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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:http://www.sietareu.org/what-is-sietar/board

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 it.by 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: www.sietareu.org

Information about our Congress Programme: www.sietareu.org/seucongress2015

Download the official press release here.

 

Contact:
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: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/598820693 

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:

 

AGENDA :

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

 

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Saskia Lackner 

SIETAR Europa board secretary

 

PROXY

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.

The March - May 2015 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to go to the download page

 

Intercultural Communication: Diversity in Practice

International professional development seminar

When: October 5 – 9, 2015

Where:  Webster University campus, World Trade Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Who should participate?

Professionals interested in increasing knowledge and skills in their cross-cultural work in international business, human resources and education.

 

Information and registration: http://www.cic-amsterdam.com/english/openseminar.htm

We have begun the process of selecting a venue for the SIETAR Europa Congress in 2017. We would like to hear from all members, groups or National SIETARs interested in proposing a location for the 2017 Congress.

Below you can find a document outlining the information we need to have before we can include a location in the selection process. If you are interested in proposing a location please complete the information required, with appropriate accompanying documentation or website links to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for receipt of proposals is: 15th April 2015


Click here for the SIETAR Europa Congress Bidding Guidelines
 

Please send any questions you should have regarding the process to the email above or to one of the committee below.

Best wishes

Congress Venue Selection Committee
Barbara Covarubias (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Joe Kearns (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Claude Bourgeois (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The Events & Membership Commitee, as well all the SIETAR Europa board, is happy to announce SIETAR EUROPA’s Webinar Events Calendar for 2015. Click here to view it

President’s New Year Message for 2015. Click here to read it

 

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Dear SIETAR Colleagues,

The lights of the Christians’ Christmas celebrations, as do the festivals of lights in other religious traditions like Jain and Hinduism, remind us of the stories of new life, triumph and new beginnings that have been preserved in the world’s cultural traditions. The stories are told and re-told as each generation tries to find new answers for old questions and pose new questions as they search for new situations.
SIETAR Europa is also aware of its own cultural stories and as 2015 comes within our gaze, we are seeking new narratives to refresh the cultural paradigms. Global and regional changes, as changes in local communities, challenge us to find new answers to old questions of culture, cultural interaction and intercultural communication

The search for new stories, new theories and cutting edge practices in the intercultural field, which is the thematic idea underlying the congress to be held in Valencia May 21-23, 2015, is also a search for new ways of being intercultural and relevant in a world that is irretrievably diverse. Further information can be found on the congress webpage here: http://www.sietareu.org/seucongress2015, registration is already open.

SIETAR Europa, as a leading intercultural organisation, treats the grasp for new cultural paradigms as an imperative, which is also reflected in the current process to realise a new mission and vision leading towards 2025.

As 2014 ends and as we awake to the hope and excitement of 2015, we praise the commitment of our Board of Directors, executives and working committees, whose tireless efforts gave a fresh impulse to our work. Our zeal and drive cannot slacken in the New Year.

The new vision and mission leading to 2025, the new theories and ideas for new practice emerging from the May 21-23 congress and the inauguration of a new president and Board are some of the exciting things to expect in 2015.

Yours,

Livingstone Thompson
President, SIETAR Europa

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The December - February 2015 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to go to the download page

 

The Board of SIETAR, meeting in Berlin Oct 5-7, 2014, re-elected Dr Livingstone Thompson as President of SIETAR Europa, to serve for another period leading up to the congress in May 2015.

A process has also been set in motion to identify a successor for Dr Thompson. 

In addtion, Dr Hanneke Brakenhoff of the Netherlands, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Board. That Executive Committee now comprises the following persons:

Dr Livingstone Thompson, President
Dr Hanneke Brakenhoff, SIETAR Netherlands
Saskia Lackner, SIETAR Austria, Secretary
Candela Fernandez, SIETAR Spain, Treasurer
Manuel Garcia Ochando (Ex-oficio) Executive Officer

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the recent passing of Maura Gallagher. She is seen below (standing in white jacket) with Alice Davis (seated), Acting President of SIETAR Ireland.

Maura was a long-standing member of SIETAR Europa and was instrumental in introducing many people in Ireland and the UK to SIETAR. She was a founding member of SIETAR Ireland. Maura died in Ireland on July 27, 2014 and was buried a few days later. We honour her memory with appreciation for the contribution she made to SIETAR.

Maura Gallagher in White Jacket With Alice Davis Acting Predsident of SIETAR Ireland

The Call for films for the 2015 SIETAR Europa Congress is now open. Please click here for more information