First European Education Summit

Brussels, 25 January 2018 #EduSummitEU

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Laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values-based education

Eager to find out how better to address inequality in education systems?
Ready to discover how citizens can benefit from a future European Education Area?
Interested in exploring how education can help transmit our common values?
Curious about the future and what competences will be needed for the decades to come?

Then join EU education ministers, education practitioners, stakeholders and business leaders at the first European Education Summit.

Hosted by Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the Summit will take place on 25 January 2018, in Brussels.

“As we look to Europe's future, we need to equip ourselves with an ambitious, shared agenda for how we can use learning as a driver for unity. Education is key because it is education that equips us with the skills we need to become active members of our increasingly complex societies. It is education that helps us adapt to a rapidly changing world, to develop a European identity, to understand other cultures and to gain the new skills one needs in a society that is mobile, multicultural and increasingly digital.”

Tibor Navracsics – European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

About the event

Europeans have the right to benefit from the best education and training available, to achieve their full potential and to contribute to society. However, as the latest Education and Training Monitor 2017 shows, inequality remains a challenge, with students' socio-economic backgrounds largely determining their educational attainment.

Within the broad theme of  ‘Laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values-based education,’ the first European Education Summit will bring together around 450 participants to discuss the importance of the European Education Area 2025, of basic skills and inclusive education and the skills that will be needed in the decades to come.

The Summit will explore how to capture the latest knowledge and insights into education and how to turn our aspirations into a reality, as it is only through education that citizens can be equipped with the skills to actively contribute to today's societies.

This reflection takes place in the context of work towards a European Education Area that will make mobility a reality for all, create a network of European Universities and promote lifelong learning.

Education is key for building fair and inclusive societies. Join the conversation!


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Session Formats

Masterclass: A lecture style presentation with an expert on good practices and an opportunity for participants to ask questions

Policy pitch: A short presentation providing an overview of a future policy/initiative followed by brief interventions from participants. Essentially, a brainstorm

Your questions answered. A Conversation with…: A one-on-one discussion between a moderator and guest with the aim being to provide participants with an opportunity to ask questions/converse with the guest

Workshop: A more practical hands-on session dedicated to exploring a specific issue or theme

Panel: An interactive discussion bringing together diverse views



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Opening statement

Tibor Navracsics – European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport


Keynote interventions

  • Samantha Cristoferetti - ESA Astronaut
  • Audrey Azoulay – Director General of UNESCO



Greetings from the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Krasimir Valchev – Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria

09:50 -10:00

Musical Interlude

Démos Orchestra, Lille


High level panel discussion:
Countdown to 2025 – A vision for the European Education Area

  • Tibor Navracsics – European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
  • Jean-Michel Blanquer – Minister for Education of France
  • Petra Kammerevert – Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament
  • Anna Ekström – Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training of Sweden
  • Zoltán Balog - Minister of Human Capacities of Hungary

The European Education Area 2025: What? When? How?

11:10 - 12:10

Parallel sessions

1.1 Panel: Excellence, autonomy and recognition, is that what teachers need?

  • Jolanta Okuniewska – Teacher and Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2016
  • Evgenia Peeva-Kirova – Founder and CEO, Teach for Bulgaria
  • Marie-Martine Schyns – Minister for Education of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

1.2 Masterclass: What can we (EU) do for you? A presentation of EU support opportunities

  • Representatives from DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission

1.3 Masterclass: How to raise quality and equity in school education? From principles to practice

  • Kay Livingston – Professor of Educational Research, Policy and Practice, University of Glasgow, School of Education
  • Martina Lubyová – Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovakia   

1.4 Panel: Education and Training Monitor: evidence and education policy agenda

  • Bartek Lessaer – DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Education and Training Monitor 2017 Coordinator
  • Dr Kristina Hauschildt – Eurostudent project coordinator, German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
  • Daniele Checchi – Professor of Economics, University of Milan
  • Dirk Van Damme – Head of the Skills Beyond School division, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD
  • Mary Mitchell O’Connor – Minister of State for Higher Education of Ireland

1.5 Panel: Who is afraid to invest in education?

  • Ambroise Fayolle – Vice-President, EIB
  • Jean Arthuis – Chair of the Budgets Committee, European Parliament
  • Matias Rodriguez Inciarte – President of Santander Universidades, Grupo Santander
  • Līga Lejiņa – State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia

1.6 Panel: The Future European Education Area: A view from our social partners and civil society

  • Susan Flocken – European Director, European Trade Union Committee for Education
  • Daniel Wisniewski – General Secretary, European Federation of Education Employers
  • Luis Alvarado Martinez – President, European Youth Forum
  • David Lopez – President, Lifelong Learning Platform
  • Maxime Cerutti – Director of Social affairs department, BUSINESSEUROPE

1.7 Policy pitch: Education without values, education at all?

  • François - Xavier Bellamy – Philosopher, author and deputy mayor of Versailles

12:10 - 13:40

Lunch and visit of the Ideas in Action Exhibit

Basic Skills And Inclusive Education

13:40 - 14:40

High level panel discussion:
Back to basics: how much do we lose when basic skills aren't properly taught and values aren't promoted?

