Monthly lecture series via Zoom

Francois HOUNSOUNU and Rainer KURZ (20 December)

The 3rd Sunday of each month
4–6pm Sydney time (UTC+10)


(All lectures in Esperanto)

20 December 2020

4pm: ACM: Afrika Centro Mondcivitana (African World-Citizen Centre) – François HOUNSOUNOU (Benin). ACM Benin is a non-government non-profit organisation. It has a double role: education and Esperanto. François will clarify its role in Benin.
5pm: The Communication Mask Initiative – Rainer Kurz (Germany). Rainer founded the initiative The non-profit team is developing see-through masks against COVID-19 so that we can soon start normal life again without endangering others.

If you want to attend, or if you would like to present something yourself, please write to:

We will send you a link the day before the event.

Previous sessions

15 November 2020

Eldonejo Lorenz: 45 years promoting spiritism and Esperanto – Alvaro Motta (Brazil)
The Filipino language: an identity crisis? A curious product of colonial memory – Albert Stalin Garrido (Philippines)
The Filipino language, officially the national language of the Philippines, has a curious element: it is a confusing mix of several languages, local and foreign. How does that affect its speakers? Can you understand a few sentences? Take a look at the curious language policy in the Philippines, itself a trace of centuries of colonial roots.

18 October 2020

MAS (Monda Asembleo Socia = World Social Assembly) – Through pictures, Eddy Raats (Belgium) explained the constitution of MAS, then talked about MAS publications and showed the covers of some new publications. Finally, he presented some of his works and talked about his current project.
KER exams – Szabolcs SZILVA (Hungary/Poland) explained the meaning of KER exams and led a number of interactive tasks with the participants. He also presented his new book, Pri Kio Temas. (Note: Szabolcs SZILVA does not officially represent the KER team.)

20 September 2020

My life as an Esperantist – Famous Esperantist Carl Minnaja explored his very diverse life as an Esperantist and also alluded to a few non-Esperantist parts.
Asocio de Verduloj Esperantistaj (AVE)Manfred Westermayer from Germany presented the history, evolution, aims, achievements and current situation of AVE, the Association of Green Esperantists.
Information about AVE (in Esperanto)

16 August 2020

Historic pandemics and their aftermathTrevor Steele (Australia)
Kenwood House: an historic mansion in north LondonAnna Löwenstein (UK). Anna is a volunteer (in happier times) at Kenwood House in north London. This beautiful mansion is now full of outstanding artwork from the 17th to 19th centuries. Anna showed some of the most important paintings, and told us some unexpected facts about the people who lived there 250 years ago.

19 July 2020

Monato – 40 years: the history of the world-famous Esperanto magazine – Paŭl Peeraerts (Belgium), chief editor of Monato
The main sociological reasons for and effects of COVID-19, and how Hungary has succeeded in dealing with the epidemic – Dr Márkus Gábor (Hungary), economist and author

Future dates and topics

(To be announced)

Lectures on YouTube (September 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two more lectures via Zoom, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association, are now viewable:
Sunday, 20 September 2020

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):

Lectures on YouTube (August 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two more lectures via Zoom, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association, are now viewable:
Sunday, 16 August 2020

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):

Two lectures now on YouTube (July 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two lectures via Zoom, Sunday, 19 July 2020, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association:

  • Monato – 40 jaroj”: The hisory of the world-famous Esperanto magazine – Paul Peeraerts (Belgium)
  • La ĉefaj sociosciencaj kialoj kaj efikoj de KOVIM-19, kaj kiel Hungario sukcesis trakti la epidemion” (The main sociological reasons for and effects of COVID-19, and how Hungary has succeeded in dealing with the epidemic) – Dr Márkus Gábor (Hungary)

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):

Virtual One-day Congress

Sunday, 7 June 2020
Using Zoom

UPDATE 11 June 2020: Watch videos
5 Esperantists

Duncan Charters, Katalin Kováts, jOmO, Renato Corsetti, Keyhan Sayadpour

We had the following overseas presenters:
• Duncan Charters, USA
• Katalin Kováts, Netherlands
• jOmO, France
• Renato Corsetti, UK
• Keyhan Sayadpour, Iran

We also organised a few language sessions for beginners.

