Temporary schedule :
program details are still being developed - watch this space !

Number of participants : up to 200 persons.
Conference language is English. Small groups in German if required.

Monday: October 2


16:00 - 18:30
Welcoming Words
Introduction of organizations
Assignment into workshops
for the following day

18:30 - 19:30 - Dinner -

20:00 Storytelling Arena with Rachel Clarke

A multi-lingual Storytelling: Syrian Series. Journalists, poets and people from all walks of life told their true life tales from before and after 2011.  
Stories are told in TANDEM - Arabic-English and Arabic-German.


Get to know each other, exchange & network, with music. 


Tuesday: October 3 



09:30 Welcoming & Coffee
10:00 Introduction

Morning 1:
11:00 - 12:30 Information Workshops
where delegates from organisations inform about their work.

12:30 - 14:30 -  Lunch -

Afternoon 1:

14:30 - 16:00 Interactive Workshops
to develop and collate ideas, plans and proposals.

16:00 -16:30 - Coffee  - 

Afternoon 2: 
17:00 - 18:30 Market Place - Exhibition of Workshop results
News Desk for Special Issue Conference Newspaper

18:30 - 19:30 -  Dinner -

20:00 - 22:00 Fish Bowl Discussion: Where to from here? 
with journalists, politicians and key stakeholders.

Evaluation of the workshop outcomes.

Wednesday: October 4

(non-public - possibility for invited organisations/delegates  to meet and network- different venue)

10:00 - 11:30 Discussion of the workshop outcomes and finalization of the Special Issue Conference Newspaper.

11:30 - 13:00 Networking opportunity for newly formed collaboration groups, discuss fundraising issues, forward planning and conclusion of the conference.

Workshops :
1 : Community Centers   
2 : Individual Case Work 
3 : Boat Landings
4 : Legal Support 
5 : Camp Management 
6 : Small Income Projects
7 : Communication & Information 
8 : Health Care  
9 : Education  
10 : Bridges from Germany


Workshop Themes :

There will be 10 workshops.

A trained workshop facilitator will be allocated to each workshop to structure the outcome and present it at the Market Place.

Organisations will be allocated to workshops, depending on their fieldwork. We are aware that organisations are working in more than one field. The different workshop topics serve as a guideline to focus the discussion. 


Introduction Session 2nd October 16:00 - 17:00 :

Organisations briefly introduce themselves. Participants will be able to choose which workshop they are planning to attend the next day.

Info – Workshops 3rd October 11:00 - 12:30 :

Organisations will give a 20-30 Minute input, followed by a question and answer session.
Participants will have the chance to inform themselves directly about the situation in Greece and Turkey. This is a space to exchange information, ask questions and get an impression of the field work of the organisation. 
This is also a time to reflect upon the last two years.

Interaction – Workshop 3rd October  14:30 - 16:00 :

Participants will meet again in the same groups, to discuss current urgent issues and challenges and exchange best practice examples. The workshop group is asked to formulate relevant demands and come up with a message from their workshop for the whole group of the conference. 

Market Place and News Desk 3rd October  17:00 – 18:30 :

Market Place
Each group will bring their pin boards with the workshop results into the main conference room. In form of a Market Place, their messages will be displayed. Participants are invited to stroll around the Market Place, discuss and inform themselves about the other workshop results.

News Desk
At the same time, ten designated reporters from each workshop will gather on the stage at a special News Desk. A News Team will live report the messages and demands from each workshop and collate it to formulate a one page Special Issue Conference Newspaper.

The Special Issue Conference Newspaper will be sent to relevant influencers, politicians and the media. 

Fish Bowl Discussion :

"Where to from here ?" 
The ConAction Fish Bowl Discussion will bring activists of various small humanitarian initiatives working in Germany, Greece and Turkey together with academic and political representatives as well as journalists. Together, we aim to develop strategies aiming to improve the catastrophic humanitarian conditions for refugees waiting in Greece and Turkey. 

Fish Bowl Guests :

Efi Latsaudi 
One of the founders of an open, self-organised Pikpa camp for vulnerable refugees who arrive on Lesvos. She has been awarded UNHCR’s Nansen award for her humanitarian efforts.

Karl Kopp
Director of European Affairs, he represents PRO ASYL in the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). He is responsible for media relations in the European context and for PRO ASYL’s Europe-wide connections with human rights and refugee organisations.

Houssam AL Deen
Journalist from Damaskus, Co-founder of  Salam e.V. Berlin

More will be announced here very soon - please watch this space.