Open online discussion “Volunteering during the Pandemic in Europe” (in ZOOM)

Expert Group on Civil Society Research of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in cooperation with the FES Russia – Фонд им. Фридриха Эберта в России and the German-Russian Exchange – St. Petersburg 

cordially invites you to the open online discussion “Volunteering during the Pandemic in Europe” (in ZOOM).

Date: 1 December 2020
Time: 17:00 to 18:30 (CET) / 19:00 to 20:30 (Moscow time)


Languages: English and Russian (with simultaneous translation)
Registration is open until 30 November via the link: https://forms.gle/sxp9suTEGYShN7xD6

Questions to be discussed:
– What role has volunteering played in tackling social problems during the first and second waves of the pandemic?
– How was and is the work of volunteers organized? Who has been the major organizer of volunteers’ social engagement: the state, NGOs, business, civil initiatives and networks, new volunteer structures, neighborhood networks and organizations, or someone else?
– How long-term are the trends of volunteering rise?Moderators: coordinators of the Expert Group of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum
– Elena Belokurova (German-Russian Exchange, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, St. Petersburg)
– Andrey Demidov (Central European University, Budapest)

Participants:
– Ruth Simsa (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)
– Alzbeta Gregorova (Matej Bel University and Platform of Volunteer Centers and Organizations, Slovakia)
– Yulia Skokova (Higher School of Economics, Russia)

The discussion is the third one in the series Civil Society in Europe and Russia in the times of the pandemic that takes place in Autumn – Winter 2020. The first ones were focused on civil society in the online world and fundraising, the further ones will explore the topics of volunteering and international cooperation of civil society organizations during the pandemic in Europe. All discussions are recorded and published online. The series is a project of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, German-Russian Exchange St. Petersburg and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.