The Learning Development Institute was among 14 institutions that participated in an expert meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 8 June 2006 on the theme The Reciprocal Influence of Science and Culture. Other participating institutions included CERN, the Gulbenkian Foundation, MIT and the Max Planck Institute. Jan Visser participated on behalf of the Learning Development Institute.

The meeting took place in the context of the preparation of the seventh framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013), which includes "new activities aimed at improving the knowledge basis to support more beneficial interactions between science and society in Europe."

According to the Directorate for Science and Society of the EC Research Directorate-General, "the legitimacy of including cultural aspects in a framework for research and technology development stems from the belief that a global strategy towards a knowledge-based economy will have to rely on the capacity of society to innovate, but equally on the ability of . . . citizens to adhere to new schemes of living together."

The following Web sites relate to the above initiative: