Events Conference

Events by TJD

The jour­ney of The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion from its found­ing to the most recent activ­i­ties is not­ed here. It serves as a kind of log­book as well as a source of inspi­ra­tion for fur­ther action. 

Conference "Education for Human Security!"

The Jena Declaration at the 6th International Conference on Future Education

Edu­ca­tion on Tech­nol­o­gy for Human Security

How can tech­nol­o­gy edu­ca­tion meet human secu­ri­ty needs while impart­ing the knowl­edge need­ed to min­i­mize the side effects of technologicaldeployment?

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Trans­dis­ci­pli­nary Per­spec­tives for Human 

Explor­ing how edu­ca­tion can sup­port human secu­ri­ty for all through trans­dis­ci­pli­nary, holis­tic, human-cen­tered perspectives.

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Edu­ca­tion in the Arts for Human Security

Lib­er­al arts edu­ca­tion as a pow­er­ful medi­um for pro­mot­ing social aware­ness, under­stand­ing, val­ues and com­mit­ment to human secu­ri­ty for all.

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The Human­is­tic Approach 

Explor­ing changes in con­tent and ped­a­gogy that can make the full spec­trum of human­i­ties edu­ca­tion a more effec­tive and con­scious tool to pro­mote Human Secu­ri­ty for All.

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4th CEGOT Meeting

October 25-28, 2022 Porto / Geography in the Construction of Sustainable Territories

In the cur­rent cli­mate change sce­nario, solv­ing the envi­ron­men­tal imbal­ances can be an oppor­tu­ni­ty to build a renewed per­spec­tive of society’s progress and wel­fare, hav­ing as a start­ing point the con­cil­i­a­tion of eco­nom­ic, social, and envi­ron­men­tal interests.

In this sense, the 4th Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence of CEGOT has a sig­nif­i­cant objec­tive to debate the role of Geog­ra­phy in the Con­struc­tion of Sus­tain­able Territories.

In an impor­tant moment in the His­to­ry of Human­i­ty, Geog­ra­phy has an excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ty to reaf­firm itself as Science.

Prof. Dr. Ben­no Werlen deliv­ered as keynote speak­er the conference’s open­ing lec­ture on Glob­al Under­stand­ing – Under­stand­ing the Glob­al Con­di­tion. A new geo­graph­i­cal par­a­digm for the 21st cen­tu­ry?” on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 26, 9:0010:00 a.m.

The Global Citizenship Convention

October 13-21, 2022, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Under the slo­gan con­nect, empow­er, and trans­form”, the Glob­al Cit­i­zen­ship Con­ven­tion (GCC) has tak­en place at the Friedrich Schiller Uni­ver­si­ty of Jena from Octo­ber 13 – 21. More than 70 par­tic­i­pants from 20 dif­fer­ent coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ed in the conference.

The pri­ma­ry motive of the Glob­al Cit­i­zen­ship Con­ven­tion 2022 is to bring peo­ple togeth­er from all over the world, to con­nect them, and to enable an exchange of young pio­neers, prac­ti­tion­ers, and experts to devel­op col­lab­o­ra­tive solutions.

Prof. Dr. Ben­no Werlen deliv­ered an intro­duc­to­ry pre­sen­ta­tion to the pan­el dis­cus­sion Mak­ing Sense of the World” on the top­ic Cul­tur­al and Region­al Dimen­sion of Glob­al Sus­tain­abil­i­ty”. He also par­tic­i­pat­ed in the sub­se­quent World Café.

More infor­ma­tion: The Glob­al Cit­i­zen­ship Convention

Cultures for Sustainable Futures

International UNESCO Chairs Conference Jena, Mai 11–13, 2022

What can our lives and our liv­ing togeth­er look like in the future that is per­me­at­ed by sus­tain­abil­i­ty? What can a cul­ture of sus­tain­abil­i­ty look like? These ques­tions are debat­ed at the UNESCO Chairs Con­fer­ence « Cul­tures for Sus­tain­able Futures » at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Jena by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of UNESCO Chairs, artists, com­mit­ted cit­i­zens as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of inter­na­tion­al organizations.

