Open Education for Young Europeans through History, Art and Cultural Learning (OpenEYE)

Theme: Using cultural expressions in integration of children (primary school age) with a migrant/refugee background.

28 Sep

Praktisk informasjon

  • Dato: 28. september 2022 - 29. september 2022
  • Tid: Hele dagen
  • Sted: Livorno, Italy
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  • Påmeldingsfrist: 1. september 2022

    Greek Program greek flag

    Italian Program Italian flag

    Slovenian Program Sloveninan flag

    Important dates

    • Main conference: 28.-29. September 2022
    • Submission deadline: 30. June 2022
    • Acceptance notification: 1. August 2022
    • Registration deadline: 1. September 2022


    Your submission should relate explicitly to the conference theme. You will be asked to indicate the submission category of your proposal (paper, poster).

    Registration and fee:

    Both participants who do not wish to present and participants with notified acceptance of their proposal need to register for the conference. The online registration is open until September 1st 2022.

    Participants not living in Italy may apply for 200€ of financial support for their travel and accommodation. Participants eligible for support will be notified of this after their registration. The amount will be transferred to your account after participation.

    Conference Venue:
    Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo

    Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo, Via Roma 234, Livorno (Italy).

    The museum is located in the historical Villa Henderson in the center of Livorno and it offers more than 7000 square meters of exhibits dedicated to science, history, archeology and ecology of the Mediterranean area. The structure is also an important conference location and educational center for the city of Livorno. A guided tour of the exhibition halls and of the botanical garden will be included in the conference agenda.

Young boy with drawingWith the recent refugee crises in Europe, the topic of this conference has become highly relevant. The conference is the final event of the OpenEYE project, a three-year ERASMUS+ project bringing together organizations from different remits – academic, research, training, culture, museums, primary education – from Norway, Greece, Italy, and Slovenia. “Cultural expressions” is defined widely here as including music, dance, heritage, painting, storytelling, drama, and any other expressions that can be applied in formal and non-formal education and help children of a migrant/refugee background integrate smoothly in their new communities.

Questions of interest:Picture from Nikoleta Evaggelou

  • How can children use various cultural expressions to express themselves?
  • How can cultural expressions be used to enhance learning, reflection, and expressing children’s emotions?
  • How can cultural expressions enhance multilingual and multicultural children’s integration?
  • How can cultural expressions be integrated into primary school programs and activities?
  • How can cultural expressions be used to facilitate the interaction between pupils, parents, and educators?

Young girl drawingThis conference brings together educators from schools, universities, museums, libraries, NGOs and any other institutions or organizations working with children with a migrant/refugee background to discuss, observe, and take part in activities designed to address the questions posted above.

The conference will present, discuss and showcase the learning methodology and tools developed in the life of the project to assist educators in employing cultural expressions to enhance language learning and cultural integration in today’s multilingual and multicultural classrooms.


Wednesday September 28th 2022

Welcome reception


Presentation of OpenEYE outputs


Parallel sessions

Thursday September 29th 2022

Workshops, amongst others Children’s Art Museum, Natural History Museum of the Mediterranean

Roundtable debriefing



Guided tour of the Museum of Natural History

Keynote speakers:

Professor Tony Burner

Associate Prof. Christian Carlsen

Papers, posters, and workshops:

Papers consist of 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes questions/discussion. Papers are for research presentations and projects that are finished or almost finished. For project ideas, research proposals and projects in their initial phases, posters should be considered. Abstracts will be available in a conference proceedings.

You can also attend the conference solely as a participant.


Papers should consist of a short abstract of 200-300 words and a long abstract of 800-1000 words. The short abstract should be without any references. The abstract should be written in Times New Roman, font size 12, 1.5 line spacing. Please include the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenter(s). The paper can be submitted either in a Word or pdf format.

Please send your abstract to and


The poster should be submitted as a pdf, using the same format as the short abstract for a paper described above. The poster may include tables and figures. It should visualize the presentation in such a manner that it “speaks by itself”. At the conference, the presenter(s) will be given time to present their poster and some time for questions/discussion. Please remember to include the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the presenter(s) on the poster.

Please send your poster to and


Creative workshops will be organized by the OpenEYE educators during the conference, to showcase the learning activities for primary school pupils developed in the project. The workshops will focus on different types of cultural expressions, approaches and learning outcomes. Participants will attend one or more workshops of their choice, and are invited to the final roundtable discussion and assessment of the activities presented.