Thursday, 22 October 2009
Venue: Vilnius Town Hall

13.00 – 14:00: General Assembly

14.00 – 14.30: Press Conference

14.30    – 15.30: Opening Ceremony

1. Plenary address by Flora Carrijn, President of UNeECC
2. Plenary address by Vilius Navickas, Mayor of Vilnius
3. Plenary address by Alvydas Pumputis, Rector of the Mykolas Romeris University
4. Plenary address by Romualdas Ginevicius, Rector of the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
5. Plenary address by Patrizia Baralli, Policy Officer, European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture

15.30    – 16.30: Plenary Session

1. Plenary address by Rolandas Kvietkauskas, Director, Public institution of Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009
2. Plenary address by Julia Stoff, Assistant to the Artistic Director, European Capital of Culture Organization, Linz
4. Plenary address by Edward de Bono, EU Ambassador for the Year of Creativity, 2009: ’The biggest problem is not climate-change, but inadequate thinking’

16.30    – 17.00: Break

17.00– 18.30: Parallel Sessions I.

Session A:
Cultural diversity as basis for Creativity and Innovation

William Chambers, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool : ‘The role of the three Universities of Liverpool in Liverpool ’08’

Luis Rodríguez García, „Cordoba, Intercultural Dialogue”, Cordoba: Innovative ways for spreading intercultural activities within a city: The case of Cordoba

Tuuli Lähdesmäki, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä: Strategies representing cultural diversity in three European Capitals of Culture

Session B:
Creativity and Innovation and European Capitals of Culture

Xavier Tudela, Communication of the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona: The International Bureau of Cultural Capitals

Hilmar Rommetvedt – Christin Berg, University of Stavanger, Stavanger: Stavanger as European Capital of Culture 2008: The Citizens’ Perspective

Ágnes Simon, Pécs2010 Management Centre Nonprofit Ltd., Pécs: Sustainable development in the light of creative industry and the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture programme

Georg Simet, University of Applied Sciences of Neuss, Neuss: The Importance of Creativity and Innovation for Adopting Istanbul as European Capital of Culture

20.00: Gala Dinner
Location: Restaurant “Neringa”
Gedimino ave. 23

Friday, 23 October 2009
Venue: Mykolas Romeris University

09.00 – 10.45: Parallel Sessions II.

Session A:
Creativity and Innovation in University Culture

Wim Coudenys, Lessius University College, Antwerpen: Mainstream and the Death of University Culture. Or how the Rush for Innovation Threatens Creativity

–  Rein Raud, Tallinn University, Tallin: Tradition vs Dynamism: Academic Culture in Times of Change

Vish Maheshwari, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool: Growing Diversity at the UK Universities: Developing Modern Multicultural Higher Education Institutions

Tamás Molnár, University of Pécs, Pécs: Temporary City Workshop – cooperation between universities of European Capitals of Culture 2010

Marcin Witkowski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poznan :  Celebrating Academic Tradition and Demand for Innovation

Session B:
Didactic Innovation and the University

Laura Baker, FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Graz: Between Heaven and Earth in Innovative Investments-Innovation Creativity and Cultural Awareness in an Industrial Management Undergraduate Course

Juozas Lakis, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius: Education in Conflict Resolution as Element of Participatory Democracy in Transition of Lithuania

Lucia Pavlescu, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Sibiu: Innovative Aspects in Access to a Teaching Career in Romania

Monika Miliusiené – Živile Starkevičiute – Vaiva Zuzeviciute, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas: Innovating Educational Practices and Culture – is it the process toward Social Cohesion

10.45 – 11.15: Coffee Break

11.15 – 13:00: Parallel Sessions III.

Session A:
Cultural diversity as basis for Creativity and Innovation

Péter P. Müller, University of Pécs, Pécs: Civilian contribution to the Pécs2010 ECC initiative, the case of a critical review: ECHO

Stephan Sonnenburg, Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe: Project Creativity: What can we learn from the Beatles, Picasso & Braque and other famous groups?

