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UP2YOUTH Policy Seminar held in Brussels Print

Under the title of "Youth - actor  of social change. Findings of European Youth Research" the UP2YOUTH project has held its Policy Seminar on 5 an d6 March in Brussels.The aim of this event was to bring together policy-makers, practitioners and researchers to discuss findings of contemporary European youth research.

UP2YOUTH SeminarThere were around 80 participants from different DGs of the European Commission, representatives of ongoing and just finished research projects funded within the 6th and 7th framework programme of the European Commission plus a number of interested researchers, NGO representatives and practitioners from the youth field.

We are documenting the programme and some of the contributions here. Just click the links besides the names.


Thursday, 5th March

11.00 Opening and introduction
Marc Goffart, European Commission DG Research
Andreas Walther (Tübingen) Slides Walther

11.15 Youth, agency and social change: introduction into the UP2YOUTH project
Axel Pohl & Barbara Stauber (Tübingen) Slides Pohl and Stauber

11.45 Keynote speech: Life courses, identities and social capital
Helena Helve (Tampere) read by Ilse Julkunen Slides Helve

12.30 EU-funded youth research - themes and perspectives
Jean-Michel Baer, European Commission DG Research

14.00 Thematic Session 1: Transitions into parenthood and family building
(Chair: Siyka Kovacheva, Plovdiv)

  • Young parenthood, agency and social change. Findings of UP2YOUTH

(Manuela du Bois-Reymond, Leiden) Slides du Bois-Reymond

  • JobMobilities and Family Lives in Europe. Findings of the JobMob and FamLives project

(Detlev Lück, Mainz) Slides Lück

  • Discussant: Karin Jurczyk (Munich), UP2YOUTH advisory board

16.30 Thematic Session 2: Transitions into work in the migration society

(Chair: Octav Marcovici, Bucharest)

  • Transitions to work of youth with ethnic minority or migrant background. Findings of UP2YOUTH (Sven Mørch & Torben Bechmann Jensen, Copenhagen) Slides Jensen and Moerch

  • Second generation migrated teenagers‘ experience in the public sphere. Findings of the TRESEGY project (Roberto Alzetta, Genoa) Slides Alzetta

  • Discussants: Julia Szalai (Budapest), EDUMIGROM project and Christoph Reinprecht (Vienna) & Susanne Zander (Stockholm), UP2YOUTH advisory board


Friday, 6th March


9.30 Thematic Session 3: Youth participation
(Chair: Natalia Wöchter, Vienna)

  • Youth participation, agency and social change. Findings of UP2YOUTH (Patricia Loncle, Rennes) Slides Loncle

  • Young people, the internet and civic participation: findings of the CIVICWEB project (Shakuntala Banaji, London) Slides Banaji

  • Discussants: Sonia Jackson (London), YIPPIE project and Lasse Siurala (Helsinki), UP2YOUTH advisory board


12.00 Panel: Empowering young people's agency - research evidence for policy making
(Chair: Marc Goffart, European Commission DG Research)

  • Finn Denstad, European Commission, DG Education & Culture

  • Marta Medlinska (Youth Partnership Council of Europe / European Commission)

  • Luca Scarpiello, European Youth Forum

  • Hans Steimle, Y.E.S. Forum (Youth and European Social Work)


13.30 Conclusions
Andreas Walther (Tübingen)
Marc Goffart (European Commission DG Research)



Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2009 )

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