Young People as Active EU Citizens?

1st CATCH-EyoU Conference

Athens, 2-4 March 2017

Challenges and Visions on a Renewed Project for Europe

A major challenge for the EU is currently “bridging the gap” between young Europeans and EU Institutions, and improving dialogue in order to enhance young people’s trust in EU Institutions and their active engagement in EU issues. CATCH-EyoU is a research and innovation action funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Programme, SC6, topic Young 5-2014, Grant Agreement nr 649538. Through the joint contribution of different disciplines (e.g., psychology, education, political science, sociology, media and communications) the first open conference of CATCH-EyoU aims to explore the multifaceted factors that influence the different forms of youth active engagement in Europe, thus offering policy makers and professionals working with young people new instruments and “conceptual lenses” to better understand this generation and bring the EU closer to all its citizens.





2-4 March, 2017

Organizing Committee

Frosso Motti-Stefanidi (Chair)
Vassilis Pavlopoulos
Nancy Papathanasiou
Xenia Antonopoulou
Georgia Tzima
Dimitra Kostoglou
Katerina Georgatou
Athanasios Kyritsis


Keynote Speakers

Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey, UK

Xenia Chryssochoou, Panteion University, Greece

Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney, Australia


The official language of the conference is English

Scientific Committee

Frosso Motti-Stefanidi, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Elvira Cicognani, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy
Cinzia Albanesi, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy
Erik Amnå, Örebro University, Sweden
Shakuntala Banaji, London School of Economics, UK
Xenia Chryssochoou, Panteion University, Greece
Lorenzo Floresta, FNG Forum Nazionale Giovani, Italy
Veronika Kalmus, University of Tartu, Estonia
Philipp Jugert, University of Leipzig, Germany
Pina Lalli, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy
Jakub Macek, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Peter Macek, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Isabel Menezes, University of Porto, Portugal
Peter Noack, Friedrich-Schiller University, Germany
Nancy Papathanasiou, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Vassilis Pavlopoulos, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Jan Šerek, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Dora Giannaki, Panteion University, Greece

Scientific Programme

The scientific programme of the conference consists of invited keynote lectures, invited and submitted symposia, individual papers, poster sessions, and interactive events aiming to bring together researchers with stakeholders, e.g., policy makers, youth organizations, and young people.

Important Dates

July 15, 2016 1st announcement
September 20, 2016 2nd announcement; opening of registration and abstract submission
December 15, 2016 Extended deadline for abstract submission
January 10, 2017 Notification of acceptance
February 15, 2017 Final programme announcement


Amalia Hotel Athens
10 Amalias ave., Syntagma Square
Athens 105 57, Greece

Special prices are reserved for conference participants in Amalia Hotel (single room: 95€; double room: 105€; breakfast included). The city of Athens offers a wide range of hotel accommodation, available through online search.

Department of Psychology
Athens, Greece


Frosso Motti-Stefanidi (Chair)
Department of Psychology
School of Philosophy
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Panepistimiopoli, Zografos 15784, Greece



12:30 – 14:30 Registration
14:30 – 15:00 Welcome
15:00 – 15:30 Overview of CATCH-EyoU project

Elvira Cicognani

15:3016:30 KEYNOTE LECTURE Imagining political futures: Young people’s new approaches to participation

Ariadne Vromen

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:30 SYMPOSIUM European citizenship between nationalism and tolerance: Results from the CATCH-EyoU project

Convenors: Petr Macek, Peter Noack

  SYMPOSIUM School as a context for active young Europeans: How textbooks, teachers and students envision active citizenship in Europe today

Convenors: Isabel Menezes, Norberto Ribeiro

  ORAL SESSION Contexts of political participation of European youth
19:00 Welcome reception
09:00 – 10:30 SYMPOSIUM In search of European youth active citizenship: Competing narratives, ethics, and epistemologies

Convenor: Shakuntala Banaji

  SYMPOSIUM School and country level contextual influences on youth citizenship competencies across Europe

Convenor: Philipp Jugert

  ORAL SESSION Radicalization/Extremism and alternative styles of political participation
10:3011:30 KEYNOTE LECTURE Competences for democratic culture: Using education to empower youth

Martyn Barrett

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 SYMPOSIUM Youth extremism and radicalization: Critical interventions

Convenors: Hilary Pilkington, Alexandra Koronaiou

  SYMPOSIUM European youth in the media landscape: Challenges and findings

Convenor: Pina Lalli

  ORAL SESSION The identity of European youth
13:30 – 14:00 POSTER SESSION
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch break
15:00 – 17:30 INTERACTIVE EVENT involving High School students
17:30 – 19:00 INTERACTIVE EVENT involving High School students (cont.)
  INTERACTIVE EVENT involving Erasmus students
  ORAL SESSION Digital participation of European youth



09:0010:00 KEYNOTE LECTURE Are they truly radical? Representations of the social order, identities, ideologies and political engagement of young people in Europe

Xenia Chryssochoou

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00 ORAL SESSION Meanings and representations of democracy and political participation of European youth
  ORAL SESSION Strategies and projects to promote youth active citizenship in Europe
  ORAL SESSION European youth and in a changing world
  INTERACTIVE EVENT The Youth Organizations Blvd
12:00 – 13:30 ROUND TABLE What promotes and what hinders young citizens to become active in European politics?

Moderators: Elvira Cicognani, Frosso Motti-Stefanidi

13:30 – 14:00 Closing of the conference

Interactive Events

(1) The interactive event involving High School students will present the first outcomes of the
intervention on youth active citizenship performed within the CATCH-EyoU project.
Students from High Schools in five countries will present and discuss their work and will
welcome feedback and suggestions from conference participants.

(2) The interactive event involving Erasmus students will be a simluation game, in the form of
a debate, aiming to explore the conditions and potential obstacles in the dialogue of
European youth with EU institutions.

(3) The Youth Organizations Blvd will be an exhibition of projects and activities carried out by
local (Greek) and European youth organizations.