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9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Rue de la sablonnière 30, Bruxelles
Bruxelles, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale 1000

About the event:

Welcome to the Collaborative University a platform that consists of several sessions revolving around a specific theme. The registered participants meet on a few Saturdays during the year to work on the given subject, receive advice from experts in the field and visit relevant initiatives. The aim? To gain and exchange knowledge and to sharpen one’s critical mind…

Designed by our partner Etopia, GEF is hosting the third and final session of this series on the notion of energy sobriety–seeking to identify the reasons for but also the obstacles to reduce energy consumption in our society.

Participants will work in plenary and smaller groups, enjoying background reading and information, a collaborative space and participative methodology, and input from invited speakers and experts. Key insights from the day will be harvested in the form of podcast interviews and summary reflections for the general public.


This event is part of the GEF transnational project Climate Emergency Economy: Rethinking Demand. Building on several years of work exploring what it means to create an economy fit for the climate emergency, GEF and its partners are this year focusing on the crucial question of how to reduce demand for energy and materials. With the support of Green House Think Tank, Etopia, and Green Foundation Ireland, we will explore how to frame rethinking demand politically, and articulate clear plans for demand reduction so green narratives are better grounded in reality and a shared vision of hope. 


Mathilde Szuba – Political sociologist, Sciences Po Lille, Institut Momentum.

Luc Semal – Political scientist, Centre d’Écologie et des Sciences de la Conservation (CESCO), Institut Momentum.


The morning sessions will cover governance in the context of the end of energy abundance – possible consequences for institutions and potentially for the functioning of representative democracy as we know it. This is followed by lunch and group work in the afternoon.  


Date: June 4th (9:00 – 16:30) 

Location: Auberge de jeunesse Jacques Brel, Rue de la Sablonnière 30, Brussels 

Language: French 

Registrations for the collaborative university are now closed. If you wish to learn more, please email arnaud.deflorenne@etopia.be 

This session of the Collaborative University is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Etopia and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.  

Rue de la sablonnière 30, Bruxelles
Bruxelles, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale 1000

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