“Technology and the Refugee Crisis”, Mytilene 9-11 November 2017

The videos of the keynote speeches, the talks and the discussions are now uploaded in the YouTube channel of the Lesbos Dialogues. Please find the relevant links in the following lines.

Opening speeches

Marios Andriotis, International Relations Senior Advisor, Municipality of Lesvos.

Professor Stephen Seiler, Vice Rector of the University of Agder.

Elisabeth Lothe, Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Athens.

Charting the current situation

Professor Emeritus Friedrich Heckmann, University of Bamberg, Director of the European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS): Charting the current international situation from a European politics perspective.

Marios Andriotis, International Relations Senior Advisor, Municipality of Lesvos: Charting the current situation on Lesbos from a municipality perspective.

Boris Cheshirkov, UNHCR Associate Communications Officer for the Greek Islands.

Dimitris Papandreou, Field Coordinator, Doctors of the World – Greece.

Professor Katja Franko, University of Oslo: “Legal and ethical challenges”.

Efi Latsoudi, Lesvos Solidarity, Winner of UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 2016.

Jalal Barekzai, Community builder and translator, Afghani refugee.

Christofóros Schuff, artist and activist.

Ioannis Spilanis, Associate Professor, University of the Aegean.

Open discussion.

Technology and social innovation: part I

Professor Apostolos Spanos, University of Agder: “Optimising social innovation in the refugee crisis”.

Professor Sotiris Chtouris, University of the Aegean: “Employment and the refugee identity: Is there a place for innovative and creative actions?

Sebastian Däschle, Design and Concept at S27, Initiator CUCULA, Berlin: “Social innovation by creative grassroots – a report”.

Andrea Cederquist, PhD candidate, Christian Albrechts Univeristy of Kiel: “Enabling courageous conversations: the task of leadership“.

Mohamad Emad Amjadi, University lecturer, Free Islamic University of Tehran, Iranian refugee.

Open discussion.

Technology and social innovation: part II

Eugene Guribye, Head of Research at Agder Research & Trond Stalsberg Mydland, PhD candidate and researcher at Agder Research, “International volunteerism on Lesbos”.

Vasili Sofiadellis, Founder of Change Makers Lab: “Establishing Lesvos as a Global Humanitarian Tech Hub”.

Christina Thomopoulos, National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”: “Archaeological Workouts: A multilingual workshop for community dialogue through artistic, digital and performative games”.

Adil Izemrane, Movement on the Ground: “CamptoCampUS – The redefinition of a refugee camp”.

Maria Hatziantoniou, University of the Aegean: ”«Trash we Can!» – A rewarding recycling/upcycling project for green refugee camps”.

Rouddy Kimpioka, Software developer, Congolese refugee.

Mobile Learning 

Associate Professor Helen Crompton, Department of Teaching and Learning, Old Dominion University: “Using the Mobile Device as a Tool to Access Educational Opportunities: Providing a Future for Refugees”.

Associate Professor Nicola Pitchford, University of Nottingham: “Using mobile technology to facilitate learning of basic numeracy and literacy skills: Implications for the refugee crisis”.

Stelios Thomopoulos, National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”: “SMART Camp:  An approach of targeted learning and teaching of skills andprofessional confidence through hands-on experience”.

Khadija “Strong Winds”, Saudi Arabian refugee.

Open discussion.

Monitoring and Modelling the Refugee Crisis

Professor LeRon Shults, University of Agder: “Simulating Solutions: Challenges and Opportunities in the Computer Modeling of Refugee, Immigration, and Integration Crises”.

Assistant Professor Erika Frydenlund & Assistant Professor Jose Padilla, Old Dominion University – Virginia Modelling, Analysis & Simulation Centre: “Toward facilitating stakeholder discussions and trade-off evaluations”.

Carlos Lemos, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Agder: “A network agent-based model of cooperation between immigrants and a host society”.

Joel Myhre, PhD candidate, University of Agder: “It takes a (Greek and Global) Village: From Haiti, to Ebola, to Nepal, to Lesvos, how international Volunteer Technical Communities and Innovative Information and Communications Technologies together form a Revolution in Agile Humanitarian Response”.

Open discussion.

Crowdfunding seminar

Lesbos Dialogues: Aims and vision

Challenge and Opportunity 

Professor Kerry Stephen Seiler, Vice Rector of the University of Agder, considers the subjects of the Lesbos Dialogue on Technology and the Refugee Crisis (9-11 November 2017) as both a challenge and an opportunity for contribution.

Focusing on the future

Professor Apostolos Spanos, University of Agder, and Marios Andriotis, Municipality of Lesbos, speak about the aims and visions of the project Lesbos Dialogues.

Various videos

The Entrance gate, by Vasilis Kazazis (in Greek)

Decoding Lesvos, by Thomas Trask