The conference will bring together specialists from Europe and North America, as well as Ukrainian professionals and volunteers and representatives of international aid organizations.

The goal of the conference is to provide an overview of state-of-the-art rehabilitation programs and initiatives, explore avenues of collaboration and coordination, and garner support for this crucial long-term effort to help Ukraine deal with the disastrous consequences of this war.

Unless a consecutive chain of services is developed that involves all parties and all stakeholders, Ukraine will be facing a very dark period, even after winning this war.

21 May, 2024 - Public Day

09.00-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.30 Opening session

Prof. Juozas Augutis, Rector of Vytautas Magnus University

Mr. Zilvinas Tomkus, Deputy Minister of Defense of Lithuania

Mr. Masi Nayyem, NGO Pryncyp - Ukraine

Ms. Tatiana Yankelevich, Stepdaughter of Andrei Sakharov

Prof. Robert van Voren, FGIP/ASRC

10.30-10.55 Keynote address 1: Europe and the war in Ukraine

Prof. Timothy Garton Ash (UK)

10.55-11.20 Keynote address 2: When you have seen one war...you have seen one war

Prof. Sir Simon Wessely (UK)

11.20-11.30 Book announcement "Waiting for the first light"

Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek and Lesya Kharchenko

11.30-12.00 Coffee break

12.00-13.00 Panel I: Living with trauma: personal stories from survivors

Moderator: Prof. Jana Javakhishvili (GE)

Kyiv veteran theater two years after the invasion video by Lesya Kharchenko (UA)

Comments by Andrei Ilchenko (UA); Viktoria Samova-Katalichuk (UA)

Discussants: Ryszard Chudy (PL); Robin Imthorn (NL);

13.00-14.00 Afternoon break

14.00-14.25 Keynote address 3: Mental health and invisible wounds

General Romeo Dallaire (CA)

14.25-15.35 Panel II: Looking back: what would you do different when developing national models of services for veterans from scratch?

Moderator: Janet H. Anderson (UK)

Discussants: Oystein Jack Naess (N); Lt. Col. Sardar Bahadur (UK); Dr. Denisa Dokulilova (CZ); Dr. Darren Minshall (UK)

15.35-16.00 Keynote address 4: Moral injury in the aftermath of war and conflict

Dr. Stephanie Houle (CA)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-16.55 Keynote address 5: From battlefield to brain - why we need to understand the dynamics of PTSD, stress, and trauma?

Prof. Eric Vermetten (NL)

16.55-17.20 Keynote address 6: Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) in conflict areas: potential applications in Ukraine

Rachel Thibeault (CA)

17.20-18.30 Panel III: How to meet the veteran needs in Ukraine when resources are limited?

Moderator: Rob Keukens (NL)

Discussants: Prof. Robert van Voren (LT/NL); Dr. Haakon Engen (N); Dr. Deirdre MacManus (UK); Kateryna Timakina (UA); Nataliia Umerenkova (UA)

18.30-18.45 Closing

19.00 Reception at Andrei Sakharov Research Center, S. Daukanto st. 27



During the construction of the building, acoustic solutions were reflected in the oval shape of the hall, special upholstery was used, and the vault was designed by engineer Pranas Markūnas, a pioneer of reinforced concrete structures in Lithuania. There is no shortage of round shapes in other areas of the cinema. Specialists attribute these solutions to the streamline aesthetics prevailing in the United States at the time, also known as the late stage of art deco.

A cozy public space is formed by incorporating the building into the depth of the plot. The art deco facade of "Romuva" soon became iconic, especially the glass tower.

In 2015, the building was awarded the European Heritage Label, and currently it is one of the symbols of modernist architecture in Kaunas, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Conference will take place at an extraordinary, historic movie theatre Romuva, which first opened its doors in 1940.

Address: Laisves al. 54, Kaunas

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