XV UBC General Conference Kaunas, Lithuania,
15-18 October 2019
„BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE AND RESIDENT-FOCUSED CITY. THE BALTIC WAY“

October 15, Tuesday

13.30 – 17.00

Registration open (at "Park Inn by Radisson" Conference Centre, address: K. Donelaičio st. 27, Kaunas)

14.00 – 15.30

UBC Commissions' meetings:

  • Inclusive and Healthy Cities (Conference Centre, Sigma Hall);
  • Planning Cities (Conference Centre, Omega Hall);
  • Safe Cities (Conference Centre, Zeta Hall);
  • Smart and Prospering Cities (Conference Centre, Beta Hall);
  • Sustainable Cities (Conference Centre, Delta Hall);
  • Youthful Cities (Kaunas City Municipality, Small Hall, address: Laisvės av. 96, 13:30-15:00);
  • UBC Task Force on Youth Employment and Well-Being (Conference Centre, Gamma Hall);
  • Working Group on Gender Equality (Conference Centre, Eta Hall);
  • *For Cultural Cities meeting, please refer to programme of October 16.

15.30 – 18.00

Interactive parallel workshops (including coffee breaks):

  • Youth for safer youth / Safe Cities Commission (Conference Center, Eta Hall)
  • Baltic Sea House - Inclusive society / Colorclouds & Langeark, Aarhus (Conference Center, Gamma Hall)
  • Overcoming gender inequality in our society / WG on Gender Equality, Klaipėda (Conference Center, Sigma Hall)
  • How to make vocational education more inclusive, accessible and attractive? / TF on Youth Employment and Well Being (Conference Center, Zeta Hall)
  • The value of the citizens' participation for cities governance, EmPaci Project / Klaipėda University (Conference Center, Beta Hall)
  • Good practices in UBC sustainable cities / City of St. Petersburg and UBC Sustainable Cities Commission (Conference Center, Delta Hall)
  • Fighting violent radicalisation with innovative policies, IT tools and education / Out of the Box (Conference Center, Omega Hall)

17.00

UBC Executive Board meeting (Conference Centre, room tbc)

19.00 Meeting point - lobby of Park Inn by Radisson hotel. Walking to the dinner venue.

19.30

Welcome dinner
Venue: Kaunas Picture Gallery (address: K. Donelaičio str. 16)

October 16, Wednesday

9.00 – 13.30

Registration open (at "Park Inn by Radisson" Conference Centre, address: K. Donelaičio st. 27, Kaunas)

9.30 – 12.00

Interactive parallel workshops (including coffee break):

  • Cultural Cities Commission meeting: Culture as Catalyst for Cities` Development (Gdańsk Case) / Gdansk City Hall, Poland; UrbCulturalPlanning: open practical discussion on the methods of cultural planning / Danish Cultural Institute in Riga (Kaunas Artists' House, address: V. Putvinskio st. 56)
  • Digitalization empowering citizens‘ participation / Elva, Kiel (Conference Center, Zeta Hall)
  • Promoting youth involvement in the city life / Youthful Cities Commission (Conference Center, Gamma Hall) A coordinator/Out of the Box
  • Workshop on climate change and security risks - Local perspectives for solving climate change related security risks – joining forces to effectively work with Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation / Safe & Sustainable Cities Commission (Conference Center, Delta Hall)
  • STEAM – Science and Technology Path for Every Child and Youngster / TF on Youth Employment and Well Being (Conference Center, Sigma Hall)
  • Engaging citizens to live climate friendly / Ducky (Conference Center, Beta Hall)
  • Swedish Institute Project funding opportunities for cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. When, how & concrete examples / Swedish Institute (Conference Center, Eta Hall)

12.00 – 13.00

Mayors’ lunch (by personal invitation)

12.00 Lunch for all participants (at onference centre)

13.30 – 15.00

Plenary session 1 – “Inclusive Cities” (Conference Centre, Alfa Hall)

