The sessions held by the Working Group on the Quality of Childhood at the European Parliament in the period 2006-2018

5 December 2006

1. 'The Toxic Childhood Syndrome and the Quality of Childhood' with Christopher Clouder (UK) and Professor Hans van Crombrugge (Belgium). Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

9 January 2007

2. 'Really Improving the Education in the European Union requires Systemic Changes' with professor Luc Stevens (Netherlands) and Professor Ferre Laevers (Belgium). Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

6 March 2007

3. 'The Quality of Child-Adult Relationships in Families and School' with Jesper Juul (Denmark). Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

15 May 2007

4. 'The Child: his/her Networks and Neighbourhood' with René Diekstra. Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

September 20

2007

5. 'How can we improve in the European Union the Early Childhood Educational Systems' with John Bennett, the author of the OECD Study Starting Strong. Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

November 6

2007

6. 'How to let children and adolescents acquire key competences for the world of the 21st century? with Dr. Martina Leibovici-Mühlberger from Austria and Geseke Lundgren from Sweden. Host: MEP Karin Resetarits

January 8,

2008

7. 'Attachment, what it is, why it is important and what we can do about it to help young children acquire a secure attachment?' with Sir Richard Bowlby. Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

March 4, 2008

8. 'A vision on children and childhood in the European Union' by Michiel Matthes. Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

May 14, 2008

9. Professor René Diekstra about 'The Changing Face of Adolescence. Accounting for changes in adolescent development and their effects on education and social policies'. Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

July 1, 2008

10. Professor Steen Hildebrandt (University of Aarhus, Denmark) about the 'Multiple intelligences in the knowledge-based society'. Host: MEP Rovana Plumb.


September 16, 2008

11. Presentation of the report of the Fundación Marcelino Botín entitled 'Social and Emotional Education, An International Analysis' by  Christopher Clouder and Fátima Sánchez Santiago. Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

November 12, 2008

12. Professor Boris Cyrulnik from France: 'What measures can we take to improve the quality of childhood in the European Union?' Host: MEP Rovana Plumb.

November 17, 2008

13. Organisation of a Symposium in Bucharest, Romania at the request of MEP Mrs Rovana Plumb: 'A European Policy Agenda for the Quality of Childhood with special emphasis on the case of the children of Romanian migrant workers'.


January 27, 2009

14. Dr. Michel Vandenbroeck (University of Ghent, Belgium) about 'Diversity and Equity in Early Childhood Services'. Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

March 3, 2009

15. 'Taking stock of what has been achieved with the Working Group since December 2006 and looking forward' with Michiel Matthes, Secretary-General of the Alliance for Childhood European Network. Host: MEP Karin Resetarits.

April 28, 2009

16. Professor Peter Moss (University of London) about young children and their services: developing a European approach. Host: MEP Rovana Plumb.

September 8, 2009

17. 'Continuing to work on improving the Quality of Childhood in the European Union during the present economic downturn' with Professor Emeritus Richard Wilkinson, co-author of the book 'The Spirit Level, Why More Equal Societies Almost Always do Better'. Host: MEP Rovana Plumb.

November 17, 2009

18. The Technical University of Dortmund won the tender issued by the European Commission to execute a Research Project to identify the key research questions regarding families and family policies. The leader of this project, Professor Dr. Uwe Uhlendorff gave a briefing on this Project and spoke about 'Developing a European Research Agenda for Families and Family Policies'. Host: MEP Lívia Járóka.

December 8, 2009

19. Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain,  and the policy requirements in this respect with Sue Gerhardt, author of the book with the similar title.  Host: MEP Evelyn Regner. 

January 12, 2010

20. The PISA Study and lessons learned regarding the Quality of Childhood with Andreas Schleicher, Head of the Indicators and Analysis Division of the OECD Directorate for Education. Host: MEP Evelyn Regner.

March 2, 2010

21. 'Improving the Quality of Childhood in the European Union: the Case of Roma Children' with Ivan Ivanov, Executive Director of the European Roma Information Office (ERIO) and Bernard Rorke, Director of the Roma Initiative Programs of the Open Society Institute (OSI). Host: MEP Gerald Häfner.


April 13, 2010

22. Improving the Quality of Childhood in the European Union: the Aspect of Parental Leave Policies by Professor Peter Moss of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. Host: MEP Gerald Häfner.

June 8, 2010

23. 'The City for the Children'. Key-note speaker: Vanessa Pallucchi, Director for Education of Legambiente, Rome, Italy. Host: MEP Vittorio Prodi and MEP Karin Kadenbach.

