About the Conference and the Partner Meeting “Sharing beyond borders”


ILEU e.V. as the office of the informal educational network Danube-Networkers is organizing the online conference and the partner meeting “Sharing beyond borders – New ways of care, communication and cooperation of older people along the Danube and in Europe in times of COVID-19″ in cooperation with the association DANET e.V. and other European partners.

Every two years, representatives and multipliers of the institutions of the network “Danube-Networkers” meet within the framework of the Danube Festival Ulm/Neu-Ulm, in order to exchange information and ideas in a conference, international workshops and other events. Due to the Coronavirus crisis these events were cancelled in 2020, but we would still like to make the international exchange happen because physical distancing shouldn’t mean social distancing!

Time and Date

The conference takes place on the 10th of July (9:30am-5:30pm) and 11th of July (10:00am-12:00am and 06:00pm-8:00pm). Time zone is UTC+1 (Berlin). Please find more details here: http://conference2020.codanec.eu/program/

Intention and Topics

The aim of the event is to exchange and develop ideas for future cooperation along the Danube and in Europe in times of Corona and afterwards on the basis of impulse lectures and discussions in working groups on topics such as digitalisation, new ways of learning in later life, age-friendly living and inclusive cities, intergenerational dialogue, discrimination in the old age in times of COVID-19 and many more. Special attention will be paid to the use of new interactive media for communication and cooperation online and the question of how to protect older people from social isolation and using their experiences and competences for personal and social engagement.

The extensive programme includes political statements and a discussion with European politicians and experts, lectures, workshops, a social evening and presentations, held by civil society organisations along the Danube and in Europe.

Target groups

The conference addresses primarily non-profit / non-governmental organisations from the fields of (adult) education, third age, culture, ICT and new media, care, etc. and other civil society actors and multipliers, as well as interested persons/experts from the Danube region and Europe.


The official language of the event is English, on the 10th of July in the morning (plenum) there will be a simultaneous translation into German and Bulgarian, in the afternoon during the workshops consecutive translations into other languages will be offered as far as possible. On the 11th of July at the presentations of the NGOs and Social Evening a visual short summary in several Danube languages will be offered on the PPT slides.


The conference and the partner meeting will take place online via the ZOOM platform. A microphone and a webcam are required for participation and exchange. A technical test and ZOOM instructions will be offered beforehand. The participants will receive further details for the test session in the confirmation e-mail after the registration.

Frequently Asked Questions: http://conference2020.codanec.eu/frequently-asked-questions/

More about the coordinating organisations: http://conference2020.codanec.eu/about-us/