The videos of the con­fer­ence on youtube


Cultural and regional dimensions of global sustainability @ EC2U

Every six months, the EC2U Alliance orga­nizes a week to pro­mote open dia­logue on press­ing soci­etal issues and share best prac­tices. The 4th EC2U Forum was host­ed by Uni­ver­sità di Pavia from April 4 – 7, 2022 in Pavia as a hybrid event. Stu­dents, teach­ers, researchers, employ­ees of all sev­en EC2U uni­ver­si­ties, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the sev­en cities gath­ered to con­tin­ue the ongo­ing work to build the Alliance. Prof. Dr. Ben­no Werlen, UNESCO Chair on Glob­al Under­stand­ing for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty at Friedrich Schiller Uni­ver­si­ty, deliv­ered the keynote address on Cul­tur­al and region­al dimen­sions of glob­al sus­tain­abil­i­ty” at the SCC Vir­tu­al Insti­tute” on April 6th.

International UNESCO Chairs Forum at Expo Dubai

The future of higher education

The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion @ Inter­na­tion­al UNESCO Chairs Forum at Expo Dubai

Italy and UNESCO at Expo 2020 Dubai joint­ly orga­nized the Inter­na­tion­al UNESCO Chairs Forum on the Futures of High­er Edu­ca­tion to mark the Inter­na­tion­al Day of Edu­ca­tion 2022. The Forum fits with­in the over­all frame­work of UNESCO’s Futures of Edu­ca­tion ini­tia­tive which seeks to gen­er­ate an agen­da for glob­al debate, research, and action on the futures of edu­ca­tion, learn­ing, and knowl­edge in a world of increas­ing com­plex­i­ty, uncer­tain­ty, and pre­car­i­ty. The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion has been pre­sent­ed in the last sec­tion of the con­fer­ence as a part­ner­ing project of the Ital­ian UNESCO Chairs Dec­la­ra­tion for Sustainability.


The Jena Declaration @ XXXV General Assembly of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences Odense, Denmark


World Academy of Arts & Sience, 5th Future Education Conference, December 6-10, 2021

5th Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence on Future Edu­ca­tion is orga­nized by the World Uni­ver­si­ty Con­sor­tium and World Acad­e­my of Art & Sci­ence. This con­fer­ence will exam­ine the chal­lenges in high­er edu­ca­tion today, and iden­ti­fy cat­alyt­ic strate­gies capa­ble of address­ing glob­al prob­lems, sup­port­ing imple­men­ta­tion of the UN SDGs and Human Secu­ri­ty for all.

The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion was pre­sent­ed on Decem­ber 6, 4 – 5 PM in the frame­work of:

Glob­al Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge in High­er Edu­ca­tion for Effec­tive Mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism & Sus­tain­able Human Security

Chair: Ben­no Werlen


- Mam­phela Ram­phele: Co-Pres­i­dent, The Club of Rome
- Anne Snick: Philoso­pher of Edu­ca­tion KU Uni­ver­si­ty Leu­ven, Club of Rome; Fel­low WAAS
- Joanne Kauff­man: Inde­pen­dent Expert, Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Sci­ence, for­mer Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of
Tech­nol­o­gy (MIT).
- Fad­wa El Guin­di: Cul­tur­al Anthro­pol­o­gist, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les; trustee WAAS
- Sander van der Leeuw: Direc­tor of the ASU-SFI Cen­ter for Bioso­cial Com­plex Sys­tems, Ari­zona State
- Car­los Alvarez-Pereira: Exec­u­tive com­mit­tee, The Club of Rome; Fel­low, World Acad­e­my of Art &
- Luiz Oost­er­beek: Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tion­al Coun­cil for Phi­los­o­phy and the Human Sci­ences
- Howard Blu­men­thal: Founder, Kids on Earth; Pro­duc­er, Rein­vent­ing School, The Uni­ver­si­ty of
- Paul Shri­vas­ta­va: Direc­tor of the Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Insti­tute and Chief Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Offi­cer, Penn­syl­va­nia
State Uni­ver­si­ty, Mem­ber of The Club of Rome

RWYC - Reconnect with your Culture

1st International Seminar / Principles of The Jena Declaration @ Reconnect with your Culture

In coop­er­a­tion between RWYC and the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion & Cul­ture of the Repub­lic of Indone­sia presents the 1st Inter­na­tion­al RWYC Con­fer­ence 2021, Recon­nect­ing with Your Cul­ture in The World” — We are Ambas­sadors of Culture. 


