2018 Bologna

ENSWaP Conference 2018

“Digital Reality in the Waldorf School”

13-15 April 2018

Bologna, Italy

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The programme will start on Friday 13 April 2018 at 16.00. You are welcome to join us from 15.00 onwards. The official programme will end at 14.00 on Sunday 15 April.


At the conference we are happy to welcome the following speakers:

Christopher Clouder, on technology, change and child

Christopher Clouder FRSA is a freelance speaker, writer and consultant on questions of childhood, innovation in education, cultural evolution and creativity. He was the founding director of the Botin Platform for Innovation in Education and led research into Social Emotional Education and Creativity and the Arts. He is co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood, a member of the Learning for Well-being Community and the International Forum for Steiner Education. From 1989 to 2012 he was the founding CEO of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education.


Margareta van Raemdonck, on research and good practices around the theme of the conference

Margareta works for the Flemish Steiner Waldorf Federation. She has 20 years of teaching experience. Since 2004 she has been responsible for the work necessary for safeguarding the Steiner curriculum from class 7 onwards within the Flemish educational realm. As a result of the constitutional freedom of education in Belgium, the Steiner school movement in Flanders was able to secure a Flemish Steiner school qualification with university access on the basis of this already more than 20 years ongoing curriculum development. She also works on pedagogical innovations and lobby work in Belgium and in Europe. She is a board member of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education. She has started projects on how to collect research into and good practices in Waldorf education in order to share these amongst the federations and schools.


Bence Tijssen,on artificial intelligence and its societal impact

Bence finished his primary Waldorf education in the Netherlands and went to secondary school in Hungary. He is now a student and teacher’s assistant at the University of Amsterdam, where he studies artificial intelligence (AI).

Bence will give a short introduction to the field of AI, by looking at its different subdisciplines, its history, current developments and expected future developments. After this he will discuss questions with the participants such as “How can AI benefit society?”, “What are the dangers of AI?” and “How can we help the next generation prepare?”.


Julia Kernbach,on growing up healthy in the digital age

Julia Kernbach studied fine arts, photography and art history at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. She uses digital and analogue media equally in her art work.

Julia is an ECHT DABEI coach (http://www.echt-dabei.de/), working in prevention programmes in kindergartens and primary schools to help children, educators and parents to achieve critical and risk-free media use. She also works with children in the Museum Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Duesseldorf, Germany with analogue and digital media, such as stop-motion films. Her focus is on active media use whether digital or analogue. Julia is part of the working group “media education” in the Waldorf school of her children in Duesseldorf. She also develops agreements on media education at Waldorf schools with parents and teachers for their classes.


The programme will be introduced by Márti Domokos, coordinator of ENSWaP. She has been a Waldorf parent for more than 18 years and she is interested in all developments, research and good practices in Waldorf education. For the last couple of years the theme of media and digitalisation and how to help schools and our children keep up with the changing world without losing any part of their humanity became her main focus.


The host of the conference will be Cristina Carpani from the school in Bologna. The work will be helped by core group members Ellen Niemann and Karin Daurer. All lectures will be followed by workshops and discussions. During coffee breaks participants will have plenty of opportunities to make connections, exchange experiences and share their own stories.


Note: The language of the conference is English.


How to participate

Complete and send the registration form and transfer the registration fee until the 1st of April.

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Registration fee and payment

The registration fee is €150 which includes the full programme and all food and beverages offered throughout the conference.

Payment by bank transfer can be made as follows:

IBAN: IT81 S063 8502 4161 0000 0006 012
Reason for payment: ENSWaP2018 Full name of participant

Please transfer the registration fee as soon as you can: this makes your registration official.

Solidarity fund: if the costs are the only thing holding you back from registering, you can apply for financial and/or organisational help. Please contact us through enswap@enswap.org.



The conference will take place at Scuola Steineriana Maria Garagnani.



Recommended Hotels

Hotel CalzavecchioVia Calzavecchio 1, 40033 Casalecchio di Reno, Italia

Offer: Convegno ENSWaP
€90.00/night – single room (double room for one guest)
€110.00/night – double room
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Breakfast, taxes and service included. Offer valid for bookings confirmed before the 1st of March. The hotel keeps an option for ENSWaP on 10 double rooms and 5 single rooms until the 1st of March.

Airport Hotel Bologna – Via Marco Emilio Lepido 203/14 40132 Bologna, Italy

€59,00/night – single room
€74,00/night – double room

Breakfast buffet, VAT and service included (tourist tax to be added: €2,0 per person per day). The hotel keeps an option on 30 rooms (double or double for one guest).

Apartments and studios

There’s plenty of private accommodations in Bologna. We suggest that you check with airbnb.it and booking.com or equivalents and get in touch with us before booking if advice on the location is needed.

Suggested areas are:

  • the city centre: Piazza Maggiore, Via D’Azeglio, University area, Via Indipendenza  
  • or near the Central train station, as in 11 minutes a train connects the station with Casteldebole, which is the nearest stop to the school (less than 1 km).

Please note that Italian train stations are not really in the historical centres, although not far.

Sleeping in the school

Sleeping in the school is possible, it is a very basic accommodation in the classrooms.

Staying with families

If you’d like to stay with a family, contact enswap@enswap.org. There are only limited places available.


Travelling from Bologna City centre to the School

By train from the Central train station, 11 minutes, train departing at around 8.00 a.m.:

Bologna Train Station to Casteldebole

By bus no.19 from Via Rizzoli, 30 minutes, bus departing at about 7.45 a.m.


We will arrange a lift at an agreed time (around 8.30) from Casteldebole to the school for participants who prefer not to walk.