Johanna Lasonen has contributed to the founding process of VETNET. Since the beginning she worked as an active member in the VETNET Board and as a permanent reviewer of VETNET proposals since ECER 1997. She was the first VETNET programme chair for ECER 1999 in Lahti. She has been the pioneer in developing contacts between VETNET and UNESCO. During her work as a coordinator of EU-funded projects she has involved them in ECER symposia. Recently, she has supported the founding process of the International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) and she is an active member of the Editorial Board of the IJRVET.