Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research

12.10.2018 – Day 1

7:00/7:15-08:00 Wake up!

Morning Joy (mindfulness) - Katarzyna Molęda

Sacred Earth Meditation Shake (relaxation through movement) - Barbara Bartczak


8:30-9:30 Breakfast


09:30-11:00 Opening Session

Opening of the Congress by Eileen Gricuk, President SIETAR Polska

Keynote Presentation by Tatyana Fertelmeyster


11:00-11:30 Coffee, Tea, Conversations and Meeting new and old friends


11:30-13:30 Session 1: Now and How we got Here?

This Session is all about understanding the now, so that it can equip us to be prepared for what’s next. Speakers will be examining challenges in areas of science, education, politics and the economy:

Training in populist times: cultural answers to social questions? Ian Maloy

Radykalizacja - dlaczego tak obecna współcześnie i jakie są jej psychologiczne źródła? Kinga Bialek

Africans in Asia. Why, where and how? Dr Malwina Bakalarska

Diversity in recruitment – an analysis of a macro socio-cultural concept and its implications for business competitiveness and workforce inclusion Lucia Bernabei


13:30-15:00 Lunch


15:00-16:20 Session 2: Nerdshops

This session will focus on questions, rather than answers. Speakers will explore concepts, ideas and hunches. Discussion heavy, pushing the envelope and developing understanding, Nerdshops will be all about thinking together and going deep. We’ll have:

The fourth Industrial Revolution”: exploring the effects and implications artificial intelligence may have on how we work in the future Barbara StClaire Ostwald

Intercultural starts with ‘I’: to what degree is critical self-reflection at the core of intercultural competence? Eileen Gricuk

Games: a path to foster engagement in learning? Patrycja Paula Gas

Swap the whole holy essentialist hole for holistic cognitive integrity George Simons


16:20-17:00 Coffee, Tea, Conversations and Meeting new and old friends


17:00-18:30 Session 3: Integration X - Plenary Session

This plenary session will feature a row of TED-Style short talks, meant to shed a light on an idea, an insight or an experience that highlights the need to integrate what was previously thought of being separated. We’ll champion the combining, the mash-ups, the mixing and enriching. The talks will include:

The higher education of the soup kitchen. Lessons about mindfulness in the unlikeliest of places. Anna Zubrzycki

Holy Heimat, Batman! Christian Dumais
Cinematic programme design: story not as method, but as skeleton Bastian Küntzel
(Un)Tangling identity Michalina Konkel

18:30-20:00 Breathing, resting, collecting thoughts


20:00 Gala Dinner and 10th Anniversary Celebration of SIETAR Polska

13.10.2018 – Day 2

7:00/7:15-08:00 Wake up!

Yoga (Iyengar, Kundalini) - Aleksandra Passendorfer

Three Strengths (balance through voice, movement and breath) - Ian Maloy


8:30-9:30 Breakfast


9:30-11:00 Session 4: The Now we can Learn from

This session is very praxis oriented and meant to help us learn from concrete examples. Speakers will be examining best practices from science, education, business and the 3rd Sector. Sessions will include:

Diversity strategies of Danone Dawid Rutkowski

Multiculturalism the Canadian way - the Red Couch Tour Ela Kinowska

Establishing trust and building relations in the Nordic societies Magdalena Kusojć & Katarzyna Molęda

Do Polish construction workers dream of Nordic leadership? Case of cross-cultural organizational development in a mid-size construction company in Norway Piotr Pluta


11:00-11:30 Coffee, Tea, Conversations and Meeting new and old friends


11:30-13:30 Session 5: Skilling Up

These interactive, action-oriented and experiential workshops are all about building new skills. Speakers, trainers and facilitators will be working with us to set us up for success by building that crucial competence. Workshops will include:

Tenderly looking at the mind. Practicing mindfulness. Anna Zubrzycki

Gamifikacja w akulturacji migrantów Teresa Mroczek

Design thinking - a tool for trainers for creating intercultural training programs and for working with multicultural groups Dr Barbara Bartczak & Ewa Tomczak

Design your elevator pitch and unique value proposition with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Tatiana Gavrilova


13:30-15:00 Lunch


15:00-17:30 Session 6: Integrating the Now with the Future

We all know the feeling of leaving a conference with a ton of inspiration and new insights, but then life rushes back in and we don’t manage to make it stick. We don’t want this Congress to finish without providing the space to forge those new partnerships, projects, research initiatives, training products, diagnostic tools, or whatever else may have occurred to you in a session, during a coffee break or during the morning yoga. During this Open Space, we’re giving all of us the time to write it down, and make it stick.


18:00-19:00 Celebrating the new ideas that spring from the Congress and applauding each other for our collective work during the past two days.

Closing the Congress


19:00-20:30 Informal Dinner, Resting and Getting Ready


21:30 Party like it’s 1999