International Conference

IME-2016: Intercultural Mediation in contemporary Europe: challenges and possibilities

Final Conference of TIME Project

8-9 September 2016 Athens, Greece

Airotel Stratos Vassilikos Hotel


During the last five years immigration and refugee flows into Europe have reached unprecedented high numbers, causing social and political upheaval and bringing significant changes in European societies and cultures. European countries are faced with the challenge to respond to requests for integration, humanitarian aid and asylum amidst the worst crisis in decades. A failure to manage the associated consequences in housing, language, work and welfare could pose serious threats to political stability and social cohesion.

Against this background, Intercultural Mediation (IM) undoubtedly provides a vigorous pathway that could lead the involved parties (migrants and host society members) to a win-to-win situation, thus fostering integration and substantially contributing to the establishment of inclusive European societies. Yet, in order to take advantage of the full potential offered by Intercultural Mediation, significant challenges need to be explored.

The conference is the third in a series of events organized by the Hellenic Open University during the past years. It is addressed to researchers and practitioners of IM and associated disciplines, including among others social workers and researchers who interact with immigrants, members of immigrant communities, personnel of educational institutions, training centers, NGOs and voluntary organizations, employees of public administration and local authorities.

The conference will promote exploitation of the results of project TIME (Training Intercultural Mediators for a Multicultural Europe), which was funded under Erasmus+, aiming to identify and discuss challenges, explore possibilities, exchange knowledge on practices and interventions and present successful IM policies. The main topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • IM during refugee crisis: current needs and policies
  • Professional Profile and Common Curricula as catalysts for effective IM services
  • IM and the labor market: Accreditation and Code of Conduct
  • Technologies in IM: Information technology in the service of IM

The conference programme includes:

  • Presentations by TIME project researchers
  • Invited lectures by distinguished academics and professionals
  • Contributions from Intercultural Mediators
  • Policy consultation sessions
  • Hands-on Workshops


Researchers, post-graduate students and doctoral candidates are encouraged to submit posters on the conference themes. A special area in the conference site will be dedicated to posters.

Posters in A1 portrait dimensions will be accepted.
Poster authors should submit an abstract of the poster of 1 page maximum in word or similar format.
Total size of poster sheet(s) should not exceed that of A1 paper.

Posters should be submitted to


Official language of the conference is English. No translation services will be provided.

Those interested in attending the conference should fill the participation form and send it to:

No attendance fees are required.

Important dates

  • Poster submission: 25 August 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 August 2016
  • Early registration: 31 August 2016
  • Conference dates: 8-9 September 2016


Download the programme of the conference from here!

Conference Results

Download here the conference results! in Greek

Photos from the conference

Abstracts & Posters

Conference Scientific Committee

Achilles Kameas

Hellenic Open University, Greece

Aspasia (Sissie) Theodosiou

Technological Educational Institute of Epirus & Hellenic Open University, Greece

Hans Verrept

Federal Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Belgium

Conference Organizing committee

Mara Aspioti

Hellenic Open University, Greece

Akrivi –Irene Panagiotopoulou

Olympic Training, Greece