WellTogether: Belonging and Inclusion Conference

International Conference
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30. 11. – 1. 12. 2023
Faculty of Education
Masaryk University

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BELONG: Better Education through Long-term Investment into Inclusiveness and Student and Staff Wellbeing

Welcome to the website of the international conference organised by the Masaryk University Competence Development Centre within the framework of the international BELONG project (2021-1-SK01-KA220-HED-000023528).


Registration for the conference is open until 27 November 2023.
Participants must register separately for the first day of the conference and for each workshop.

Today, the topics of wellbeing and inclusion are becoming increasing important both in the context of students' sense of belonging to their alma mater, but also in relation to the wellbeing and engagement of employees in the work environment. The WellTogether International Conference aims to explore these topics through the sharing of best practices, and new perspectives and expertise in these areas. We will focus on different aspects of educational training and also explore the perspectives of employers from different sectors.

This conference invites members of academia and professionals who work with people and are interested in improving wellbeing and promoting inclusivity in the workplace. The conference will include presentations, discussions and interactive workshops that will offer concrete tools and strategies to support these key topics.

Sharing and Inspiration through an International Dimension

A practice-oriented conference that aims to share good practice and experience in the field of inclusivity and wellbeing across different levels of education, drawing inspiration from the commercial sector, which is further ahead than educational organisations on these issues.

2 Interactive days full of Education

In addition to the keynote section and Coffee & Cake discussion, you will have the opportunity to choose from 6 interactive workshops. The entire conference programme is free of charge.

Contacts that Will Come in Handy

The BELONG Conference is all about people and meeting. You will have the unique opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues. The conference is suitable for university teachers, education students, stakeholders, actors of change in education.

Please, note that the conference languages are Czech and English. Registration for the conference is required.

Thursday 30. 11. 2023

13:00 – 14:00 | Registration

14:00 – 14:15 | Welcome

14:15 – 14:45
| Examples of good practice in the field of wellbeing at Masaryk University

14:45 – 15:30 | American Academy in Brno's microcosm for society

15:30 – 16:15 | Ethical Contemplations on Educational Equality versus Equity

16:15 – 17:00 | Wellbeing in the context of age management

17:00 – 17:30 | Coffee break

17:30 – 19:00 | Coffee & Cake from Different Perspective

Friday 1. 12. 2023

8:00 – 8:30 | Registration

8:30 – 9:30 | Poster section

Workshops I 
9:30 – 11:00 | Nurturing wellbeing and resilience: Strategies to prevent burnout |EN|

9:30 – 11:00 | How to take care of your wellbeing and wellbeing at work |CZ|

9:30 – 11:00 | Inclusive teaching through art |EN|

11:00 – 11:30 | Coffee break

Workshops II
11:30 – 13:00
| Otevřenoshaping safety and promoting wellbeing in higher education  |CZ|

11:30 – 13:00 | Wellbeing (not only) for LGBTQ+ learners in education |CZ| 

11:30 – 13:00 | Inclusive mobility: It ain't easy but it ain't impossible either |EN|

13:00 | Closing of the conference

Registration |13:00 14:00|

Opening welcome |14:00 14:15|

Keynote |14:15 17:00|

  • 14:15 – 14:45 | Examples of good practice in the field of wellbeing at Masaryk University

    The presentation will share examples of good practice that help in the area of wellbeing at Masaryk University. Data for the presentation will be based on a research survey conducted in 2022 working at the Faculty of Education.

    Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Košatková, Ph.D.

    Faculty of Education – Masaryk University

    Mgr. et Mgr. Martina Kurowski, Ph.D.

    Faculty of Education – Masaryk University
    About Markéta Košatková & Martina Kurowski
  • 14:45 – 15:30 | American Academy in Brno's microcosm for society

    American Academy in Brno (AAB), a foreign school based in the Czech Republic, offers grades 1-12 for both international and Czech national students, withrelatively small student body (compared to that of state schools). AAB offersunique educational experience which also provides unique perspectives on inclusion & diversity and student wellbeing. For British teachers Matthew Smith and Charlotte Sůkalová, student inclusion and wellbeing isgreat passion and one that they have worked on together at the school. This keynote speech will explore how the school’s unique circumstances have presented challenges for both inclusion and wellbeing and what this particular school has implemented through their dedicated teaching team in order to better the school community.

