LRE Conference

MoHo, Caen, France
4 April 2022

The LRE Conference is the key learning event focused on current topics and challenges in the remembrance sector.

In 2022, the LRE Conference considers the role of the remembrance sector within modern society and its potential as a tool for citizenship and shaping today’s world. A range of engaging panellists and speakers reflects on the great potential the remembrance sector has in working with both international visitors and local communities to tackle the problems we face today, applying lessons from the past.

Normandy provides the perfect setting for this discussion, as remembrance plays a central societal and civic role in the region.

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4 April 2022

Doors will open at 13:30, allowing time to grab a cup of coffee or tea before taking a seat.

Welcome words by:

Rémi Praud, Managing Director of the LRE Foundation

Sandrine Fanget, Deputy Director Department of Economy, Higher Education, Tourism, Research and Innovation, Normandy Region

History education is crucial to ensure the progress of societies towards peace and reconciliation. However, it can also be the object of manipulation and distortion to legitimise or reinforce political stances and authoritarian regimes.

Alain Lamassoure, former Minister and Member of the European Parliament, Chairman of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe (Council of Europe)

The first panel focuses on the ties and links between the present history and the past. Issues like forced migration, racial, gender and societal inequalities have been long-standing and have characterised the WWII period as much as they impact on our contemporary societies. This panel offers a reflection on how to make sense of these issues, and how to tackle them for society to improve for the better.

Prof. Denis Peschanski, historian and director of research at the CNRS – Paris
Prof. Antoon De Baets, Professor of History, Ethics and Human Rights, University of Groningen – Netherlands
Prof. Katja Makhotina, historian, Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Bonn – Germany

This panel wishes to offer practical examples of education and civic engagement projects led by remembrance institutions, reflecting on how history and remembrance can be valorised in societies, helping them build tools to positively develop and grow more tolerant, inclusive and fair.

Gretha Boels, Member of the Board, Back to Westerbork Foundation, Sleen – The Netherlands
Nicolas Kurevic, Education Coordinator, The Territories of Memory (Les Territoires de la Mémoire), Liège – Belgium.
Dr. Patrice Gourbin, Senior Lecturer, National Superior School of Architecture of Normandy (École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Normandie), Rouen – France.
Paula O’Donohoe, PhD candidate, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Research and Project Advisor, Euroclio.

Closing remarks by Marie-Agnès Poussier-Winsback, Vice-President in charge of Tourism, Regional Council of Normandy.

End of the LRE Conference 2022.

Our Speakers

Meet the high-level speakers who will be part of the LRE Forum 2022

Venue &

Moho, 14000 Caen

The entrance is located on the corner of Rue de la Gare and Quai Amiral Hamelin


Institutional partners

The LRE Foundation has been supported by the National Fund for Peace, Freedom and Veteran Care (vfonds) in the Netherlands since 2012. The vfonds is a strategic partner of the Foundation since, for many projects.

The LRE Foundation has been supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and its Embassy in the Hague (The Netherlands) since 2020, with a focus on the Liberation Route Europe Trails project.

An event organised in the framework of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

This event is not organised by the French Government. It is however authorised by the French Government to use the emblem of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Look back
at the 2021 Forum