Call for participants to The Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar

12 – 17 June 2019 The European Wergeland Centre and Utøya invite youth leaders from all over Europe to The Thorvald Stoltenberg seminar at Utøya. 

“Most people believe that individuals who shy away from conflict are poor leaders. But I say, when you meet a person who tries to avoid conflict in order to solve a problem, keep that person, because we need them, they are not so many”

                                    Thorvald Stoltenberg

The call for applications is now closed. Applicants will hear back from us shortly. 

In cooperation with Utøya, EWC will organize the first Thorvald Stoltenberg seminar from June 12th – June 17th 2019, at Utøya island. Youth workers and youth leaders from across Europe are invited to a training course to support and promote ongoing initiatives in Europe to foster co-existence, trust and dialogue among young people in diverse societies.

What is the Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar? Read more in the call for participants

Through the training course participants will

  • exchange experiences and discuss opportunities and challenges that arise in culturally diverse societies that are influenced by migration or that have national minorities  
  • explore how stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination and historical injustices function in order to find the most efficient ways to challenge them
  • be introduced to concrete tools to combat discrimination, facilitate intercultural dialogue and promote inclusion in order to prevent conflicts in their local and national contexts

The seminar will last for 4 days (arrival June 12th / departure June 17th), and bring together approximately 30 youth leaders from all over Europe, who are selected through an open call for participants. It will be facilitated by international experts with extensive experience in education for human rights, democratic citizenship and intercultural understanding.


Who can participate?

We are looking for youth leaders primarily between the age of 18 - 30 who:

  • are involved in activities promoting diversity and intercultural understanding
  • wish to develop competences and work with practical educational tools
  • are committed to organize activities to engage others in intercultural dialogue after completing the training


There is no participation fee. The organizers will cover meals and accommodation, as well as reimburse travel expenses.



The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a resource centre on education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding. Established in 2008 by the Council Of Europe (CoE) and Norway, it’s mandate is to support member states implement CoE policies in practice. The Centre designs and offers trainings and educational programmes to educational professionals and civil society actors across Europe. EWC is a partner of Utøya and the 22. July Center on educational programmes on 22. July, democratic citizenship and human rights.

Utøya is an open and accessible arena for commemoration, learning and engagement. It is the site of the terror attack on 22 July 2011. As part of the rebuilding of Utøya the new memorial- and learning center, Hegnhuset, was completed during the summer of 2016. The learning center offers a unique opportunity for young people to reflect on what democracy means for them, what challenges and threatens it, as well as how they as active citizens can promote democracy in their everyday lives. Utøya is managed through Utøya AS.

The EWC and Utøya have facilitated several workshops since the opening of Hegnhuset in 2016.




The European Wergeland Centre

Ingrid Aspelund

Senior Advisor
+47 95993511
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Ingrid Aspelund is responsible for the programme "22 July and Democratic Citizenship", as well as coordinating EWC's projects related to issues such as prevention of hate speech, discrimination, and radicalization.

Aspelund has a Master's degree in International and Multicultural Education and a Bachelor's degree in Development Studies from Oslo and Akershus University College (now Oslo Met). She previously worked as a campaign advisor for the No Hate Speech Movement in Norway and was the head of Norwegian People’s Aid Solidarity Youth 2015-2017.

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