The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) aims to be an Urban Engaged University that is responsive to urgent societal challenges such as climate change or rising inequalities. Rethinking education and research with and for local communities is an important element of this ambition. But what does that mean? And how can this be done in a meaningful and impactful way?

We are pleased to invite you to our inspiration day where we aim to:

  1. proudly present the outcomes of the CIRCLET project. Learn how innovative learning communities for teachers & researchers can be used to strengthen community engagement.
  2. stimulate debate through a key-note by community engagement experts Thomas Farnell and Bojana Culum
  3. present the Brussels Open.lab, a joint VUB-ULB initiative for community engagement that is to be launched in 2024
  4. bring together people from all over Brussels, Belgium and Europe. We are pleased to welcome several European colleagues who are involved in the SHEFCE project!
  5. Give you a chance to come and share your own experiences or projects on our inspirational market!
  6. See each other again (or for the first time) in an informal context with good food and even better ambiance


⌛        Tuesday 24th of May 2022 (11h00 – 17h00)

📍 (VUB – ULB), building L, Kroonlaan 227, 1050 Elsene.

👩‍👩‍👧‍👧     Educational and research staff of different Belgian and European universities

Community partners and students of the VUB/ULB

💰        Participation is free of charge. Vegetarian food and drinks during lunchtime are offered.

🤝       Main language is English. During the workshops, everyone can express themselves in their own language.

📗        PROGRAM

10h30 – 11h00:               Registrations are open, coffee is served

11h00 – 11h15:                  Official opening words

11h15 – 12h30:                  Key note followed by World Café (participatory discussion tables)

12h30 – 13h30:               Lunch, music, ambiance

13h30 – 15h00:

1) Collaborative session. Ideating and planning for the VUB/ULB Open.Lab (Brussels Centre for participatory research and learning) that is to be founded in 2024.

2) Presenting and discussing the lessons learned from the CIRCLET project

15h00 – 17h00:              Networking apero and inspirational market

Please fill in this form to join our inspiration day.

We will contact you soon with more practical information and in case of changes in the program.

Hope to see you there!


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