European Debate Trainer Conference 2021

Are you a professional debate trainer? Then we’d like to invite you to the second European Debate Trainer Conference, online, January 16th-17th 2021.

We have wonderful news: The next edition of the European Debate Trainer Conference is in trend with the times and will be held ONLINE on the 16th and 17th of January.


…you are a trainer who uses debate tools in their teaching

…you are an aspiring trainer planning on using debate in their career

…regardless of whether you have full debate trainings or just use deliberative methods in your practice – we would love to invite you to EDTC2021.

VIP guests at the EDTC 2019 business brunch

Our intentions

  1. To focus on networking and building durable relationships between participants
  2. To break out of the boring-conference schema, and make this a lucrative event for you

We plan on doing this through:

  1. relevant presentations for these times: online pedagogy, online tools, online european marketspace,
  2. workshops that would tickle your creative instincts in order to make you more aware, more productive, more inspired

We know Zoom fatigue is real – so we’re planning against it

We know your time is precious – so we’ll give you workshops to choose from – so you get the most benefit

We can’t wait to meet you!

We shall hear talks on:

✨Learning in the digital age

✨Covid-19 & acceleration of e-training

✨Soft Skills Market in Europe

✨Working with uncertainty

And that’s not all – we’ve also got workshops prepared for you where you’ll get to put your mind to work, collaborate, refine and co-create.

Start the new year with an extra boost of knowledge and motivation from the European Debate Trainers Conference 2021! We have two days of talks and interactive sessions waiting for us, in addition to some precious international networking opportunities while travelling is still largely restricted.

Nae Sovaiala, Convener


Friday, 15th of January, 2021 (GMT+1)

Ready to ride the waves of change? Spotlight on trends in the European training market by Monika Chutnik (prerecorded, sent to you via email)

Saturday, 16th of January, 2021 (GMT+1)

10:00 – 10:30 Morning meet & greet
10:30 – 11:15 Empowering online pedagogies and co-design of learning by Irina Niculescu
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:15 Unleashing the Human Prospectus – Join us in a journey to the future by using Foresight by Diana Stafie
12:15 – 12:30 Coffee Break
12:30 – 13:15 How a debate training company became the leading national e-training champion overnight by Margo Loor
13:15 – 14:45 Lunch Break
14:45 – 16:45 Social Solutions Co-Creation by Oana Tănase
16:45 – 17:00 End of day remarks

21:00 – 21:30 Spooky training stories by David Moscovici

Sunday, 17th of January, 2021 (GMT+1)

10:00 – 10:30 Morning meet & greet
10:30 – 11:30 What if they say no by Radu Atanasiu
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:45 How to Deliver Hybrid Trainings byAnette Aav-Büth
12:45 – 14:15 Lunch Break
14:15 – 16:15 Next Steps Together by Kerli Kalk & Nae Șovăială
16:15 – 17:00 End of conference remarks


Anette Aav-Büth

is the Programme Director for the English-taught Master’s Degree Programme in IT Law at the University of Tartu. During the 4,5 years she has led the programme, more than 100 students Worldwide have graduated the practically oriented programme. Anette was the Head Organiser of the biannual unconference of SubTech in 2018 and the Fastcase 50 award nominee in 2019. One of her roles as a Programme Director is also providing support to teaching staff of the Law School in Univeristy of Tartu and as of spring 2020 it has at large been focused on developing online and hybrid studies in the Master’s Programme.
Anette will lead a workshop on hybrid teaching in which we will look at the challenges of delivering trainings in a live and online form at the same time and discuss the best ways to overcome them.

Diana Stafie

is co-founder of Future Station, a foresight and strategy consultancy agency that helps organizations to understand changes, spot new trends, spark innovation and prepare for the future. Clients served range from industries such as retail to telecom, banking to manufacturing and real estate. In addition to her work as a consultant, Diana loves research and is part of various think tank groups on Future and Transformation topics, such as Ambassador in the Global Scanning Network from Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies or Certified Coach and Ambassador within the Open ExO Community.

