71826_156235347748658_1850116_nThe keynote speaker:
Erna Hennicot-Schoepges
President of “Amis de l’Université”
Vice-president of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy
Partner of MediaforEurope
Former President of the Parliament
Former Minister of Culture, Education and Research
Former Member of the European Parliament



Erna Hennicot-Schoepges was born in Dudelange, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Her father was a steel worker at ARBED, the Luxembourg-based steel and iron production company.

At the age of six, E.H-S started piano lessons and soon became a distinguished child-pianist. At the age of fourteen, she continued her music studies at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Brussels, Belgium, where, she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal.

She pursued her musical studies with Prof. Magda Tagliaferro at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France, with Prof. Walter Klien at the Mozarteum in Salzbourg Austria.  At the Centre Universitaire in Luxembourg she studied literature and philosophy. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges was selected by Radio Luxembourg as a broadcasting producer, specialized in classical music presentations. In 1966 she was appointed piano professor at the Conservatory of Luxembourg.

The political career of E.H-S started as a member of Parliament in 1979. On a local level E.H-S was elected Mayor of Walferdange. In 1989 she became the first woman president of Luxembourg’s Parliament and quickly advanced to become a main figure in Luxembourg politics.

She had governmental responsibilities in many different sectors such as a Minister of Culture, Religions, Education, Higher Education and Research and of Public Works. She represented Luxembourg at the ministerial meetings of French-speaking nations the « Francophonie ».

On a national level, the achievements of E.H-S include, amongst others, the creation of the National Research Fund, the University of Luxembourg, the Philharmonic Hall designed by Christian de Portzamparc and the Museum of Modern Art in Luxembourg, designed  by I.M. Pei. The CCRN Cultural Center Neumunster Abbey and the Rock hall were cultural achievements under her responsibility.

In 1995 she had succeeded Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the Christian Social Party (CSV) in Luxembourg.

In 2004 she was elected a Member of the European Parliament where she was active as a member of the committees of Culture, Research and Industry and Environment. She was appointed Rapporteur to the EP of the  « European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, 2008″, through which she managed to create an intense political debate on cultural issues by organizing conferences and publications.

She was promoted Dr. of Laws by the Miami University, Ohio, Dr. Honoris Causa Humane Letters by the Sacred Heart University State of Connecticut, and Dr.Honoris Causa  by the University Lucian Blaga in Sibiu, Romania. In 2014 she was nominated Ambassador for Peace by the World Peace Federation

In 2009 E.H-S was nominated a member of the Luxembourg Council of State. She was from 2009-2012 a member of the Jury for the European Capitals of Culture as an independent expert.

E.H-S is active in numerous associations, namely the Friends of the University of Luxembourg and the Théatre du Centaure.

As a founding member of the Forum of Civilizations Echternach and a Vice President of the ICD (Institute for Cultural Diplomacy) in Berlin she continues to promote intercultural dialogue.

E.H-S has been the recipient of many international decorations. She was awarded the insignia of Grande Croix de la Légion d’Honneur(1992) Grand Officier de l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau (1999), Grand Officier de l’Ordre Grand-Ducal de la Couronne de Chêne(1990) La Grand-Croix de l’Ordre de la Couronne du Royaume de Belgique(1994) Kommandor medstyrne Konglige Norske Fortjenstorden Norway(1996) Commander’s Star of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon (1990) Das Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeichen am Bande für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich (2002) Great Officer of the Meritul Cultural Romania. Erna Hennicot Schoepges has been made a citizen of honor by the city of Sibiu (Herrmanstadt) in 2002.


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European Commission, EACEA Executive Agency, Acting Head of Unit
DG Education and Culture; Unit “Creative Europe”


Born in Belgium in 1964 with German nationality, she lived and studied in Konstanz, Paris, Buenos Aires and later Bruges. Worked in the European Parliament for an MEP before joining the European Commission in 1994. Started in the Directorate General’s Unit for Audiovisual Policy, then changed to Environment in 1996. From 1998 until 2003 she worked at the representation of the European Commission in Berlin. During her year of personal leave 2003-2004, she advised the umbrella organisation of German cultural organisations Deutscher Kulturrat on European affairs. She then became Head of the Regional Representation of the Commission in Bonn. In 2009, she returned to Brussels as Head of the Press Unit of the European Economic and Social Committee. Since mid-2011, she runs the Culture Unit at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency which implements the EU’s funding programmes in these areas.


François CarbonFrançois Carbon
Coordinateur espace cultures
University of Luxembourg

François Carbon graduated in pedagogy and Waldorf pedagogy. He is the Chargé de Mission Culture and Coordinator of Espace Cultures at the University of Luxembourg who seeks to add a creative dimension to the main tasks of the University, namely learning and research. With this in mind, he runs and coordinates cultural, intercultural events and contributes to life on campus, so as to promote and improve the quality of life at the UL, broaden horizons amongst UL community members (students, doctorates, administration, professors, researchers, etc.), boost cross – cultural dialogue, and contribute to an exchange of ideas aimed at developing
culture in Europe and the concept of European citizenship.
As president of Scenicae, a cultural association created in September 2009, he coordinates the goals of an interdisciplinary cultural network, which consists in promoting and framing the activities of the different artistic ensembles of the University within the multicultural society of Luxembourg and beyond in developing and fortifying the links between the university and the cultural actors in Luxembourg, as well as in offering further training and education to the members of the UL ensembles through the collaboration with almost all national cultural partners.
Besides his activities at the University, he is a member of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP) promoting the ethical and aesthetic values as the essence of a new European Society, as well as a Board Member of the
University Network of European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC), stimulating new forms of academic and educational institutional collaboration in between Higher Education institutions based in former, actual and future European Capitals of Culture.