Participation was FREE. You could join for the whole day or chose some selected sessions only.


[Eastern Australian time zone (UTC+10:00)]

All lectures, and videos, are in Esperanto.

Opening “ceremony”: Welcome, clarification about the program

Esperanto during COVID-19 – Duncan Charters, USA (president of the World Esperanto Association)

The Encyclopedia of Adam Lindsay Gordon – John Adams and the Torquay Esperanto Coffee Club

A famous-unknown woman from Adelaide – Katja Steele, Australia

Quiz: Languages and geography – Benno Lang, Australia

Coffee break

The COVID-19 pandemic and the health system in Iran – Keyhan Sayadpour, Iran (president of the Iranian Esperanto Association)


Diaries from Hell: The chronicles of Viktor Klemperer – Trevor Steele, Australia
Viktor Klemperer was a Jew who miraculously survived the 12 years of Hitler.

Montessori education – Penny Vos, Australia
What it is, and how it presents possibilities both for and through Esperanto

Coffee break

Important issues in the teaching of Esperanto – Katalin Kováts, Netherlands

How I write songs – jOmO, France (world-famous singer)


English and Esperanto – Renato Corsetti, UK

20:00 → 
Informal chat

2020 congress: comments & photos

Australia-New Zealand Congress and Summer school – Auckland, New Zealand (10 – 19 January 2020)

The 2020 Congress and Summer school was held at St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand.

Our special guests were Duncan Charters, the new president of UEA, and Stefan MacGill, a famous author and ex-vice-president of UEA (2013–2019). Among the program items were a games evening, a whole-day excursion to beautiful natural locations close to the city, a guided tour of Auckland Art Gallery, and a seminar for “Activist Development” (Aktivula Maturigo: AMO), which was about training Esperantists to increase their capabilities as activists for the language.

Download full program (in Esperanto) (304 KB PDF)

Group photo of congress participants
Back row: (from left) 1. Paŭlo Garwood, 2. Helen Palmer, 3. Georgia Naish, 4. Cecily Lee, 5. Vicky Crickett, 6. Rouan Van Ryn, 7. Franciska Toubale, 8. Emma Breuninger, 9. Chris Krageloh.
Middle row: 1. Martin Purdy, 2. Don Rogers, 3. Vere Williams, 4. Penny Vos, 5. Ivan Pivac, 6. David Dewar, 7. Karlo Egger, 8. Berni Heinze, 9. Michael Carney, 10. Erin McGifford, 11. Eileen Jones, 12. Paul Desailly, 13. Cindy Lu, 14. Stephen Pitney, 15. Mara Molnja (Marie Elliott).
Front row: 1. Kam Lee, 2. Ellen Thackray, 3. David Ryan, 4. Indrani Beharry-Lall, 5. Sandor Horvath, 6. Bradley McDonald, 7. Jonathan Cooper, 8. Heather Heldzingen, 9. Duncan Charters, 10. Stefan MacGill, 11. Zhang Wei (Wayne).
Missing from the photo: John Hyndman, Marumi Smith, Gary Smith.
Photo: Kam Lee

Emma Breuninger giving a talk to the group
Emma Breuninger speaking on “Vivo de ‘Germanaj Specialistoj’ en Sovetunio en la jaroj 1946 ĝis 1958”
Photo: Jonathan Cooper

People playing a game around a circular table
Games evening (winner of the Congress Photo Contest & the People’s Choice
Photo: Helen Palmer

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Selected comments (translated from Esperanto)

