Research & Studies

UNESCO MOST Winter School (2020) – In What and Whom Do We Trust?

 “In What and Whom Do We Trust? The Sustainability of Ideals and Re-evaluation of Values Across Continents”

Kőszeg, February 24 – 28, 2020

co-organized by:

Institute of Advanced Studies in Kőszeg

UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability – Kőszeg

Institute for Social and European Studies – Kőszeg 

Erasmus+ Programme of the EU


Pannonia University – Kőszeg Campus





The increasing complexity of global politics speeds up social transformations around the world. The tension between rapid changes and established beliefs and norms among citizens shake mutual and institutional trust. The dilemma is whether supra-national entities and global caretaker organizations or returning to national political solutions can better address these issues will be tackled by this Winter School.

Bridging the gap between citizens and bureaucratic institutions calls for a broad, global horizon, for opportunities to discuss value images in various parts of the world. This MOST School intends to offer such an opportunity by contributing to a better global understanding of new and emerging political and social fault lines that will likely mark political representation patterns for years to come.

The UNESCO MOST Winter School at iASK poses the question: Why are we seeing the rise of post-liberal regimes? And what impact does this have on institutional trust at the local, national, and supranational levels? Is this merely a temporary global ‘glitch’ that will deteriorate over time as new challenges emerge?

With lectures and presentations by experienced academic researchers, activists and religious experts with a broad, global horizon, the aim is to open discussions on visions for the establishment and re-establishment of trust on various levels of global, regional and lower levels of governance and politics. Participants will work together to produce a document with recommendations that answer the following questions:


  • What is citizenship? How does citizenship compare to values connected to local and regional identities?
  • What values are shared across cultures and countries? What values need to be conserved and what new values need to be defined?
  • How can a new discourse be created to re-establish mutual trust within and among smaller and larger political entities?
  • What trust-building tools can be employed by public and educational institutions and civil society?

The document will afterward be distributed to local governments, ministries, and media from the countries and supranational entities represented at the Winter School.

MOST Schools are capacity-building activities focused on strengthening competencies for evidence-informed decision-making. They help develop the capacity of researchers and decision-makers to translate knowledge into action. Their primary goal is to support long-term sustainable development in contexts where capacity gaps constrain translating research into action.


Preliminary Program and Concept of the IWS 2020


List of selected invited speakers:

Csilla Vörös– Nielsen Audience Measurement

Ahmet Evin – Sabanci University

Sean Cleary – Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd.

György Schöpflin – former MEP

H.E. Katalin Bogyay – Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations

Ferenc Miszlivetz – director of iASK

Jody P. Jensen – senior researcher of iASK

Ferenc Hörcher – National University of Public Service, Hungary

Cecilia Güemes – Autonomous University of Madrid

András Edelényi – European Economic and Social Committee

Szabolcs Takács – Ministerial Commissioner for Brexit affairs at the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office (tbc)

Augustin Nguh – iASK

Michal Vit – Prague Metropolitan University

János Bogárdi – University of Bonn/iASK

Gábor Márki – Hungary Helps (tbc)

Кlaus Wolfer – Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ljupcho Petkovski – Independent policy consultant

Sanja Angelovska – iASK



Call for Applications:

Application Form-  UNESCO International Winter School 2020 by iASK

Application deadline: 31 January 2020

Participation fee: 100 EUR

The organizers provide:

educational program and materials

special events

lunch and dinner

visa invitation letters


Participants cover:

travel costs to/from Kőszeg


participation fee

visa + insurance costs


Applicants should send the following documents to [email protected] and [email protected] 

  • completed application form
  • CV
  • motivation letter

Eligibility: Advanced MA and PhD students and young researchers, young professionals, policymakers, and social entrepreneurs, who have a keen academic or professional interest in the topics.


Full documentation and updated information may be found at the iASK website at

Kőszeg is called “The Jewel of Pannonia”. This beautiful medieval town borders 5 countries (Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary). This provides a rich cultural and regional added value, and the opportunity for strong cross-border cooperation. In a region where the iron curtain was built, developing a regional knowledge center is exceptional and contributes to supporting opportunities furthering cooperation in an age of increasing uncertainties.