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Marinko Banjac has been a teaching assistant in Political Theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana since 2007. He has held the position of a researcher at the same faculty since September 2009.His research interests include political theory, theories of citizenship as well as (im)migration, education and multiculturalism in the European Union. He has written several articles on these topics.He was one of the leading researchers on a major citizenship education project co-funded by the European Social Fund, entitled Citizen(ship) in a New Age. Currently, he is involved in the implementation of the LLP project (Jean Monnet Action (KA 1) – Information and Research Activities for "Learning EU at School") entitled “Engaging the Youth - Building the Future”.

Petr Čáp is a civic education trainer, evaluator and researcher. Currently, he works  is as a community-led local development adviser at the Czech Government's Agency for Social Inclusion. Formerly, he worked as a director of the Civic Education Centre at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic). He is actively engaged in development of civic education programmes for public libraries in rural areas, postcolonial global citizenship education and popular education programmes with the Homeless Action Group.

Markus Lux has been working at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart since 2002. He is currently the head of Section Good Governance and Education in the Department for International Relations for Central and South-Eastern Europe, Commonwealth and Independent States, and China, in which he is responsible for exchange programmes in the areas of higher education, administration and civic engagement.

Ondřej Matejka is an historian and political scientist. He is First Deputy Director of The Institute for the Study of the Totalitarian Regimes in the Czech Republic. For sixteen years, he used to be director of the non-profit organisation “Antikomplex”, which is dedicated to encouraging critical reflection on history, especially German history of the Czech countries. In 2009, he established the Civic Education Centre at the Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic), which is attempting to launch citizenship education in the Czech Republic. He also teaches at Charles University in Prague.

Alicja T. Pacewicz serves as co-director of the Centre for Citizenship Education, responsible for programmes and educational resources. She studied at the Central School of Commerce in Warsaw and Sociology at Warsaw University, earning an M.A. in Economy (thesis on economic and social aspects of advertising). She worked as a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and as a teacher trainer at the Centre for the Development of Educational Skills. Her main interests include citizenship education, teaching methods, project- and problem-based learning, ICT in education, school reform and teacher education. Alicja T. Pacewicz is author and editor of numerous publications and textbooks on civic education and innovative instruction methods. She has participated in expert groups in the areas of national school curriculum.

Nektaria Palaiologou is assistant professor of Intercultural Education affiliated with the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Florina. She is elected board member of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and also associate Editor-in-Chief of the “Intercultural Education Journal”

Peter Panes studied German language and literature, philosophy and journalism in Heidelberg and Berlin. He was an overseas lecturer at the Goethe-Institut Finland, a lecturer of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the University of Lisbon and a co-founder of a German-Portuguese association active in the fields of publishing and culture. Peter Panes was a fellow at the University of Kassel in “German as a foreign language” and, from 1986 on, he worked at the Goethe-Institut Headquarters in Munich. He was the Director of the Goethe-Institut in La Paz, Bolivia, the Goethe-Institut in Schwäbisch Hall and Rothenburg, Germany, and from 2010 on, of the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, Greece.

Georg Pirker is since 2007 elected secretary of the DARE network (the European network for Democracy and Human Rights Education with 50 member organisations from 28 countries) and represents DARE´s view in various political bodies on European level. Further he is the person responsible for the department of European and international educational work at AdB (Association of German educational organisations) an umbrella organisation of civic educational NGO´s in Germany. He is an expert for non-formal Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in both adult and youth learning in Europe and supervises the international work of about 180 German educational centres.

Tomaž Pušnik is a researcher at the center for critical approach of Political Science, University of Ljubljana. His broader fields of research are political theory and political philosophy with focus on concepts of citizenship, citizenship education and EU policies. At the moment, he is working on two European projects, “Evening with Ombudsman”, dealing with awareness raising about fundamental rights of EU citizens, and “A partnership for youth: Towards new learning pathways for better employability of young active citizens”, which connects stakeholders in the field of education, youth and employment.

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