Seventh edition of the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA)

Date

Sunday 07.07.19 to Wednesday 17.07.19

Location

Auditorium Copernicus
Natolin (Warsaw) Campus
ul. Nowoursynowska 84
PL-02/797 Warszawa
Poland

The WEASA (Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy) project is now in its seventh year! This edition, which will take place from 7-17 July 2019, will gather just over fifty participants from the Eastern Partnership, Western Balkans, and Poland. The academy is, as in prior years, jointly organised by the College of Europe in Natolin, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Leaders of Change Foundation (Fundacja Liderzy Przemian) and supported by the US-Polish Fulbright Commission.

We chose to call this year’s programme Democracy in a Digital Era: Humans, Machines, Politics, Truth. Just as in WEASA 2017 and 2018, the summer academy will look into topics related to fact-based journalism, social media dilemmas, and the fight against disinformation. This year, however, we are also adding an algorithmic dimension, taking a deep look at the algorithms that govern our information infrastructure and how capable we are of understanding – and controlling – them.

WEASA participants come from many different backgrounds: they include journalists, civil servants, NGO workers, think-tankers, and academics. Lecturers also represent a large range of institutions. This year, they represent think tanks, investigative journalism groups, NGOs such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and many other prominent groups.

At WEASA 2018, we introduced a new study format. Each day focused on a specific theme and was divided into morning lectures and afternoon workshops. The first sessions allowed participants to gain key knowledge from an expert in the field. The second sessions, on the other hand, gave them an opportunity to discuss what they learned and apply it to their personal and professional lives. We are proud to announce that this format proved immensely successful and that we will be implementing it in 2019 as well.

Thematic lectures will also be complemented by a series of soft skills courses. Those will teach participants debating, social media, negotiation, and entrepreneurship skills, preparing them for an ever deeper engagement in digital debates and policy projects.

For more information, please visit www.weasa.org.