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Knowledge Management in Contemporary Europe

Location Brussels, Belgium
Date 30 May - 01 June 2010
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At the Lisbon meeting in March 2000, the European Council expressed its wish for the European Union to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based society in the world by the year 2010.

Knowledge management

Lifelong learning (LLL) was identified as one of the key ways through which such a goal could be achieved. There was widespread consensus that ensuring easy access to good quality information and to learning is central to constructing a competitive, knowledge-based economy. In the last decade Europe has shown an increasing interest to take advantage of the powerful engine which is the knowledge produced in its societies and to entrust the future of its prosperity to the knowledge itself. Here, knowledge production alone offers a too narrow perspective. The challenge is defined by the entire field of knowledge management, comprising at the same time the production, dissemination and consumption of knowledge, ranging from preschool to the population at large.

Aims of the workshop

The workshop aims to advance our understanding of how our societies can manage at best knowledge by reviewing ideas, framework, problems and proposals regarding the field of knowledge management. Our purpose is to set up an agenda of the current issues and strategic perspectives in the field of knowledge management by formulating a limited set of key questions that enable us to unify the various conflicting aspects of knowledge management pertaining to its various functional levels.

This workshop will facilitate a fundamental discussion both in four panels and in four working groups focusing on the following four areas, each of which encompasses all the dimensions of knowledge management:

  1. The role of knowledge creation in a networked society;
  2. Knowledge infrastructures;
  3. Knowledge dissemination and transfer;
  4. The future of higher education institutions.

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Steering Committee

Prof. Leopoldina Fortunati

Media Studies, University of Udine, IT

Prof. Svend Erik Larsen

Aesthetic Studies, Aarhus University, DK

Dr Julia Stamm

COST Science Officer for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health, Brussels, BE

Contact Information

Dr Julia Stamm
Science Officer Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health
COST Office
Avenue Louise 149
1050 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 533 38 33
Fax +32 2 533 38 90