“Lay of the Land” Conference

(PHERECLOS project closing conference & 2022 eucu.net conference)

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it,—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

(Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., 1850)

The “Lay of the Land” conference provides a forum to explore, discuss and share the concept of Open Schooling. Open Schooling is a way of operating a school reflecting on external ideas, topics and challenges and incorporating them in their teaching approaches and everyday school life. In return, the creativity and potential of pupils and teachers are identified and they will become available to the community around them.

The conference opens the discourse about “Why Open Schooling”, the relationship between the concepts of Science Capital and Open Schooling and the experience from theory and practice from the pilot programs and case studies within the PHERECLOS project.

The “Lay of the Land” conference will give you inspiring speakers, tools and hands-on workshops, thematic discussions and networking. The program aims to allow the participants to rethink their educational approaches, whether coming from the formal (e.g. teachers) or non-formal (e.g. Children’s Universities organizers). You are invited to share your own ideas and to explore new input for your future Open Schooling educational pathway.

This is the final conference of the PHERECLOS project. PHERECLOS is an EU-funded project that creates new partnerships for pathways to higher education and science engagement in regional clusters of Open Schooling. This involves stakeholders such as universities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, companies and/or other knowledge providers. This process has been continuously informed by findings from academic implementation research. The project started in October 2019 and will end after the conference in September 2022. (www.phereclos.eu)

Call for Workshops

We invite you to submit a proposal for a workshop at the “Lay of the Land” Open Schooling conference in Bucharest.  The workshop may address different aspects of Open Schooling, but shall always be activity based and as collaborative as possible.  Workshops can also be used to present projects or ongoing programs as long as it is an interactive and not presentation only format.

The structure of workshops is not fixed, and proposers may design it as they think best.  There are various options for interactive formats – a good resource for inspiration is available from the EU-SISCODE project. They have to fit into one, two or three workshop time slots (each 1,5 hours long). Proposers are responsible for defining the full contents of the workshop, namely the authors and presenters.

Workshop proposals can be submitted via an online form until 10th June 2022. Selection will be done by the conference organizing committee according to relevance to the Open Schooling topic, level of interaction of the format and overall recommendation.

If needed, workshop organizers are eligible for a refund of their travel and accommodation costs from the PHERECLOS project. Please indicate this also in the online form.

Wednesday, 7th September 2022 – USAMV-Campus, Bulevardul Mărăști 59


PHERECLOS Consortium Meeting (project consortium members only)


Welcome Reception & Registration

Thursday, 8th September 2022 – USAMV-Campus, Bulevardul Mărăști 59

08:30 – 9:30

Conference Registration

09:30 – 10:15

Conference Opening

10:15 – 11:00

Plenary Presentation:

PHERECLOS – Travel Log (PHERECLOS project results & animation movie)

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Key Note 1

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

World Cafe & Exhibition:

Mini Poster Presentations; Case Studies and OS Together Project Fair

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Working Groups/Workshops:

TEMP & LEC Partner Workshops


Conference Dinner

Friday, 9th September 2022 – USAMV-Campus, Bulevardul Mărăști 59

08:30 – 9:30

Conference Registration

09:00 – 12:00

Open Space:

Moderated Open Space on Open Schooling

12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Round Tables:

e.g. Lobbying for Int. Children’s Universities Day

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30

Key Note 2

16:30 – 17:30

Conference Wrap-Up


Fairwell Party

Saturday, 10th September 2022 – Tours & Study Visits

10:00 – 21:00

Excursions and City Tours

The Conference will be hosted at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, situated in the north part of the town, 8 km north-west of Bucharest city center and 15 km from Bucharest International Airport.


University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest

59 Mărăşti Boulevard, District 1

Bucharest, 011464



Hotel Recommendations

We are currently negotiating special rates for the conference participants. More information about this is coming soon.

  • USAMV București Campus

  • Pullman Hotel

    •   The distance from Hotel Pullman to the Conference Venue is under 1 kilometer (about 5 minutes of walking).
  • Ramada Parc Hotel

  • Ramada Plaza Hotel

By airplane

București Henri Coandă – Otopeni International Airport (OTP) is the closest airport.

There are direct charter and scheduled flights connecting București with many cities carried out by many flight companies. Please contact your travel agent for details about the flight schedules.

By car

Nădlac 2 border cross is the main entry point to Romania when travelling by car from the West of the country.

By train

Travelling to București by train can be an option. When travelling by train from the West, the main border cross is near the town of Curtici. The main railway station of București is called ,,The Northern Railway Station”.

General Information for Transport in Bucharest:

By public transport:
From Otopeni (Henri Coandă) airport: 783 or 780 express line to Free Press Square (Piata Presei Libere) + 41 tramway line (one stop – Agronomic Institute/Institutul Agronomic);
From North Station: 105, 205 or 282
105 towards Free Press Square / Piata Presei Libere (final stop, Free Press Square stop / Piata Presei Libere);
205 towards Free Press Square / Piata Presei Libere (Village Museum stop/Muzeul Satului);
282 towards Triumph Arch / Arcul de Triumf (Casin Monastery stop/Manastirea Casin);

By taxi:
From Otopeni Airport: 15-20 minutes at noon and night, 30-40 minutes during rush hours (8:00-10:00 AM, 5:00-7:00 PM);
From North Railway Station: 10-15 minutes at noon and night, 20-30 minutes during rush hours (8:00-10:00 AM, 5:00-7:00 PM);

NOTE: The taxi fare in București is between 1.69-1.99 RON/km (30-35 cents/km). Taxis can be found in front of the airport exit. Be sure to check the fare on the taxi door before getting on. The average distance from Otopeni Airport to the city center is 18 km (36 RON ~ 8 EUR), and the distance from North Railway Station to the city center is 4.5 km (9 RON ~ 2 EUR).

You can also use taxi and ride sharing applications in București. You must install the specific application on your mobile phones.

Language: The official language of the conference is English & the official language of the country is Romanian.

Currency: The official currency of the country is RON (Romanian Lei): 1 RON = 0.21 EUR (approx) = 0.25 USD (approx)

Time zone: GMT +2

Romanian visa: More information about the Romanian visa are available here.

About București

The city is rapidly gaining attention as a competitive city break that blends the wonders of modern Europe with the far flung exotism of the East. For some of us, București is just the city where you can see Ceaușescu’s Palace (People”s Palace or Palace of Parliament), for others it will always remain “The Little Paris” of the East. In fact, Little Paris is considered to be also an era in the history of București and traces of them can still be admired today in the architecture of palaces, public buildings and hotels.

Conference organiser contact

Children’s University of Romania – local conference host

Laura Cristea 

Mail: laura.cristea@unico.org.ro

Phone: +40744388285

Mirela Paraschiv

Mail: mirela.paraschiv@unico.org.ro

Phone: +40724559840


Kinderbüro Universität Wien GmbH – project coordinator

Chris Gary

Mail: christian.gary@univie.ac.at

Phone: +4366488672333

Cyril Dworsky

Mail: cyril.dworsky@univie.ac.at

Phone: +4366488672334