Research & Studies

“Creative Communities and their Networks – In Pursuit of Sustainability” – 7th Creative City & Sustainable Region Conference

The COVID crisis has made it even more obvious how unsustainable our way of life is. We think and talk about scenarios, we organize and plan for change, but it is difficult to set ambitious and achievable goals at the same time. All this requires innovative, creative and continuous collaboration, and only if this collaboration is itself sustainable can we become truly resilient.

The aim of the 7th KRAFT conference is to take the first step on the road to change. Turning words into action is the metamorphosis itself.

The conference will be structured around six panels that will allow us to immerse ourselves spatially and thematically in the West Pannon region:

  • Global Picture in Times of Pandemics and Climate Change
  • Interreg – Local Flavours Workshop
  • Rethinking Sustainability in Times of Climate Change and Pandemics
  • Pannon-Kraft Lab: Szigetköz, Pannon Cities
  • The Resilience of Public Service Sectors
  • The Birth of Creative Spaces

Venue: Kőszeg, Jurisics Castle, Knights Hall

Date: 20 – 22 September 2021.

The conference will be held in Hungarian and English, simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Read a summary of the event HERE!

Program of the conference:

Monday, 20 September

08:30-09:00 Registration

09:00 Opening session

Welcoming remarks: Ferenc Miszlivetz, director of iASK

Péter Ágh, Member of the National Assembly (tbc)

Béla Básthy, Mayor of Kőszeg

09:20-12:00 Global landscape during pandemics and climate change

09:20 Sándor Kerekes: Destructive innovation

09:40 András Gelencsér: Limits of sustainability

10:00 Norbert Kroó: Innovation and science

10:20 Gergely Tóth: Landscape – from living conditions to quality of life

10:30 Zoltán Mizsei: Soundscape

10:40 Reflections, Q&A

Chair: Ferenc Miszlivetz

Participants: Shen Xiaomeng, Charles Vörösmarty, János Rechnitzer, András Nagy, Zoltán Mizsei


12:00-13:00 Lunch break (Jurisics castle)


13:00-17:00 Interreg – Local Flavours Workshop

13:00 Mario Neve – Mariann Szabó: Local Flavours Project

13:20-14:50 Interregional knowledge exchange – roundtable discussion

Chair: Mariann Szabó

Participants: Marieke Muilwijk, Vinnie O’ Shea, Pellervo Kokkonen, Alberto Ferri, Edgars Ražinskis, Renata Tomljenović, Mario Angelo Neve, Daniela Angelina Jelinčić, Viktória Józsa

14:50-15:10 Coffee break

15:10 Miroslav D. Vujičić & Uglješa Stankov: European capital of culture index (iECoC): a methodological approach for comprehensive impact assessment – the case of Novi Sad 2022

15:40-17:00 Experiences and aspirations of the European Capital of Culture project – roundtable discussion

Moderator: Togay Can

Participants: Marieke Muilwijk, Vinnie O’ Shea, Pellervo Kokkonen, Alberto Ferri, Edgars Ražinskis, Renata Tomljenović, Mario Angelo Neve, Alíz Markovits, Miroslav D. Vujičić, Uglješa Stankov, Orsolya Kőrösi, Tamás Fejérdy


17:30 Concert of the Bozsodi Quartett (courtyard of the Festetics Palace)

18:00 Official opening ceremony of the Hankiss Research Archive (Festetics Palace)

19:00 Reception (courtyard of the Festetics Palace)




Socio-Kraft parallel session in the Zwinger Old Tower

iASK Socio-Kraft research group

Workshop about the social services of Western Transdanubia from the KRAFT’s point of view.

Organizers: iASK Socio-Kraft researchers and the representatives of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Invited participants: representatives of the social services involved in the research, experts and colleagues from the field of social services.

You can access a summary of the event HERE!

