EUTOPIA Week at the VUB: Brussels is your campus!

EUTOPIA Week brings together key players – students, researchers, experts, and strategic partners - from across our European alliance network, every six months. As a founding member, VUB is proud to host the fifth edition of this week in our beloved Brussels, oftentimes dubbed the heart of Europe.

Join (one of) our many interactive workshops, high-level panel conversations, city tours, cultural visits, ... Participating in EUTOPIA Week from abroad/the comfort of your own home? You can still get a taste of Brussels, as a plethora of sessions are available in a hybrid manner, allowing you to dial in remotely.

Learn more and register here.

Welcome to Brussels

Word of welcome by VUB rector a.i. Jan Danckaert

 A warm welcome to EUTOPIA week!

EUTOPIA, that’s 10 like-minded universities ready to reinvent themselves, joining forces to build the European University of the future. And construction works are well underway. The core of a future-proof EUTOPIAn university? Connecting our communities. With and for the students, staff, researchers and stakeholders of our 10 institutions. So how can you get involved? Glad you ask! EUTOPIA week BXL is your chance to engage with European guests, the city of Brussels, local and global policymakers, diplomats, … 

Happy to have you co-construct the European University of the future this week, and beyond!

Session highlights

Lost in this jungle of interesting sessions, workshops and panel conversations? We got you!

Student Career Ambassador sessions, a Young Leader Academy symposium, seminars for doctoral students, city tours, … Navigating the EUTOPIA week programme can be challenging. Check our recommended sessions for students and staff to help you find your way to the sessions most relevant for you. Learn more here.

Road to BXL

Strava move challenge

Only 6 more nights until EUTOPIA week BXL kicks off!
Are you ready? All warmed up? Join the countdown, and participate in our Road to BXL Strava move challenge!
Run/swim/walk/bike… The members of the EUTOPIA communities log their exercise sessions and try to cover as much distance as possible during this challenge. 
How can you participate?

  1. Download the Strava app 
  2. Follow our account 'EUTOPIA is Moving'
  3. Join the EUTOPIA sport challenge group
  4. Put on your shoes or swimming suit and get those km’s!

Together we will run to Brussels! 

New podcast series: Cities of EUTOPIA

Ca’Foscari University of Venice proudly introduces you to the cities of the EUTOPIA partner universities via our new podcast series.
In the series’ second episode, prof. dr. Birgit Van Puymbroeck (EUTOPIA Young Leaders Academy Fellow) and prof. dr. Ann Peeters (VUB partner in the Connected Learning Community on Multilingualism and Diversity) introduce you to Brussels and its rich history in multilingualism.
Episode available 27 June at 12h30 on your favourite podcast app. Listen to it here.


EUTOPIA week pro-tips by VUB’s EUTOPIAns. Your primary source into the ins and outs of EUTOPIA week BXL


Stefanie – VUB Student Council member

The 2 Student Career Ambassador workshops are underlined in red in my agenda!” 

EUTOPIA Student Career Ambassador Workshops:
27/6 at 15h at the LAB of the Spanish Embassy (Registration closes 22 June!), and 30/6 at 15h at the Iris Tower (Registration closes 27 June!).


Carmen – EUTOPIA TRAIN student representative
I’m looking forward to attending the seminar for doctoral researchers on scientific research.”
29/6 at 10h, building D room 201 VUB campus Etterbeek, and online.


Michaël – Connected Learning Community on Legal History student member 2022
Attend our campus tour ‘The secret life of the VUB student’. We’ll take you to all of our hidden hotspots half of VUB’s staff doesn’t even know about.” 
29/6 at 10h, building M VUB campus Etterbeek


Michaël and Rosette

Rosette – EUTOPIA coordinator education & students
For European Universities, the correct policy context to realise our (E)Utopean dreams is key. I’m looking forward to engaging with policymakers during EUTOPIAn Futures.
29/6 at 16h, salle Dupréel, ULB Campus Solbosch and online.

Birgit – Young Leader Academy FellowBirgit

The Young Leader Academy Fellows are hosting a symposium on impact in research, addressed from different angles. A must for researchers of all cycles!” 
30/6 at 15h, building I room 203 VUB campus Etterbeek, and online.


Cheyma – VUB coordinator inclusion
Cinema EUTOPIA! ‘The man who sold his skin’ combines humour and madness with social urgence and relevance, and then tops it off with an amazing soundtrack. An absolute must-see.” 
29/6 at 20h, Flagey Studio 1.

group 1Ian – EUTOPIA junior project officer at VUB

"Art and science truly are the best of buddies. Find out why during the EUTOPIA Knowledge Bazaar!
27/6 at 17h at the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, or 28/6 at 9h30 at UResidence VUB campus Etterbeek and online.


Find the complete programme for the week here. Register for the week here.