Passfoto Janine FleckJanine FLECK

University of Luxembourg

Participant in the laboratory “Home” Freiburg/Germany




Katja MäkinenKatja Mäkinen
PhD,MA,postdoctoral researcher of Political Science
University of Jyväskylä, Finland

PhD, MA Katja Mäkinen works as a postdoctoral researcher of political science in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her current research project, Politics of participation and democratic legitimation in the European Union, funded by the Kone Foundation, focuses on citizens’ participation in EU-projects. She analyses participants’ experiences on space and power and evaluates relations between public administration and civic participation. She asks what kind of implications different participatory practices have for democracy.

Katja Mäkinen has a PhD in Social Sciences (political science) and an MA in Humanities (art education), both from the University of Jyväskylä.  Her PhD research focused on how citizenship is constructed in the EU documents on citizenship and culture. She analysed participation, rights and identity as dimensions of citizenship as well as their connections with power, territoriality, culture and diversity. Currently, Katja Mäkinen is working as a postdoctoral researcher in a project titled Politics of participation and democratic legitimation in the European Union (2013-2015), funded by the Kone Foundation. The research focuses on citizens’ participation in EU-projects. Mäkinen analyses participants’ experiences on space and power and evaluates relations between public administration and civic participation. She asks what kind of implications different participatory practices have for democracy.


KayH20090401-XS8U1588Achim Meyer auf der Heyde
Secretary General of the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk / DSW).



Achim Meyer auf der Heyde is working since October 2003 as the Secretary General of the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk / DSW).
As voluntary functions he is since 2012 a member of the NASPA International Advisory Board, since 2009 he is Vice-President of European Council for Student Affairs (ECStA), after having been its President between 2004 and 2008.
Since 2008 in addition he is member of the board of governors at the University of Wuppertal.
Between November 1995 and September 2003 he was General Director / chief of department in the Ministry for education and sports, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, responsible for the sectors vocational training, professional schools and further education.
Before that, between 1985 and 1995 he was founder and director of the BBJ Company, a Consulting Agency in the fields of professional education, labour market policy, social and youth policy, European Financial Support, working for the National and Federal State Ministries, the European Commission, local and regional authorities, Trade Unions and Employers Associations etc.
Between 1980 and April 1985 he was the Managing Director of the Vocational Training Company Kreuzberg at Berlin.

Achim Meyer auf der Heyde holds University Degrees in National Economics, in Business Administration and in Education.


Cat_O'Driscoll_150x195pxCat O’Driscoll

Executive Committee Member
European Students’ Union

Cat is from Cork City and has served on the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union since July 2014. The European Students’ Union is made up of 47 National Students Unions from 39 different countries and work on many different policy issues and projects. Cat focuses primarily on the involvement of students in governance and the funding of Higher Education.

Throughout her studies in University College Cork she was involved in many different areas of student life and as an active member of the student council and executive was elected Vice President for Education of the Students’ Union in 2011. Cat was elected to the Union of Students in Ireland for two terms as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance and was involved in the launch of the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) and the Teaching Heroes Project.


j_pereiraJoel Filipe Almeida Pereira
Coordinator of Oficina Cultural
Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo

Joel Filipe Almeida Pereira graduated in Sports Sciences in 2002
Specialization in Children Studies – Sports and Leisure, 2005
Coordinator of Oficina Cultural since 2007
Pós Graduated in Artistic and Cultural Management, 2011
Teacher in Polytecnic Institut of Viana do Castelo since 2011
Teacher in University Institute of Maia since 2011
Organization of several major exhibitions namely from Sobral Centeno (2009), José de Guimarães (2010).
Phd student in Sports Sciences, 2013
Specialist in Sports and Leisure, 2014


roumegasJean-Paul Roumegas
Sous-Directeur des relations internationales et de la culture du Centre national des oeuvres universitaires et scolaires (CNOUS)



Fonctions occupées
– Depuis septembre 2014, sous-directeur des relations internationales, des partenariats et de la culture, Centre National des œuvres universitaires et scolaires;
Du 1er novembre 2011 au 31 août 2014, sous-directeur des relations internationales et de la culture,
Centre National des œuvres universitaires et scolaires;
Du 1er septembre 2003 au 30 octobre 2011, sous-directeur des affaires internationales,
Centre National des Œuvres Universitaires et Scolaires;
Du 1er septembre 1999 au 31 août 2003, directeur du bureau de coopération linguistique et éducative,
Ambassade de France au Brésil;
Du 1er septembre 1995 au 31 août 1999, attaché de coopération linguistique et universitaire,
Ambassade de France au Mexique;
1993-1995, Chargé d’enseignement en communication et techniques d’expression à la faculté des sciences économiques de Saint-Maur,
Université de Paris XII-Val de Marne;
1994-1995, professeur de culture générale en classes préparatoires (IPESUP, Paris) ;
1991-1995, Professeur de lettres enseignement scolaire, Ministère de l’Education nationale, Académie de Versailles;
1987-1989, Lecteur à l’Université de Khartoum, Soudan (service national dans la coopération);

Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Cycle des hautes études européenne (2010)
Agrégation externe de lettres moderne (1993)