We are very pleased to invite you to Wroclaw (Poland) from Friday 19 May to Sunday 21 May 2017 for the 2017 EHF General Assembly and conference.

Wroclaw is not only a pretty city, it also has a very interesting history. It has contributed greatly to the rise of humanism in Europe as it was one of the most important centers of secular life in Germany during the 19th and 20th century. Many Poles migrated to Wroclaw after WW2, mostly from Lviv (today in Ukraine) and Vilnius (today in Lithuania), both major Polish cultural and university centers. Traditions carried by those migrants contributed to the special character of the city today.

The modern Wroclaw, home of the Polish Rationalist Association and European Capital of Culture in 2016, is known on one hand as the most liberal city in Poland, and on the other hand, home of the most significant nationalist movement. This historical heritage, combined with the current political situation in Poland where various fundamental rights are challenged (including recent attacks on women’s sexual rights), make it a very interesting place for humanists to meet this year.

This event will be hosted by the Polish Rationalist Association and the Polish Humanist Association and will take place over 3 days.The General Assembly proper (on Friday 19th May) will be open to Member Organizations only while the Annual Conference (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st) will be open to anyone who wants to come and discuss this year's main themes: challenges to democracy, freedom of expression, European identity and critical thinking in the digital era. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Wroclaw!

 

  

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PROGRAMME DELEGATE FEE ACCOMODATION

Friday 19 May : EHF General Assembly

09:00 - 12:30: EHF General Assembly

12:30 - 14:00: Lunch

14.00 - 16.00: Brainstorming session in smaller groups

The exact topics will be announced at a later stage

GA Venue: Fireplace Hall, Art Hotel Wroclaw, ul. Kielbasnicza 20, 50110 Wroclaw, Poland.
See it on the map.

Free evening

DOWNLOAD

Representatives/proxies form

Grant application

Application to Board membership

Link to a google map with
all venues of the weekend


19:00: Optional event: Concert 
"John Zorn & Symphony Orchestra // Shock of Identities"

The concert is part of Musica Electronica Nova Festival, its programme includes pieces by two famous Polish composers (Elzbieta Sikora and Witold Lutoslawski) and by John Zorn (one of each is a European premiere). More details on the programme here

Concert VenueNational Forum of Music, Plac Wolnosci 1. See it on the map.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 20 May: Conference - Day 1

09.30 - 13.30: CONFERENCE

 HUMANISM AND RATIONALISM: CURRENT CHALLENGES AND IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE (DAY 1) 

Venue: Ossolineum Conference Hall, Stara Plebania, Pl. Nankiera 17. See it on the map.

09.30 - 10.00: Registration

10.00 - 11.30: PANEL 1

Populism and Democracy in Europe: challenges and responses.

Speakers:

  • Marta Lempart, Commitee for Defense of Democracy "KOD", Initiator of Polish Women's Strike, (Poland)
  • Gary McLelland, International Humanist and Ethical Union (Scotland)
  • Eva Papp, Independent anti-Orban activist, (Hungary)
  • Metod Rybár, ETHOS (Slovakia)
  • Boris Van Der Ham, Humanistisch Verbond (Netherlands)

11.30 - 12.00Coffee Break

 

12.00 - 13.30: PANEL 2

The argument of political correctness and freedom of expression: where do Humanists stand? 

Speakers:

  • Kacem El GhazzaliIHEU, Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom of Thought
  • Pierre-Arnaud PerroutyEHF Executive Director
  • Jacek Tabisz, President of the Polish Rationalist Association,
  • Ewa Wójciak, Polish actress and activist for freedom of expression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.30 - 14.30: Lunch


 

14.30 - 16.30: OPTIONAL CITY TOUR:
"THE SECRETS OF MEDIEVAL WROCLAW"

 

Meeting Point : at the entrance of the conference hall (Pl. Nankiera 17).

Fee: 10 EUR

 


16.30 - 18.00: Free Time


18.00 - 19.15: BOAT TRIP AROUND THE CITY

Meeting Point : Przystan Kardynalska (Kardynalska Harbor), bulwar Piotra Wlostowica, Wyspa Piasek Island. See it on the map.

Attention: the boat will depart at 18.15 sharp. It will not be able to wait for late arrivals.

At the end of the boat trip, we will all walk together to the dinner venue (~20 mins).


19.45 - 21.45: CONFERENCE DINNER

Venue : Sala Bankietowa, Dwór Polski Restauracja, Rynek (Market Square) 5. See it on the map.

