Save the date – 4th ETHO Meeting March 26th – 27th 2020

The 4th ETHO Meeting is going to be held in Hannover at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The annual meeting as a network for workshop technicians of arts and design universities will have the headline „Testing lab – let material be first”.

Meet, talk and get inspired within your workshop context.
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For the meeting in Hannover we still need speakers for the tracks we have designed.
The track titles are going to be:

Track Didactics of Making

„second place – Material“
why do students develop an idea without the involvement of material and its characteristics?
Could material be the starting point of each product?

„Own thoughts are welcome“
students come from a school background. To study means taking tasks in your (their) own hands.
How can we help them to think that way in the workshops?
How can a workshop help with „do it yourself-themes”, without being too much of a service provider.

„I´m a technician! - am I?“
Am I a teacher or a technician?
What is consuming the majority of my time - machines or people?
Are there specially designed didactic workshops for technicians?

Track Operational

„Rethink needs“
do we need a material library or a material workshop?
experience material
material is not a constant - we can change it
what is the difference between a library and a workshop?

„No need for space“
Do I not have any space in my workshops?
how do I organize this space?
if I have it, do you have to have it, too?
sharing of resources.

„First time hands-on“
no practical experience
How necessary would an internship be before studies?
Are you more creative without education?

Track Social Development

„Home sweet home“
how much comfort does a workshop need? Is it a factory or a living room?
what is my perfect workshop?
space follows needs

„You`re so pre millennium“
do we need the material that has been used since the 70s
How do we reuse material from projects?
How do we „teach“ students to work on a green level - especially within tight budgets?

„What will be left“
what happens with my workshop after I retire or leave?
who will be there, stepping in for me?
what does this person need to have a great start?
what could be a motivation for older technicians to stay, or participate?

Please feel free to write us your suggestions or your contribution to one of these topics.