Current conference time in Lublin, Poland

The conference will be held from Thursday, May 23th, to Saturday, May 25th, 2024.

 CONFERENCE PROGRAMME is published at this link.
The final version of the programme with all speakers will be published 10 days before the conference.


We are pleased to announce the esteemed speakers from conference co-organizers and supporters. Their support, expertise, and dedication have been instrumental in making this event possible, and we are honoured to have them set the tone for the conference:

  • Zbigniew Pastuszak, Vice-rector for Development and Business Cooperation, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland
  • Luigia Melillo, Rector of Pegaso International, Malta
  • Bordin Rassameethes, Acting Deputy Secretary General Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre and Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • Valerij Dermol, International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia


Professor Anthony Elliott, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia, Australia

The Consequences of the Digital Revolution

From self-driving cars and military drones to industrial robots and ChatGPT: the digital revolution is transforming all aspects of our lives, from the most intimate aspects of personal relationships to the changing nature of work, employment and unemployment.  In this address, acclaimed sociologist Anthony Elliott focuses on emergent complex digital systems – spanning intelligent machines, chatbots, advanced robotics, accelerating automation, big data  – and their centrality to new forms of social interaction, organizational life and governance.  He argues, provocatively, that today modernity has come to mean smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, big data, automated recommendation systems and predictive analytics.  These developments herald the arrival of what he terms ‘algorithmic modernity’, an altogether new ‘stage’ in the ordering techniques of social control and political regulation.  In this automated order of society, human agency is increasingly outsourced to smart machines.  We should understand this phenomenon, Elliott argues, in terms of the containment of both uncertainty and complexity, which the digital revolution in social relations poses but ultimately denies answers. 

About the Keynote Speaker

ANTHONY ELLIOTT AM is Bradley Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of South Australia, where he is Dean of External Engagement.  In June 2023, Professor Elliott was awarded in the King’s Birthday’s Honours a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to education, social science policy and research.  He is a Super-Global Professor of Sociology (Visiting) at Keio University, Japan and a Visiting Professor of Sociology at UCD, Ireland.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.  In 2018, he was appointed to the Expert Working Group of the Academy of the Council of Learned Academies in Australia to investigate: “Deployment of artificial intelligence and what it presents for Australia”. The project was commissioned by the Chief Scientist of Australia at the request of the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council, and with support from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.  Professor Elliott is the author of many influential books in social theory and modern sociology, including most recently The Culture of AI, Making Sense of AI, Algorithmic Intimacy and Algorithms of Anxiety.  He is the editor of The Routledge Social Science Handbook of AI.


Insights from Journal Editors

In the panel, editors of sponsored journals and other invited journals will present their journals and provide valuable publishing guidelines. The editors will discuss the most critical and relevant issues to support authors and improve their publishing achievements. 


List of sponsored journals

SCI/SSCI & Scopus Journals:
Human Systems Management 
International Journal of Value Chain Management
International Journal of Innovation and Learning
Expert Systems with Applications
Technology, Pedagogy & Education
Journal of Computer Information Systems
Management and Production Engineering Review

SCI/SSCI Journals
International Journal of Mobile Communications

Scopus Journals:
Electronic Government, An International Journal
International Journal of Management in Education
International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development
Sustainability (Special Issue: Sustainable Higher Education: Innovative Teaching and Learning, and Leadership for Creating Impacts on Local Society and Globally)

Other Indexed Journals:
International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning
Managing Global Transitions
Issues in Information Systems
Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Skłodowska, sectio H – Oeconomia
Organization and Management Scientific Quarterly


Smart Cities in Europe in Asia

The panel aims to discuss the best practices of smart cities in Europe and Asia, including examples from Split, Bangkok, and Lublin. Social, cultural, and green aspects will be presented. Business and technical issues will be of interest. The benefits and barriers of Smart Cities implementation will be identified.

Forum Chair: Agnieszka Sitko-Lutek, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland


  • Piotr Biały, Top Account Sales Director, T-mobile, Poland
  • Michał Nowak, Innovation Section Manager/IoT/SmartCity
  • Tatjana Pecek, Business Development Manager, BEE Deutsche Telekom
  • Kongkiti Phushavat, Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • Mariusz Sagan, Director of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Department, Lublin City Office, Poland

Academic Leadership Forum

Pros and Cons of Using Artificial Intelligence for Research, Teaching and University Development

Forum Chair: Zbigniew Pastuszak, Vice-Rector for Development and Business Cooperation, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland


  • Bart Debicki, Senate Head, Director, Institute of Management, Towson University, USA
  • Dorota Kolodynska, Vice-Rector for students and quality assurance, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland
  • Dušan Lesjak, Professor, International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia
  • Matti Muhos, Director, Industrial Engineering and Management Institute, Finland
  • Celina M. Olszak, Rector, Katowice University of Economics
  • Bordin Rassameethes, Acting Deputy Secretary General Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre, Thailand
  • Joseph (Yossie) Shevel, President, Galilee International Management Institute, Israel
  • David Vannozzi, General Manager both of Pegaso Italy and Pegaso International, Malta

In the last year, we have observed a dynamic increase in the number of applications of large language models, chatbots, and computer algorithms with features associated with artificial intelligence (AI). In general terms, AI is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.