August 31, 2010

24. 'The impact of television and screen media on the Quality of Childhood and what are good policies in this respect on the level of the family, on the level of the country and on the EU level?' with Dr. Aric Sigman, author of the book 'Remotely controlled, how television is damaging our lives'. Host: MEP Karin Kadenbach.

November 17, 2010

25. 'The proposed research agenda for the European Commission re families and family policies' with Professor Dr. Uwe Uhlendorff of the Technical University Dortmund, Germany. Host: MEP Mr Gerald Häfner

January 11, 2011

26. 'The Quality of the Physical Environment of the Child, the Current Problems in this area, and what needs to be done?' together with the Health and Environment Alliance and the INCHES Network. Host: MEP Gerald Häfner.

March 1, 2011

27. 'Educating the Art of Life: Resilience and Creativity in Contemporary Education' with David Brierley, Associate Professor at the Rudolf Steiner University College, Oslo Norway.  Host: MEP Evelyn Regner.

March 29, 2011

28. 'A reflection on the European Commission's High Level Group on Literacy' with emeritus Professor Margaret Clark from the UK. Host: MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij.

May 31, 2011

29. 'Learning to move and moving to learn. Why physical development in the early years supports later learning, behaviour and achievement' with Sally Goddard Blythe, Director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in the UK. Hosted by MEP Edward McMillan-Scott.

September 6, 2011

30. Presentation of the report 'Learning for Well-being: a Policy Priority for Children and Youth in Europe, A Movement for Change' by Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva. Host: MEP Karin Kadenbach.

November 8, 2011

31. Alcohol Nation, How to protect our children from today's drinking culture' with Dr. Aric Sigman. Host: MEP Gerald Häfner.

January 10, 2012

32. Presentation of a Proposal to set up a European Academy for Complementary Pedagogy by Jesper Juul. Host: MEP Judith Merkies.

March 6, 2012

33. ' What Contribution can the Digital Environment make to the Improvement of the Quality of Childhood? with Professor Martine Delfos from the Netherlands and Thibaut Kleiner of the Cabinet of Euro-commissioner Neelie Kroes. Host: MEP Evelyn Regner.

April 11, 2012

34. 'Improving the Quality of Childhood as a challenge to European institutions: Reflections from the Ombudsmen for Children' with Maria Kaisa Aula, the Finnish Ombudsman for Children. Host: MEP Liisa Jaakonsaari.

5 June 2012

35. The State of Affairs of the Child in the City,  and What Needs To Be Done?  with  Dr. Jan van Gils, President and founder of the European Network of Child Friendly Cities and President of the International Council for Children's Play. Host: MEP Karin Kadenbach

4 September 2012

36. '500,000 Preterm Births in Europe Each Year. What are the Dangers, and What are the Main Components of a Successful Strategy to Address this Challenge?'  with Professor Luc Zimmermann (Belgium / Netherlands), Professor Dominique Haumont (Belgium) and Silke Mader (Germany), all working with the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI).  Host: MEP Peter Liese.

13 November 2012

37. 'How can we help children to reach their unique potential and how can we support the parents, caregivers and teachers in their role vis-à-vis children' with Dr. Gordon Neufeld from Vancouver, Canada. Host: MEP Gerald Häfner.

9 January 2013

38. 'Children and their connection with nature: why it is important and how can it be stimulated?' with Tim Gill from the UK. Host: MEP Judith Merkies

and MEP Gerald Häfner.

5 March 2013

39. 'IFFD's Family Enrichment Courses: the Case Study Method applied to Family Settings. What it is and how to provide it to more families?' with Marina Robben, President of the International Federation For Family Development (IFFD). Host: MEP Anneli Jäätteenmäki and MEP Anna Záborská.

9 April 2013

40. Finland has the best literacy score in the European Union. What are the main elements of its strategy and to what extent can it be copied by other countries? with Professor Heikki Lyytinen. Host: MEP Liisa Jaakonsaari.

4 June 2013

41. 'The commercialisation of childhood in the USA: what is the current situation, to what extent is it harmful for children, what needs to be done and what are the lessons for the European Union? with Susan Linn, Founder and Director of the 'Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood'. Host: MEP Anna Záborská.

3 September 2013

42. 'The Human Biotechnology Revolution is opening the door to the creation of  genetically modified 'designer babies': what is the current situation?, what is at stake at the moment?, what needs to be done?, and what role could the European Union play in this respect?' with Enola Aird, Founder and Director of  'Mothers for a Human Future'. Host: MEP Anna Záborská.

12 November 2013

43. 'Positive human development: a spontaneous or guided process? 45 years of experience with longitudinal research and the policy lessons that can be drawn from it' with Professor Lea Pulkkinen. Host: MEP Anneli Jäätteenmäki.

