The Athens Dialogues

Education and Democracy: The Challenge of Digital Technology

1 December 2012
Main Stage
Prominent scientists from around the world as well as from Greece will participate in this event.
Free entrance


The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation in collaboration with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and non-profit organization of the Onassis Cultural Centre in the framework of the “Academy of Plato” project, organizes a colloquium entitled Education and Democracy: The Challenge of Digital Technology.

The event takes place on Saturday 1 December 2012 from 10:00-18:00 at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens. Scholars from around the world as well as from Greece will participate in this event.

Modern societies experience rapid political and economic changes. One aspect of this applies to issues raised by digital technology. As a result, society is expected to adopt a new attitude towards today’s responsibilities and tomorrow’s challenges in relation to digital technology and the democratization of education in its broader sense, including life-long learning and the management of cultural content.

This colloquium aims at creating a communication channel where different opinions will be expressed by representatives of the political and social sciences, the humanities and the arts, thus allowing for a fruitful and creative dialogue on the issue of digital technology as a challenge emerging in the new conditions that have been formed and to set the basis for future policy planning.

The event will focus on issues that relate to digital technology with an emphasis on its impact on democracy and education. Distinguished  speakers from Greece and abroad will participate in the event: Stamatis Krimigis (Scientist in space exploration, Chair of Science of Space, Academy of Athens; Head Emeritus, Space Department, Applied physics Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University), Dimitris Gouscos (Assistant Professor, University of Athens), Evi Sachini (Head, Strategic Planning & Development Dept. at National Documentation Centre - National Hellenic Research Foundation), Charlotte Roueché (Professor at King’s College London and Senior Research Fellow in Digital Hellenic Studies), George Metakides (Professor, University of Patras, DIGITAL ENLIGHTENMENT FORUM), Thanasis Hadzilacos (Professor, Open University of Cyprus), Stylianos Hatzipanagos (Lecturer, King’s College, University of London), Peter Meineck (Professor, New York University) et al.

This colloquium is part of the Athens Dialogues project, the first event that the Onassis Cultural Centre hosted in November 2010. The Athens Dialogues is an ongoing project, which continues through its electronic journal, implemented by the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University. The colloquium is the last event of the Athens Dialogues for the year 2012 (the two previous ones being the Challenge of Immigration and the issue of Science, Technology and Ethics, which were realized in September and November at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens and in Cambridge Mass., respectively).

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