1st Symposium 2008

1st IBSS 2008: “The Wider Black Sea Area in Perspective”

The International Black Sea Symposium project was launched in 2008 and the first Symposium event entitled “The Wider Black Sea Area in Perspective” took place on the island of Kalymnos, Dodecanese, Greece on 1 - 6 July 2008.

The Symposium event was organised and hosted by the ICBSS in cooperation and with the support of numerous partners and sponsors.

The Symposium received a lot of interest and finally 46 highly qualified young professionals from the wider Black Sea region, Western Europe, the US and Central Asia were selected to participate. The participants had the unique opportunity to gain insights into a wide range of issues related to Black Sea regional cooperation, such as security, energy, economic development and history inter alia. They followed a series of thematic lectures imparted by 24 international experts on the topics in hand including from the sphere of academia, policy making, and business.

Complementary to the lectures, study groups encouraged the participants to further explore the issues raised in the lectures. Discussion was not limited to the programmed sessions but actively continued during the free time and professional and personal contacts made during this week are expected to last for years to come. This was arguably the most important feat of the Symposium - bringing together participants and speakers in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment of dialogue and learning, laying the foundation for a network of persons who are interested and engaged in the future development of the region.

Given the overwhelmingly positive feedback on the Symposium from both participants and speakers, as well as partners, the ICBSS committed to turning the Symposium into an annual event and to thus develop not only the knowledge and focus on the wider Black Sea area but to build and expand also the Symposium’s alumni network.

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