  • Mr. Per Bødker Andersen, President of UBC
  • Mr. Visvaldas Matijošaitis, Mayor of Kaunas
  • Mr. Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Republic of Lithuania
  • Mr. Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Lithuania
  • Ms. Sirpa Paatero, Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering of Finland
  • Mr. Gediminas Kaminskas, Vice-Chair of Kaunas Umbrella Youth Organization "Round Table"
  • Mr. Markku Markkula, 1st Vice President of the Committee of the Regions
  • Mr. Bernd Hemingway, Deputy Director General, Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat
  • Mr. Per Schöldberg, MP, Swedish Parliament
  • Ms. Asta Avietė, Programme Manager of the Unit responsible for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, the European Commission
  • Mr. Laurent Sens, Deputy Head of Unit for ESF for Lithuania, European Commission

15.30 – 17.00

Plenary session 2 – “Culture as Catalyst for Cities’ Development”, experiences of European Capitals of Culture (Conference Centre, Alfa Hall)

  • Ms. Virginija Vitkienė, Director, “Kaunas 2022"
  • Ms. Saara Malila, Director of Communication, the City of Turku, former Communications Manager, Turku 2011 Foundation
  • Ms. Graziella Vella, Research Coordinator, Valletta 2018 Foundation
  • Mr. Krzysztof Maj, General Director, European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016
  • Mr. Fredrik Lindegren, Director of Culture, the City of Umeå, former Artistic Director for Umeå 2014

18:45 Meeting point - lobby of Park Inn by Radisson hotel. Going by bus.

19.30

Dinner. Venue: Raudondvaris Manor

 

October 17, Thursday

09.30 – 12.00

09.30 Meeting point - lobby of Park Inn by Radisson hotel.

1. Study visit: "Kaunas: the Heart of Technological Innovations" (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
2. Study visit: "Kaunas Free Economic Zone: Ensuring Industrial Future" (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
3. Study visit: "Modernist Heritage Regeneration" (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
4. Study visit:  "Collective Memory for creating Contemporary Urban Identity" (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Detailed description of study visits

For study visits please register here

09.30 – 12.00

“City2City -networking session” (Conference Center, Zeta Hall)

12.30

Lunch (at Conference centre)

14.00

General Assembly (including coffee break) (Conference Centre, Alfa Hall)

  • Report on UBC Activities in the last two-year period
  • Auditor's report
  • Board of Audit report
  • Absolving the Presidium, Executive Board, Secretary
  • Membership fees 2020-2021
  • Executive Board in the next two-year period
  • President, 1st Vice-President, and two Vice-Presidents in the next two-year period
  • Board of Audit in the next two-year period
  • Secretariat in the next four-year period
  • Venue of the XVI UBC General Conference in autumn 2021

15.30 Concluding Plenary Session

18.30 Meeting point - lobby of Park Inn by Radisson hotel

19.00

Dinner party
Venue: Žalgiris Arena restaurant „Sala“ (address: Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50)

October 18, Friday

10.00

Sightseeing tours

1. Sightseeing tour “Kaunas city tour”
2. Sightseeing tour“Guided tour in Pažaislis Monastery” (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Detailed description of sightseeing tours 

 

Departure

 

Information of interactive workshops

 

WORKSHOPS ON OCTOBER 15, 15.30-18.00 (at Conference Centre, rooms tbc)

 

Baltic Sea House – Inclusive society / Aarhus

The 10 Baltic Sea Houses will be the region's new common "Lighthouses", situated on the coastline around the Baltic Sea, emphasizing the connecting water element, which unites the region, our common space and future.

All the 10 Baltic Sea Houses will collectively symbolize the strong affiliation and dependency between the nations and in the long term, be the generator of new connections and innovative collaborations across the region - addressing future development and sustainable use of local and regional resources.

In collaboration, the 10 BSH will contribute to a collective understanding of the region - an understanding of diversity and inclusiveness, supporting the Union of the Baltic cities (UBC) and the EU´s EUSBSR agendas, for the benefit of all nations and their citizens.

