"Beyond talk and chalk: creativity in the classroom"

2nd Brussels Debate

Europe’s economies are changing. The industrial society, which shaped and modernised Europe’s societies, is transforming fast into to a largely services-based, knowledge-based society. Knowledge has become the core resource, well over land, labour and capital. But are Europe’s education systems, from the basic to the most advanced levels of education, designed to prepare for this new society?

The second Brussels Debate will focus on the future of education in Europe. How can schools and universities foster the creative and innovative capacity of pupils and students, helping them to develop and use it throughout their life and in the future labour market? New jobs that do not even exist today call for new skills. New social needs call for new solutions.

Date:   30 March 2009
Venue: Résidence Palace, Polak Room, 
             Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels
Time:    17:00 - 19:00 (Registration starts at 16:30)


  • Odile Quintin, Director General for Education and Culture, European Commission;
  • Martin Eduardo Marçal Grilo, Member of the Board of Trustees, Gulbenkian Foundation, former Minister of Education of Portugal
  • Alfons Sauquet, Dean of ESADE Business School;
  • Dirk Van Damme, Head of Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, OECD


To participate in the debate, please contact  info@epc.eu


Download the background paper of the second Brussels Debate (PDF, 55KB)

Download the speech of Ms. Odile Quintin, Director General for Education and Culture, European Commission (PDF, 72KB)

Download the report of the second Brussels Debate (PDF, 48KB)

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