23rd June 2021

VOLUNTEERING IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Sharing views and experiences from around the globe, about the difference voluntary action makes during and after COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Session 1 – Panellists from Asia, Pacific Region:
08:00 – 09:30 (BST, UTC+1); Singapore 15:00 – 16:30 (UTC+8)

Session 2 – Panellists from Africa, Europe:
12:00 – 13:30 (BST, UTC+1); Cape Town 13:00 – 14:30 (UTC+2)

Session 3 – Panellists from Americas:
16:00 – 17:30 (BST, UTC+1); Panama 10:00 – 11:30 (UTC- 5)

This year’s UK Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) Spring day conference is hosted by the Institute for Volunteering Research at University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, in collaboration with the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (FORUM) and the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), UK. The event will be online, in three sessions, for up to 450 viewers per session. The event is free but timely registration is required.

We will hear from 15 panellists from around the globe what difference voluntary action makes during and after COVID-19 pandemic. Viewers will have a chance to post questions and comments, in real time, in writing, in an online chat function. This day conference specifically aims to explore:
• diverse international perspective
• alternative approaches to the pandemic
• suggestions of what can be learned from the various approaches.

Please see the full programme set out below:

Session 1 – Panellists from Asia, Pacific Region: 08:00 – 09:30 (BST, UTC+1); Singapore 15:00 – 16:30 (UTC+8)
Welcome: Wendy Osborne, IAVE Panel Chair: Chris Millora, University of East Anglia

Panellists: Charlotte Sung, Hong Kong; Mark Pearce, Australia; Shalabh Sahai, India; Undral Gombodorj, Mongolia; Max Ventura, Phillippines.
Technical Host: Jurgen Grotz, Bianca Bianci, IVR

Session 2 – Panellists from Africa, Europe: 12:00 – 13:30 (BST, UTC+1); Cape Town 13:00 – 14:30 (UTC+2)
Welcome: Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, VSSN Panel Chair: Gabriella Civico, European Volunteer Centre

Panellists: Catherine Nakazibwe, Uganda; Lejla Sehic Relic, Croatia; Fred Sadia, Kenya; Deedar Guerra, Mozambique; Ksenija Fonovic, Italy.
Tech Hosts: Jurgen Grotz, Bianca Bianci, IVR

Session 3 – Panellists from Americas: 16:00 – 17:30 (BST, UTC+1); Panama 10:00 – 11:30 (UTC- 5)
Welcome: Clifford Allum, TSRC Panel Chair: Nichole Cirillo, IAVE

Panellists: Meghan Moloney, USA; Carolina Freire, Panama; Giselle Mendez, Trinidad and Tobago; Carmen Espinoza, Peru; Analia Bettoni, Uruguay.
Tech Hosts: Jurgen Grotz, Bianca Bianci, IVR

In each 90-minute session, after a short introduction by the chair of the session host, we will broadcast five pre-recorded position statements from panellists and then have a panel discussion responding to comments and questions viewers post in the chat.

Please register for each session you want to attend separately. You will need a dedicated link, which will be sent to you 48 hours before the event.

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