mediterranean countriesPartner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 17th July 2017

Tool Fair XII – Waves of Innovation shall provide a stimulating environment for innovative pedagogical approaches & practices to respond to the challenges of an everlasting changing context with a focus on the European Commission Youth Priorities for 2018

General Description

The 12th edition of the International Tool Fair will take place from the 6th (arrival) to the 10th (departure) of November in Varna, Bulgaria, awarded European Youth Capital 2017.

The focus of this year’s edition aims to enhance participants’ critical thinking in order to be able to respond to the challenges of the evolving context, in line with the European Commission Youth Priorities for 2018 through innovative and digital youth work approaches.

Participating in the Tool Fair XII is an opportunity for participants to shape educational and experiential pathways, to run a workshop and to share tools for learning with colleagues in an international context, as well as to participate in workshops conducted by their peers.

Beyond merely experiencing a wide variety of tools for learning, the Tool Fair aims to provide a space to reflect on tools, give and receive feedback, pave the way for their transferability and further development.

This way, the Tool Fair XII aims to enhance capacity building skills of the participants and to contribute not only to the learning outcomes of each individual participant but also on the quality of tools for learning and learning process at European level, complementing the two educational tools websites managed by the SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed & Good Practices Resource Centre: the Multilingual Educational Tools Portal  and the SALTO-YOUTH Toolbox for Training and Youth Work, in coherence with the European Training Strategy.

Overall aim
To promote quality in youth work and support capacity building of youth workers

– To enhance participants’ critical thinking in order to be able to respond to challenges of the evolving context, in line with European Commission youth priorities for 2018 (intercultural dialogue, participation in social and political life, social inclusion, entrepreneurship and employability, etc).

– To develop – also through innovative approaches, such as open pedagogies and digital practices – the quality and variety of Tools for Learning in the youth field.
– To contribute to the educational and experiential pathway of each participant, particularly in relation to the competences of creating and using such tools.
– To contribute to the SALTO Tools for Learning strategy via notably the uploading of various resources (tools, articles, publications) in one’s native language

Objectives shall be achieved through:
– The provision of a safe, inspiring and challenging environment in which to learn
– The provision of opportunities to share, discuss and experiment with Tools for Learning
– The provision of insights into current contexts and policy developments
– A variety of workshops and learning methodologies
– The introduction to approaches from others sectors
– The support to participants in a pro-active and challenging way
– The opportunity to connect the Erasmus+ programme with the culture of the host country.

Expected profile of participants:
The working language of the event will be English therefore the participants should be comfortable working in English.

Applications are open for participants who have created innovative educational tool/s addressing EU Youth Priorities and/or are willing to share and further develop such tools during the Tool Fair XII.

People from different sectors such as public and private are invited to apply so that discussions can be held about the transferability of tools into different sectors.

Moreover 11 National Tool Fairs are being held prior to the International Tool Fair XII in Tunisia, Armenia, Hungary, Croatia, Turkey, France, Lebanon (tbc), Italy, Malta, Kosovo* and Georgia.

Applicants pertaining to Hungary, Croatia, Turkey, France, Italy and Malta, interested in applying for Tool Fair XII are requested to contact their respective NA Officer as the selection process shall be linked to the National Tool Fair.

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This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

Please contact your Erasmus+ Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

For applicants from Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU the following partners should be contacted in case of further questions because these partners will select applicants from these regions and will cover the travel costs:

-Eastern Partnership countries= Polish NA (
-Western Balkan countries= SALTO SEE Resource Centre (
-South Mediterranean countries= French NA (




SALTO-YOUTh EuroMed & Good Practices Resource Centre


Bulgarian National Agency

Contact for questions:

SALTO-YOUTH EuroMed & Good Practices

Phone: +33

For additional information please: Download the Application form



Kosovo UN1244 (*not recognized by some countries)

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.