Congress 2019



International EHP Congress Bruges (4-6 October 2019)

‘Expressing humanist values in Education, Chaplaincy and Ceremonies’



Friday October 4 

12h00 -13h45:

Registration and Lunch

 14h00 – 14h10:

Opening words by Prof.dr. Freddy Mortier (President

 14h00 – 14h15u

Musical Intermezzo

  14h15 – 15h15:

The art of living together, a plea for pluralistic humanism (Prof.dr. Hans Alma)

15h15 – 15h30:

Coffee + music

15h30 – 16h30:

How can you use art to promote humanistic values in your field of work?

Every session is guided by an expert.

Chaplaincy:  NL: Bianca Lugten UVH

Ceremonies: UK: Isabel Russo:

Education: Flandres : Jan Van Vaek /Eline Ouwendijk

16h30 – 16h45:

Coffee – cake

16h50 – 18h15:

Methodologies for shaping humanist expression in your fields of work

18h15 – 19h00:

Walk to the Town hall met begeleiding Anne-Flor


Reception Town hall Reception Town hall




Saturday October 5

9h00 – 9h30:

Coffee – Foyer

Cultural diversity/ philosophy of life. How to deal with cultural diversity and life stance?


Introduction + Film Aatos 


Lecture by dr.  Christophe Busch (Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide )


practical tools/solutions

11h20 – 11h40:


11h40 – 15h30:

Inspiration festival – best practice part 1

Different Sessions – both general and specific focussing on relevant work domains

How do you introduce humanistic values (practice): Ted talks

 13h00- 14h00:


14h00 – 15h30:

Inspiration festival- best practices  part 2


Free time




Sunday October 6

 10h00 – 11h00:

Visit to Groeninghe Museum   “Flemish Primitives art + questions of meaning

Museumbezoek Groeninghe ‘Vlaamse primitieven’

11h30 – 12h25:

Humanist values in a changing  world (Andrew Copson, president of the Humanists International

12h30 - 13h00:

Closing words

Neil Anderson, chair EHP

*Reception  *drink   *lunch

There will be an informal meeting at the venue for those arriving on Thursday 3 October (19h00 – …)


Acommodations info:

The venue of the conference  is not hotel based. The address is Hauwerstraat nr 3, 8000 Bruges. Very nearby is the train station, concert hall  and a location that is called ‘t Zand. Next door (!) is a medium priced NH Hotel, but booking sites will offer also cheaper and more luxury places in the vicinity of the congress venue, and of course there is always Airbnb.


Attendees of the EHP congres can also join the conference ‘Entangled Humanism. Rethinking humanity in the face of social and ecological concerns’ (Brussels, 7-8 October) for FREE

All info and registrations at