Spotlight: Athens' conference
The CATCH-EyoU Conference: an overview
Over 200 scholars coming from all over Europe and beyond, attended the three-days first CATCH-EyoU conference in Athens on 2-4 March 2017. They were not alone: 96 high school students coming from Czechia, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Sweden, 12 youth organizations and some EU representatives (Kerstin Wilde, Project Advisor, Research Executive Agency; Tanya Basarab, EU-Council of Europe Youth Partnership; Monica Menapace, Open and Inclusive Societies, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation) joined the first CATCH-EyoU Conference to discuss on the “complex” relationships between young people, the EU and political engagement.
The conference hosted three keynote lectures from leading scholars in the field of political and social sciences: Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney, who gave a lecture on “Imagining Political Futures: Young People’s New Approaches To Participation”; Martyn Barrett, University of Surrey, with his talk on “Competences For Democratic Culture: Using Education To Empower Youth”; and Xenia Chryssochoou, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences who dealt with a hot topic “Are They Truly Radical? Representations of The Social Order, Identities, Ideologies and Political Engagement of Young People in Europe”.
The conference, that has received the patronage of the European Parliament, was the first large international dissemination event on the findings of the studies conducted within the CATCH-EyoU project (more than 20 presentations). The consortium is grateful to the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens team (Frosso, Vassilis, Nancy and their collaborators) for their great organizational job and to Elvira Cicognani, project coordinator, who worked restless to support the Greek team in the organization of the conference.
Participants per countries (%) N=206*
* high school students, Erasmus students and youth organizations are not included (another 150 participants)