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.


Roméo Dallaire

Timothy Garton Ash

Simon Wessely

Jana D. Javakhishvili

Irina Pinchuk

Igor Koutsenok

Stephanie Houle

Eric Vermetten

Zilvinas Tomkus

Masi Nayyem

Lesya Kharchenko

Robert van Voren

Janet Anderson

Gerald J.M. Rots

Haakon Engen

Franziska Langner

Deirde MacManus

Robin Imthorn

Rachel Thibeault

Ryszard Chudy

Juozas Augutis

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-TBC;
Prof. Robert van Voren, FGIP/ASRC

10.30-11.00 Key note speech: Prof. Timothy Garton Ash (UK)

11.00-11.30 Key note speech: General Romeo Dallaire (CA)

11.30-12.00 Coffee break

12.00-13.00 Panel one: living with trauma; personal stories from survivors
Moderator: Prof. Jana Javakhishvili (GEO)
Ryszard Chudy (PL); Robin Imthorn (NL)
Lesya Kharchenko (UA): Video from Ukraine: Kyiv veteran theater two years after the invasion; Commentary by two participants in the video:
Andrei Ilchenko (UA) and Viktoria Samova-Katalichuk (UA)

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.30 Key note speech: Prof. Sir Simon Wessely (UK)

14.30-15.30 Panel two: looking back: what would you do different when developing national models of services for veterans? Three examples.
Janet H. Anderson (UK)
Dr. Deirdre MacManus (UK); Dr. Franziska Langner (D); Jack Naess Oysteyn (N - TBC)

15.30-16.00 Key note speech: Dr. Stephanie Houle (CA) Dealing with moral injury

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.00 Key note speech: Prof. Eric Vermetten (NL)

17.00-17.30 Key note speech: Rachel Thibeault (CA) Community-Based Rehabilitation Programs for Veterans

17.30-18.30 Panel three: How to meet the veteran needs in Ukraine when resources are limited? Moderator: Prof. Robert van Voren (LT/NL)
Prof. Irina Pinchuk (UA);
Prof. Igor Koutsenok (UA/USA);
Haakon Engen (N);
Gerald Rots (NATO-TBC)

18.30-18.45 Closing



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.

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