1: Introduction to the Baltic Sea House(BSH) project.

2: How does the BSH – through programming and placing, become a social part of everyday life in the region.?

3: To be rooted in the local society, how is the BSH best organized? – Who are the main stakeholders of the project – on regional and local level?

4: As a Lighthouse of the region - how can BSH become a shared and integrated place for multi-level governance?

5: How can the Baltic Sea House (BSH) support the agenda of the different UBC commissions?

 

If you are interested in active participation in this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact the BSH moderator, Michael Lange ml@langeark.dk - or the moderator, Tommy Bruun tob@colorclouds.dk

Workshop on Good practices in UBC cities

Description of the workshop:
Cities often face the same kind of challenges this is why the exchange of good practices and experiences is vital for our UBC member cities to become more succesful. The short 15-minute presentations vary from environmental education to climate adaption, examples of how our cities are becoming more sustainable.

Opening of the seminar
Vyacheslav Kalganov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for External Relations, St. Petersburg
Dmitry Krutoy, Head of Sector, Committee on Nature Management, Environmental Protection and Environmental Safety, St. Petersburg
Jutta Mäkinen and Björn Grönholm, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Continuous environmental education in SPB for the sustainable development
Denis Beliaev, Chairman Committee for Natural Use, Environmental protection and Ecological Safety, St. Petersburg

Microplastics and marine litter projects implemented by NGOs
Elizaveta Merinova, Friends of the Baltic, NGO, St Petersburg

Lahti Green Capital 2022, Saara Vauramo, Programme Director, City of Lahti

Living Street Rostock
Steffen Nozon, Mobility Coordinator, City of Rostock

Energygiraffe and mobility point in Karlskrona
Kenneth Gyllensting, Environmental Strategist, City of Karlskrona

Climate adaptation – Fossil free Turku 2029
Risto Veivo, Development Manager, City of Turku

Open floor for comments and discussion

 

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Dmitry Krutoy (kdm@kpoos.gov.spb.ru) or Björn Grönholm (bjorn.gronholm@ubc.net)

Fighting Violent Radicalisation with Innovative Policies, IT Tools and Education (Out of the Box International)

The main aims of this workshop are to present and explore successful practices in the policy, ITC and education in addressing violent radicalisation on the city level across Europe. During the workshop, Out of the Box will present tools for early prevention, social media tracking, successful campaigns and policy solutions and finally educational approaches and tools.  Delegates will be invited to share their experiences and create some ideas for the future collaborations within the EU open calls for proposals.

The agenda:

Introduction

  • Policy context
  • New Tools
  • Sharing good practices
  • Planning projects together

Additional questions to be answered:

  1. How applicable is the topic for the Baltic region?
  2. What trends do you see within Baltic region?
  3. What good practices do you know of?
  4. How adaptable are they to the Baltic region?
  5. What type of cooperation within the Baltic region you would like to see in practice?

Some successful examples to be presented:

-      Alternaration

Out of the Box International publication about the countering violent radicalisation online in the European context.

-      Words Matter

Developed in 2018 by the Tim Parry and Jonathan Barr Peace Foundation, the campaign was created after the attacks of the Irish Republican Army in 1993.  

-       Exit Hate Campaign

Established 2016 this campaign encouraged to tape and submit videos of former members of hate groups around Europe, explaining why they left in a personal way.  

-       NotInMyName by the Active Change Foundation

Based on a hashtag (#), the campaign was initiated by young British Muslims in order to “show their solidarity against ISIS and their actions.”

-       Abdullah X

Initially an offline initiative that became a hybrid through multiple social media accounts (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook). Abdullah X is a cartoon character developed by an ex-supporter of Islamic extremists.

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Marko Paunovic (marko@outofthebox-international.org).

 

How to make Vocational Education More Inclusive, Accessible and Attractive?

