3 April 2017





Opening Session

  • Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General
  • Fillipos Tsimpoglou, National Library of Greece General Director
  • Lefteris Kretsos, Secretary General of Communication and Media, Ministry of Digital Policy of Greece
  • John Pantis, General Secretary of the Ministry of Education of Greece
  • Lydia Koniordou, Minister of Culture of Greece
  • Donna Scheeder, IFLA President

Keynote speaker:

  • Dave Snowden, Director of the Cynefin Centre, Bangor University, Wales: Illuminating the Future understanding the evolutionary potential of the present


Coffee break


Session II: Societal Trends

  • Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director Association for Progressive Communications, South Africa: Why libraries matter in a hyperconnected world
  • Vassilis Harambidis, Founder & Artistic Director, Bios Exploring Urban Culture, Greece: So many things so little time, So little things so many times
  • Moderator: Maria Carme Torras i Calvo, IFLA Professional Committee Chair

Light lunch break


Session III: Globalisation

  • Nick Ashton-Hart, Consultant/Adviser at the UN Conference on Trade and Development / Associate Fellow of Geneva Centre for Security Policy: Can globalisation’s greatest tool, the Internet, support local identity and social development?
  • Karl Schroeder, Futurist, Canada: Truth in the Age of Dematerialization
  • Moderator: Christine Mackenzie, IFLA Treasurer

Coffee break


Session IV: Technological Trends

  • Betty Tsakarestou, Assistant Professor and Head of Advertising and Public Relations Lab, Panteion University - Department of Communication Media and Culture, Greece: Smart and Resilient Cities in our Connected World: New ways to live, co-exist, communicate and innovate in the Mobile, Digital and Deep-Learning Age
  • Ivan Owen, Makerspace Lab Manager at the University of Washington, USA: The Impact of Digitization of Physical Collections
  • Moderator: Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, IFLA President-elect

Closing Remarks by President Donna Scheeder


SNFCC Guided tours (optional)


Welcome Reception