International Expert Platform «European Meridian XXI» Will Be Held in Online Format
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On 15 June 2020 at 15:00 CET, the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels, with the support of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, presents an online discussion with leading think tanks in Russia and Europe: «International cooperation and public diplomacy during the pandemic crisis: challenges, practices, trends». The discussion will be moderated by Fyodor LUKYANOV, one of Russia’s major political scientists, professor-researcher at the Higher School of Economics and Editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs magazine.


The event will be held in online format (ZOOM webinar). Live


Topics for discussion:


  • Public diplomacy as a means of strengthening solidarity between countries. Will it help to overcome mistrust?
  • Social changes in the era of the pandemic: Migration, distancing vs responsibility and solidarity
  • Digitization and cultural diversity. What kind of «remote» cultural product will remain in demand after the pandemic?


The speakers of the discussion will be representatives of leading European and Russian think tanks, research centres, universities, key national museums and cultural platforms.

Eleonora MITROFANOVA, Head of the Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo (Russia), Alexey GROMYKO, Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), Sieglinde GSTÖHL, Director of Studies, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, the College of Europe (Europe), Caroline GALACTEROS, Founder and chairwoman of the Think Tank GEOPRAGMA (France) will be experts on the topic of public diplomacy in the «sanitary crisis».

The topic of social shifts during the pandemic will be revealed by Marko MARTINIELLO, Director of the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, (Liège University — Belgium), Henry SARDARYAN, Dean of the School of Governance and Politics at MGIMO-University of the Russian Foreign Ministry (Russia), Ivan TIMOFEEV, Director of Programs at the Russian International Affairs Council (Russia).

Mark FRANCO, Advisor for cultural diplomacy at Centre for Fine Arts Brussels BOZAR, Senior Associate Fellow of Royal Institute for International Relations (Egmont Institute) (Belgium), Alexey LEBEDEV, Head of the International Cultural Project «Russian Seasons» (Russia), and Alessandro MAZZOLA, Sociologist, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (Liège University — Belgium) and Guildhall School (London — UK) will provide scientific and expert contribution to the discussion of digitalization and online conversion of cultural spaces and events.

Media representatives can take part in the videoconference remotely in case of preliminary accreditation. When registering, you must provide your personal mobile number with the WhatsApp application installed (preferable).

For information and accreditation:

Rossotrudnichestvo press-office: [email protected]

Press office of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Brussels: [email protected]

The working language of the discussion is English. Simultaneous translation into Russian will be available during the video conference. Please state your language preferences during the accreditation.

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