Call for Nominations for the Election of Direct Member Representatives to the SIETAR Europa Board (this information applies to SIETAR Europa Direct Members only)
Nominations are open, with a nomination deadline of 12 September 2015.
Candidates may be nominated by any SIETAR Europa Direct Member, or may put themselves forward for election.  In either case, the candidate must complete a candidate information form (which includes the names of two SIETAR Europa Direct Members willing to serve as nominators) and provide supporting materials required.  By doing so, both the nominators and candidates agree that the information provided (other than personal contact details) will be published and distributed for the purpose of the election. 
All Direct Members who have been a member of SIETAR Europa for at least one year (as of the nomination deadline), are eligible for election to the Board.  Membership fee for the current period must have been paid prior to the candidate nomination deadline.  If you want to check your eligibility, contact the Sietar Europa Office (
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Election Timeline

The election will take place from 25 September to 9 October.  Direct Members (as of 31 August 2015) will receive an email with information on the candidates and a link to an online ballot. 

You can read the full revised guideline here

Dear SIETAR Europa members,
The Events & Membership Committee , as well as all the SIETAR Europa board, is happy to announce that we are now accepting proposals for webinars in 2016.
These events have proven to be extremely popular over the last two years and we are looking forward to offering a very interesting selection of webinars again in 2016.
If you are interested in presenting a webinar in 2016, please read the guidelines below carefully, complete the template and submit your proposal by email to:
Maura Di Mauro   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and
Linda Vignac       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Deadline for submission is October 15, 2015You will be notified of the acceptance of your proposal with the dates and times chosen by November 30th.

Guideline for submitting a webinar proposal
Please use the template and submit your proposal in a separate Word document using Calibri type font size 11.
The template for the proposal can be downloaded here.

Include 2 dates with times (CET): from January 2016 through the first week of July and from September through the first week of December 2016. Webinars are 1 hour in length including time for questions and exchange. We will confirm the date scheduled with the acceptance notification.
Title: should be succinct and no longer than 1 line.
An abstract:maximum 10 lines. Please mention the target public.
A brief Bio:maximum 7 lines
A photo: .jpg format

Please let us know if you can provide you own platform for the webinar. If you can, please inform us if there is a limit on the number of participants and how registration will be organized. We inform you that registration is the presenter’s responsibility and SE asks to receive the email addresses of all attendees as well as the video recording to post on our website.
If you cannot provide your own platform, let us know and we will provide one.

We thank you in advance for respecting these guidelines which will enable us to promote the webinars in a timely fashion.
We look forward to receiving your proposal.
Warm regards,
The Events & Membership Committee

The September - November 2015 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. . In it, you will find:
— an interview with Stefanie Rathje, who was a keynote speaker at the Valencia SIETAR Europa congress. She talks about the notion of multicollectivity and how its application can make cross-cultural situations less problematic.
— a fascinating piece from an intercultural perspective on how Americans and Germans have dealt with the internet revolution and its long term consequences.
— testimonials to former SIETAR President Maria Jicheva, who sadly passed away last June. It was through her determination and compassion that our organization became a stronger and viable entitiy.
Enjoy the read. Click here to go to the download page

Dear SIETAR members,
A thrilling first half of the year has passed and we are all preparing for a well-deserved summer break. We want to thank again our over 350 participants from the 20th SIETAR Europa Congress in Valencia. We’ve prepared a video showing a very unique
Discover-Learn-Share experience. Many thanks to Ronan Brown and his team for this amazing video: enjoy watching it here!
Interested in more learning opportunities? Subscribe to our 
SIETAR Europa YouTube Channel here!
·        Without our congress committees and many volunteers this event would not have been possible, please find a big THANK YOU to all the people involved here!
·        Memorable pictures of our congress can be found here, please feel free to tag yourself!
·        Powerful graphic recordings by Raquel Benmergui (thanks again) to be found here!
·        A list of participants who agreed to appear online on our congress webpage can be found here!
·        Worth reading, please find the academic congress publication here!
·        Some speakers have agreed to make their presentations available for download here!
·        Very interesting article on the Congress "The established intercultural training — a phase-out model?". You can read it by clicking here.
We are also very happy to announce that the 21st SIETAR Europa Congress in the year 2017 will take place in Dublin/Ireland: May 22nd to 27th 2017 (including pre-congress workshops).
The SIETAR Europa Communication Committee wishes you a wonderful summer :)

