Ayuntamiento de Leuven - Image by Juan V. Vera del Campo on flickr. round table & general assembly 2017 round table & general assembly 2017

Where & When: Leuven, 31.05.2017

Venue: Maria Theresiacollege, Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven.

The event is kindly hosted by the Science Communication department at the KU Leuven.

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Round Table

Join us on the 31st May 2017 in Leuven in Belgium and discuss the most recent research about Children’s Universities. Hosted by our colleagues of the KU Leuven we invite you to an event exclusively for our members and guests from the Eusea network. We will discuss the outcomes of the latest research papers about Children’s Universities with a researchers form Latin America, Asia and Europe.

In Leuven we gather together with researchers from various countries who recently worked on studies about Children's Universities. An introduction of the researchers with a short abstract will be published step by step on our website.

In case that you are aware of recent studies on Children’s Universities that might have slipped our attention, please let us know.

General Assembly

After the roundtable, we will hold our 2017 General Assembly. All members will receive a separate invitation with the official agenda of the meeting in April.


10:00-11:00 welcome
•    intro
•    project presentation KU Lueven

11:00–13:30 round table on research / part I
•    input presentation – Ana María Londoño
•    input presentation – Duygu Yeniay
•    input presentation – Susanne Kretschmer
•    input presentation – Michael Seifert

13:30–14:00 working lunch

14:00–16:00 round table on research / part II
•    discussion

16:30–18:30 – general assembly
•    opening
•    activities of past period - reports from the Presidency and Liaison Coordinator
•    financial issues, accounting and status of membership - report from the General Secretary
•    nomination and election of General Secretary and International Liaison Coordinator
•    exoneration of board
•    closure of the General Assembly

Evening Programme (20:00)

Join us at the 31st May for a dinner in the Mykene.
The Restaurant is located in the Muntstraat 44, 3000 Leuven (tel. 0032 16 23 75 23)

Please don't forget to reserve your seat for the dinner during the online registration.

The Eusea Conference

Prior to the meeting, we encourage you to participate at the Annual Conference 29-30 May 2017 of Eusea under the motto Beyond HORIZONs – Framing the Future.

A closer cooperation with other networks and interesting partners is a strategic goal of Therefore we would love to meet you this year not only at the two activities in Leuven but also at the annual Eusea conference.

This year's Euseas conference topic is the future of public engagement in Europe and beyond: "Discuss upcoming funding policies with stakeholders from the European Commission, and get a glimpse of what’s new and upcoming in the fields of science-society dialogues and public engagement strategies even beyond HORIZON 2020." [source: Eusea] As part of the conference program we will run an introductory session and discussion game about Children's Universities. members will get a discount on the participation fee! If you are registering for the conference please choose "Eusea Member" to get the reduced fee.


Susanne Kretschmer

Susanne Kretschmer is a lecturer at the teacher training center at the University of Bonn and communications consultant.

In her new book, Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit am Beispiel der Kinderuni, the German educationalist Susanne Kretschmer contributes to the theoretical foundation of Children's Universities in the context of the popularization of science, the function of science PR, political campaigns and pedagogical concerns. Based on her study of the Kinderuni Bonn she provides interesting insights into the possibilities of learning at Children's Universities. In her book, she proposes categories and standards to assess the societal and pedagogical value of science education to children

Ana María Londoño

Ana María Londoño Rivera is a product design engineer and has a Master in Humanities at EAFIT University. She has been part of EAFIT Children’s University team since the start of the program and is the current programme head director. Over the last 11 years, EAFIT Children’s University has been developing science communication workshops and science communication contents to enable the exchange of ideas between children and young people between 8 and 17 years old, school teachers, university students, and researchers contributing to formation of citizens active in the construction of knowledge and society transformation.  

Duygu Yeniay

Duygu Yeniay Üsküplü is a foreign language teacher at a secondary school. She has been teaching for 12 years. She studied on CLIL (Content-Language Integrated Learning) in Turkish as a foreign language MA programme. She is continuing her PhD research on 21. Century Skills and Children’s University in educational sociology department at Istanbul University. She is interested in lifelong learning, multidisciplinary studies, mindset growth, self-perception in a changing society.

Michael Seifert

Michael Seifert is specialist in German and Romance studies and trained teacher. He was head of the Department of Public Relations of the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. In recognition of the pioneering work as one of the initiators and organisers of the Tübingen Children’s University he was awarded with the Descartes Prize for Science Communication of the European Union in the year 2005.

Photocredit: title image made by Juan V. Vera del Campo on flickr.

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