The first edition of the European Academy on Youth Work will start coming Tuesday, 21 May, and run until Friday, 24 May. Here is the programme overview.

Below you find the schedule of key note presentations that will be live-streamed via this website.

Take note and book what looks interesting to you in your agenda!

Stay tuned! Streaming of workshops will be announced on Monday, 20 May.


21 May, Opening session

17:00 – 18:00

  • Welcome by Janez Škulj, President of the Governing Board, MOVIT
  • Introduction the the EAYW as a space for collecting learning
  • Key note 1: The Story of the European Academy on Youth Work
  • Hans-Joachim Schild, based on his concept paper of the EAYW (start at ca.17:30/40)

18:15 – 19:30

  • Key note 2: Decoding Youth – Maarten Leyts, Trendwolves, Belgium

Maarten Leyts, founder of Trendwolves: a Trend Research, Strategic Marketing and Communication Agency from Belgium, will share with us his insights into current youth trends, youth culture and innovation.


22 May, Plenary session

9:00 – 11:00

  • Opening by Tin Kampl, Head of the Office for Youth of Slovenia
  • Setting the scene for the day
  • Key note 3: Support for innovation and quality development of youth work provided by the European Commission – Jacob Kornbeck (EC, DG EAC, Youth, Volunteer Solidarity and Traineeships Office)
  • Key note 4: (Social) innovation in the context of youth work: Youth-led community development – Matevž Straus (Actur and Idrija 2020, Slovenia)

Youth work, social innovation, cultural heritage, combating population decline and strategic mindset define the story of Idrija 2020, a youth-NGO that is continuously blending barriers between youth sector, urbanism, entrepreneurship and, lately, innovating cultural heritage (within Arctur’s Heritage+ programme). In his presentation, Matevž will stress the triggers and approaches for awarded social innovation activities and outline the potential future role of youth workers in smaller local communities.

11:30 – 12:00

  • What have we learned already about trends and innovation in youth work? Presentation of the background paper of the EAYW – Dr. Theo Gavrielides, EAYW researcher


24 May, concluding session

9:00 – ca. 9:30

  • Learning as a youth work field: Insights from the Academy. Summary of reflections and impressions about trends and innovation gathered during the event – Dr. Theo Gavrielides, EAYW researcher

11:30 – 12:30

  • Reflections about the outcomes and future perspectives of the EAYW. Panel discussion with the participation of Uwe Finke-Timpe (Germany, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Unit for European and International Youth Policy), Loes Rutten (European Youth Forum) and members of the EAYW Steering Group