Dear all, 

We promised we would let you know arrangements for Maria's funeral as we finalised them. We now have some more clarity on timings, which can also be found on the website we have created:

Maria's funeral will be held at 2pm on Friday, 26th June 2015 at Fulham New (North Sheen) Cemetery, London. 

The address is:

Fulham New Cemetery

Mortlake Road/Lower Richmond Road


Following the service, the funeral reception will be held at Bloom restaurant on Fulham Palace Road, between 4pm - 6pm. The full address is 399 Fulham Palace Road, Fulham, London, SW6 6TA. 

Thank you so much for all your kind messages, thoughts and cards. They have meant a great deal to us. 


Andrey, Denny and Gigi Jicheva


Maria Jisheva 2005 SE Congress


We heard today that Maria Jicheva passed away this weekend of the cancer she had been struggling with such courage and dignity, without moaning, showing or complaining; with so much courage that to some of us, unaware of the suffering she has been facing, so fiercely hidden behind her smile, her warmth, in Tallinn and elsewhere, her much too early departure comes as real shock, and unprepared as we were will take time to realize.

Our deep sympathy goes to her daughter, her family, her friends and her colleagues. We share your grief and your sorrow.

Our sympathy goes to Francien from the Netherlands, to Alexanderfrom Germany who were presidents of SIETAR Europa just before and just after : SIETAR Presidents work hand in hand and they did, in the three years she served as Sietar Europa president from 2004 to 2007 : She was a very remarkable person, agood friend and a reliable, motivating and inspiring colleague to many of us. And yes, the “Queen of Diplomacy” was a title she truly deserved.” The Queen of Diplomacy, thus she will be remembered. Please be assured that we DO share your grief

Our sympathy goes to our and her colleagues, our and her so many friends from Sofia and from SIETAR Bulgaria, she was such a very active contributor and president; and to her colleagues in the UK where she had recently settled.

Our sympathy also goes to the many Sietarians from all over who worked shared, built with Maria – “She was so generous, so inspiring” -contributed to her many a project, adding stepping stones together to a better understanding and to higher respect of mankind.

PEACE be with her!


Claude Bourgeois, Sietar Europa president


**A collect is being organized for the funeral. The very numerous portraits and messages we receive from all over Europe will be gathered into a memory booklet for her family to keep.

The call for papers on Conflict mediation and Leadership - Critical Reflections on Management and Banal Culturalism for Volume 7 of "Studies in Intercultural Mediation", Peter Lang Publishers, Frankfurt - with Dominic Busch and Claude-Hélène Mayer as editors is now open. Deadline: 1st August 2015. Click here for the full text of the call for papers and all the necessary information.

We would like to publish a letter from Mieke Janssen-Matthes, co-founder and first president of SIETAR Europa who recently celebrated her birthday:


Dear mister president of SIETAR-EUROPA, Livingstone Thompson, Hanneke, Saskia, Candela and Manuel,

Your message, your congratulations and all good wishes really touched me. Thank you so much!

It aroused happy thoughts, inspiring memories but most of all it reminded me of the unity, good will and enthusiasm, so ingrained in this non-governmental society for education, training and research in Europe. You begin meeting colleagues, you end leaving friends!

May this congress manage to keep up the “good work”, showing how original grass- roots organizations might be exemplary!

May the exchange of knowledge, of care and problem solving be a joy to you all.

I considered participating, but my health keeps me home, hopefully preparing me for the next decade!

Enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner, hopefully looking forward to the next conference!

Please, forward my warm greetings to all SIETARIANS, old and new.