  • I enjoyed Stefan’s conversations and his teaching. … The course location was very good, the food pleasant enough and the program interesting.
  • Lots of talking was very helpful for pronunciation and thinking on my feet. It helped a lot.
  • The excursion to the art museum with Jonathan’s guidance was also very informative and enjoyable. …
    For thirty years I have attended congresses in many countries in Asia and Oceania. All the programs and entertainment and excursions and food and theater and auction, etc. of the first E-event for 2020, in beautiful Auckland, were the best for me.
  • I loved the course and the congress. Finally, the opportunity to use Esperanto with more skilled and experienced Esperantists. Thank you! I learned a lot in the class for progessing students, especially as Stefan spoke on a wide variety of subjects, and he is a pleasant and experienced teacher.
  • The plays were fun. It was very helpful to communicate with Duncan and Stefan about the global movement and to meet – and meet again – members of our local associations.
  • Duncan Charters is extremely interesting and he is an expert on the language and topics. We were extremely lucky to have him among us. Everyone was good-natured and friendly. The atmosphere was always welcoming.
  • I liked the informal storytelling session, … the games, the photo contest and tree planting.
  • A beautiful atmosphere of friendship, friendship, cooperation.
  • I liked this congress very much. The meals were good. The performances were good. The location, the houses and the surrounding countryside were good. I really enjoyed communicating with many other people who mastered the language so well. I can’t find one point I didn’t like. I look forward to the next congress in which I can participate.
  • It was good that Duncan encouraged people to come up with something in his class. That worked well for the Esperanto speakers who one normally doesn’t hear from to introduce themselves as well.
  • The games helped a lot in learning Esperanto. If there were more games in the lessons, I think that would improve the course.

A compilation of all comments about the congress is available for members of AEA and NZEA – email

New UEA board elected

In its first session during the 104th World Congress, the Committee of UEA (Universala Esperanto-Asocio = World Esperanto Association) elected a new Board to lead the Association for the next three-year period.

UEA Board 2019

In the presence of 35 members of Committee A, representing the affiliated national and specialist associations, and 5 members of Committee B, elected by the individual members, the Committee firstly completed itself by the election of 9 members of Committee C: Duncan Charters, Andreas Diemel, Mark Fettes, Trezoro Huang Yinbao, Dennis Keefe, Zsofia Kóródy, François Lo Jacomo, Stefan MacGill and Rakoen Maertens.

There were nine candidates for the Board in total, including two candidates for President: Duncan Charters and Fernando Maia. The other candidates were Chen Ji, Trezoro Huang Yinbao, Aleks Kadar, Orlando Raola, Jérémie Sabiyumva, So Jinsu and Amri Wandel. The Committee needed three votes to decide on the size of the new Board, but finally supported the recommendation of the Electoral Committee on eight positions.

The most contested election was for the President. Both candidates confirmed their willingness to collaborate in a board led by the other, and both emphasized the need for a harmonious, collaborative atmosphere. In the first round, neither of the two candidates received the required majority. In the second ballot, Charters was elected with one more vote than Maia.

The new Board ended up as follows: Duncan Charters (president); Fernando Maia and Trezoro Huang Yinbao (vice-presidents); Aleks Kadar (Secretary General); and Orlando Raola, Jérémie Sabiyumva, So Jinsu and Amri Wandel. The division of tasks decided by the Board during its Wednesday session is as follows:

  • President: Duncan CHARTERS – Coordination, Strategy, Education, Relations with ILEI
  • Vice President: Fernando Jorge PEDROSA MAIA Jr – Central Office, Constitutional Reform, External Relations (except for UNESCO), America, Relations with TEJO, Relations with Member Organisations
  • Vice President: HUANG Yinbao (Trezoro) – Finances, UNESCO
    Secretary General: Aleks KADAR – Administration, Twin Cities, Esperanto Centres, Europe, Esperanto magazine
  • Orlando E. RAOLA – Culture, Congresses, Library, Publishing, Research and Documentation, Terminology
  • Jérémie SABIYUMVA – Africa, Activist Decelopment
  • SO Jinsu – Asia, Oceania, Informtion and Friends of Esperanto
  • Amri WANDEL – Scientific and Specialist Activities, Middle East and North Africa

The new Board took office on Monday, 22 July, within the framework of the third Committee meeting in Lahtio.

[UEA Press Release, No. 812, 2019-07-25 (translated) CC BY 4.0]