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Conference Programme

Learning Cities and Culture Working Together

Venue: House of Civic Communities – 7624 Pécs, Szent István Square 17.

Date: 20. September, 2018. 09.00 – 17.00 h.


08.00 – 09.00 Registration (and coffee)

Plenary Session:

09.00 – 09.30 Welcome Speeches

  • Mr. János Partos, Chief Cabinet Officer of Mr. Zsolt Páva, Mayor of the City of Pécs
  • Prof. Attila Miseta, Rector of the University of Pécs
  • Prof. Tamás Bereczkei, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Pécs
  • Dr. Balázs Németh, UNESCO Global Learning City Programme in Pécs, Co-ordinator/Executive President of MELLearN


Keynotes I.

09.30 – 10.00 Prof. (Hon) Dr. h.c. mult Arne Carlsen, former Director of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning - Learning City and City of Culture

10.00 – 10.30 Prof. Mike Osborne, University of Glasgow/PASCAL Int. Observatory - Are Smart Cities Learning?

10.30 – 11.00 Prof. Katarina Popovic, University of Belgrade/ICEA - Learning cities between the global goals and community practices


11.00 – 11.20 Short break


Keynotes II.

11.20 – 11.50 Mr. Raul Valdes-Cotera, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning – Equitable and inclusive Learning Cities

11.50 – 12.20 Prof. Séamus Ó Tuama, University College Cork/Cork Learning City Programme – Learning Neighbourhoods: generating sustainable, flourishing, inclusive, learning environments in Cork Learning City

12.20 – 12.50 Dr. George K. Zarifis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Learning active participatory citizenship in Thessaloniki: implications and impact of mainstream and support educational activities for socially vulnerable young adults

12.50 – 13.10 Q&A


13.10 – 13.50 Lunch break


13.50 – 16.00 Strands A – B – C


16.00 – 16.30 Conclusions and short feedbacks from Strands A, B and C


13.50 – 16.00 Strands A – B – C


Strand A - The Impacts of Heritage, Values and Culture in Learning Cities and Regions

Chair: Dr. Teréz Kleisz, University of Pécs

  • Dr. János Sziget Tóth, Hungarian Folk High School Society: Learning Villages
  • Dr. Zsuzsa Koltai, University of Pécs: Preserving Cultural Heritage through Museum Education
  • Dr. Julianna Boros – Dr. Tamás Ragadics – Ms. Eszter Gergye (Doctoral Student), University of Pécs: Community Learning and Cultural Learning in Ormánság
  • Dr. Adél Vehrer, Széchenyi István University: Cultural Heritage and Virtual Reality
  • Dr. Tünde Minorics, University of Pécs: Local Communities and the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hungary
  • Mr. Tamás Kovács, (Doctoral Student) University of Pécs: How to Use European Learning Experience in Developing underpriviliged Slum Areas in India


Strand B - Smart and Learning Cities, Technological Innovations and System Developments

Chair: Pof. Zsolt Nemeskéri, University of Pécs/ Gál Ferenc College

  • Prof. Zoltán Gál: Role of Mid-range Universities in Knowledge Transfer and Regional Development in the Age of Digitalization: the Case of Central and Eastern European Regions
  • Dr. Gábor Erdei, University of Debrecen: How Can Business Shape a Learning City?
  • Dr. Krisztina Fodorné Tóth, University of Pécs: Diverse Electronic Learning Support – University and the City
  • Prof. Zsolt Nemeskéri, University of Pécs/ Gál Ferenc College: Digital Competences and the Labour Market
  • Dr. Zoltán Koltai, University of Pécs: Innovation Culture of the HungarianCities as Business Locations
  • Ms. Magdolna Benke, University of Debrecen: The Missing Partner – Vocational Education and Training for Learning Regions and Learning Communities


Strand C - Learning Cities to Promote intergenerational Collaborations in Communities

Chair: Dr. Balázs Németh, University of Pécs

  • Mr. Jumbo Klercq, The Elephant Learning in Diversity: Modern City and Competence Learning to Live Together
  • Dr. Klára Bajusz, University of Pécs – Senior Academy: The Social Impacts of Learning in Third Age
  • Dr. Éva Szederkényi University of Pécs: Born or Taught to be Greek? – The Evaluation of the THYESPA Programme
  • Dr. Inez Zsófia Koller, University of Pécs: The Methodology of the Future of Tomorow Workshop for Intergenerational Co-operation
  • Dr. Balázs Németh, ALL-Local/Pécs Learning City: The EFOP ALL-Local Project and Its Impact on Intergenerational Learning


Conference partners: MELLearN, Learning Cities Network, PASCAL Int. Observatory, the Pécs Learning City Festival, Educators’ Centre Association  (EFOP-3.7.3-16-2017-00256 - Széchenyi 2020 Programme)