|Patras (2006) - Programme|
Media and Culture
The first Conference entitled “Media & Culture” took place in March 2006 along with the Publishers’ Association of Patras, Epirus and the Island’s Daily Newspapers and the Association of European Journalists. The questions addressed by representatives from the Mass Media industry and cultural media included:
“How can Mass Media produce culture?”
“Media and Culture under the framework of the Internet”
“How to reflect the 25 different cultures in the new Europe?”
The conference ended successfully. Many participants, especially students, had their questions answered, but they also challenged the connection between Culture and the Mass Media.
Science and Culture
The second conference entitled “Science & Culture” took place in June 2006. It questioned the relationship between culture and science. The scientific sectors included: religion; scientific and technological progress; neuroscience; architecture, the core science; and also energy and its alternative uses. People from various fields of science and from cultural media participated. The conference addressed issues concerning connections and continuity but also the gaps which exist between culture and the sciences. The collaboration of professors from the University of Patras, the participation by scientists from both Greece and abroad and the active participation of the audience ensured the conference’s success.
Politics and Culture
The third conference entitled “Politics & Culture” took place in November 2006. There were local, national and European participants at this conference as well as NGO representatives who dealt with cultural politics. Various issues were addressed and responded to accordingly. One issue called for the creation of a standard cultural management model based on political feasibility, which would benefit social and financial development. The participation of international scientists played an important role at this conference. They offered different points of view and the opportunity to exchange and cultivate relationships with academia and international organizations. The main goal is the foundation of effective communication concerning culture, which will contribute to the development of a mutually inclusive European Culture. Aware of the need for communication at a critical time for European unification, the European Commission embraced “Patras 2006” initiative though the “Culture 2000” programme. They acknowledged the value that “What about Europe” addressed and disclosed their approval of proposed solutions.