The future availability of a professional work force is one of the key questions regarding the competitiveness of the BSR. This workshop will provide a platform for sharing best practices in making vocational education a more desirable educational path for young people, while still ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all. One of the questions discussed will be the creation of “a vocational college that never sleeps”, a continually functioning educational institution with a flexible intake. Workshop includes case-studies about attractiveness of VET, inclusive solutions and youngsters as an active actors in developing VET.

15:30            Opening of the workshop

                      Matti Mäkelä, Chair, UBC Task Force on Youth Employment and Well, Being

15:35            Attractiveness of VET, case

Tuire Raudaskoski, Project Manager, City of Turku / Education Division, Finland

15:50            365/12 – Vocational College That Never Sleeps

Annina Laaksonen, Project Manager, City of Turku / Education Division, Finland

16:00            Workshop, Part I

  • How the youngsters see the future of the VET and the working life?
  • How to create a vocational college that never sleeps?
  • How to guarantee professional work force in the BSR?
  • Sharing best practices

16:45            Coffee

17:00            Workshop, Part II

  • How the youngsters see the future of the VET and the working life?
  • How to create a vocational college that never sleeps?
  • How to guarantee professional work force in the BSR?
  • Sharing best practices

17:45            Outcomes of the Workshops, Final Discussions and Next Steps

18:00            Closing the workshop

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact TF Chair Matti Mäkelä (matti.makela@turku.fi).

 

Overcoming gender inequality in our society / Klaipėda, WG on Gender Equality

After a short introduction focusing on the need for closing the gender gap in the Baltic sea area, we will have the opportunity to be inspired of the way the European Youth Capital of 2021, Klaipeda approach the subject. Their #chooseklaipeda ambassadors will lead us through a discussion on how to overcome existing challenges and minimize the stereotypes of gender.

After that we shift perspective from the future to the past, by taking part of the city of Kaunas experiences with historical walks in the city. To combat gender inequality we need to look both back and forward, using earlier success and failure to strengthen our work for a gender equal future.

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Ann-Sofie Lagercrantz (ann-sofie.lagercrantz@kalmar.se).

 

The Value of the Citizens' Participation for Cities Governance, EmPaci Project

In recent years there has been a significant effort to improve citizens’ participation in the decision-making by developing capacity in participatory budgeting, co-production of public services, general stakeholders involvement and advocating in particular in the countries of Baltic sea region. However, these efforts are still in their early stages in many countries, and heavily reliant on cities government initiatives. There continue to be issues both on the demand side (how much governments genuinely want citizens’ advice) and on the supply side (e.g., skilled citizens’ able to make financial decisions, understand strategic documents etc.).

The goal of the workshop – is to focus and become a trigger for discussions and debates around capacity challenges to citizens’ participation in public policy making in the countries of the Baltic Sea region and legitimation of participatory budgeting, citizens’ coproduction of the public services at the cities and concrete remedies for those challenges.

We invite all who are focus on aspects and particularities of citizens’ participation in the decision- making; participatory budgeting, co-production of public services, stakeholder’s involvement in the countries of Baltic Sea region in order to increase the practical relevance of the workshop and to develop a common base knowledge.

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Jaroslav Dvorak (jaroslav.dvorak@ku.lt).

 

Youth for Safer Youth

In last UBC General Conference in Vaxjo UBC Safe Cities Commission had the pleasure to discuss with Baltic Sea Region youth representatives about their safety perception and feelings. UBC Safe Cities Commission would like to continue this discussion in more detailed manner at this UBC General Conference in Kaunas. We already have been taking various actions, i.e. we prepared and got funding from the CBSS Project Support Facility for the project “Youth for safer youth”. So you can come to our workshop and help us to make Baltic Sea Region youth safer together. We know, that you can help us to find solutions. Kaspars Varpins, Chairman of the UBC Safe Cities Commission will make an introduction to the workshop. Then participants will focus on performing the assigned tasks.