The immediate goal of the discussion among the Leadership Forum panelists is to formulate arguments for and against the use of modern AI solutions in scientific research, teaching, and university development. Discussion participants will discuss topics related to their personal experiences in this area, the experiences of the organizational units they represent, and which implement AI solutions in various areas of their functioning.


The MakeLearn & TIIM conference offers dissemination opportunities through presentations of (ongoing) projects and/or activities at universities. Project managers can use the conference platform and its proceedings to promote and disseminate projects or their institutions. Dissemination opportunities will offer visibility to projects and universities.

Forum Chair: Radosław Mącik, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland
Forum Co-Chair: Nada Trunk Širca, International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia


  • Michele Corleto, Pegaso Online University, Italy
  • Valerij Dermol, International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia
  • Anca Draghici, Politechnica University Timisoara, Romania
  • Valentina Ndou,  University of Salento, Italy
  • Živilė Stankevičiūtė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Moti Zwilling, Ariel University, Israel

Among others, the following projects will be showcased and explored:

  • The RespectNET project aims to improve media literacy among university faculty and students and promote courteous academic and public discourse. It aims to build polite communication rules and integrate best practices in education, tackling negative online interactions and cyberbullying.
  • The RE-CREW project helps small European companies improve recruitment. It helps these companies recruit, educate, and develop top personnel with new, research-based solutions. The project targets small firms’ recruiting and hiring issues, notably during the pandemic and digital transformations, to boost their competitiveness and growth.
  • The Erasmus+ project EDU4PlastiCircular develops green plastics skills and knowledge in circular and neutral economies. Innovative training methods and tools for higher education professors, students, and managers promote sustainability. The project creates an e-learning platform, digital libraries, and open training materials for at least 200 students.
  • DigiFunCollab develops digital self-learning social entrepreneurship courses for university students and staff. Social entrepreneurship education strives to increase universities’ civic engagement and regional participation. The project comprises national best practices studies, curriculum development, mentorship, and social entrepreneurship projects.​
  • The COWEB project intends to improve the capacity of Western Balkan Higher Education Institutions for worldwide virtual collaborative learning. This innovative educational method focuses on building virtual/blended learning environments and course content, promoting 21st-century skills and cross-border collaboration among students and academic staff, and responding to the digitalization needs outlined during COVID-19.​
  • The iHiLead project aims to improve leadership and management quality at Indonesian institutions. It introduces Indonesia’s first Learning Management Development Network (LMDN) and Programme (LMDP), which responds to contemporary trends in higher education. The project offers a framework for colleges to build and improve leadership skills.​


Preparing and Publishing Scientific Articles & Building Researcher Profile: Techniques and Principles for Success

Panel Chair: Dariusz Siemieniako, Koźmiński University in Warsaw and Białystok University of Technology, Poland
Panel Co-Chair: Aleksandra Kowalska, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland

In the panel, we aim to provide participants with valuable knowledge and skills related to the process of preparing and publishing scientific articles in prestigious journals. This includes developing critical thinking and analytical skills to evaluate sources and data, synthesizing information into well-supported arguments, and understanding the requirements of scientific journals.

Additionally, we will discuss effective academic writing and structuring, including elements that make up a quality article, clear and coherent paragraph writing, and presenting research findings to a scientific audience. We will also address the challenges of scientific communication and the use of modern technology.


Navigating the Digital Age: Media Literacy and Respectful Engagement for Transformative Communication
Closing event of the RespectNET Erasmus+ project, May 23, 11:30 – 13:00 (CET), online and on-site

Welcome address: Shortly about the project RespectNET
Luigia Melillo
, project coordinator, POU, Italy

Keynote speech: Redefining Communication Standards in Academia and Society: The Role of Media Competences and Respectful Engagement
Anca Draghici, UPT, Romania

Redefining communication standards in academics and society is more important than ever in the digital age. “Redefining Communication Standards in Academia and Society: The Role of Media Competences and Respectful Engagement” discusses the importance of building a solid media competency framework and promoting respectful communication. This presentation will discuss the creation and implementation of a common competency-building programme to combat anti-scientific narratives, hate speech, and cyberbullying. Using the Matrix of Media competencies and targeted transmedia campaigns, this discussion shows how universities can model positive discourse and productive exchange with civil society, setting new standards for respectful and effective digital communication.

Panel Discussion: Crafting the Future of Communication: Matrix of Media Competences and the Art of Respectful Dialogue
Moderator: Alexander Krauss, ISOB, Regensburg, Germany
Maria Elena Boatcă, UPT, Romania
Alice Buzdugan, ISOB, Germany
Cristiana D’Anna, Pegaso Online University, Italy
Nada Trunk Širca, ISSBS, Slovenia

The panel “Crafting the Future of Communication: Matrix of Media Competences and the Art of Respectful Dialogue” critically discusses academic institutions’ communication with civil society. The Matrix of Media Competences, a comprehensive framework, identifies and develops fundamental skills for polite and productive communication. Panellists will discuss how multi-media modules for university personnel, students, and civil society activists have transformed opposition to anti-scientific narratives, hate speech, and cyberbullying. Understanding successful transmedia campaigns and multimedia communications will highlight techniques for encouraging respect and understanding. Universities will be beacons of positive and productive discourse in society.



International School for Social and Business Studies
Mariborska cesta 7, SI-3000 Celje, Slovenia
Phone: +386 3 425 82 24
Fax: +386 3 425 82 22

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