Seminars organized within ELIT will give the ESRs the chance to organize their own event revolving around their own research projects. ESRs will have opportunity to invite leading experts on their topics, both in the academic sector and in industry with aim to talk about their research projects with important figures in their own respective research fields and to bridge the divide between the academic community and the non-academic industry. The goal of the seminars is to equip our ESRs to with the skills that are needed to disseminate their research findings to our main target groups, such as literacy/teachers associations, reading groups, and publishing houses. All seminars are planned as obligatory for all ESRs enrolled in the project and open to additional audience interested in the subject.
Seminar 1: Fundamental processes underlying literary reading (duration. 1, 5 day)
Organizing institutions: Radboud University and Rüdiger Wischenbart Content & Consulting
Content: The specific focus of this seminar will be on publishing and the book market and on the use of digital technologies in book industry and neuromarketing. Representatives of non-academic partners of ELIT (i.e., RWCC, CPNB, Shared Reading and Büro Bauer) and other invited major experts from the field will take part in panel discussion where they express their needs in the field and discuss with ESRs how to use ELIT research findings to meet these needs. The main aims are to discuss possible ways of implementing ELIT research findings to improve the attractiveness of reading among the EU population and to contribute to the increase of literacy in the EU. Specific attention will be given to discussing the possibilities of collaboration between the publishing sector and reading researchers.
Seminar 2: Narrative empathy during literary reading (duration: 1, 5 day)
Organizing institutions: University of Haifa and Stiftung Lesen
Content: The main focus of the seminar will be the application of reading research findings to planning and implementation of shared reading with different groups of participants and to development of training and guiding materials for shared reading facilitators. Representatives of non-academic partners of ELIT (i.e., Stiftung Lesen, Het Lezercollectionef, Laeseforeningen and Interessensgemeinschaft Leseförderung) and other invited major experts from the field will take part in panel discussions where they express their needs in the field and discuss with ESRs how to use ELIT research findings to meet these needs. The discussion will mostly be focused on the possible ways to improve the attractiveness of reading among the EU population, targeting specifically vulnerable groups (e.g., people in jails, social care homes, online shared reading). Specific attention will be given to discussing the possibilities of collaboration between non-academic sectors and reading researchers.
Seminar 3: Reading and well-being in the digital age (duration: 1, 5 day)
Organizing institutions: Trnava University and Dr. Josef Raabe Slovensko
Content: This seminar will be focused on implementing reading research findings to the development of methods and strategies for literary education and reading promotion in classroom settings (stimulating well-being and pro-social behaviour) and the development of training materials and workshops for teachers. With the participation of ELIT non-academic partners (i.e., Stiftung Lesen, Raabe, Lillestøm and FELA) and other invited experts from the field ESRs will present their research findings and learn how to transform them into materials and training units (seminars or workshops) tailored to the needs of teachers. Specific attention will be given to learning how to explore and meet needs in the market with teaching materials and professional development of for teachers. These materials should address how online reading environments be integrated in education and how teachers can make use of young adults’ participation in social media platforms that emphasize (social/shared) reading in the classroom.