Dariusz Gafijczuk, Lancaster University, Lancaster: Composition of Centrality: A Historical Look at Musical Innovations at the turn of the 20th Century

Ewa Matuska, Hanseatic Academy of Management in Slupsk, Poland: Managing of skills and talents during crisis time – what for?

Session B:
Creativity and Innovation and European Capitals of Culture

Lennart Rosenlund, University of Stavanger, Stavanger: Stavanger as European Capital of Culture 2008: Social Determinants of the Reception

Roberto Grandi – Adriana Galvani, University of Bologna, Bologna: Proposal for innovating the European City of Culture Program

Szabolcs Zalay, University of Pécs, Pécs: The Roots of Learning Cities

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.45: Parallel Sessions IV.

Session A:
Creativity and Innovation in University Culture

Adrienn Bognár, University of Pécs, Pécs: The youth participation purpose in common events

Radomila Soukalová, Tomas Bata University, Zlín: Effective Communication of R&D in University Marketing

Silvia Florea, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Sibiu: Between Knowledge and Accessibility: Research and University/Industry Collaboration

Witold Ostafinski, The Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow, Cracow: Unity in plurality – Days of John Paul II in Cracow

Jurate Černevičiute, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius: Creativity dilemma in learning environment: to live up or kill?

Session B:
The Impact of Innovation and Creativity on Culture

Silvia Keller – Julia Stoff, University of Linz, Linz2009 Office: The Joys of Learning

Rune Dahl Fitjar, International Research Institute of Stavanger, Stavanger: Innovation, Collaboration and the Soft Institutions of the Stavanger region

Dan Popescu, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Sibiu: Valuing Creativity, Innovation and Diversity in Sibiu – European Capital of Culture 2007. Cultural and Socioeconomical Impacts on the Local Community

Magnar Am, Volda University College, Volda: Creativity and Resistance – the difficult balance between freedom and limitation in creative processes and solution-searching activities

15.45 – 16.15: Break

16.15 – 17.30: Parallel Sessions V.

Session A:
Creativity and Innovation and European Capitals of Culture

Tomas Kačerauskas, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius : Cultural tradition and novelty: clashes or interactions?

Knud Knudsen, International Research Institute of Stavanger, Stavanger: “Does an Open Port widen people’s minds?”
Piotr Bozyk, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow: New approach to Innovativeness in the Field of Industrial Design
Session B:
Didactic Innovation and the University

Domenico Crisafulli, University of Messina, Italy: Vilnius- European Capital of Culture 2009: Institution and Civil Society
Alexandre Frey Pinto de Almeida, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto: A Challenge to Innovation and Creativity at University Fernando Pessoa (Porto, Portugal): Acting upon Speech-Language Disorders as a Technique and as an Art
17.30 – 18:00: Conclusions
18.30: Closing Dinner
Saturday, 24 October 2009
09.00 – 11.00: Optional walking tour of Vilnius

Plenary Addresses

Prof. Flora Carrijn, President of UNeECC (doc)
Gintautas Babravicius, Deputy-Mayor of Vilnius
Vidmantas Egidijus Kurapka, Vice Rector of the Mykolas Romeris University
Alfonsas Daniunas, Vice Rector of the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Patrizia Baralli, Policy Officer, European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture (doc)
Rolandas Kvietkauskas, Director, Public institution of Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009
Julia Stoff, Assistant to the Artistic Director, European Capital of Culture Organization, Linz (pdf)    (pdf)
Edward de Bono, EU Ambassador for the Year of Creativity, 2009: ’The biggest problem is not climate-change, but inadequate thinking’

Parallel Sessions I.

Session A:
Cultural diversity as basis for Creativity and Innovation

William Chambers, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool: ‘The role of the three Universities of Liverpool in Liverpool ’08’
Tuuli Lähdesmäki, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä: Strategies representing cultural diversity in three European Capitals of Culture (pdf)

Session B:
Creativity and Innovation and European Capitals of Culture

Xavier Tudela, Communication of the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona: The International Bureau of Cultural Capitals (ppt) (pdf)
Hilmar Rommetvedt – Christin Berg, University of Stavanger, Stavanger: Stavanger as European Capital of Culture 2008: The Citizens’ Perspective (pdf)
Ágnes Simon, Pécs2010 Management Centre Nonprofit Ltd., Pécs: Sustainable development in the light of creative industry and the Pécs2010 European Capital of Culture programme
Georg Simet, University of Applied Sciences of Neuss, Neuss: The Importance of Creativity and Innovation for Adopting Istanbul as European Capital of Culture (pdf)
Parallel Sessions II.

