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21 - 23 OctoberPsychological Well Being and Quality of Life Research Laboratory, Vilnius

Social Inclusion through Communities and Ecovillages in the Baltic Sea Region

Background of SIBREC Forum
SIBREC is a project funded by Swedish Institute, bringing together a variety of partners from countries around the Baltic Sea. Being a team of practitioners and researchers, communities, universities and NGOs we are looking into how the marginalised groups can be included in the society through urban and rural eco-communities. We believe the communities have immense potential to help socially­ excluded groups. Together we are exploring functioning models, methods and approaches of social inclusion used in communities and ecovillages which can be used in a broader society. 

Our focus groups are very broad: people with physical and mental disabilities, immigrants and refugees, rural youth, children with learning difficulties, burnt-­out employees and other groups whose voices are often not heard in the mainstream society.

Objective 1: to bring together practitioners, NGOs, academic researchers and decision makers working in the area of social inclusion and communities, and to facilitate collaboration and contacts which could potentially result in new projects on Social Inclusion. 

Objective 2: to facilitate creation of the future projects and initiatives within the topic of social inclusion though communities and ecovillages using the created framework consisting of  funding opportunities, potential contacts, best practices, policies and strategies in EU. 


Participation in the Forum is free of charge and supported by Swedish Institute through SIBREC project.


21 Oct, Friday: Arrival.  
18:00-21:00  Informal dinner and mingle for the group to meet personally. We aim to create non-formal warm connection between people not only work-related appearance.  
21:00   The group staying in Melkys ecovillage departures to Melkys.

22 Oct, Saturday: the Forum. 
10:00 - 17:00 The day of SIBREC Forum for academic researchers, practitioners  and people involved in decision making in the field of social inclusion in the Baltic Sea Region. The Forum takes place in Psychological Well-being and Quality of Life Research Labaratory of Mykolas Romeris University. It will be various presentations, workshops and working groups.  Precise program of Forum will be sent to the registered participants on the 17th of Oct.
The day will start with a common breakfast (for people staying in Melkys) and finish with a dinner in Melkys, followed by a workshop in traditional Lithuanian folk dance (optionally). 

23 Oct, Sunday: Study visits.  
Sunday will be dedicated for visiting communities and ecovillages around  Vilnius, learning about their way of life, challenges and advantages.


Most of the group will stay in  Melkys community outside Vilnius in an informal setting. Living conditions in Melkys are very simple: there are sleeping spaces in shared rooms; you will need to bring your sleeping bag and a sleeping pad. 
There will be transportation arranged for the participants to go to the Forum by a mini-bus.

Only accommodation in Melkys is covered by SIBREC project. You are welcome to arrange your own accommodation in Vilnius on your own expenses.


Tickets to the Forum in Vilnius from countries in the Baltic Sea Region can be reimbursed  by SIBREC project for the participants of and contributors to the forum with a workshop, presentation and/or active participation in the initiatives.
In order to get reimbursed please save your invoices and tickets originals

If you would like to come earlier, on the 20th and 21st Oct it is possible to join the Conference "Wither Our Economies – 2016" which also takes place in MRU.

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Contributors to SIBREC Forum

Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute is a public agency with a staff of approximately 140 employees. SI helps Sweden reach various international goals concerning foreign policy, education, international aid and development. Our activities span over fields such as culture, society, research, higher education, business, innovation, democracy and global development.

Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius

MRU is an international university  in Vilnius and Kaunas. Due to modern, creative and entrepreneurial academic community, MRU became leading university in social sciences and interdisciplinary research in Lithuania. MRU cooperates with over 300 universities, public and private institutions, takes part in academic, professional and inter-sectorial networks.

RELEARN Suderbyn

RELEARN is a non-profit NGO based on Gotland and working locally and internationally with the promotion of and engagement in a more sustainable lifestyle. Our strong focuses are environmental resilience, social justice, education and international cooperation for sustainable development. 

Baltic Ecovillage Network

BEN (Baltic Ecovillage Network) is an association of ecovillage national networks promoting environmental protection and restoration of nature through education, social methods and technical solutions, youth work, culture, intercultural understanding between people and environmental protection. 

Tartu University

UT is Estonia's leading centre of research and training. It preserves the culture of the Estonian people and spearheads the country's reputation in research and provision of higher education. UT belongs to the top 3% of world's best universities. It recognises the importance of international co-operation and partnerships with reputable research universities all over the world.

Transition Network of Sweden

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