7 January 2014

44. 'Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Systems in Europe: what are the current trends and what needs to be done?' with Professor Dr. Mathias Urban, Professor of Early Childhood and Director of the Early Childhood Research Centre, University of Roehampton, London, Great Britain.

Host: MEP Gerald Häfner

4 March 2014

45. Parents' partnership stability and quality as a context for child development. What are the challenges, and what policies and programmes are in place? Some insights from Germany' with Professor Dr. Sabine Walper, Research Director of the German Youth Institute in Munich, Germany. Host: MEP Jürgen Klute.

18 June 2014

46. 'Make the European Parliament a global Child Rights Champion'. The presentations will be given by representatives of the Child Rights Action Group (CRAG) a.o. Jana Hainsworth of Eurochild and Deirdre de Burca of World Vision. Host: MEP Gerald Häfner.

8 July 2014

47. 'Youth employment in the EU member states: what is the current situation?, and what is the role of the European Commission in the domain of the youth Initiative and the Youth Guarantee? Discussion of the Commission's Country Specific Recommendations' The presentation will be given by Jeroen Jutte of the European Commission, Head of Unit, DG EMPL, Unit C1 European Employment Strategy and Governance. Host: MEP Julie Ward.

9 September 2014

48. 'Developing inclusive systems across Education, Health and Social sectors for early school leaving prevention' The presentation will be given by Dr. Paul Downes of Saint Patrick's College, Dublin City University. Host: MEP Julie Ward.

11 November 2014

49. 'The Mental Health Situation of Children and Young People in the European Union: What is the Current Situation and What could be done?' The presentation will be given by Professor Dr. Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer and Dr. Veronika Ottova-Jordan from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. Host: MEP Anna Hedh.

6 January 2015

50. 'The effect of the Great Recession on Southern European Children's and Adolescents’ Adaptation and Well-being: Risks and Resilience Processes. What is necessary at this moment?' The presentation will be given by Professor Frosso Motti-Stefanidi, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Athens, Greece. Host: MEP Kostas Chrysogonos.

3 March 2015

51. '4000 City Councils for Children in France: how do they operate and what makes them succesful?' The presentation will be given by Jonathan Lévy from the French NGO 'Initiatives of Change', the initiator and project director of CATS (Children as Actors for Transforming Society) and Vice President of the International Janusz Korczak Association. Host: MEP József Nagy.

13 May 2015

52. 'Children's Well-Being Indicators: a Powerful Tool to Improve the Well-Being of Children. Launch of the European Report of Children's Worlds' The presentation will be given by Professor Ferran Casas, University of Girona, Spain, Professor Sabine Andresen, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany and Professor Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York, UK. Host: MEP Nathalie Griesbeck.   A report on the Children's Worlds survey, 2013-14.

2 June 2015

53. 'Health Assets for Young People's Health and Well-being. A New Basis for a set of Indicators for Policy and Practice? Key Results and Strategies from the Health Behaviour in School Aged Children (HBSC) Survey'  The presentation will be given by Dr Antony Morgan, visiting Professor at the Glasgow Caledonian University, London Campus, UK, and leader of the MSc Public Health with Social Action Programme. Host: MEP Marie Arena and MEP Jana Zitnanska.

1 September 2015

54. 'Elham Palestine: a Multisector National Partnership Towards Making Schools More Conducive to Children’s Well-being. What is the Philosophy and Approach of Elham? What Positive Outcomes Have Resulted? In Which Way Can We Apply the Same Approach in a European Context?' The presentation will be given by Dr. Marwan Awartani, President of Khaduri Technical University and co-founder and Secretary-General of the Universal Education Foundation. Host: MEP Julie Ward.

17 November 2015

55. 'Prosperity Without Growth: A Vision of a Lasting Prosperity For All' The presentation will be given by Professor dr. Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) at the University of Surrey, UK and author of the book 'Prosperity without growth, Economics for a Finite Planet'. Host: MEP Younous Omarjee and MEP Molly Scott Cato and MEP Jean Lambert

12 January 2016

56. 'Curious Minds: ´The English Approach to Offer Rich Educational and Cultural Programmes to All Children and Young People' The presentation will be given by Derri Burdon, the Chief Executive of Curious Minds, a charitable company in the North West of England dedicated to helping children and young people achieve their greatest asset: their creative potential. Host: MEP Julie Ward

1 March 2016

57. 'Refugee and Immigrant Children and Youngsters: Some Reflections on the Successful Integration of Them in the Receiving Societies' The presentation will be given by Professor Frosso Motti-Stefanidi, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Athens, Greece and by Lilana Keith, Advocacy Officer of PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants). Host: MEP Caterina Chinnici