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Kaspars Vārpiņš (kaspars.varpins@liepaja.lv).

 

WORKSHOPS ON OCTOBER 16, 9.30 – 12.00 (at Conference Centre, rooms tbc)

 

Digitalization Empowering Citizen Participation (Elva Municipality & Smart and Prospering Cities Commission)

Digitalization offers new possibilities to integrate citizens in political and administrational processes. Still, there are some challenges for cities how to manage digital transformation with view to a resident-focused approach.

The workshop aims to discuss the question of how digitalization and digital tools may empower citizen participation by presenting two city cases from Elva (Estonia) and Kiel (Germany) and a great keynote by Maarja-Leena Saar on the topic of “Using digital tools for unleashing citizen initiatives on local (city) level”.

Maarja-Leena Saar is an openness advocate working to make Estonian society inspiring and unleashing its hidden potential. She is a process manager at the Estonian Cooperation Assembly, a competence centre founded by the President of Estonia, working on policy recommendations and initiatives on societal issues like (e-)democracy and public sector reform. She is the project lead of rahvaalgatus.ee - citizen initiatives platform for sending collective proposals to the Estonian Parliament.

Maarja-Leena is a big fan of open data and knowledge visualization, her passion in that field was recognized by New Europe 100 and Shuttleworth Foundation. She is founding member of Open Knowledge Estonia and leading open data movement in public sector in strategic partnership with Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

The discussion shall also include a youth perspective and the development of a toolbox.

Workshop Agenda (Oct 16, 09.30 – 12.00)

Welcome

Kertu Vuks, City of Elva & Cathrin Truckenbrodt, Smart and Prospering Cities Commission/ City of Kiel

Keynote: Using digital tools for unleashing citizen initiatives on local (city) level

Maarja-Leena Saar, Estonian Cooperation Assembly

Practical examples

Elva

Open governance and using digital tools- case study from Elva Municipality

Kertu Vuks, Head of Development and Planning Department, Elva

Kiel

Digital Week Kiel – A digital festival as key instrument of a citizen-focused digital strategy

Cathrin Truckenbrodt, International Relations Manager, City of Kiel

Youth perspective

Tbc

Toolbox

 

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Kertu Vuks (kertu.vuks@elva.ee).

 

UrbCulturalPlanning: open practical discussion on the methods of cultural planning, Cultural Cities Commission meeting

Wednesday 16 October 2019

PLEASE NOTE! Venue: Kaunas Artists’ House, V. Putvinskio st. 56, Kaunas

Cultural planning, as a place-based approach, is instrumental in unfolding local creative resources and strengthening communities. By addressing social, urban, and ecological challenges, cultural initiatives, co-developed by the residents, artists and municipalities, create better neighbourhoods for living. This approach needs innovative thinking, active involvement of the residents and cooperation between the stakeholders.

Cultural, education, municipal organizations from 9 BSR cities were brought together by the Danish Cultural Institute to develop sustainable cultural planning practices in the region within the Interreg BSR project UrbCulturalPlanning. Among them are UBC members Pori, Riga, Gdansk, Kiel and Guldborgsund. By activating local cultural resources, the project co-creates and launches cultural initiatives in the neighbourhoods in cooperation with the residents and stakeholders.

In a form of discussion and workshop the discussion we explore the methods and cases of cultural planning, drawing on the experience of the practitioners from Riga, Gdansk and Vilnius. We are going to discuss practical questions, illustrating them by the concrete cases coming from the BSR cities and neighbourhoods:

- How cultural initiatives transform the neighbourhoods? Cases and methods.
- Sustainability of local cultural initiatives: what resources are needed and how to get them?

- How the cooperation between the residents, cultural actors and strategic institutions works?

