What works conference (March, London)
This year, the EEPG helped organize the What Works conference, suggesting speakers and participants in the panel discussions. Therefore, Sintija Buhanovska from Zvaigzne, Brian Gilsenan from CJFallon and Teuvo Sankila from Otava and Helga Holtkamp from EEPG (as replacement for a German teacher who could not participate due to a strike) were all taking part in the panel discussions. However, despite a reasonable attendance (120 in the room), the event was thought to lack sparkle. A dominant UK-orientation and an intensive opening session on copyright law left many behind. The event also lacked a unifying theme and there was hardly any audience participation. The content was OK, but nothing "really new" and presented in a format that was difficult to follow. The decision to discourage visual presentations (PowerPoint etc.) meant that the audience had to concentrate very hard. Also, the purpose/target group of the conference is not quite clear, whether it is publishers or policy makers. So, if you didn't go, you definitely did not miss a lot. There should be some
soon. However, there will not be a What Works conference in 2018 - but definitely an EEPG conference in Ljubljana!