28 Marzo 2024

2024 Day of European Authors Conference

Fostering collaboration between the book and education sectors to tackle the decline in reading among young people.

n the context of the second edition of the Day of European Authors the European Commission organises a conference with the objective to foster collaboration between the book and the education sectors to tackle declining reading skills and habits among young people.

This conference explores the many examples in Europe of how authors and book professionals can cooperate with teachers and schools to develop formal and informal ways of bringing books and literature closer to students.

© European Union, 2023

The conference will provide an opportunity to:

  • share good practices that promote reading from an early age through formal and non-formal learning
  • highlight the role of European authors and book professionals in promoting reading and multilingualism in and outside schools
  • propose recommendations on how to tackle the declining reading skills and habits in Europe


The conference is open to

  • representatives of ministries of education and culture from the 27 EU countries and other Creative Europe and Erasmus+ programme countries
  • EU institutions
  • representatives from the book and the education sectors


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Time of session13:30 – 14:00

Date of session March 25

Opening speeches

Session opened


Iliana Ivanova ‐ European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Matthias De Moor ‐ General Representative of Flanders to the European Union

Time of session14:20 – 14:45

Date of session March 25

Presentation of 2024 Day of European Authors

Session opened


Georg Häusler ‐ Director for Culture, Creativity and Sport, DG EAC, European Commission

Miguel Ángel Serrano ‐ President, European Writers’ Council

Magdalena Platzova ‐ author

Time of session14:45 – 15:30

Date of session March 25

First panel – Setting the scene

Challenges and aspirations of the education sector: 

  • what studies such as the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tell us about the level of reading skills per age group and gender? 
  • What type of reading at schools: reading to learn and/or reading for pleasure? 
  • What are the motivation factors to become active readers?

Session opened


Elaina Ryan ‐ CEO, Children’s Books Ireland / Leabhair Pháistí Éireann

Panel members

Dr Dirk Hasted ‐ Executive Director, International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievements (IEA).

Dr Tiziana Mascia ‐ Adjunct Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Urbino and Representative of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET)

Valentina Stoeva ‐ Founder and Chairperson of Detski knigi Foundation / Children’s Books and representative of EURead network of European reading promotion organisations

Time of session15:30 – 16:15

Date of session March 25

Second panel – How the book sector can help

Inspiring examples  of how libraries, booksellers, publishers, authors and reading promotion organisations can work with primary and secondary schools and teachers.

Session opened


Daan Beeke ‐ Domain Specialist at Stichting Lezen and Network Manager at EURead


Noa Heyndrickx ‐ Literatuur Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium

Simon Bequoye ‐ Ledereen Leest, Flanders, Belgium

Benjamin Kesteloot ‐ Director, Médiathèque départementale du Pas-de-Calais, France

Laura Guindal Martínez ‐ Deputy Director General for Coordination of Libraries at the Ministry of Culture, Spain

Olena Odynoka ‐ Deputy Director for International Cooperation, The Ukrainian Book Institute 

Time of session17:15 – 18:00

Date of session March 25

Third panel – Young readers’ and authors’ voices

Young readers share their views on reading initiatives.

Session opened

Panel members

Srishti Karoor Sabarinath ‐ Participant in the Suget ind promgramme from the Danish National Library

Noe Hoffman-Zarecki ‐ Winner of the special mention of the European Commission’s translation competition Juvenes Translatores, Poland 

Matteo Trizio ‐ Children’s Jury in the German Reading Prize


Laerke Olsen

Time of session18:00 – 19:00

Date of session March 25

Ignite talks – inspiring initiatives

Examples of projects that bring together the book and education sectors (series of 10-minute presentations).

Session closedAnalysis tools for policy makers in reading matters: European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERICS) and signatures of reading situations

Session closedBringing poetry to young people

Session closedDigital reading promotion

Session closedAuthors in the (digital) classroom, as an inspiring starting point to improve reading and writing skills

Session closedBilingual stories to share in the classroom

Session closedBringing books to school libraries – #ioleggoperché