Schedule:
10:00-10:15 Simon Drewsen Holmberg, Danish Cultural Institute: UrbCulturalPlanning;

10:15-10:45 Jāzeps Bikše, Free Riga and Jānis Ķīnasts, Komēta Festival: two cases of activist-led neighbourghood regeneration initiatives in Riga;

10:45-11:30 Discussion: role of culture in urban regeneration in the Baltic Sea cities with Aleksandra Grzonkowska, Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk; Simon Drewsen Holmberg, Danish Cultural Institute; Jāzeps Bikše, Free Riga; Jānis Ķīnasts, Komēta Festival; Guntars Ruskuls, Municipality of Riga; Jekaterina Lavrinec, Faculty of Creative Industries, VGTU.

11:30-12:00 Interactive workshop: mapping cultural resources in your city. Every neighbourhood has its hidden treasures to show and resources to share: talents, skills and knowledge, spaces and tools, organizations and institutions. Brought together, they are instrumental in shaping the livability and identity of other places. Start creating a map of cultural resources and share your findings!

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Rūta Stepanovaitė (vadovas@kmn.lt).

 

Engaging Citizens to Live Climate-Friendly

The workshop will be divided into two parts. During Part 1, the case studies from campaigns in Oslo (Europe's Green Capitol for 2019) and rest of Norway will be presented such as:

- Climate Shout (to be performed on 30th of August 2019, 100 000 people will be summoned to meet in the Oslo City center to "shout for the climate". The whole event will be supported by local companies and NGOs);

- Ducky Sustainable Food Campaign (currently ongoing with collaboration of NGO called Future In Our Hands);

- School Climate Championship (currently ongoing with high schools of Norway both in Oslo and outside Oslo area);

- Hadeland project (7 municipalities around Oslo starting big Climate campaign, mobilising both public and private sector and citizens to calculate their climate footprint and set goals (make a pledge) to reduce climate emissions).

During Part 2 of the workshop we will try to answer the question - how to create a citizen's engagement climate campaign? We will study points and experiences from case studies.

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Bogdan Glogovac (bogdan@ducky.eco).

 

Workshop on climate change and security risks - Local perspectives for solving climate change related security risks – joining forces to effectively work with Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

This workshop offers an opportunity to contribute to solving one of the most urgent challenges today and in the future – the rapidly evolving security risks related to climate change. During the session the participants will discuss the results and analysis of two reports: a mapping of the level of commitment and implementation of the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and a mapping of the climate risk assessment legislation and practices – both focusing specifically on the countries in the Baltic Sea Region. These two reports provide the base for the discussions and will be distributed to all participants beforehand. The objective of the session is to collect the input from the UBC cities regarding challenges and needs related to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, with the focus on the local level implementation. Participants are also encouraged to come with proposals for how the Covenant of Mayors should be used to facilitate the transfer of knowledge on climate risks assessment to and between cities. The session is part of the CASCADE project “Community Safety Action for Climate Adaptation and Development”, funded by EC DG ECHO.

Introduction by Moderators: Mr Risto Veivo Co-chair, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission and Mr Kaspars Varpins Chairman, UBC Safe City Commission
Background information on the session is provided to the participants, explaining the work process in the CASCADE project, and the context in which the session takes place. The importance of the contributions from the participants for CASCADE will be highlighted.

Door poll results by Sini Lamoureux, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Keynote:
European Commission,
Elena Visnar-Malinovska (DG CLIMA)

Speakers:
Nina Jernberg, Policy Officer PA Secure, EUSBSR, The CBSS Secretariat
Presentation of the key results of the mapping the level of commitment and implementation of the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the BSR and HA Climate, Baltic2030 Unit
Heidi Tuhkanen, SEI Tallinn
Key results of the mapping of the climate risk assessment legislation and practices in the BSR.

Panel discussion
Moderator: Valdur Lahtvee, CBSS
Dagmara Nagorka-Kmiezic, City of Gdansk (TBC)
Gints Reinsons, City of Jelgava
Dmitry Krutoy, City of St Petersburg
Giedrius Bučas, City of Kaunas (TBC)

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Kaspars Vārpiņš (kaspars.varpins@liepaja.lv).