21.45 -          :  FOR THOSE NOT YET TIRED:
MOVIE AND TALKS ON HOW POLISH HUMANISTS, RATIONALISTS AND FREE-THINKERS HAVE SHAPED THE WORLD 
 (same venue)

 

Sunday 21 May: Conference - Day 2


09.30 - 13.30: CONFERENCE
HUMANISM AND RATIONALISM: CURRENT CHALLENGES AND IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE (DAY 2) 

Venue: same as the previous day.

10.00 - 11.30: PANEL 1:
What does it mean to be European today ? In search of a European identity

Speakers:

  • Giulio Ercolessi,  EHF Vice-President
  • Joanna Handerek, Jagiellonian University Professor, Polish Rationalist Association
  • Dr. Piotr Napierala, Polish Rationalist Association
  • David Pollock, British Humanist Association

 

11.30 - 12.00Coffee Break

12.00 - 13.30: PANEL 2:
Critical thinking in the digital area ?Is smart technology making people smarter?

Speakers:

  • Krzysztof Dolowy, Professor, Warsaw University of Life Sciences
  • Andrzej Dominiczak, Polish Humanist Association,
  • Jan Hartman, Professor, Jagiellonian University

 

End of 2-days conference 

 


13.30 - 14.30: Lunch

15.00 - 17.00: OPTIONAL VISIT:
VISIT TO WATER MUSEM HYDROPOLIS

Visit to Hydropolis, the unique Museum of Water, incl. a short trip with funicular over the river Oder.
See it on the map.

Meeting Point : To be announced.

Fee: 10 EUR.


18.00: OPTIONAL CULTURAL EVENT:
OPERA: KING ROGER 

Opera "King Roger" by famous Polish composer Karol Szymanowski 

Venue : Wroclaw Opera House. See it on the map.

Fee: to be announced.

 

 

 

Practicalities

1. Participation fees:

The participation fee for EHF members to the main programme (GA + conference + boat trip) is defined as follows:

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 90 EUR (incl. conference material, 4 coffee breaks, 3 lunches and the conference dinner).
  • Friday and Saturday only: 70 EUR (incl. conference material, 3 coffee breaks, 2 lunches and the conference dinner).
  • Saturday and Sunday only: 65 EUR (incl. conference material, 2 coffee breaks, 2 lunches and the conference dinner).

Fees for optional events come on top of the above fees and are as follows:

  • Concert (Friday): 15 EUR
  • City Tour (Saturday): 10 EUR
  • Visit to Hydropolis (Sunday): 10 EUR
  • Opera (Sunday): please write to Kaja Bryx (kaja.bryx(at)psr.org.pl). Payment will be done at a later stage.

Some delegate like to bring their spouses to certain elements of the official programme. Please note that the following fees apply: 

  • External attending boat trip: 10 EUR
  • External attending Satruday dinner: 25 EUR.

Payment should be made by bank transfer to:

  • Account Holder: Polskie Stowarzyszenie Racjonalistow
  • IBAN: PL08 1140 2004 0000 3102 7618 0995
  • Swift: BREXPLPWMBK
  • Address: Ul. Koszykowa 24/01 00-553 Warszawa
  • Title of transfer: SEE BELOW

Title of transfer: in order to allow the organizers to properly identify your payment please give the following title to your transfer: "EHF" followed by:

  • The number of peope for whom you are making the payment
  • Which days these will attend
  • Which optional programmes they want to attend (except the opera for which payment will be done later)
  • EXAMPLE: if you are paying for 2 people with one attending on Fr and Sa and the other one on Fr, Sa and Su and with the first one going to the concert and the second to the concert and the cultural visit, you woud indicate something like this: EHF 2p. FrSa Con FrSaSu Con Vis

2. Accommodation

The General Assembly will be held in the Art Hotel Wroclaw: ulica Kielbasnicza 20 50110, Wroclaw. 

You can make reservations at reservation@arthotel.pl.  We negotiated a special rate: 350 PLN/night (80 EUR) for a single room and 390 PLN/night (90 EUR) for a double, breakfast included. Make sure to quote “EHF Conference” in your reservation.

You can stay in the Art Hotel but alternative accommodation can be found in the following hotels (see them on a map):

Hotels in the area (walking distance):

Cheaper options within a 20-30-minutes walk or a few tram stops:


For any question or request, please contact :

Julie Pernet: julie.pernet(at)laicite.net | +32 2 627 68 24 

Marc Soignet: marc.soignet(at)laicite.net | +32 2 627 68 30