you interested in Humanism and would you want to find out more?
Or do you want to develop your skills and ideas as active young
Humanist? This Conference offers a unique challenge to young
persons to learn more about humanism in theory and practice,
in an international setting, with many people from different
cultures and with an interesting programme!
The International Humanist Youth Conference in 2002 was very
inspiring and lots of participants wanted a follow up.(Click
here to read about the 2002 Conference).
We expect that the Youth Conference this year will be just as
inspiring and interesting, and hope to make it even better than
2003 Conference will be held in Berlin, the capital city of
Germany, from 29 of August to 2 September. IHEYO will co-organise
the conference with the German Junge HumanistInnen Berlin, the
youth organisation of the Humanistischer Verband Deutschlands.
The Institute of Humanist Studies has granted a generous fund
that sponsors a part of the conference costs and enable us therefore
to make the conference cheaper for youth.
can you expect from an International Humanist Youth Conference?
Besides the enriching experience of meeting idealistic and humanist
oriented young people from all over the world, you will have
the chance to learn more about humanism in many colorfull aspects.
You can discuss current global, personal and regional topics
like religious fundamentalism (in India, the US and African
countries for instance), secular coming of age ceremonies, human
rights like social economic rights (no to poverty, etc), humanist
education, international humanst youth collaboration and other
topics you find relevant. The programme is open to suggestions
and there is plenty possibility to exchange ideas informally.
conference is for young people active in (youth) humanist organisations
and for those who would like to find out more about humanism.
And it is organised by young humanists from different countries.
The programme will consist of interesting workshops around several
topics one can choose for, a discussion about humanism, a citygame
and visiting local (youth) humanist activities. A detailed programme
will be available in the coming months on this site. You can
also contact IHEYO for more
information about the programme.
part of the international youth conference in 2003 will be dedicated
to IHEYO's first General Assembly. There will be voted about
a constitution that will transform IHEYO into a youth section
with a formal democratic structure and with a structure for
a formal election of IHEYO's leadership, elected by young humanists.
And new plans for international youth humanism will be made
What is Humanism?
For those who don't know that much about humanism, on this site
you can read a short introduction to
humanism. Very briefly described: humanism is a positive
lifestance that stresses the importance of human responsibility,
free choice, ethics, creativity and the right to self-determination.
Humanism involves not believing in supernatural beings, such
as a God, that people should listen to.
Humanists strive for universal human rights and values like
the right to democracy, social economic rights, sustainable
development and personal freedom to choose and be who you want
to be. An inquisitive and open dialogue is important to many
humanists as well as critical, independed thinking and the right
to take one's own responsibility. Many humanists are atheist,
skeptic or agnostic in their thinking.
Most youth humanist groups are involved in non-formal educational
activities, human rights activities, organising of camps and
student based activities. You can find out more on this site
about humanist youth organisations and projects worldwide (click
The Conference is for every one interest in Humanist thought
or for those already active within a Humanist organisation.
We have defined youth for this conference in general terms,
people from around 15 years of age up to maximum 35 years of
age are welcomed.
to the conference is open to every young person that pays the
participation fee. We will try to balance the participation
of people from different countries, so that there is intercultural
mixing. When many participants from one country register, we
may set a maximum for participants from this country.
For people that need a Visa, IHEYO doesn't issue any visa-letters
to requests e-mailed to IHEYO after 19 July. Since the conference
is approaching, we do not have enough time to get formal Visa-invitations
for people. For those that have registered before the 19th of
July and need a Visa, IHEYO will let every one know soon who
IHEYO can invite. We have received much more interest for participation
than we can facilitate.
When you register early this fee will be 65 Euro per person.
This includes full participation in the Conference, 4 nights
of accommodation in a youth Hotel located in the Centre of Berlin,
a cultural activity in Berlin, local visits and food during
Conference days. When you register late, the fee will be 150
Euro. There is a maximum number of people that can participate.
When you are not able to pay travel costs yourself, please click
here for more information about IHEYO's travel sponsorship.
The fund for people coming from developing countries and needing
travel support has been allocated and is not available anymore.
There is a fund for youth from Eastern European countries and
poor youth needing a partial funding.
encourage young people that are members of a humanist organisation
to ask their organisation for support of their travel costs.
IHEYO is willing to facilitate this process when one would like
a Visa Letter
people that need a Visa, IHEYO doesn't issue any visa-letters
to requests e-mailed to IHEYO after 19 July.
Since the conference is approaching, we do not have enough time
to get formal Visa-invitations for people. For those that have
registered before the 19th of July and need a Visa, IHEYO will
let every one know soon who IHEYO can invite. We have received
much more interest for participation than we can facilitate.
Register for the Conference
download the Registration
Form (RTF) here,
and e-mail the filled in form to IHEYO: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Fee
The deadline for the early registration is end of July.
Before this time the fee will be 65 Euro, after the end of July
the fee will be 150 Euro. This exact deadline will be notified
on this site, when we receive more registrations than we can
sponsor, so we encourage every one to register as early as possible.
When the deadline changes, you will find out on this website
as soon as possible.
When you are able to arrange accommodation in Berlin yourself,
for instance because you already live in Berlin and therefore
don't need accommodation, it is possible to pay a fee without
accommodation. This is 20 Euro including dinners and 10 Euro
when you take care of your dinners too. Please state in the
Registration Form, when you would like to participate in the
conference without staying at the youth hotel. Travel
to the conference is on your own expenses as well as a travel
Payment of Fee
The registration becomes final when you have paid your registration
fee by bank transfer to the Junge HumanistInnen Berlin. You
receive more detail about this when you register.
You need to pay your fee three weeks after confirmation of your
registration. You could coordinate the payment of the fee with
other youth in your country, so that you all could pay the fee
by one bank transfer which is cheaper. When there is a problem
with paying the fee in advance, please contact the conference
organisers as soon as possible.