28 September 2023

What School Ought To Teach? HTT announces International Conference “Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning.” Join us on October 28 at Cavatina Hall, Bielsko-Biała

"We do not learn for school, but for life" - these words, written in ancient times by Seneca the Younger, nowadays continue to appeal for an education that is holistic, interdisciplinary, and anchored in humanistic values. We will talk about it on October 28. The agenda of our international conference, held with funding from the Ministry of Education and Science, is full of inspiring highlights.

Author: Maria Mazurek,


How to transform a school into a place that both students and teachers love? What values – and with what methods – should schools teach to ensure students grow into happy, responsible, and sensitive individuals? And what can we do to make school meaningful?

We will try to find answers to these questions jointly at HTT’s international conference, “Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning.”

Speakers and participants will include titled academics, educational experts, and teachers who believe in the sense and future of education. The agenda will feature lectures, workshops, and panel sessions, including those on the role of the teacher in interdisciplinary teaching, how to increase children’s motivation, and how to prepare them for life in a changing world. Overseas guests – from the University of Sheffield (UK), the Human Restoration Project (US), and the Turku University of Applied Science (Finland) – will share experiences from their countries.


The conference will begin at 10 am at Cavatina Hall in Bielsko-Biała. Participants will be welcomed by Michał Dziuda – the mastermind and founder of Holistic Think Tank and Justyna Pokojska, Ph.D., HTT`s Executive Director.

The opening lecture – on students’ personal knowledge and their agency in education – will be held by Prof. Ewa Kochanowska from the University of Bielsko-Biała. Justyna Pokojska, Ph.D., will talk about IDS (Interdisciplinary School Subject) as an answer to the challenges of education. There will also be a screening of the film “Good Day” produced by HTT. An inspiring highlight of the program will be a panel discussion around the values of “What School Ought to Teach.”

After the lunch break, a poster session on examples of IDS lesson realizations is scheduled. Then Meiju Keinänen, Ph.D., from Turku University of Applied Science, will give an online lecture on preparing young people to face future challenges. This will be followed by inspiring workshop sessions where conference participants will work in smaller groups.

The final lecture will be given by Ryan Bramley, Ph.D., from the University of Sheffield (UK). He will share insights on interdisciplinary value-based education in the United Kingdom.

Visit the website of the conference: https://conference.holisticthinktank.com

A detailed agenda is available here.


The conference will be held with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science (within the “Excellent Science II” program) and under the patronage of the President of Bielsko-Biała city.