She has also been part of the 2019 cohort of International Certified Future Strategist program commissioned by European Commision, and also in the pilot program of Design Futures of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. She speaks at conferences and regularly contributes articles to publications interested in the Future.

? Listen to her as she delivers her keynote: Unleashing the Human Prospectus – Join us in a journey to the future by using Foresight

If you’d like to learn more about Diana and her work, do explore

Monika Chutnik

Experienced ?‍♂‍ trainer and speaker, guiding leaders how to lead international virtual teams ? Monika is a ?founder of ETTA Leadership & Culture, a successful consultancy working ?‍? fully remote, ? SIETAR Polska, Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research, and ? a best practice portal for leaders and change agents. She has worked for ✔️ Fortune 500 businesses, and trained leaders from ✔️ all continents. Find more info and connect at

The subject of her talk will be “Ready to ride the waves of change? Spotlight on trends in the European training market.” And the format will be a bit different than other talks. Since she sadly won’t make it with us on the day of the event, Monika will record a talk especially for us, we’ll listen to it together, discuss it in a forum and send out our questions to her (to which she will answer back in a later recording)

Oana Tanase

is a coach and systemic facilitator. She is a passionate learner that thrives when supporting people to express more of their potential as individuals and teams.

In her work, Oana blends a richness of perspectives from executive and systemic team coaching, family and business constellations and somatic coaching to serve the flow of trust and motivation within teams and organizations. She is currently an associate facilitator in Coaching Constellations, a global learning community where she currently trains coaches in systemic facilitation and business constellations.

?She will be spearheading my favorite part of the event: the Social solution co-creation workshop – where we will pair you up and have you think up a new product, service or project that will use your trainer superpowers to do some good in your own communities (hopefully forming a new friendship in the process)

Radu Atanasiu

teaches at the Maastricht School of Management, both in Romania and in the Netherlands, at the Entrepreneurship Academy in Bucharest, and online, on the German platform, where his massive online open courses had tens of thousands of students from all over the world. Radu also delivers executive courses and workshops on Critical Thinking, Decision-Making, Persuasion, and Complex Problem Solving. His first book, Critical Thinking for Managers, will be published in 2021 by Springer Verlag. Radu’s research at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam is focused on managerial decision-making, more specifically on managerial heuristics, which are the simple proverb-like rules that we learn from experience. Radu has an extensive presence in the media, both with the articles he writes himself in business magazines and newspapers, and with being invited in numerous interviews and podcasts. Aside from this, Radu is involved in some promising tech businesses. He also runs marathons, often dressed as Mickey Mouse. This last piece of information is meant to undermine any expert authority he might have built, so that all arguments brought forth will be evaluated solely by their intrinsic value.

He will be facilitating the workshop “What if they say no?”

Irina Niculescu

is a learning design and development manager at the University of Surrey, UK. She is interested in blended and online pedagogies and is a ardent proponent of co-design processes.

The subject of her talk will be ⭐Empowering online pedagogies and co-design of learning⭐ where, through theory and learner-driven processes, we will explore what exactly impactful online training and learning need.

Margo Loor

is one of the most experienced trainers of thinking, speaking and debating skills in Estonia. Since 1998, Margo has trained company executives, auditors, salesmen, communication professionals, internal coaches, radio presenters, university academics and teachers, state employees, as well as non-governmental organizations and social enterprises. Then came the pandemic in March 2020 and Margo… became the Estonian expert in using Zoom overnight!?

We’re very excited to have him with us and arecurious to mine his mind for lessons learned and future steps that the European Debate Trainer Community might apply


Early bird prices have gone away and tickets are 30 euro now but panic not- we still have room! Register at the link below to join the conference, get all of the content goodies, interact with our amazing speakers and create some new relationships with international professionals!

Admission fee: 30,-€

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