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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Square Sainctelette 20
Brussels, 1000 Belgium

Ecopolis is back to explore how we can ensure a sustainable and just future for our planet and generations to come!

Event Background

The past year has seen the remarkable rising worldwide of young people calling for action on the climate emergency: all across the world, the younger generations are bringing the debates on climate to the political forefront.

Ecopolis 2019 will focus on this inspiring “‘#GenerationHope”, exploring how we can ensure a sustainable future on our planet.

About the Event

Ecopolis is an annual conference held in Brussels and the perfect place to connect and discuss with others who are passionate about a sustainable future!

The ecological challenges we face are transnational and so Ecopolis is appropriately diverse, international and interactive to stimulate productive discussions.

Ecopolis will bring together Belgian and international authors and experts to debate on the transition to a socio-ecologically sound society. The conference will encompass inspiring books, documentaries and discussion sessions between academics, writers and civil-society thinkers on ecology, economy and society.


More speakers to be confirmed soon!

Anissa Boujdaini – Flore De Pauw – Mariyam Safi – Joke Hermsen – Christian Felber – Sofie Bloemen – Elvis Peeters – Arno Kempynck – Maeve Cohen ∙ Stijn Warmenhoven – Walter Lotens – Thomas de Groot – Christian Schwarzer – Arno Kempynck

For speaker profiles, please the Ecopolis website. 


10:30 – DOORS OPEN

11:00 – The Citizen Movement, the Government and Future Generations

Lecture performance by Dutch dramatists Anoek Nuyens and Rebekka De Wit.

11:30 – Can We Turn the Tide?

Discussion panel on the climate crisis, featuring Dutch writer Joke Hermsen, alongside climate activists from across Europe.

13:00 – Why Should We Still Study?

Discussion panel exploring the interplay between the climate crisis and education, featuring Post-Crash Economics Society founder Maeve Cohen, Austrian “Economy for the Common Good” movement founder Christian Felber, and UN Youth Representative on sustainable development Flore De Pauw.

14:30 – How to Unite Countries Torn Apart?

We will delve into the fragmentations evident in European societies and the challenges this poses to tackling the climate crisis with this panel discussion, featuring writer Elvis Peeters, and climate activists Stijn Warmenhoven and Mariyam Safi.

16:00 – Intermezzo:

Spoken word performance by Anissa Boujdaini

16:15 – Global Warming and the Male Meltdown – the interplay of misogyny, right-wing populism and climate denial

Debate discussing ecofeminism and the connections between anti-feminist movements and climate skepticism, featuring Sherilyn MacGregor (University of Manchester), Benedikte Zitouni (Université Saint-Louis), Leen Schelfhout (Extinction Rebellion) and Youna Marette (Manifeste de la Génération Climat), moderation by Bieke Purnelle.

18:00 – END

For the full programme description and list of speakers, please visit the Ecopolis website. 



Simultaneous interpretation into Dutch, English and French will be available.

Directions to the venue

  • By foot – 15 min. walking distance for Brussel-Noord station.
  • By bike – bike parking in front of the venue; Villo-station at Square Saincetlette (across the canal)
  • Metro –  Stop at Ijzer/Yser (lines 2 and 6)
  • Tram – Line 51.
  • Bus –  Line 47 (MIVB) or lines 129, 190, 212, 213, 214, 230, 231, 232, 233, 235, 240, 241, 242, 243, 246, 250, 251, 260 and 355.


Tickets can be purcahsed from the venue Kaaitheater website

Tickets cost 7 euro in presale and 10 euro at the door.

Further details of this event are to be confirmed, please check back later for more information.

The official website of the event can be found here. 

Square Sainctelette 20
Brussels, 1000 Belgium

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