Session A:
Creativity and Innovation in University Culture

Wim Coudenys, Lessius University College, Antwerpen: Mainstream and the Death of University Culture. Or how the Rush for Innovation Threatens Creativity (pdf)  (ppt)
–  Rein Raud, Tallinn University, Tallin: Tradition vs Dynamism: Academic Culture in Times of Change
Tamás Molnár, University of Pécs, Pécs: Temporary City Workshop – cooperation between universities of European Capitals of Culture 2010 (ppt)
Marcin Witkowski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poznan :  Celebrating Academic Tradition and Demand for Innovation

Session B:
Didactic Innovation and the University

Laura Baker, FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Graz: Between Heaven and Earth in Innovative Investments-Innovation Creativity and Cultural Awareness in an Industrial Management Undergraduate Course
Juozas Lakis, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius: Education in Conflict Resolution as Element of Participatory Democracy in Transition of Lithuania (ppt)
Lucia Pavlescu, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Sibiu: Innovative Aspects in Access to a Teaching Career in Romania(ppt)

Parallel Sessions III.

Session A:
Cultural diversity as basis for Creativity and Innovation

Péter P. Müller, University of Pécs, Pécs: Civilian contribution to the Pécs2010 ECC initiative, the case of a critical review: ECHO (doc) (pdf) (pdf)
Stephan Sonnenburg, Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe: Project Creativity: What can we learn from the Beatles, Picasso & Braque and other famous groups? (pdf)
Dariusz Gafijczuk, Lancaster University, Lancaster: Composition of Centrality: A Historical Look at Musical Innovations at the turn of the 20th Century
Ewa Matuska, Hanseatic Academy of Management in Slupsk, Poland: Managing of skills and talents during crisis time – what for? (ppt) (doc)

Session B:
Creativity and Innovation and European Capitals of Culture

Lennart Rosenlund, University of Stavanger, Stavanger: Stavanger as European Capital of Culture 2008: Social Determinants of the Reception
Roberto Grandi – Adriana Galvani, University of Bologna, Bologna: Proposal for innovating the European City of Culture Program (pdf)
Szabolcs Zalay, University of Pécs, Pécs: The Roots of Learning Cities (ppt)

Parallel Sessions IV.

Session A:
Creativity and Innovation in University Culture

Adrienn Bognár, University of Pécs, Pécs: The youth participation purpose in common events (ppt)
Silvia Florea, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Sibiu: Between Knowledge and Accessibility: Research and University/Industry Collaboration (ppt)
Witold Ostafinski, The Pontifical Academy of Theology in Cracow, Cracow: Unity in plurality – Days of John Paul II in Cracow (pdf)
Jurate Černevičiute, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius: Creativity dilemma in learning environment: to live up or kill? (pdf)

Session B:
The Impact of Innovation and Creativity on Culture

Silvia Keller – Julia Stoff, University of Linz, Linz2009 Office: The Joys of Learning (doc)
Rune Dahl Fitjar, International Research Institute of Stavanger, Stavanger: Innovation, Collaboration and the Soft Institutions of the Stavanger region (pdf)
Magnar Am, Volda University College, Volda: Creativity and Resistance – the difficult balance between freedom and limitation in creative processes and solution-searching activities (pdf)

Parallel Sessions V.