26 April 2016

58. 'What Constitutes Good Education and What Are the Roles of Measurement and Evaluation in It?' The presentation will be given by Professor Dr. Gert Biesta, Professor of Education, Brunel University London, UK, Visiting Professor (Art Education), Artez, Institute for the Arts, the Netherlands, Associate Member of the Education Council of the Netherlands and Chief advisory editor 'Studies in Philosophy and Education'. Host: MEP Liisa Jaakonsaari

14 June 2016

59. 'What Can We Do to Establish a Good Education and Which New Pedagogical Approach We May Use' The presentation will be given by Martine Reicherts, Director-General for Education and Culture in the European Commission. Host: MEP Julie Ward

6 September 2016

60. 'Toward Media Literacy or Media Addiction? Contours of Good governance for Healthy Childhood in the Digital World' The presentation will be given by Professor Dr. Paula Bleckmann from the Alanus University of Arts and Sciences, Germany. Host: MEP Julie Ward

8 November 2016

61. 'How to Empower Parents for a Better Quality of Childhood? Lessons from the EU Research Project INCLUD-ED' The presentation will be given by Professor Ramón Flecha (CREA, Community of Research on Excellence for All), University of Barcelona, Spain. This QoC Talk is organised in cooperation with the European Parents' Organisation (EPA). Host: MEP István Ujhelyi

10 January 2017

62. 'Children with Imprisoned Parents: How to Support Children to Cope with Their Parent´s Imprisonment and Enhance Their Potential to Lead Safe, Included, Happy, Achieving Lives?' The presentation will be given by Kate Philbrick and Hannah Lynn of Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE), with which this session has been organised. Host: MEP Julie Ward
A video interview with the two key-note speakers

7 March 2017

63. 'Innovation in Education. Improving Learning & Well-Being' The presentation will be given by Professor Dr. Els Laenens, University of Antwerp. Host: MEP József Nagy

11 April 2017

64. 'Primary Health Care for Children in Europe. Similarities and Differences between Coutries - what do they Mean? Interim findings of thee Models Of Child Health Appraised (MOCHA) Horizon 2020 Project' The presentation will be given by Professor Michael Rigby and Dr. Denise Alexander, MOCHA Project, Imperial College London UK. Host: MEP Hannu Takkula
A video interview with the two key-note speakers

20 June 2017

65. 'The Pros and Cons of OECD's International Early Learning Study (IELS)' The IELS Project will be introduced by Rowena Phair, Team Leader of the project at the OECD, followed by a critique about IELS by Professor Dr. Mathias Urban (Early Childhood) and Director of the Early Childhood Research Centre, University of Roehampton, UK. Host: MEPMary Honeyball. Presentations: Rowena Phair, Mathias Urban
A video interview with two key-note speakers

5 September 2017

66. 'Art Education Promotes the development of the Child and Society' The presentation will be given by Dr. Eeva Anttila, Professor of Dance Pedagogy at Theatre Academy of the University of Helsinki, Finland. Host: MEP Julie Ward
A video interview with key-note speaker

7 November 2017

67. 'The new educational curriculum in Finland. Goals, underlying values, guiding principles and how and why it was brought about' The presentation will be given by Irmeli Halinen, former Head of National Curriculum Development and a Counsellor of Education in the Finnish National Agency of Education. Host: MEP Hannu Takkula. 
Key-note-speaker´s presentation (pdf file)
A video of key-note-speaker's presentation: part 1, part 2, part 3

6 March 2018

68. 'Towards a New Pedagogical Culture' The presentation will be given by Dr. Martina Leibovici-Mühlberger from Austria.
Host: MEP Evelyn Regner 

5 June 2018

69. 'New Discoveries in the field of brain science can contribute significantly to a healthy childhood ant the well-being of children. Presentation of an initiative in alberta, Canada' The presentation will be given by Nancy Mannix, Founder and Chairman of the Palix Foundation and the alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) in Alberta Canada
Host: MEP Henna Virkkunen

4 September 2018

70. ´The Importance of Art in Childhood; Case Studies from the UK and Finland´ The presentation will be given by Ruth Churchill Dower, Founder and Director from EarlyArts in the UK and Iina Berden, special government advisor in the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
Host: MEP Julie Ward
Presentation: Iina Berden (pdf)

4 December 2018

71. 'Janusz Korczak and his Lessons for the Quality of Childhood'
The presentation will be given by Theo Cappon and Thelma Brouwers of the Dutch Janusz Korczak Association.
Host: MEP József Nagy