    Charlotte Sůkalová

    American Academy in Brno

    Matthew Smith

    American Academy in Brno
    About Charlotte Sůkalová & Matthew Smith
  • 15:30 – 16:15 | Ethical contemplations on Educational Equality versus Equity

    Imagine being a parent with two children, and one of them breezes through their education and later lands a high-paying job, while the other faces difficulties in learning, putting immense effort into their education, and eventually securing a job that demands hard work but provides only a meager income to make both ends meet. Do you perceive this situation as just and equitable? And how should education provide various levels of assistance, depending on the needs, to ensure all children equal opportunities? And how are choices best made when educational budgets get cut?

    This keynote offers a thought-provoking exploration of the ethical dimensions inherent in the discourse surrounding educational equality and equity. Delving into the heart of education, we will explore the nuanced distinctions between these two concepts and their implications for practitioners across various educational fields. We will engage in critical reflections on the ethical obligations and challenges when balancing the ideals of treating all children equally while acknowledging diverse needs. The keynote aims to stimulate meaningful dialogue on fostering inclusive educational environments, addressing systemic disparities, and promoting ethical practices that align with broader societal aspirations for fairness and justice.

    Rochelle M. Helms, MSc.

    Amsterdam University of Applied Science
    About Rochelle M. Helms
  • 16:15 – 17:00 | Wellbeing in the context of age management

    The presenteation will focus on the importance of well-being in the context of age management. The concept of well-being and its different factors will be introduced with emphasis on the area of wellbeing across the life course. Examples of good practice from the Czech Republic and abroad will be given and the Erasmus+ Work Ability Management project will be introduced.

    Mgr. Michaela Kostelníková

    Age Management z.s.
    About Michaela Kostelníková

Coffee & Cake from Different Perspective
|17:30 19:00|

In an informal discussion with interesting speakers, participants will have the opportunity to look at the concept of wellbeing from different perspectives, levels of education and types of organisations.

Together we will analyze the intersections between mental and physical health, social structures and personal fulfillment. The discussion will offer a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes wellbeing.

Charlotte Sůkalová

Mgr. Michaela Kostelníková

Natalia Marakhovska, Ph.D.

Renata Anna Dezso, Ph.D.

Zehra Colak, Ph.D.

Matyas Szabo

Friday 1. 12. 2023

Registration |8:00 8:30|

Poster section |8:30 9:30|

Join us at the vibrant poster session, featuring international and local student projects. Explore innovative ideas, research, and initiatives promoting diversity, equity, and belonging in education from diverse perspectives.

Engage with the next generation of inclusion champions and discover practical strategies for enhancing wellbeing in educational settings. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired and make a positive impact!


Workshops |9:30 11:00|

  • 9:30 – 11:00 | Nurturing wellbeing and resilience: Strategies to prevent burnout |EN|

    In a world defined by constant change, the pursuit of wellbeing has become paramount. Mental health, stress management, work-life balance, time management, and mindfulness are just a few of today's catchphrases related to wellbeing. Throughout this workshop, we will explore these and other wellbeing related concepts, examining ways to enrich your life through their practical implementation. By acquiring proactive strategies to cultivate resilience and nurture their mental and emotional wellbeing, participants will leave equipped with a toolbox of actionable steps to sustain their passion and efficacy in the field of education.
    Take the first step towards elevating your educator's journey with my workshop!

    Mgr. Matěj Sapík

    Career Centre of Masaryk University & Anabel Centre
    About Matěj Sapík


  • 9:30 – 11:00 | How to take care of your wellbeing and wellbeing at work |CZ|

    This practical workshop is designed for anyone who wants to adjust, deepen or just become familiar with their wellbeing. We will look at what we need for our wellbeing, not only at work, and how we can maintain it. We will open up the topics of work-life balance and managing the energy we expend. Everything will be interspersed with practical techniques and tips on how to work on your wellbeing, as well as discussion and mutual inspiration.