Let me end with the Vera Lynn’s song:

“We’ll meet again,

don’t know where,

don’t know when,

some happy day!” 

Many, Many thanks.


Mieke M.E. Janssen-Matthes,

Co-creator and First president of SIETAR-Europa



Dr Livingstone Thompson, President of SIETAR Europa (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research), has been recently interviewed by UIA (Union of International Associations) on the upcoming SIETAR Europa Congress in Valencia. The interview is featured in their May 5th issue. You can read the interview by clicking here.

Fellow Sietarians,

We are pleased to inform you there will be space for a silent auction and book sales in Valencia. These will be allocated in one of the conference rooms on Saturday 23rd April.

Please let us know if you are interested in bringing any items for the Silent Auction and/ or if you would like to offer books to sell. Please inform us by May 12th, mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dear Sietar Europa Members,

We are currently seeking candidates to stand for election as Direct Member Representative to the Sietar Europa Board. Direct Members represent Sietarians who do not have a national Sietar.

As a Board Member, you will become a key part in shaping the future of Sietar Europa and also an opportunity for you to network and participate on diverse intercultural projects. Please note that only current Direct Members to Sietar Europa are eligible to stand for this election. For more about Sietar Europa board and working committees please visit:

The elections will be held online on May 14th, 2015. If you are interested in nominating yourself as candidate, please submit the following documents to Sietar Europa office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view midday (12 noon CET) on May 7th, 2015:

  • your resume
  • your photo
  • A motivation letter detailing why you want to become a Board Member.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes,


The Elections Committee

PRESS RELEASE: 20th SIETAR Europa Congress

Refresh your cultural paradigm in Valencia in May


The location and time could not be better chosen for this year´s intercultural congress, entitled “Refreshing the cultural paradigm” organised by SIETAR Europa, the largest society of intercultural education, training and research in Europe.

From May 21st to May 23rd all those who by profession stand at the interface of cultures, such as business interculturalists, consultants and researchers, should seize the opportunity and get an alternative view of cultures that focuses on the intercultural dependency of cultures and collective phenomena by signing up for the congress.

The location: The city of Valencia is a visible example of the mixing of cultural heritage and modern technology. There is an enormous potential of cultural synergies in this Mediterranean city, merging the remnants of its ancient Roman past with some of the most audacious and post-modern buildings from the 21st century.

Just in time: It has never been more important than now to re-examine our cultural dimensions and paradigms — the complexity of cultures and differences in values, which are impacting our societies, companies and the life of each individual more and more. Globalization, multiculturalism and technical innovation urge us to adopt to new situations almost everyday. How can we cope and deal more effectively with this situation?

With prominent keynote speakers, a wide variety of intriguing workshops – also pre- and post-congress ones — participants in the congress will get practical answers to this most fascinating field, which has an immediate effect on the present and the future of us all.

Further details of SIETAR Europa:

Information about our Congress Programme:

Download the official press release here.


Barbara Covarrubias Venegas, Head of Communication Committee
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SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

April 22, 2015 at 19:00 CET


Notice is hereby given of the convening of the SIETAR Europa AGM, which will take place on Wednesday April 22nd, 2015, starting at 19:00 CET. 

The meeting will be held using the Gotomeeting online platform:

1. Link to the meeting: 

2. Please use your microphone and (VoIP). You can also participate by phone:
France: +33 (0) 182 880 780
Germany: +49 (0) 692 5736 7211
Irleland: +353 (0) 15 290 180
Italy: +39 0 699 26 68 58
Netherlands: +31 (0) 208 908 267
Austria: +43 (0) 7 2088 0034
Switzerland +41 (0) 435 0006 96
Spain: +34 911 23 0850
UK: +44 (0) 20 3713 5028

PIN-Code: 598-820-693

Meeting-ID: 598-820-693

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:



1. Welcome and Verification of Quorum

2. Acceptance of last minutes and appointment of minute Committee

3. President's report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2014 and introduction of the new Directors.

4. Report from the Treasurer: accounts of 2014. Presentation of auditors’ report, Approval of accounts 2014

5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2015

6. Presentation & Approval of Budget for 2015

7. Other business



Saskia Lackner 

SIETAR Europa board secretary



For representation at the SIETAR Europa General Assembly

The undersigned appoints …………………….…… as proxy, with full power of substitution, to represent the undersigned at the General Assembly of SIETAR Europa to be held on April 22nd, 2015 and at any adjournments of the meeting, and to vote as specified in this proxy.