  • Tiago Brandão Rodrigues – Minister for Education of Portugal
  • Iñigo Méndez De Vigo  –  Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain
  • Dr Maja Makovec Brenčič – Minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Margit Timakov – Master teacher, President of the Estonian Association of Teachers

14:50 - 15:50

Parallel sessions

2.1 Policy pitch:Engaging with disadvantaged pupils to ensure no one is left behind

  • Evarist Bartolo – Minister for Education and Employment of Malta
  • Manuela Prajea – Teacher,Traian National College in Romania
  • Pablo Pineda – Diversity Consultant, Adecco Foundation/ Francisco Mesonero – Director - General, Adecco Foundation
  • Francesco Mesonero – Director-General, Adecco Foundation  

2.2 Your questions answered: The earlier the better, why a good start will make the difference.

  • Céline Alvarez – Activist and author

2.3 Masterclass: Inclusive education, experiences from the frontline.

  • Caroline Boswell – Head of Education and Youth, Greater London Authority, Mayor's Office
  • Éric Mestrallet – President, Espérance Banlieues

2.4 Masterclass: Accessible Higher education no matter where you come from – Learning from the Trinity Access Programme

  • Patrick Prendergast – Provost, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
  • Jean-Claude Marcourt – Vice - Minister - President and Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Media of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

2.5 Masterclass:The power of culture to foster cohesion

  • Szilveszter Ókovács – General Director, Hungarian State Opera
  • Cristina Gamna Marchini – Head of School and Education Department, FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, Apprendisti Ciceroni project
  • Peter De Caluwé – Director, La Monnaie
  • Clara Wagner –  Director, Public and International Affairs, Philharmonie de Paris

2.6 Panel: On your mark, get set, go! Learning through sport

  • David Casinos – Paralympic gold medalist
  • Gijs Leven – BX Community
  • Lívia Járóka – Member of the European Parliament

A glimpse of the future, what skills for the decades to come?

16:00 - 17:00

Panel: Aptitudes or attitudes? Are resilience and transversal skills what society and employers need?

  • Hilde Crevits – Vice-Minister President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Education
  • Ingrid van Engelshoven – Minister for Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands
  • Péter Halácsy – Co-founder of Prezi and Director of the Budapest School
  • Tom Hall – General Manager, LEGO Education International
  • Marja Makarow – Professor and Director, Biocenter Finland?

17:10 - 18:10

Parallel sessions

3.1 Panel: Is there a role for the private sector in teaching digital competences?

  • Rodrigo Del Prado – Deputy General Manager, BQ
  • Alberto Valero – Director, Educational Projects, BQ
  • Piotr Pluta – Director, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

3.2 Workshop: From digital skills to a digital culture, being digitally competent in all aspects of life

  • Panagiotis Kampylis – SELFIE Project Leader, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Dr Anita Breuer – Co-founder, CEO, Logiscool
  • Eva Maydell – Member of the European Parliament

3.3 Masterclass: The hidden charm of STEM: how to make them more attractive?

  • David Calle – Teacher and Nominee for the Global Teacher Prize 2017
  • Jean-Luc Richter – Physics and Chemistry teacher, Vice President of Science on Stage France
  • Dr Blaženka Divjak – Minister of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia

3.4 Panel: To teach or not to teach entrepreneurship, is it still a question?

  • Merete Riisager – Minister for Education of Denmark 
  • Prof Dr Ludovic Thilly – Chair of the Coimbra Group Executive Board
  • Iolanda Giovidelli – Headmaster, I.I.S. Liceale, Naples
  • Henrik Svensson, Master School Manager, EIT InnoEnergy

3.5 Workshop: Children as Actors for Transforming Society (CATS): Discover Transversal Skills through the Human Library

  • Darren Bird, Jean Gordon, Lilyana Slavova, Emily Peters and Roxanne Landais – CATS members and facilitators

3.6 Masterclass: From STEM to STEAM, when opposites attract

  • François Taddei – Teacher and Director, Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity
  • Denitsa Sacheva –Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria

3.7 Workshop: OPEN UP! The art of understanding and being understood

  • Representatives from 'Open UP! Let youth be heard so educate youth to debate'

Closing Session (plenary session)

18:20 - 18:30

Closing Remarks:Next Steps and the Way Forward

  • Martine Reicherts – Director-General, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission

18:30 - 20:00

Closing reception and Ideas in Action Exhibition

Tibor Navracsics

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

commissioners bio

Samantha Cristoforetti

European Space Agency Astronaut

Jolanta Okuniewska

Teacher and Finalist for Global Teacher Prize 2016

Evgenia Peeva-Kirova

Founder and CEO, Teach for Bulgaria

Marie-Martine Schyns

Minister for Education of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Martine Reicherts

Director-General, DG EAC, European Commission

Bartek Lessaer

DG EAC, Coordinator of the Education and Training Monitor 2017

Dirk Van Damme

Head of the Skills Beyond School division, OECD

Kristina Hauschildt

EUROSTUDENT project coordinator

Daniele Checchi

Professor of Economics, University of Milan

Professor of Educational Research, Policy and Practice, University of Glasgow

Tiago Brandão Rodrigues

Minister of Education of Portugal

Press contacts


If you have received an invitation, please fill in the  registration form to confirm your participation and secure a place.


Press inquiries:

Nathalie Vandystadt
+32 2 296 70 83

Joseph Waldstein
+32 2 295 61 84

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