 

Promoting Youth Involvement in the City Life

Workshop: “Promoting youth involvement in city life” has main aim to provide input on youth trends, different levels of youth participation, relevant studies and good practices in order to empower delegates in creating more spaces and mechanisms for senseful, quality youth participation.

Workshop will provide space for cities’ representatives to  work on new ideas concerning youth participation either in political decision making process, youth activism or citizenship education.

Specific objectives:

  • To present different levels of youth participation and necessary prerequisites for further youth involvement in city life;
  • To present key outcomes of the Council of Europe’s conducted survey on youth involvement;
  • To discuss best practice examples related to youth involvement through selected case studies;
  • To explore and improve the practices and mechanisms of youth involvement in city life;

Methodology: The expert moderator will use interactive methods to stimulate debate and exchange of good practices amongst the participants.

The workshop will be co-organised by Out of the International, European network dealing with active participation of citizens and cities of Klapeida and Gargzdai.

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Marko Paunovic (marko@outofthebox-international.org).

 

STEAM – Science and Technology Path for Every Child and Youngster

STEAM comes from the words Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. These are the skills that are needed in the future and this workshop concentrates on one very basic question: how to build science and technology path for every child and youngster through the education.
The aim of this workshop is to discuss STEAM work, share best practices and experiences and plan the future activities in BSR. The outcome of the workshop will be a proposal for the UBC Board for future STEAM cooperation in BSR. Workshop includes case-studies about STEAM-cooperation and youngsters role in this work.

9.30: Opening of the workshop
Matti Mäkelä, Head of the PMO, City of Turku / Education Division, Finland

9:40: Tales of Two Cities: STEAM in Turku and Kaunas
STEAM Turku – Participation, Openness, Innovativeness
Matti Mäkelä, Head of the PMO, City of Turku / Education Division, Finland
Salla Sissonen, Project Coordinator, City of Turku / Education Division, Finland

STEAM as transformative education
Dr. Laima Galkutė, Vytautas Magnus University, researcher at the Institute of Education, member of Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO

10:20                  The Youngsters Solving the Most Vicious Problems of Mankind
CASE: “Nobody Really Cares About the Climate Change” (Winner of the STEAM Junior competition in Turku)
Senior Lecturer Olli Pekanheimo and two students

10:40: Workshop: Challenges, Tasks, Questions and Solutions

  • How to arrange STEAM  cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region? Goals and activities?
  • Sharing the best and worst practices: what works? what needs to be improved?
  • Technology’s role in the future of mankind: is it solving or causing the problems?
  • Youngster’s Saving the Day (and the Planet)
  • What means science and technology path for every child and youngster?

11:40                  Outcomes of the Workshops, Final Discussions and Next Steps

12:00                  Closing the Workshop

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact TF Chair Matti Mäkelä (matti.makela@turku.fi).

 

Swedish Institute Project Funding Opportunities for Co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region. When, how & concrete examples.

The workshop focuses on providing a practical information about SI and presenting the project funding. It would last about 30 minutes.

The different cooperation areas of the Swedish Institute in the Baltic Sea Region will be introduced at first. We mention our key tools and the eligible countries. After that participants get a crash course about SI´s financial support facilities for projects. We provide concrete project examples which might be relevant for cities and municipalities planning transnational cooperation in the BSR. At the end of the presentation participants will have a good overview how to apply for the Seed funding application, just before the upcoming call of the Swedish Institute.

If you are interested in active participation of this workshop (e.g. in delivering a presentation), please contact Gabor Schneider (gabor.schneider@si.se).

Youth conference programme

For information about the youth activities during the XV UBC General Conference in Kaunas (youth programme, practical details, etc.), please kindly contact Mr Carsten Adamsen, Chairman of the Youthful Cities Commission:

Tel. +45 79 797073
e-mail: caad@kolding.dk
Web: www.ungkolding.dk