    Mgr. et Mgr. Lenka Kamanová, Ph.D.

    Lifelong Learning Institute of Mendel University

    Mgr. et Mgr. Zuzana Vařejková, Ph.D.

    Competence Development Centre of Masaryk University
    About Lenka Kamanová & Zuzana Vařejková


  • 9:30 – 11:00 | Inclusive teaching through art |EN|

    The workshop will enable to explore the potential of visual arts (paintings and photography) for inclusive teaching. We will immerse ourselves into the works of art and by the end of the workshop, you will be aware of how incorporating art practices into teaching fosters students’ tolerance for ambiguity, respect for other cultures, understanding of others’ worldviews, develops their empathy and communication skills and skills to observe, interpret, analyse, evaluate, and relate, and be able to employ art-based practices in your teaching to discuss socially significant and sensitive topics and share different viewpoints.

    Natalia Marakhovska, PhD

    Mariupol State University
    About Natalia Marakhovska


  • 11:00 – 11:30 | Coffee break

Workshops |11:30 13:00|

  • 11:30 – 13:00 | Otevřeno – shaping safety and promoting wellbeing in higher education |CZ|

    The Otevřeno project highlights the importance of safety in schools at all levels of education. Ensuring safety isnecessity for quality education for pupils and students. What are the specifics of working with the topic of safety in higher education? Is this topic as relevant as it is for younger pupils? What works and what does not work in teaching? It is these questions that we will be looking to answer at the workshop, where there will be space for sharing and informing good practice, as well as sharing information from current research in this area.

    PhDr. Anna Frombergerová, Ph.D.

    About Anna Frombergerová


  • 11:30 – 13:00 | Wellbeing (not only) for LGBTQ+ learners in education |CZ|

    This workshop is dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ students in educational environments. Our goal is to equip participants with practical tools and strategies to boost the overall wellbeing of these learners. Throughout the workshop, attendees will engage in interactive activities that showcase exemplary methods of integrating LGBTQ+ topics into education. Additionally, we'll offer exercises that can be seamlessly integrated into classroom settings, enriched by captivating moments from the intertwined histories of the LGBTQ+ movement and feminism.

    MgA. Bc. Eva Lukešová

    Gender Nora
    About Eva Lukešová


  • 11:30 – 13:00 | Inclusive mobility: It ain't easy but it ain't impossible either |EN|

    What are special needs? What is inclusive mobility? Why is it not easy? Workshop will deal with these questions as well as the concept of inclusive mobility when it comes to persons with (severe) disabilities. We'll touch upon the barriers and differences, which make this mobility more challenging to organize. We'll discuss the responsibilities of individual stakeholders, such as students, coordinators, universities, local governments, and NGOs. Last but not least, we'll also not leave out the discussion on finding adequate financial resources.

    Mgr. et Mgr. Tomáš Varga

    Teiresiás Centre of Masaryk University
    About Tomáš Varga



Faculty of Education – Masaryk University, Poříčí 9, 639 00 Brno

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Information & FAQ

The conference is funded by the BELONG project. Entrance is FREE.

Do I need to register for the conference?

Yes, you will be able to register both for the day 1 of the conference (Thursday 30 November) and for the day 2 (individual workshops on Friday  1 December) until 27 November. Places are limited.

Where can I find the room where the conference is being held?

The location can be found at Poříčí 9 - Pedagogical Faculty of Masaryk University. Turn left at the gatehouse. Once you go through the first glass door, you will go down the stairs. You will see direction signs.

Will there be coffee available at the conference?

Yes, coffee and refreshments will be available at the conference.

In which language will the conference be conducted?

The conference languages are Czech and English. Keynote lectures and Coffe & Cake discussions will be in English. For workshops we always indicate the language in the title (EN/CZ).

How much is the conference fee?

The conference is funded by the BELONG project. Entrance is FREE.
This information can also be found on the line below Information & FAQ 😉.


Do you have any questions? Ask Jitka.

Mgr. Jitka Vidláková, Ph.D.

Conference & BELONG project coordinator, Competence development Centre, Masaryk University

Phone: +420 549 49 7223

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