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Lisbon, Portugal

Do you want to gain a better understanding of the European Union and its environmental policies? Do you want to learn how to influence policy makers with novel and creative methods? Apply now for our Spring School taking place in Lisbon!

Event Background

The Green European Foundation, with its new partner Quercus, is launching the first ever Spring School in Portugal under the European Green Activists Training programme, taking place in Lisbon.

About the Event

This two-day training session will dive into environmental policies, helping participants understand the inner-workings of the European Union institutions and how environmental policies can be influenced. The session will also offer alternative tools for activism, such as using cartoons and video formats.


This event is for participants aged between 18 – 26 years old.
The event will be mainly held in Portuguese, with some parts in English.
The course fee is 10 euro, which includes all meals mentioned in the programme.
Travel and accomodation costs of the participants are not covered by the organisers.


14th June – Day 1: EU and the Environment – Official Institutions and Civil Society Organizations
09:00 – Reception of participants
09:30 – Opening by a Quercus and Aurelié Marechal, director of Green European Foundation
10:00 – The European institutions and GEF; Aurelié Marechal, director of Green European Foundation
10:30 – The EU Parliament: roles, activities and challenges
Pedro Valente da Silva, head of Cabinet of the EP Rep. in Portugal (TBC)
11:00 – Coffee-break
11:20 – Influencing the EU Environmental legislation and policies – the role and action of NGOs
by Paula Lopes da Silva, Quercus
11:40 – Agriculture, nature and the environment. The EU Agriculture Policy by Domingos Leitão, Executive Director at SPEA, C6 member
12:30 – Lunch
14:00 – Biodiversity, green citizenship and the EU – A training experience in Brussels by Sandra Pereira, Biologist and Environmental Education Officer, Quercus
14:20 – E-learning with the Green European Foundation by Aurélie Marechal, GEF
15:00 – Sustainable food and public policies by Cecília Delgado, Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences of Lisbon Nova University
15:30 – The project “Make Europe Sustainable for All” and the Sustainable Development Goals by Telma Costa, project manager at CPADA, Portuguese Confederation of Environmental NGOs
16:30 – Coffee-break
18:00 – Acting now! Volunteer activity at Re-Food nearby centres, helping others and fighting against food waste
20:00 – Dinner at Restaurant Jardim dos Sentidos (Vegetarian)
15th June – Day 2: EU and the Environment – Policies, Legislation and Challenges Ahead
09:30 – Introduction with a video: “Story of stuff – Microfibers”
09:40 – Circular economy and European waste policy by Larissa Copello, Zero Waste Europe
10:00 – Citizens and waste: Short presentation of Quercus WasteApp
11:00 – Idea Challenge, a GEF project by Célia Vilas Boas, facilitator in Portugal
11:30 -Environmental online activism: campaigning in the internet by Lopo de Almeida, IT consultant
11:50 – Introduction to the workshops, split of the groups and initial brainstorm
12:45 – Lunch
14:00 – Practical Workshops: Communicating sustainability/environment
Workshop A: One minute with the Environment – Producing short videos, facilitated by João Luis Azevedo, from Quercus Green Minute team
Workshop B: Environmental Cartoon – Intervening through humor, facilitated by Vasco Gargalo, Cartoonist
17:00 – Presentation of workshop’s outputs by each group
17:30 – Evaluation of the event, final remarks and closing


Please register via the form found here.

Deadline: 05th June


Lisbon, Portugal

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