Session A:
Creativity and Innovation and European Capitals of Culture

Tomas Kačerauskas, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius : Cultural tradition and novelty: clashes or interactions? (ppt) (doc)
Knud Knudsen, International Research Institute of Stavanger, Stavanger: “Does an Open Port widen people’s minds?”(pdf)
Piotr Bozyk, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow: New approach to Innovativeness in the Field of Industrial Design(doc)

Session B:
Didactic Innovation and the University

Domenico Crisafulli, University of Messina, Italy: Vilnius- European Capital of Culture 2009: Institution and Civil Society(pdf)
Alexandre Frey Pinto de Almeida, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto: A Challenge to Innovation and Creativity at University Fernando Pessoa (Porto, Portugal): Acting upon Speech-Language Disorders as a Technique and as an Art (ppt)

 

General Assembly, Vilnius 22 October 2008, 13-14h

1.    Welcome by the President

2.    General Secretary’s annual report

a.    Website: will become more interactive, but success will depend on use(rs)
b.    Membership: at present UNeECC has 49 members from 20 countries
c.    Financial report 2009: there is a small deficit, mainly due to marketing expenditure
d.    Budget approval 2010: money is made available for the publication of the Liverpool conference proceedings, advertisement & the studentfestival in Pécs.
3.    Organizational matters
a.    Renewal of Presidency + call for Board Members: there were no candidacies that met the criteria; F. Carrijn will renew her term; there will be a new call for board members (with specific tasks)
b.    Rules of Membership: members that have not paid three years consecutively will be considered excluded; moreover payment of the annual contribution (€ 300) is a prerequisite for reduced conference and other fees.
4.    UNeECC activities

a.    2008-9

i.    Liverpool conference: huge success
ii.    Student Network: launched in Pécs in the spring of 2009; the students are very enthusiastic about the network and are organizeing a second network event during the Vilnius conference. The idea is to further involve the students in UNeECC and give them space for student-oriented initiatives that fit in with the goals of UNeECC.
iii.    Lectures Series: Lessius University College Antwerp organized a public debat with the British philosopher Roger Scruton. Students and professors from Liverpool Hope University and Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu participated in the debate via video-conferencing
iv.    Liverpool Proceedings: there’s been some delay, but the publication is due in the spring of 2010. The proceedings will be published by the university of Sibiu.

b.    2010 and beyond

i.    GA & Conference 2010, Pécs: timing: the conference will take place on 14 and 15 October 2010 and will be jointly organized by UNeECC and the Compostella Group of Universities. The theme is yet to be confirmed
ii.    On 3-4 May 2010 the University of Avignon will organize an Erasmus Co-ordinators meeting for UNeECC
iii.    Colllaboration with Essen & Istanbul: in September there will be a joint research seminar linking Essen, Pécs and Istanbul
iv.    2011 & 2012 Conferences: call for themes, candidates & timing: no decisions taken yet.

W. Coudenys

 

The University Network of the European Capitals of Culture held its 3. UNeECC  General Assembly Meeting and Annual Conference

on 22-23 October 2009, in Vilnius, one of this year’s European Capitals of Culture.

The Conference was jointly hosted by the Mykolas Romeris Unversity and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. This unique collaboration clearly demonstrates how universities can and must contribute to the success of a European Capital of Culture programme.

In this European Year of Innovation and Creativity the central theme of this year’s UNeECC Conference was ‘Innovation, Creativity and Culture’.

University students and faculty, as well as cultural professionals active in past, present and future European Capitals of Culture presented papers in 5 different conference tracks:

1.    Cultural diversity as basis for Creativity and Innovation
2.    Creativity and Innovation in University Culture
3.    The Impact of Innovation and Creativity on Culture
4.    Creativity and Innovation and European Capitals of Culture
5.    Didactic Innovation and the University

The Vilnius conference touched upon key issues emerging from the relationship between ‘innovation and creativity’ and culture. Given the academic objectives of the conference, presentations focused on new insights into innovation  and examined questions like ’Are innovation and creativity the priviliged playground of technicians and engineers, or is it on the contrary the essence of fine arts? And what about the interrelation between the two? Is one at the service of the other, or can they find common ground?’

Nearly 40 speakers from 20 countries shared their ideas with the participants and the presentations were followed by very interesting debates and discussions.

The Keynote Speaker of the UNeECC Conference was Professor Edward de Bono,  EU Ambassador for the Year of Creativity,2009. The title of his presentation was ’The biggest problem is not climate-change, but inadequate thinking’.

Parallel to the UNeECC Conference the II. UNeECC Student workshop was organized with the participation of 27 students from 11 countries of Europe.