Ana­lyz­ing the real­i­ties of dif­fer­ent coun­tries of the world, from the Far East to the far West, there is a need to acti­vate a new human­ism” and for this rea­son, it is nec­es­sary that Cul­ture enters ful­ly into the whole ideation of the new and inno­va­tion on which it is impor­tant from now on to invest. To do all this, how­ev­er, we must start from the younger gen­er­a­tions and then plant seeds to obtain good fruits and there­fore a very good har­vest in the near future.

In con­junc­tion with Nation­al Cul­tur­al Week (Pekan Kebu­dayaan Nasion­al 2021) in Indone­sia, it is the right moment to hold an Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence address­ing Cul­ture. We would be pre­sent­ing the inter­na­tion­al ped­a­gog­i­cal project Recon­nect­ing with your Cul­ture” pro­mot­ed by the EdA Inter­na­tion­al Research Cen­ter Esem­pi di Architet­tura and UNESCO Uni­ver­si­ty and Her­itage. The project pur­sues the Qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion” objec­tives of the UN 2030 Agen­da. The ped­a­gog­i­cal method Recon­nect­ing with your cul­ture” brings chil­dren and young peo­ple clos­er to the themes of cul­ture and civic for­ma­tion because only by know­ing and enhanc­ing their respec­tive cul­tur­al her­itages is it pos­si­ble to appre­ci­ate the present and build the future well. For these rea­sons, it is very impor­tant to hold this Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence address­ing Cul­ture in Nation­al Cul­tur­al Week (PKN 2021).


  • Intro­duc­ing RWYC ped­a­gog­i­cal method to Indone­sia and Inter­na­tion­al audiences.
  • To bring young gen­er­a­tions clos­er to the val­ues and con­tent of local cul­tures, at the same time expos­ing them to the diver­si­ty of cul­ture in the world.
  • To open dia­logu­ing between nations based on cul­ture address­ing cul­ture edu­ca­tion to the young generation.
  • To share cul­tur­al knowl­edge from Indone­sia and Inter­na­tion­al participants.
  • To present some per­for­mance, craft­ed, draw­ing or oth­er cul­tur­al prod­ucts from chil­dren in Indone­sia and Inter­na­tion­al as well.


RWYC Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence con­sists of online activ­i­ties through the zoom plat­form to intro­duce the ped­a­gog­i­cal method of RWYC Inter­na­tion­al pre­sent­ed by Glob­al Direc­tor of RWYC Inter­na­tion­al Prof. Olimpia Niglio. The RWYC Indone­sia com­mit­tee will also present the results of the RWYC work­shop in Indone­sia. As one of the ini­tia­tors, the Direc­torate Gen­er­al of Cul­ture of the Repub­lic of Indone­sia Dr. Hilmar Farid will join the conference.

RWYC Net­work, around the world from 4 con­ti­nents will also join as par­tic­i­pants and speak­ers as well. We also have the inten­tion to invite the Min­is­ter of Edu­ca­tion and Cul­ture of the Repub­lic of Indone­sia H.E. Nadiem Makarim.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion is open to the pub­lic in Indone­sia (espe­cial­ly the Edu­ca­tion Bureau from all provinces) and Inter­na­tion­al as well, includ­ing all chil­dren that have par­tic­i­pat­ed in RWYC work­shops from around the world.

This activ­i­ty is an event that is inde­pen­dent pure­ly from ini­tia­tives to sup­port Qual­i­ty Edu­ca­tion in Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals no. 4 pro­claimed by the Unit­ed Nations (SDG UN Goals 2030).


