21.–22.3.2018 eSchools Collaboration in the eRegion Conference – Celje, Slovenia

21.–22.3.2018 eSchools Collaboration in the eRegion Conference – Celje, Slovenia

Time: Wednesday, March 21, 14:00 – 18:00
19:00 Cultural Event: An Evening Dedicated to Bertold Brecht, National Hall Celje
Thursday, March 22, 9:00 – 15:30

Location: Celje, Slovenia, conference hall to be indicated

There is no registration fee, registration is required, however, at Gricar@FOV.Uni-Mb.si.

English is the working language of the conference.

Suggested hotel accommodation

Hotel Evropa Celje  ⃰  ⃰  ⃰  ⃰

Hotel Celeia Celje   ⃰  ⃰  ⃰

When registering, indicate the conference title to obtain a reduced rate.




Grammar School Celje – Center

Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion


The eSchools Collaboration in the eRegion Conference is a follow-up of the eSchools Collaboration in the Cross-border eRegion Gathering sponsored by the Grammar School Celje – Center on December 5, 2017. It is problem based and action focused, opened to the interlinking with the related networks and associations.

At the threshold of the end of the second decade of the 21st century we are entering the world of all-encompassing digitization and a new, electronically colored world. The modern school puts in the foreground the digitization, creativity, entrepreneurship. But at this moment we cannot speak of major effects, as we still cling to the formalistic way of thinking and patterns. These are only supplemented with material benefits from various projects of the consortia, with mythological fear of digitization, that replaces the teacher of flesh and blood by the robot.

However, we do not exploit the greatest advantage that digitization allows – that education systems open up to a greater extent to the world and to life, including the informal knowledge that nourishes formal knowledge, and vice versa, that the teacher and the student again gain the time in which they enter into direct dialogue. Teachers put creativity still too often equal with art talent, although creativity is basically only the sincere and passionate curiosity, but the role of the mentor is to promote the curiosity with his/her experience and care, and in the digital field to integrate the skills and knowledge of the young into his/her work and ideas.

To the development of Central Europe several routes were important:

  • The Roman Roads connecting Aquileia with Emona and to the east-north (Celeia, Petovia, Vindobona), to the east (Siscia, Singidunum) and to the east-south (Tergeste, Caprea, Parenzium, Pola, Tarsatica, Jadera, Salona);
  • The Amber Road nowadays named New eAmber Road;
  • The Silk Road, nowadays named New eSilk Road;
  • The Southern Railway connecting Vienna-Graz-Maribor-Celje-Ljubljana-Trieste.

In the history, the transport routes were providing opportunities for interactions between people in the regions. Nowadays, the Internet and digitalization can bring together organizations in the towns and regions along the railroads and highways, similarly to how the Southern Railway and the traffic did 170 years ago.


Continuous development of the eSchool programs to help the students in the macro region of the neighboring countries, the DanubeAdriatic & Ionian,  Alpine  regions to become an equal member of the global eSociety.

Creating ideas for the joint project proposals to the EU tenders and rethinking of the possible cross-border partners with collaboration and networking.

Investigating how the informatics teaching and the availability of the ICT technologies in the schools at all levels could be exploited for an accelerated eCollaboration of all stakeholders involved: companies, ICT providers, national and local government, nongovernmental organizations.

Contributing to the national and international activities initiated by the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.


Wednesday, March 21

14:00 – 15:30 Panel eCollaboration Along the Southern Railway


Gregor Deleja, Professor & Headmaster
Grammar School Celje – Center, Slovenia


Keynote Address: Academy, Robotics, Education
Dr. Tadej Bajd, President
Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts & Professor Emeritus, University of Ljubljana

Other panelists to be indicated

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:30 Panel eSchools in the Digital Era


Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion & Editor, eRegion Portal & Member of Assembly & Member of the Board, Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest


Educating Digitally Enabled Workforce of the Future
Miha Žerko, Chairman of the Board
SRC sistemske integracije d.o.o. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Developing Long-term Strategies for the Society Based on Digitalization and Decarbonization
Dr. Alberto Bartoli, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering & Prorector for ICT
Director, Machine Learning Lab, University of Trieste, Italy

eSchools on the Crossroads of the eAmber and eSilk Roads
Dr. Stanislav Raščan, Ambassador, Head, Department of Strategic Planning and Analysis
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia & Assistant Professor of International Security Policy, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Kranj & eRegions Think Tank Chairman

Other panelists to be indicated

19:00 Cultural Event: An Evening Dedicated to Bertold Brecht, National Hall Celje

Thursday, March 22

9:00 – 10:30 Panel Grammar eSchools Collaborating in the eRegion


Mag. Alenka Krapež, Professor & Principal
Grammar School Vič Ljubljana, Slovenia & Member, Commission for General Matura – Informatics, National Examinations Centre Ljubljana


eCollaboration of the Gymnasiums Founded by the Empress Maria Theresa
Snježana Štranjgar, Professor & Principal
Grammar School Karlovac, Croatia

Other panelists to be indicated

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel Higher Education eSchools Collaborating in the eRegion


Dr. Irena Lazar, Professor & Dean
Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska, Slovenia

Panelists to be indicated

12:30 – 13:30 Refreshment

13:30 – 15:00 Panel eSchools Collaborating with Business in the eRegion


Janko Pogorelčnik, Director
School Centre Velenje, Slovenia
Mag. Irena Vodopivec, Director of Human Resource Development and Gorenje Corporate University
Gorenje d.d. Velenje, Slovenia

Panelists to be indicated

15:00 15:30 Conference Closing

eSchools Position Paper

Program to be updated


To be published

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