Tuesday, 21 September

08:30-09:00 Registration

09:00-12:00 Rethinking sustainability in the face of climate change and pandemics

Chair: Jody Jensen

09:00 Tamás Tarpataki: Restructuring economy, rehabilitating agriculture?

09:30 Reflections, Q&A – chair: János Bogárdi

10:00-10:10 Coffee break

10:10 Shen Xiaomeng: Sustainability and risks

10:30 Charles Vörösmarty: Regional redevelopment

10:50 Miklós Szócska: Data-driven health and sustainability

11:10-12:00 Roundtable discussion

Chair: János Bogárdi


Sándor Kerekes

Charles Vörösmarty

Gábor Baranyai

Shen Xiaomeng

Miklós Szócska


12:00-13:00 Lunch break (Jurisics castle)

13:00-18:00 Pannon KRAFT lab – Szigetköz, Pannon Cities

13:00 Ferenc Hizó: Multilateral water management and sustainable development program – Insula Magna

13:20 Ferenc Miszlivetz & János Rechnitzer: Insula Magna: from vision to the development strategy

13:40 Ákos Jakobi & Mariann Szabó: First milestone of the Insula Magna research project

14:00 Orsolya Raczova: The Csallóköz view

14:20 Andrea Kárpáti: Insula Magna – The Széchenyi University research

14:40 Q&A: iASK researchers, SzU researchers, Martina Makai, Károly Gombás, Rozália Hervay, Tamás Zoltán Németh

16:00-16:20 Coffee break

16:20 Éva Lovra: Network configuration: changes in the hierarchy and networks in the Pannonian Region

16:40 New Dimensions of Cooperation in Pannonian Cities – reflections, Q&A – moderated by Zoltán Gaál; introductory remarks by Bálint Nagy

18:15 Moments of Szigetköz – exhibition of the works of Zoltán Alexay photographer, opened by János Rechnitzer

18:30 reception (Zwinger)


13:00-15:00 Alliance of Pannonian Cities roundtable discussion – closed parallel session in the Zwinger Old Tower (participants: mayors and experts from the Pannonian Cities)

  1. Alliance of Pannonian Cities – Learnings from the “Environment protection and sustainability” roundtable discussion
  2. Cooperation in practice – good examples
  3. Preparation of the Cooperation Agreement


Wednesday, 22 September

08:30-09:00 Registration

08:30-10:00 Complex regional development concepts – research proposals and spaces for cooperation – brainstorming

Chair: Mariann Szabó & Ákos Jakobi

Invited participants: Shen Xiaomeng, Charles Vörösmarty, Jan Leentvaar, Ferenc Miszlivetz, Sándor Kerekes, János Bogárdi, János Rechnitzer, Márk Honti, UNU Bonn, UNU Drezda and iASK researchers

10:00-10:10 Coffee break

10:10-12:00 Resilience of public service sectors – challenges and opportunities

10:10 Miklós Szócska: Digital transformation and artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector (recorded)

10:20 Monika Tóthné Almássy: Intersection – sustainable meeting of individual goals and community interest

10:40 Péter Juhász: Community and social challenges in Western Transdanubia through the lens of social services

11:00 János Czafrangó: Staying on your feet – SUPing in rough seas – end of summer thoughts on the market, competition, social utility, values, partnership

11:20 Katalin Galambos: The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operation of the social service sector

11:40-12:30: Reflections, Q&A

Chair: Katalin Galambos

Participants: Péter Juhász, János Czafrangó, Monika Tóthné Almássy

12:30-13:30 Lunch break (Jurisics castle)

13:30-15:00 The birth of creative spaces

13:30 Lāsma Ivaska Latvia – Hungary

13:50 Graham Bell: Where next from the virtual reality of pandemic Europe?

