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Connecting Creative, Smart and Inclusive Dimensions of Urban Developments - Responses from Learning Cities and Regions

How to build a learning city?

Pécs Learning City Programme - Knowledge Exchange Platform


Online Format Conference on 23rd September 2021

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House of Civic Communities in Pécs (CKH – 7624 Pécs, Szent István tér 17.)
in Association with the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities,
PASCAL International Observatory,
ASEM LLL HUB Research Network on Learning Cities,
the University of Pécs,
MELLearN and
EPALE Hungary


Final Programme: (CET – time zone)

5. Pécs Learning City Festival and Conference

Time: Sep 23, 2021 09:00 AM Budapest (Zoom will be open right after 9.00am!)

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09.40am – 23 September 2021         Plenary

Welcome words by                        Mr. Csaba Ruzsa – Vice-Mayor of Pécs

                                                        Dr. István Tarrósy – Director for Int. Affairs, University of Pécs

                                                        Dr. Balázs Németh – Senior Advisor, Global Learning City Pécs/Moderator of plenary

Keynote speakers: 10.00      

Catherine Lido/Associate Director of Urban Big Data Centre/Deputy-director of PASCAL Europe at the University of Glasgow (UK):  Innovation in evaluation: Digital & data empowerment in researching Learning Cities creatively 

Simona Sava/Prof. of Adult Education at West University of Timisoara - Dr Simona Neumann/CEO Timisoara 2023 ECoC (RO): Synergies, partnerships, contributions of educational institutions to the process for being Timisoara the European Capital of Culture in 2023

Denis Barrett/ Global Learning City Cork (IE): Cork Learning Access Network exploring a multi-agency, cross-sectoral, partnership approach to tackle educational disadvantage and deliver on SDG 4 in a Learning City.

Mr. Salah-Eddine Khouiel/Deputy Mayor of Aix-en-Provence (FR): Smart City Developments in Aix-en-Provence


Jumbo Klercq/ Learn for Life (NL):  The way forward - Dutch experiences

Harri Rinta-aho/Deputy Mayor of Espoo (FI): Espoo as a sustainable and inclusive learning city

Ivana Rastović/Museum educator and curator of the Gallery of Matica Srpska in Novi Sad (SRB): Towards the new Gallery square

Katalin Getto/Architectural critic, aesthetic, translator, Janus Pannonius Museum Pécs (HU):
Victor Vasarely’s heritage in the context of contemporary art - JPM’s university collaboration project

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00-15.30    Workshops on

  • A.) Learning cities for sustainable development, well-being and social inclusion to promote learning through accessible and equitable formations – Venue: House of Civic Communities

Moderator: Ms. Carmel Berendi


Beatrix Kovács/President of BioRitmus Association Supporting Talence (HU): Happier   Integration in Dance Pedagogy with circus art equipment

Tamás Kovács/ University of Pécs (HU): “The school of life itself" - A practical appearance of Dewey’s approach in a transnational research

Krisztina Sitku/University of Dunaújváros (HU): The TEFCE Toolbox as a tool for building a learning community

Balázs Németh/ University of Pécs (HU): Supporting collaboration in between adult education and learning cities/communities (Projects of NHE  introduced: STEMS, LEAP, ACETrainer, Play with us!, SingingCom, CoreLief, HYS, Bildung Digital!)


  • B.) Smart and creative cities focusing on art, architecture/design and digital technologies – Venue: House of Civic Communities

Moderator: Ms. Ágnes Kocsis-Simon


András Horváth/South-Trans-Danubian Chamber of Architecture (HU): Victor Vasarely International Contest For Art In Public Space

Zsófi Jeney/Hungarian Folk-HighSchool Society (HU): "Cut and paste: collage tells a story."

Edit Domoszlay/ University College London (HU): When Education meets technology and art

Gábor Erdei/Assoc. Professor at UniDebrecen (HU): The Role of the University of Debrecen in the Formation of the Learning City

Kata Kárpáti/ Janus Pannonius Museum (HU): Project-based Examples from Janus Pannonius Museum


15.30 – 16.00 Final Plenary with short reports from Workshop moderators + Q&A