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05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st Century

Breakout / Democracy & Governance
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Where do values like liberty, equality and solidarity lead us when migrants are knocking on Europe’s doors or when our own material and social foundations are drifting apart? Can they help us to counteract extremist tendencies and an ideology of survival of the fittest?


Post-doc Researcher, Goethe University Frankfurt
Professor, Chair of Equality Studies, University College Dublin
Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna Chair

M.Sc. Ph.D. Kathleen LYNCH

Professor, Chair of Equality Studies, University College Dublin

2006-2007 University of Cambridge, Visiting Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College and Marie Curie Research Scholar, Education Faculty
2007-2010 Core member of NESSE - the Network of Social Science Experts on Education and Training in Europe (European Commission DG-EAC)
2010-2012 Member of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences
2010 China Centre for Comparative Politics and Economics, University of Peking, Beijing December (Visiting scholar)
2010-2011 Senior Research Fellow, the GEXcel (Gender Excellence Research) programme, Sweden, University of Orebro and University of Linkoping
2012-2013 International Scholar for the (In)equality Matters programme at City University of New York (CUNY)
2014 University of Melbourne, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Visiting Scholar
2016 (Spring) Visiting Scholar Haven s Centre, University of Wisconsin Madison.

M.Sc. Franz Karl PRÜLLER

Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Stiftung, Vienna

1986-1988 BA International Studies, Webster University, St Louis, MO
1988-1996 Emergency Aid Coordinator, Caritas Austria, Vienna
1996-2005 Secretary General, International Programmes and Project Department, Caritas Austria, Vienna
2005-2012 Director, Social Development Programmes, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna
2008 M.Sc. Development Management, Open University, England
2012-2016 Member of the Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna
since 2016 Senior Advisor, Management Board, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna

Political Symposium

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15:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
17:00 - 21:00Resilience: A "Situation Room" ExperimentPartner
19:00 - 20:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
20:30 - 21:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


08:00 - 09:00Editors' BreakfastPlenary
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté - Égalité - Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet's Global FutureBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the "New" Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The EU's Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
16:00 - 18:00ReceptionSocial
18:00 - 19:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
09:30 - 10:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 12:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary