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Villa Vigoni 2017

The theme of the 12th Conference “Social Monitoring and Reporting in Europe” at Villa Vigoni, Loveno di Mennagio, October 23-25, 2017 will be Resilience: An Asset in Difficult Times?

The 2017 „Social Monitoring and Reporting in Europe“ – conference will have a focus on the concept of „resilience“ and its measurement in terms of indicators and/or survey instruments. In a most general sense, resilience – as the antonym to vulnerability – may be defined as the ability to cope with critical states and forces like shocks, conflicts and stress, challenging the stability of systems such as communities, cities and societies, or – at the micro level – eventually also individuals and households. As a quality of such systems resilience may e.g. help to absorb shocks and to recover, to adapt to change or even to facilitate transformations of a system to a new equilibrium state. From such a point of view, resilience may thus be considered a desirable quality, particularly in time periods characterised by rapid and far reaching change, serious risks and threats of different sorts as well as conflicts and instabilities.

Resilience: An Asset in Difficult Times

Villa Vigoni Conference, October 23-25, 2017

Preliminary Programme

Monday, October 23
Afternoon Arrival of participants
19:00 Reception & Dinner. Welcome by Prof. Dr. Immacolata Amodeo, Secretary General of Villa Vigoni
Tuesday, October 24
9:00 – 12:45 Session I: Resilience – Concept and Measurement – I (Chair: tba)
Welcome and Opening
Heinz-Herbert Noll (formerly GESIS, Mannheim) Introduction to the Conference
Enrico Giovannini (Università “Tor Vergata”, Rome) Resilience and sustainability: two sides of the same coin
Anna Rita Manca, Peter Benczur (JRC, Ispra) , Enrico Giovannini (Università “Tor Vergata”, Rome) Resilience: a positive scientific narrative for the EU society
Anne-Catherine Guio (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Esch-Belval) How do European citizens cope with economic shocks? The longitudinal order of deprivation
11:00 Coffee Break
Gábor Bartus (National Council for Sustainable Development, Budapest) Indicators for sustainability: do they measure social resilience?
Marleen De Smedt (Eurostat, Luxembourg) Resilient societies in a sustainable world: towards a new measurement framework
General discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:15 – 15:45 Session II: Resilience – EmpiricaI Analysis  (Chair: tba)
István György Tóth (Tarki Social Research Institute, Budapest) Households’ coping strategies and social cohesion during the Great Recession: an attempt to measure the micro foundations of societal resilience in Hungary
Markus Promberger, Marie Boost (IAB, Nürnberg) Resilience in vulnerable households – selected results from a qualitative study comparing nine different European countries
Tadas Leoncikas (Eurofound, Dublin) Self-perceived resilience: findings from the European Quality of Life Survey 2016
Coffee Break
16:15 – 18:15 Session III: Resilience – Special Studies (Chair: tba)
Gaël Brulé/Jehane Simona (University of Neuchatel) The resilience of the elderly in Switzerland and its impact on the level of subjective wellbeing
Peter Bartelheimer (Soziologisches Forschungsinstitut – SOFI, Göttingen) Resilience – what does it mean and can it explain how neighborhoods react to exteral shocks?
General discussion
19:30 Dinner
Wednesday, October 25
9:15 – 10:45 Session IV: Recent Developments in European Social Monitoring and Reporting (Chair: tba)
Loukas Stemitsiotis (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Brussels) Employment and Social Developments in Europe – The 2017 Report
Carla Collicelli (CNR – Istituto Tecnologie Biomediche, Rome) The first report on the Italian situation toward the UN Sdg’s for 2030: “L’Italia e gli obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile”, Rapporto Asvis 2016
Eduardo Bericat (Universidad de Sevilla) The Quality of European Societies: A Meta-Ranking of Composite Indicators
10:45 Coffee Break
Business Meeting
11:15 – 12:45 Future Plans
13:00 Lunch and Departure