Summer Academy in Sønderborg, DK



Programme 2013

The final programme is now available for download here (.pdf – 579 kb). As a participant of this year's Waves of Democracy conference held at Alsion in Sønderborg, DK, you will get keynote speeches by professional lecturers and participants, take part in advanced workshops, social and cultural events in the city/region with young people from many European countries and much more. Below you find the different workshops listed.

Background papers for the various academic presentations during the academy are available for download here (.pdf - 881 kb).


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The Summer Academy aims at providing an international platform for dialogue, exchange and networking between young people from the region and other parts of Europe to discuss challenges and find solutions for Europe in the 21st century - in the wake of projects like Waves of Democracy and Solutions for Rethinking Europe.

  • Executive Director IUC-Europe – Nina Nørgaard
  • Project Manager and Director Concert Hall, Alsion – Poul Valdemar Nielsen

In cooperation with the Municipality of Sønderborg, the University of Southern Denmark, Global Citizen,  European Academy Berlin, Centre Européen Robert Schuman, Accademia Europeista del Friuli Venezia Giulia, VZW MEP Vlaanderen, and the European Movement in Serbia.


  • Project Manager – Christin Knüpfer (to the left)

Christin Knüpfer (23), studies Political Science (B.A.) and works as a teaching assistant at Freie Universität Berlin, finishing her Bachelor's studies in June 2013. She spent two semesters at the University of Amsterdam, where she completed the Undergraduate Certificate Programme in Social Sciences. Christin took part in former Waves of Democracy conferences in Novi Sad (2010) and Belgrade (2011), and has been working with IUC since 2010. She has focused her undergraduate studies on the political system and International Relations policies of the European Union, especially its Foreign and Security Policy, conflict resolution and peacebuilding with the help of negotiations and diplomacy. Her main interests in life are: traveling, music and concerts, photography exhibitions and visiting poetry slams.

  • Project Manager – Andreas Guidi (to the right)

Andreas Guidi (26), born in Italy, based in Berlin, he graduated in German and Russian Literature in Milan (B.A.) and currently studies History of Eastern Europe in Berlin (M.A,). He took part in all past conferences of Waves of Democracy in Rhodes (2007), Novi Sad (2010) and Belgrade (2011). He has been working with IUC since 2007. The focus of his studies is on issues related to: nationalism, borders, minorities, processes of social and political transformation, Europe in the interwar period. His main interests in life are: travels, cinema, literature, football, rock music and enjoying mediterranean cuisine.

About – Plamena and Ifor

  • Assistant Project Manager – Plamena Atanassova (to the left)

Born in Bulgaria, Plamena has spent substantial time living and studying abroad. In 2003, she got the opportunity to move to Washington DC, the capital of US, where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in 2006. Upon graduation Plamena returned to Bulgaria, where she spent four semesters at the American University of Bulgaria, studying Political Science and International Relations. In 2008 she moved to Sønderborg, Denmark where she still currently lives. At the University of Southern Denmark, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in European Studies and, recently, a Master's degree in Economics and Business Administration. Plamena focuses her studies and work on project management and event management and hopes to develop her career in this field. She spends her time playing and coaching basketball, traveling and reading. Her favorite themes are utopias and dystopias, historical novels and contemporary politics. She likes watching documentary films and is a huge fan of classic rock music.

  • Assistant Project Manager – Ifor Molenhuis (to the right)

Ifor Molenhuis (37), born in The Netherlands, living in Copenhagen, graduated in Dutch language and
Communications in The Netherlands. He has worked with public relations and communication at theaters
in Amsterdam and Groningen. Currently, he studies English (B.A.) at the University of Copenhagen, with
elective subjects in Postcolonial Studies, European Cultural Policies, and Comparative Cultural Studies.
His BA thesis dealt with the effects of globalization on cultural identity in India. He has been working
with IUC on a variety of international projects since 2004, both as project developer/coordinator, and as
international representative. He has also worked as a project developer at Global Citizen/The Great Debate
in 2012. His interests include EU, issues concerning globalization, human rights and cultural identity, and
pretty much everything that has to do with language, literature and art. Ifor likes to travel, especially in
Asia. A twist of faith brought him from India to Denmark in 2003. He now lives in Copenhagen, although he
still grabs his backpack from time to time to travel to exotic places with his girlfriend.



If you're interested in this year's conference, please read the invitation for more information. It is available for download here (.pdf – 64kb).

In collaboration with the Danish European Representation