|(Jaap van der Sar, Berit Nafstadt-Lyftingsmo, Sirpa Koriala)|
From September 7 to 11, the 56th OIKOSNET Europe Annual Conference took place at the Home of Hope in Brasov/Kronstadt, Romania. Jaap van der Sar, Stichting Oikos in Utrecht/The Netherlands, was elected as President for the next two years. He succeeded Waltraut Kovacic, Evangelische Akademie Vienna, who retired this summer.
Developing strategic directions for the network of academies and laity centres was the main focus of the conference that designed a restructuring process leading up to the next conference in Trondheim/Norway (September 12 to 16, 2012).
In a pre-conference, the Women's Network of OIKOSNET Europe studied various projects in the Brasov/Kronstadt area that deal with domestic violence and other aspects of the social situation of women.