Dated ………………………………………… Signed ………………………………………

Please send it back by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Invitation for Expression of Interest

for individuals to serve on SIETAR Europa Working Committees

The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, (SIETAR) Europa is a leading organisation dedicated to the promotion of interculturalism. The society promotes the ideas of intercultural understanding in Europe, serves as a forum for exchange among national SIETAR organisations and supports the establishment and development of national SIETAR organisations. The Society subscribes to the mission of the global network of SIETAR organisations around the world and pursues the following goals:

  • To enhance the awareness of intercultural issues in policy-making, business and education.
  • To contribute to the solution of societal problems by facilitating communication between peoples of different cultures,
  • To provide multi-disciplinary, professional expertise in intercultural issues in practice and research by establishing a network of intercultural specialists,
  • To contribute to the development of standards for intercultural work,
  • To support publications, personal and professional exchanges, research, projects as well as regional, national and international conferences and other events.

SIETAR Europa is seeking the expression of interest from interested persons to volunteer to serve on the working committees on Research and Publication and Grants & Projects:


Person Specification for Research and Publication

The research and publication committee has two main goals: firstly, to help SIETAR Europa build and maintain insights into leading research in the intercultural field; secondly, to enable SIETRAR Europa to publish our intercultural knowledge and expertise in different media.

The volunteer should have interest and knowledge in leading research in intercultural and related fields, and be interested to develop SIETAR EU research and publication competence, particularly through developing new research programmes and projects on culture and related disciplines. An important aspect of the responsibility will be to help build and maintain SIETAR EU’s reputation as an organisation able to research and evaluate, develop and advise on issues related to interculturalism.

The successful volunteer will be required to work within the framework of a committee chaired by a member of Board of SIETAR EU. The volunteer will be able to demonstrate a real passion for working collaboratively in a multi-cultural context and will be able to work and communicate effectively in a virtual team. They will enjoy working as part of an international team and will

have the opportunity to experience many aspects of diversity and interculturalism and contribute to the development of the organisation overall.


Person Specification for Grants and Projects

The primary role of the grants and projects committee is to enable SIETAR Europa to identify and access grants available to support projects in the intercultural field. The committee therefore enables the board to prioritise and develop projects for submission, whether solely or in collaboration with partners.

The volunteer should have some knowledge and experience in developing and submitting single and multi-organisation projects for funding by the EU or other international funding organisations. An important aspect of the responsibility will be to help develop the competence of SIETAR EU to access and attract international funding for projects and to work in joint-partner relationships with other organisations and educational institutions.

The successful volunteer will be required to work within the framework of a committee chaired by a member of Board of SIETAR EU. The volunteer will be able to demonstrate a real passion for working collaboratively in a multi-cultural context and will be able to work and communicate effectively in a virtual team. They will enjoy working as part of an international team and will have the opportunity to experience many aspects of diversity and interculturalism and contribute to the development of the organisation overall.


Expectations and Rewards

The selected volunteers would be expected to be available for the work of the committee for the period June 2015 – April 2016. Volunteers would be given concessionary access to SIETAR Europa events, including the next congress in May 2017.

How to Apply

Please email the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 30, 2015:

  • a letter of interest in the specific committee
  • a one page bio that includes details relevant to the work of the chosen committee,
  • a letter recommendation letter from an institution or organisation with which you have worked

Once we have received your information, it will be reviewed in the SIETAR Europa board and we will communicate feedback via email with the interested applicants.