Recon­nect­ing with Your Cul­ture in the World”
Tagline: We are ambas­sadors of Culture


09.00 Open­ing and Intro­duc­tion by Host
09.10 Mes­sage from the Pres­i­dent of RWYC Inter­na­tion­al by Prof. Olimpia Niglio
09.15 Mes­sage from the Direc­torate Gen­er­al of Cul­ture of Repub­lic of Indone­sia by Dr. Hilmar Farid
09.35 Expo­sure About RWYC by Prof. Olimpia Niglio
10.00 Les­son Learned RWYC (RWYC Net­work) by Prof. Rana P.B. Singh and Prof. Adi­ti Mis­ra
10.20 Pre­sen­ta­tion of RWYC Indone­sia (results of RWYC work­shop in Indone­sia) by Dr. Mira Sar­ti­ka
10.40 Video Pre­sen­ta­tion and exhi­bi­tion from chil­dren around the world includ­ing from Indone­sia,
Japan, India, Latin Amer­i­ca, Europe and Africa
10.50 Mes­sage from UNESCO Chair on Glob­al Under­stand­ing for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty at the Friedrich
Schiller Uni­ver­si­ty Jena by Prof. Ben­no Werlen. Fol­low with sign­ing cer­e­mo­ni­al the
Mem­o­ran­dum of Under­stand­ing between UNESCO Chair and RWYC Inter­na­tion­al.
10.55 Mes­sage from the Min­is­ter of Edu­ca­tion, Cul­ture, Research, and Tech­nol­o­gy of the #
Repub­lic of Indone­sia
11:00 Clos­ing

Bringing the World to home - Travelling without moving?

UNESCO Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability as an expert guest in the 5th World Leisure Expo and Forum speaking about

The 5th Leisure Expo and Forum
Octo­ber 1517, 2021, Hangzhou, China

The 5th World Leisure Expo and Forum was host­ed by the World Leisure Orga­ni­za­tion (WLO) and the Hangzhou Munic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment on Dig­i­tal Smart Future. Liv­able Par­adise”. Estab­lished in 1952, the WLO is a world­wide asso­ci­a­tion, non-gov­ern­men­tal and non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion, that pro­motes leisure as an inte­gral part of social, cul­tur­al, eco­nom­ic, and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. The UNESCO Chair hold­er was invit­ed as the Founder and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Year of Glob­al Under­stand­ing and Chair of the IGU Research Group Glob­al Understanding’, 

The deliv­ered online pre­sen­ta­tion you find here: 

5th World Leisure Organization

Kick-off Event

Jena, Streamed live on Sep 9, 2021

The online kick-off event will fea­tures con­tri­bu­tions from promi­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the JD action lines, (arts, learn­ing and civ­il soci­ety). They include, among oth­ers, Mam­phela Ram­phele, Co-Pres­i­dent, The Club of Rome; Mir­wais Sidi­ki, Musi­col­o­gist, Afghanistan; youth activists such as Luisa Neubauer, Ger­many; and per­for­mances by artists includ­ing Andy Innes and his group, Musi­cian, South Africa.

All videos of the event on salve​.tv

European Humanities Conference

Addressing societal problems

The Euro­pean Human­i­ties Con­fer­ence will take place from May 5 – 7, 2021 in Lis­bon and as an online event. The con­fer­ence that will be held under the Por­tuguese Pres­i­den­cy of the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union will address top­ics such as Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Dynam­ics as Edu­ca­tion and R&D strate­gies for mean­ing­ful prob­lem solv­ing“, Her­itage, mobil­i­ty and iden­ti­ties“, Influ­ence and impact of the Human­i­ties in soci­ety“, and The Human­i­ties in the 21st Cen­tu­ry“. Ben­no Werlen serves as a mem­ber of the con­fer­ence’s sci­en­tif­ic com­mit­tee and as one of the ambas­sadors of the EHC (see here).

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Constituting Conference

Humanities & Social Sciences for Sustainability Cultural and regional dimensions of global sustainability

Vir­tu­al Con­fer­ence
Octo­ber 21 – 22, 2020

The online con­fer­ence Human­i­ties and Social Sci­ences for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty”, orga­nized by the UNESCO Chair at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Jena (Ger­many), was held from Octo­ber 21 – 22, 2020 at the vir­tu­al Dorn­burg Palaces. Under the aus­pices of the Cana­di­an Com­mis­sion for UNESCO, 24 speak­ers and dis­cus­sants from all parts of the world debat­ed new strate­gies to strength­en human­i­ties and social sci­ences per­spec­tives in sus­tain­abil­i­ty research and policies.

Enter the vir­tu­al conference