Scientific Programme Committee
Scientific Program Committee (SPC)
The Child in the City Foundation organizes seminars and conferences together with the members of the Scientific Program Committee. The SPC is the first responsible for the speakers program, the quality of the meetings and its presentations. They do so by initiating highly relevant topics and by inviting expert keynote speakers for each of the topics discussed. Important part of the work done by the SPC is the writing of the call for papers and the reviewing of submitted abstracts. Abstracts that do not fully meet quality standards (see the criteria for submitted abstracts) are rejected as to ensure high quality standards. The members of the SPC are present during all seminars and conferences and easily accessible for all participants to discuss new initiatives for future meetings. The Scientific Program Committee has an international board, presided by professor Lia Karsten. Its members are rooted in different countries and have different disciplinary backgrounds. Meet the members of the Child in the City Scientific Program Committee here:
Professor (associate) dr. ir. Lia Karsten is president of the Scientific Program Committee. She has a position in Urban Geographies and Childhood Studies at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and at UNIMORE University (Italy). Lia is an internationally renowned scholar with a long and highly quoted list of publications. She was visiting professor in Hong Kong and New York. In 2013 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala (Sweden).
Carlo Fabian is professor and head of the Institute for Social Work and Health at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW. He is a social and health psychologist, coach and organizational developer. His research and development work focuses on health promotion, prevention of psycho-social stress and diseases, neighborhood and urban development, participation, childhood and youth, and old age. In addition to his scientifically oriented work, Carlo Fabian is involved in various committees on an honorary basis.
Froukje Hajer is an independent consultant on youth policy and children’s rights related to ‘Child, play and environment’. She worked for 30 years in the field of non formal education and leisure time and the right of the child to play. Play- and youth work, extended school day programmes, community schools, and public space and a child-friendly environment are subjects of her interest.
Irene Quintáns worked in the Barcelona City Council and in the SEHAB – Municipal Housing Secretariat in São Paulo. As a consultant she works in urban projects, highlighting her role at Bernard van Leer Foundation developing Urban95 strategy in Latin-America (2016-18). Executive Leadership Program on Early Childhood Development (Harvard University). She is the founder and director of Red OCARA, a Latin American network of experiences and projects on city, architecture, urban mobility and public space in which children participate.
Sven De Visscher
Sven De Visscher is lecturer social work and coordinator of the eCO-CITY research center at the University College Ghent (Belgium). He holds a doctoral degree, based on research about the pedagogical meaning of the neighbourhood. His research interests involve social-spatial perspectives in relation to urban issues, community development, participatory research methods, housing and social work, and local governance. He contributes to the Flemish network of child and youth friendly cities.
Graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Silesian University of Technology. Member of the Board of the ANTYRAMA Foundation in the years 2018-2022 and Program Director of A<FESTIVAL in Katowice. Currently working at the Silesian University of Technology, teaching urban planning and pursuing her PhD on the topic of children in public space. Holder of scholarships of the Prime Minister, the Mayor of the City of Gliwice and the GFPS. Currently associated with the architectural firm SA Studio Architektury. Organizer of TEDxInterfaces, the first event of its kind at the Silesian University of Technology. Co-organizer and volunteer of many events in Silesia.