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Join us for the 2021 edition of the Ecotransformation summer school! This year, we will explore together how to build healthier, greener, and more resilient cities (not only) after the pandemic. 

About the Event: 

Today, more than 70% of people in the Czech Republic live in cities. For most of us, the city has become a major environment. The appearance of urban space is fundamentally reflected in the quality of our lives. But cities also have a significant impact on their surroundings. They contribute significantly to the production of carbon emissions and thus contribute to climate change. Urban sustainability is one of the keys to solving many global problems. 

This July, we will discuss ideas and inspirations on how to build healthier, greener and more resilient post-pandemic cities. We will explore topics such as sustainable urban mobility, supporting healthy local food, introducing principles of the circular economy or climate neutrality at the urban level, and how these concepts impact the quality of life in cities. 

Promoting change towards a more sustainable future requires cooperation with many partners. We must communicate our ideas in an inclusive way and invite others to the dialogue. This is why we traditionally include practical workshops in the program, for example on communicating climate change, or how to link municipal policy and local activism in a divided society. Like planetary resources, our powers are not unlimited, so we will also find time for tips on how to take care of your mental health and not burn out. 


This is the second edition of the Ecotransformation summer school, which seeks to empower (local) politicians, activists, academics, and engaged citizens to better understand key green and environmental issues and act for change in their own communities. With a mix of traditional debates and presentations, but also skill-building workshops and more open and informal networking spaces, the summer school inspires, connects, and activates participants for a lasting impact. 


  • Lucie Trlifajová (Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences) 
  • Barbora Bakošová (Re-Set) 
  • Richard Wouters (Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks) 
  • Anna Kšírová (Doctors for Future) 
  • Ondráš Přibyla (Fakta o klimatu) 
  • Hana Matoušová (City councillor and member of Urban Development Commission, Prague 8) 
  • Michal Berg (European Green Party) 

And many more! 


A weekend full of interesting seminars, debates, presentations and experiential workshops awaits us.  

Thursday, July 22nd 

19:00 – 21:00 Public debate: Green Recovery of Europe, with Lucie Trlifajová (Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences) and Barbora Bakošová (Re-Set) 

Friday, July 23rd 

9:00 – 9:45 Icebreaker with Klára Berg (GEF) 

10:00 – 12:00 Parallel sessions: Air Quality in Cities / How to Talk about the Climate Crisis 

14:30 – 16:00 Parallel sessions: Modern Waste Management of Cities / Mental Wellness – Forest Mind 

16:30 – 18:00 Parallel sessions: Re-use Centres / Gender-Sensitive Budgeting and Public Spending 

20:00 – 22:00 Debate: Cooperation of Progressive Environmental Movements in Politics, with Michal Šmarda, Michal Berg and others 

Saturday, July 24th 

9:00 – 10:30 Parallel sessions: Metals for a Green and Digital Europe / Visual Smog in Cities 

11:00 – 12:30  Parallel sessions: Transport and Sustainable Urban Development / Email Marketing and Copywriting  

14:30 – 16:00  Parallel sessions: Urban Green Space Management in Times of Climate Change / Guided Arboretum Walk 

16:30 – 18:00 Parallel sessions: A Charter for the Smart City / Communal Politics and Local Activism in a Time of Social Division 

20:00 – 22:00 Mental Wellness: Self-Care in Politics and Activism 

Sunday, July 25th 

9:00 – 12:30 Open Space – time for participants’ own ideas and contributions 


Date: 22-25 July 

Place: Kostelec nad Černými lesy, Czech Republic 

Price: The registration fee includes accommodation and meals. 

  • Basic fee: CZK 990 
  • Reduced fee: CZK 650 
  • Sponsorship fee: over CZK 990 

The reduced fee is intended for those participants who, for whatever reason, cannot afford the basic fee. We do not require any justification. If you can afford to contribution more than CZK 990, we will use it towards the project costs.  

The registration fee includes accommodation in rooms of 2-3 beds with shared bathroom facilities. It is possible to book accommodation in 2-3 bed apartments for an additional fee of 100 CZK / person / night. 

Full board meals will be provided starting with dinner on Thursday (22/07) until lunch on Sunday (25/07). Vegetarian food will be provided. 

Registration: This summer school will take place primarily in Czech. Advance registration is required via the registration form here 

After completing the application, you will receive a confirmation by email and instructions on how to pay the registration fee. Only after payment will your application be valid. 

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact Martina Dušková at martinaduskova@yahoo.co.uk 

Please note that we continue to closely monitor the local COVID-19 situation. Any activities will take place in full compliance with the required hygiene measures, and participants will be informed accordingly. 



This event is organised by the Green European Foundation, with the support of the Institute for Active Citizenship and the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.

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