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With input from recognised experts and interactive discussions among the participants, the Palermo Seminar will explore, learn more and elaborate on how schools and teacher education institutions can handle Immigration and migration from the perspective of Quality Education.

We welcome you to participate in the Palermo Seminar, which will be enjoyable, inspiring and addressing this key issue crucial to the development of education and training, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education.


Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning. The United Nations has adopted the UNESCO Roadmap for implementing the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development.

The GAP has two objectives:
* to reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development – and make a difference;
* to strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development.

The Learning Teacher Network is an official UNESCO GAP Key Partner on the capacity building of educators and trainers (GAP, Priority Action Area 3).

The Sustainable Development Goal number 4 “Quality Education” – within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


The charming venue Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes is located in the historical centre of Palermo, Sicily.

Founded in 1874 and renovated in 1907 by one of the great masters of the Art Nouveau Style, Ernesto Basile, the exquisite Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes hotel exudes historical charm. Grand decor of marble floors and antiques combine nicely with very latest technology to make your stay a memorable one. The recently restored restaurant, bar and banquet room will host the event in great style with unforgettable moments.

Accommodation for three (3) nights with breakfasts (arrival Thursday 26 April 2018, departure Sunday 29 April 2018) at the Grand Hotel et Des Palmes is included in the full conference package. The hotel rooms are modern, spacious, and with free WiFi.

Seminar Programme

Thursday 26 April 2018
Afternoon: Delegates arrive at hotel
16.30 Registration of delegates
17.00 Initial welcome session (Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, LTN/Osnabrück University and Dr. Martin Fitzgerald, LTN/Limerick Institute of Technology)
followed by a guided sightseeing walk in the city centre
19.00 Evening dinner

Friday 27 April 2018
09.00 Overall introduction and introductory sessions (Dr. Susanne Müller-Using)
09.30 Keynote: ESD in the Sustainable Development Goals: Seizing the Opportunities (Charles Hopkins, UNESCO/York University)
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Immigration and Good Quality Education at School – Study visit
12.20 Group photo followed by Lunch at 12.30
14.00 Keynote: Towards a good quality education for all: how schools can promote inclusion and diversity (Professor Dr. Leon Tikly, University of Bristol)
15.00 Coffee
15.30 Interactive dialogue and discussion with participants and speakers (Moderator Dr. Martin Fitzgerald)
16.30 Free time

Saturday 28 April 2018
09.00 Keynote:Teachers skills for intercultural dialogue and a good quality education for all (Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, Osnabrück University) 
10.00 Coffee
10.30 Presentation of Case Studies with interactive dialogue and round table responses (Dr. Martin Fitzgerald, Limerick Institute of Technology and Participants) 
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Group Discussions on Migration and Good Quality Education (Moderator: Dr. Bill Goddard)
14.30 Coffee
15.00 Continued session from above (Moderator: Dr. Bill Goddard)
16.30 Summing up, looking ahead and closing of seminar (Dr. Susanne Müller-Using and Dr. Martin Fitzgerald)
17.00 Town Hall meeting
19.00 Evening dinner

Sunday 29 April 2018
08.30 Certificate procedure


Seminar fee

The seminar fee is €340.

Students and teacher students will be able to apply for a discounted fee.

The conference fee includes 
– full board (lunches on Friday and Saturday; all coffees; evening meals on Thursday and Friday; drinks to all meals); 
– access to all sessions; 
– all materials;
– certificate of attendance.

Seminar fee for local teachers

The discounted seminar fee is €240 (no evening dinners).


Accommodation including breakfast at the conference venue/the Grand Hotel des Palmes is for three nights, with arrival on Thursday 26 April 2018 and departure on Sunday 29 April 2018. The cost for the three nights is €370 for single room use and €215 per person in a shared double room.

At registration the conference organiser will make the hotel reservation for you and invoice the room nights together with the conference fee.

On the on-line registration form you can choose whether to include accommodation at the conference venue/the Grand Hotel des Palmes or not.

Registered Delegates

Country Name
BiH Elma Mahmutović
Canada Charles Hopkins
Canada Loius Volante
Denmark Lone Stig Andersen
Denmark Eva Tornøe Therkildsen
Denmark Birthe Witt Jason
Germany Susanne Muller-Using
Ireland Martin Fitzgerald
Italy Alessandra Benanti
Slovenia Damjana Potočnik
Sweden Mathias Demetriades
Sweden Markus Forsell
Sweden Maria Holm
Sweden Kjell Nilsson
Sweden Daniel Olsson
Sweden Rasmus Østerby
Sweden Andreas Persson
Sweden Henrik Savmo
Sweden Per Sonderberg
South Afrika Alvin Uchenna Ugwu
The Netherlands Iris Siemons
UK William Goddard
UK Helen Horton
UK John Murray
United Arab Emirates Shafia Abdulrahman