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Nightingale Vienna is pleased to invite you to The Third International Nightingale Network Conference on 25th of October 2012 in Vienna (Network members will meet already on the 24th of October to have a network meeting and dinner together)

On 25th of October in the morning our key note speakers are:
  Prof. em. Dr. Hildegard Müller-­‐Kohlenberg (Professor emeritus of University Osnabrück, Germany). She is the co-­‐founder and initiator of the very successful mentoring “Balu und Du” in Germany and the member of the leaders board, responsible for concept development, etc.
She will talk about: “How to measure a child´s smile? How to evaluate a mentor´s key-­ competencies”. It will be a presentation of the impacts on children and students and a field report about the cooperation with schools and parents in the programme. You can download her research paper here.

Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Manuel Sprung – Professor for clinical children and youth psychology, University of Vienna;
He will talk about: Advancement of social-­‐cognitive abilities of children and youth with risk behaviour.


Workshops in the afternoon oft he 25th of Oct.:

  • Hildegard Müller-­Kohlenberg: Details about “Balu und Du”
  •  Manuel Sprung: A deeper look at his research findings.
  • “Nightingale Vienna at a secondary school with pupils from 11 to 16”: Students explore special research questions about their mentees and to write a bachelor report. Experiences with mentoring of older pupils.
  • “Nightingale Vienna Inklusiv”: Mentoring for disabled children, done by students of the Pedagogical University of Vienna
  • Pernilla Björemark, Nightingale Sweden: Supervision to enhance mentor´s competence
  • Oscar Priete and Jordi Feu: Evidence­‐based research on mentoring

The aim of “Nightingale-Mentoring” – concept for pupils
(extract from the website

During recent years, the question of social and ethnic diversity has come sharply into focus. In order to improve diversity in universities there is a need to recruit students from cultures and societies where there is little or no tradition of children being involved in higher education studies. The Nightingale Mentoring concept is one effective instrument that, in the long run, can help to redress what is at the moment a major imbalance in our society.
The idea behind the concept is that the mentor gives the child a positive role model by establishing a personal relationship with the mentor child. This in turn helps strengthen the child’s personal and social confidence. The goal is that the child will perform better in school and in private and will be more likely to apply for university when the time comes. The concept is based is based is based on the idea of “mutual benefit” – benefit for both child and student.
The vision of the Nightingale Mentoring concept is to work towards greater multicultural and ethnic diversity within society’s institutions. The overall aspiration is that mentor children are able to make marked progress both inside and outside of school and that a broader range of young adults will apply for university or college.

The aim is that children: