Tuesday, 7 December 2021

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9:30 – 10:00 CET Drop-in for a Virtual Welcome Coffee!

So good to see you all! Let’s start the day together with a relaxed chat among colleagues and friends! Facilitated by Jon Rea, Public Engagement Lead at Nottingham City Council, we’ll get ready for an energetic day! Bring your coffee or tea and enjoy the EUSEA spirit from the start!

10:00 – 10:15 CET Conference Opening

Welcome and Introduction
EUSEA President Cissi Askwall, Secretary General of Vetenskap & Allmänhet, Stockholm, Sweden

20 Years EUSEA – Let’s Clapp-Up The Conference!

Let’s start the conference-day with some collective energy! Are you ready for some stomping, patting, clapping and snapping? Or eager to do some whistling, clicking, tapping or slapping? Join us for some interactive body moves with Aron Leijendeckers, percussionist at the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmomie in Herford, Germany. Be ready to shake-up your body, mind and soul! Can we create a “EUSEA Birthday Move”?

10:15 – 10.30 CET Video Greetings and Birthday Presents – Round 1

To celebrate our 20th anniversary #EUSEA21 will showcase a series of serious and not-so-serious videos and birthday messages from around the world.
Any wishes you have for EUSEA? Any memories you would like to share? Send us your greetings as a “birthday present” – we will share the joy with all!

As a start we gave ourselves a treat – enjoy the first EUSEA Birthday Video!

10.30-11.15 CET Keynote on “Let’s Face the Challenge: Who Needs a New Normal?”

Dr. Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan is an internationally known author and innovator. Her book Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. Her TED talks have been seen by over twelve million people. Her most recent book, Uncharted: How to map the future was published in 2020. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She was named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter.

“Openness is not the end, it’s just a beginning!” Under this motto Margaret Heffernan will encourage us to shake-up our beliefs on whether we really want to go “back to normal” after the discruption of a pandemic. Are we willing to challenge the status quo of our approaches and institutions? Is our network ready to meet new standards and expectations from society, academia, policy making and society? Are we ready for some productive disagreements and constructive criticism – and open enough to build a “better normal” after the pandemic?


11.15-12.00 CET Perspectives from Brussels:
The Importance of Citizen and Societal Engagement in Horizon Europe