What is an Agora?

The term Agora, derived from the ancient Greek ἀγορά, describes a central spot in ancient Greek towns where the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city took place. The literal meaning of the word is "gathering place" or "assembly".

Within AEGEE (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l'Europe = the European Students' Forum, the biggest interdisciplinary student association in Europe) the Agora is the general assembly which takes place twice a year, usually in April
(Spring Agora) and in October (Fall Agora) in different cities across Europe. Depending on the capacities of the organising local, up to 1000 active members can take part and decide together about the future of the association.

AEGEE thrives to foster European integration, democracy, human rights, tolerance, cross-border cooperation, mobility and a European dimension in education. In order to achieve the above-mentioned goals, AEGEE has four main fields of action: Peace and Stability, Higher Education, Cultural Exchange and Active Citizenship. Members of all AEGEE antennae from across Europe assemble during the Agora in order to put these goals into practice. During the plenary meetings and the so-called prytania sessions the internal organisation of AEGEE and the aims of the network based on the main fields of action are being discussed and improved. Furthermore, workshops and panel discussions with external speakers ensure the personal development of AEGEE members.

Under the slogan "Together for Europe", the Spring Agora Rhein-Neckar 2013 (which will take place in Mannheim, Germany between the 2nd and the 7th of April 2013) would like to show that in these times of financial and identity crises within the European continent, collective and constructive action can help keep the continent together.

The Spring Agora Rhein-Neckar is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung). Grant ID: 01PM085013