14:10 Tamás Fejérdy: Colours and shadows – keeping creativity alive

14:30-15:00 Reflections, Q&A

Chair: Tamás Fejérdy

Invited participants: Graham Bell, Zoltán Mizsei, András Nagy, Péter Poczai, Lāsma Ivaska, Dániel Barcza, Hedvig Harmati

15:00 Ferenc Miszlivetz: Closing remarks



Invited Speakers:

Ágh Péter, MHP
Baranyai Gábor, Hungary’s representative to the EU, Associate Professor
Barcza Dániel DLA, vice-rector, Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem
Básthy Béla, mayor of Kőszeg
Bell, Graham, director, North of England Civic Trust
Bogárdi János, professor, University of Bonni Egyetem, reseacher of iASK
dr. Czafrangó János, financial & investment adviser, Budapest Institute of Banking
Fejérdy Tamás DLA, architect, specialist engineer for the protection of historic monuments

Ferri, Alberto, President of Alterevo Benefit Society Srl

Gaál Zoltán, professor emeritus University of Pannonia

Galambos Katalin, researcher of iASK

Gelencsér András, rector, University of Pannonia
Gombás Károly, architect, Észak- Dunántúli Vízügyi Igazgatóság
Harmati Hedvig DLA habil., director, Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem Doctoral School
Hervay Rozália, chair, Nature Park of Csallóköz
Hizó Ferenc, state secretary, Ministry of Innovation & Technology, chair of the Insula Magna Advisory Board
Ivaska, Lāsma, team-leader, Innovation Lab, Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem
dr. Jakobi Ákos,  researcher of iASK
dr. Jelincic, Daniela Angelina, scientific advisor, professor, Institute for Development and International Relations, Zagreb
Jensen, Jody Ph.D, director, Polányi Center, iASK, University of Pannonia
Józsa Viktória Ph.D, executive director, Nord Consult Kft.
dr. Juhász Péter,  teaching  group Instructor, Semmelweis University
Kárpáti Andrea, scientific ccordinator, Széchenyi University
Kerekes Sándor, professor emeritus, researcher of iASK

Kokkonen, Pellervo, senior adviser, Savonlinna Development Services Ltd

Kőrösi Orsolya, director, Robert Capa Centre for Contemporary Photography
Kroó Norbert, HAS, member of the AB of iASK
Leentvaar, Jan, professor, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
dr. Lovra Éva, assistant professor, University of Debrecen
dr. Makai Martina, advisor, Innovációs és Technológiai Minisztérium
Markovits Alíz, general director, Veszprém-Balaton 2023 Zrt.

Mike Friderika, Programfejlesztésért felelős igazgató

Miszlivetz Ferenc, professor University of Pannonia, director, iASK
Mizsei Zoltán DLA, researcher, iASK

Muilwijk, Marieke, Project expert of Local Flavours for the Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Nagy András Ph.D, associate professor, University of Pannonia, researcher of iASK
Nagy Bálint, mayor of Keszthely

O’ Shea, Vinnie, Administrative Officer, Waterford City & County Council

Neve, Mario, professor, University of Bologna
Németh Tamás Zoltán, Arrabona EGTC, director
Poczai Péter,researcher, iASK
Rácz Orsolya, researcher, iASK

Ražinskis, Edgars, Thematic expert on tourism in Riga planning region

Rechnitzer János, researcher of iASK, professor emeritus, Széchényi István University
dr. Stankov, Uglješa, professor, University of Novi Sad

dr. Sümegi István, researcher, iASK

dr. Szabó Mariann PhD., researcher, iASK

dr. Szócska Miklós, professor, Health Management Training Centre
, Semmelweis UniversityTarpataki Tamás, state-secretary, Ministry of Agriculture
Togay, Can, Art & creative adviser of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023  Plc.

Tomljenović, Renata, Senior Researcher, Institute of Tourism, Croatia

Tóthné Almássy Monika, director, KórházSuli
Tóth Gergely, professor, vice-director of iASK
Vörösmarty, Charles, professor, director, Environmental Sciences Initiative at the Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York
Vujičić, Miroslav D., professor, University of Novi Sad
Xiaomeng, Shen, professor, vice-rector, Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University