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FUTURING BRUXSELS : A CO-CREATION DAY

The Brussels Research Open Lab is an initiative that aims to support, develop and implement activities that strengthen the civic mission and societal engagement of both the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).  This cross-university cooperation represents an important, hybrid and multi multidirectional interface between the academic world and the actors of the city. It is a place where new ways of conducting research and dealing with societal and scientific issues are being tinkered. It aims to facilitate creative and collaborative learning and research communities, working around pressing socio-ecological challenges for developing refreshing synergies and fruitful interactions.

Everyone interested in Community Engaged Research and Learning, action research or making Brussels a better place is welcome to engage in the adventure by joining one of our workshops on Friday the 2nd of April from 9am to 14pm. The detailed programme can be downloaded here. The sessions are multilingual (NL-FR-EN), will not be televised, but some will take place online, others outdoors! Please register here.

For more info concerning the Brussels Research Open Lab, please get in touch info.cerl@vub.be. Looking forward!

Linde Moriau (VUB), Etienne Toffin (ULB), Julie Bertone (VUB), Simon Demuynck (Centre d’écologie urbaine), Minne Huysmans (VUB), Grégoire Wallenborn (ULB)

Programme
9:00 – 10:00: Brussels Research Open Lab welcomes you with smiles and coffee!

10:00 – 11 :00: join one of 3 workshop-sessions on the potentialities of THIRD SPACES as a heard of transition towards a HOSPITAL, ENGAGED, CIRCULAR city.

Session 1: the HOSPITAL CITY: How can third spaces help bridge boundaries and foster more inclusive and democratic knowledge creation?
Session 2: the ENGAGED CITY: How can third spaces help shape new practices of campus- community engagement and/or foster more engaged research and teaching?
Session 3: the CIRCULAR CITY: How can third spaces encourage more sustainable flows of resources and thrive more resilient urban ecologies?

11:00 – 12:00: Break and/or Guided Tour at USquare-site
12:00 – 13:00: join one of 3 discussion-groups on art, action and citizens-driven approaches as a means to re-think the urban sphere

Group 1: ART-BASED KNOWLEDGE CREATION
Group 2: ACTION RESEARCH & EDUCATION
Group 3: CITIZEN DRIVEN RESEARCH & TEACHING

13:00 – 13:30: Sharing key insights and ambitions
The Brussels Research Open Lab is an initiative that aims to support, develop and implement activities that strengthen the civic mission and societal engagement of both the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).  This cross-university cooperation represents an important, hybrid and multi multidirectional interface between the academic world and the actors of the city. It is a place where new ways of conducting research and dealing with societal and scientific issues are being tinkered.

The Brussels Research Open Lab brings together students, academics, citizens, entrepreneurs, actors from the community sector and public managers to create collaborative learning and research communities at the service of society. In this lab processes of knowledge co-creation are being adapted to local socio-ecological challenges, creating refreshing synergies and fruitful interactions between economy, society, ecology and democracy.

Everyone interested in Community Engaged Research and Learning, action research or making Brussels a better place is welcome to engage in the adventure by joining one of our workshops on Friday the 2nd of April from 9am to 18pm. The detailed programme can be downloaded here. The sessions are multilingual (NL-FR-EN), will not be televised, but some will take place online, others outdoors! Please register here.

For more info concerning the Brussels Research Open Lab, please get in touch info.cerl@vub.be. Looking forward!

Linde Moriau (VUB), Etienne Toffin (ULB), Julie Bertone (VUB), Simon Demuynck (Centre d’écologie urbaine), Minne Huysmans (VUB), Grégoire Wallenborn (ULB)