During the weDISCOVER.brussels week (29 March – 1 April 2021), some 70 students from all EUTOPIA universities —  participating in the EUTOPIA Open Innovation Challenge — will virtually join forces with local partners (list below) in finding meaningful solutions to glocal urban challenges.

While these students and stakeholders feverishly labour away and bravely face the contemporary challenges of today’s complex and multi-faceted society, the EUTOPIA community is invited to join them during the more relaxed and informal activities.

In short, YOU are cordially invited to come discover the capital of Europe and virtually join the following weDISCOVER.brussels activities!

Artist, architect and city guide Olaf Winkler will guide you through the city of Brussels and its unique areas. During the tour, Olaf will take you to three main areas of the capital of Europe: 

  1. The canal zone is being developed at an incredible pace and it shows in its social dynamic. In under 2 kilometres you walk from new high-rise luxury projects to Brussels’ most impoverished areas.  
  2. A four-lane highway used to cross right through the historical centre of Brussels. Initiated by citizen activism, this zone has been completely reconstructed over the last couple of years.
  3. The number of European institutions situated in Brussels has shifted the social dynamic of the European District. The city of Brussels’ approach to these urban challenges lies in District Contracts, these durable district contracts contain a section housing, public space, infrastructure and social initiatives.

Registration: send an email to ian.komac@vub.be

Pilar is VUB’s cultural hub, not only for its students, but for the entire region of Brussels.  Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Pilar’s inner workings, and how their latest exhibition come to be. During this virtual visit, we’ll also focus on broader questions: Which function does this artistic hub play in the urban network around the central VUB campus? How does Pilar support local artists and the Brussels art scene? 

Registration: send an email to ian.komac@vub.be

One of the most important career skills these days is being able to do a convincing and passionate pitch presentation. How to convince an audience of the importance of your idea? Start.VUB, the university’s start-up hub, organises a ‘How to pitch’ workshop. In this one-hour session, you’ll get tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts, and can ask all your burning questions in a Q&A session. 

Participate through this link.

In this masterclass, Syrian director Waad al-Kateab talks about diversity, current affairs, media perspectives, citizen journalism and her experience creating her Oscar-nominated documentary ‘For Sama’. Introduction by VUB rector Caroline Pauwels, masterclass followed by debate and Q&A session. We highly recommend watching ‘For Sama’ in preparation of this masterclass.

Register through this link.

Dive into the hip hop scene from the 70s 80s 90s with concert hall Ancienne Belgique, VUB’s cultural hub Pilar and VUB student associations Limburgia and Campina. Together with Lefto and Supafly Collective, we dance the lockdown away. Release the brakes on April in the comfort and safety of your home.

More information and registration here


weDISCOVER.brussels in cooperation with EUTOPIA’s local partners:

Ancienne Belgique, P&V, Gemeente Elsene, Capital, Vlaams Parlement, Innoviris, Agglomeration Community of Cergy-Pontoise, Association CY Campus International, Department board of Val d’Oise, Urban Community of Cergy-Pontoise, Innerstaden, Innovatum, Ekocentrum, Vänersborg Municipality, Trollhättan City, Lilla Edets Municipality, Ale Municipality, Kungälv Municipality, Le Mat, INCASOL, Barcelona City Council, 22@Network BCN, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, City of Ljubljana

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