November 9 –10, 2022 | Hotel Saffron | Bratislava | Slovakia


6th International Conference “Civic Actors in Conflict"

International conference
Civic Actors in Conflict VI.

While the global coronavirus pandemic challenged the way we work and live, the war in Ukraine has brought a new set of challenges that we hoped we will never have to deal with. Yet, we do.  

In this conference we aim to explore what strategies we as civic actors can utilize to address hate, polarisation and extremism in our online and offline communities both in times of war and peace.

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What topics do we cover?

From Social Networks to City Square

People mobilise and organise themselves online and their actions may transform into concrete offline actions such as humanitarian assistance, protests or supporting and integrating refugees into the local community. What can we learn as civic actors when taking action from online to offline and back?

Screen to Screen

Social networks, search engines, online platforms and their algorithms shape our way of living and how we interact with one another. In the online era, we have to understand that the new generation is growing up with their identities intertwined with the online world. Online is where a lot happens, therefore has to be taken seriously.

Building Strong Cities: Models for City-Led Prevention

Cities, towns and other local authorities feel the day-to-day impact of polarisation, hate and extremism in their communities, perhaps more acutely now than ever before. They have a unique but under-recognised role to play in building community resilience and bottom-up prevention.  They are closer to their communities, arguably better understand the local issues, and are often better placed than national governments to turn policy into action. In spite of this, national governments around the world still dominate the policy agenda, often with a greater emphasis on securitised rather than preventative whole-of society approaches. But how do cities take on a greater role and what are some of the mechanisms led by cities that allow them to play a connective role between government strategies on the one hand and grassroots outreach on the other? In this session, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) will bring together three cities from Norway, North Macedonia and Slovakia to share their insights and lessons for cities across Europe facing common challenges but with distinct local needs and different municipal infrastructure.  

We are inviting international speakers, experts and practitioners to discuss their stories and analytic contributions. Last but not least we will create time for dialogue and networking among our guests not only during the social and cultural part of our program, but also during our practical workshops and other interactive conference formats that enable in-depth interactions among participants.  

Get inspired by the speakers at the conference.

Venue Information

The conference takes place in Hotel Saffron in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Event Location

Hotel Saffron

Radlinského 27, Bratislava, Slovakia

phone: +421 2 212 99 301

GPS 48.152466 17.116778

Map of the location


The registration is OPEN. 

Please fill in the REGISTRATION FORM

For more details click on the top menu "REGISTER".

Interested in more? Check out our conference agenda. More information in this section is coming. 

Conference agenda

Here is a general overview of the conference schedule and offerings.

Day 1: NOVEMBER 9, 2022

08:30 - 09:00

09:00 - 09:30

Welcoming remarks and opening of the conference Gijs van Beek (The Netherlands) / Jon Jones (UK) / Lukáš Zorád (Slovakia)
09:30 - 10:50

Civic actors in war and peace Igor Horków (Poland / Ukraine) / Igor Shynkariuk (Ukraine) / Myroslava Keryk (Poland) / Nina Spišiak (Slovakia) / Zuza Fialová (Slovakia)
10:50 - 11:10

11:10 - 12:30
Panel Discussion

Display to display: Online radicalisation and de-radicalisation Julia Ebner (UK) / Marie Heřmanová (CZ) / Olivier Cauberghs (Belgium)
12:30 - 14:30

LUNCH (provided by the organizers)
14:30 - 16:00

14:30 - 16:00
Workshop 1

Screen to screen: Online radicalisation through memes and humor Olivier Cauberghs (Belgium) / Tom De Smedt (Belgium)
14:30 - 16:00
Workshop 2

Screen to screen: Behind the AI technology Guy De Pauw (Belgium)
14:30 - 16:00
Workshop 3

Building Strong Cities: Models for City-Led Prevention Jon Jones (UK) / Kim Henrik Gronert (Norway) / Martin Kralovic (Slovakia) / Simeon Dukic (Northern Macedonia)
16:00 - 16:30

16:30 - 18:00

16:30 - 18:00
Workshop 4

Screen to screen: Online moderation of online events Michal Horský (Slovakia)
16:30 - 18:00
Workshop 5

European Observatory of Online Hate: tech for non-tech actors countering hate Gijs van Beek (The Netherlands) / Lydia El-Khouri (UK)
16:30 - 18:00
Workshop 6

Radicalisation prevention model from Norway Johanne Marie Benitez Nilsen (Norway) / Kim Henrik Gronert (Norway)
16:30 - 18:00
Workshop 7

Conflict response in football Loukas Anastasiadis (Greece)
18:00 - 20:00

BREAK FOR DINNER (the dinner is not provided by the organizers)
20:00 - 21:00
Evening program

Photo Art Exhibition and presentation of winning photographs Ľubica Stanek (Slovakia)

Meet the People

We are inviting international speakers, experts and practitioners to discuss their stories and analytic contributions.

Want to know more? Click on the picture of a particular speaker to find out more information. 

We are preparing more great speakers for you.

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Thanks to the support by the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme and the US Embassy in Bratislava, we are able to deliver all sessions of the conference for a highly reduced, symbolic registration fees. 

The registration fee is 45 € per person. The fee covers the whole program of the conference, refreshments during coffee breaks and lunch at hotel Saffron during both days of the conference. We also offer (and cover) accommodation in Hotel Saffron for those who travel from abroad/ are living outside of Bratislava, although our capacities are limited. 

In case you travel from abroad, you can apply for a travel grant and we may cover up to 70% of your travel costs. In case you plan to apply for the travel grant please contact Monika Straková via email

The number of participants is limited. The application becomes valid only after we receive the payment to our bank account. Please fill in the REGISTRATION FORM. When we receive your registration we will issue you an invoice for the conference fee.

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Monika Straková 

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