Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab”
(28-31 July 2018, Pitești, Romania)

Updated Preliminary Programme

27 July 2018

Until 18.30 Arrival in Pitești

Accommodation at “Yaky Center”, Bulevardul Republicii 57, Pitești 110062

19.00             Getting to know Pitești and Get Together (optional)

Meeting Point: “Yaky Center”

Coordination: Volunteers of the Memorial 

28 July 2018

9.30-10.30 Registration, Welcome Coffee

Pitești Prison Memorial, Str. Negru Vodă 30, Pitești

10.30             Welcome: Greetings & Introduction, Guided tour of the exhibition of Pitesti Prison Memorial

Moderation: Organizing Team of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum; Maria Axinte, director of the Memorial and volunteers

12.30             Lunch

14.00             Europe Lab Community Building

Moderation: Marta Gawinek-Dagargulia, non-formal education trainer (Poland/Georgia)

15.30             First Gathering in Workshop Sessions


  • Stories of never-ending past: historical memory, local communities, performing arts

Coordinator: Mikhail Kaluzhsky – author of documentary theatre projects, journalist (Israel/Russia)

Speaker: Maria Axinte, director of Pitesti Prison Memorial (Romania)

  • How can civil society help to overcome territorial conflicts in Europe?

Coordinators: Yuliya Erner and Anna Osypova, DRA (German-Russian Exchange) e.V. (Germany)

Speaker: Oleksandra Romantsova, Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine)

  • Gender Blenders: gender and diversity

Coordinators: Bianca Constantin (INLAR) & Alina Aflecailor (Human Rights Educator), Romania

Speakers: Patrick Braila, Trans Activist and film maker (Romania), Andreea Lupascu (legal counsel, National Center for Refugees & trainer)

  • The Civic inspirers – how to organise Civic and Human Rights education in the era of democracy crisis

Coordinators: Marta Gawinek-Dagargulia, non-formal education trainer at Competendo (Poland/Georgia) and Claire Luzia Leifert, DGAP e.V. (Germany)

Speaker: Sergey Simonov, German-Russian Exchange St. Petersburg (Russia)

18.30             Dinner

20.00            Courtyard Conversations I

Opening Discussion on current challenges in Civil Society in Romania

Guests: Patrick Braila, Andreea Lupascu and Alina Aflecailor

29 July 2018

Pitești Prison Memorial, Str. Negru Vodă 30, Pitești

10.00             Workshop Sessions

13.00             Lunch

14.30             Workshop Sessions

16.00             Living Library with guests and participants of Europe Lab

18.15              Day Evaluation

19.00             Dinner

20.00             Courtyard conversations II and concert – “Where it all started – a glimpse of Pilorama”

Guests: Yuliya Balabanova, musician, poet, journalist (Perm, Russia)

30 July 2018

Pitești Prison Memorial, Str. Negru Vodă 30, Pitești

10.00              Workshop Sessions

12.30              Call for Project Proposals – Q&A

13.00               Lunch

14.30              Workshop Sessions 

18.15                Day Evaluation

19.00               Dinner

21.00               Farewell Evening (venue tba)

31 July 2018

Pitești Prison Memorial, Str. Negru Vodă 30, Pitești

10.00               Closing Presentation and Exhibition of Workshop Results (Open Space)

Final Reflections Session and Feedback

13.00               Lunch

14.00               Departure


New date – 8 August 2018

16.00 – 18.00 Webinar on Project Management for all participants


16 August 2018

Deadline for Project Proposals from participants of Europe Lab


6 September 2018

Final results of the Call for Project Proposals


1 October 2018

Start of the Europe Lab Project Phase