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U!reka Connects May 15-18 2022, Ghent


U!reka Connects May 15-18 2022, Ghent

U!REKA Connects

6th U!REKA Annual Networking and Conference:
Strengthening commonality of expertise, 15-18 May 2022, Ghent

After having been postponed twice, due to the pandemic, U!REKA Connects, our 6th Annual Networking & Conference finally takes place on 15, 16 and 17 May 2022. On May 18, some sessions will be available on a specific online platform for those who were not able to attend the conference or those who would like to review the presentations. U!REKA Annual Networking and Conference is a meeting of on-campus sessions, taking place in Ghent.

The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance, U!REKA, consists of seven urban focused higher education institutions across Europe.

Hosted by HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the 6th U!REKA CONNECTS brings together colleagues from the partner institutions for blended workshops and networking.

U!REKA Connects is an invitation-only event for the U!REKA-community. The opening and the keynote will be live­streamed, and aftermovies will be made available.


Sunday May 15 Venue
afternoon  Meeting Steering Committee & U!REKA Coordinators De Wijnaert HOGENT (room 3.016), Geraard De Duivelstraat 5, Ghent
20h Informal drink with attendees & happy to finally meet again! Foyer at De Wijnaert HOGENT, Geraard De Duivelstraat 5, Ghent
Monday May 16  Venue
9h30 Arrival, registration, coffee/tea Building T Atrium Campus Schoonmeersen Voskenslaan 364A HOGENT
10h00-12h00 Plenary
  • Welcome@HOGENT
  • U!REKA highlights
  • The U!REKA Way Forward!
  • Our branding & communications
Building T (0.051) Campus Schoonmeersen HOGENT

Lunch at the U!REKA Networking & Connecting Lounge

Building T (2.004) Campus Schoonmeersen HOGENT
14h00 – 16h00 Session Slot 1: Community based & Inter/Multiprofessional Education
  • COIL & Summer School: Improving the Quality of Life through the Quality of Care - Marco Lombardi (HOGENT)
  • Vitality in the neighborhood (VIEW) - Community-based interprofessional education of health professionals - Margot van Hartingsveldt & Nicky van Oostrum (Amsterdam UAS)
  • Globalization trends, increasing global connections & enhancing diversity within local communities - Nadine Blankvoort (Amsterdam UAS) & Jodie Witteveen (Amsterdam UAS)
  • LISa Complex Community Care - Sonia Labeau & Leen Van Landschoot (HOGENT)

Building T (2.078) Campus Schoonmeersen HOGENT

14h00 – 16h00 Session Slot 2: U!REKA Activities reaching out!
  • We need to talk! – international learning in U!REKA debates - Sabrina Engelmann, Iris Bräuning and Sarah Malewski (Frankfurt UAS)
  • Internationalisation at Home always matters - Tiina Piipponen (Metropolia UAS Helsinki) & Eva Haug (Amsterdam UAS)
  • Experiencing research as young researcher meanwhile supporting other young researchers - Dilara S. Hartmann (Frankfurt UAS)
  • U!REKA Lab: Urban Commons - the U!REKA Commons-Team
  • How to connect university students and business? Examples of the VSB-TUO - Igor Ivan (VSB-TUOstrava)

Building T  (2.105) Campus Schoonmeersen HOGENT

14h00 – 15h15 Session Slot 3: Urban Commons and Movements
  • Can walking save the world? - Greet De Brauwere, Shana Sabbe, An Lescrauwaet (HOGENT)
  • Collective Kitchens: Understanding Care Work as a form of Commoning - Anna Bolender (Frankfurt UAS)
  • What moves people: sustainable travel to events - Münise Yavuz (Amsterdam UAS)
Building T (2.082) Campus Schoonmeersen HOGENT
15h30 - 17h00 Session Slot 4: Co-creation as an added value
  • Augmented Urbans—Designing tools for integrated urban planning - Päivi Keränen (Metropoloia UAS Helsinki)
  • eCO-CITY - Shana Sabbe & Tine Vanthuyne (HOGENT)
  • Thoughts on eco-theatre - Sofia Figueiredo (IPLisboa)
  • Yes, We Can! Co-creation as agents of change at Spinoza Imaginaries Lab & Café Amsterdam - Nuria Arbores Aran  (Amsterdam UAS)
  • Co-creation with students and stakeholders for caring cities - Ann Bens (HOGENT)
Building T (2.082) Campus Schoonmeersen HOGENT
16h00 – 18h00 U!REKA Networking & Connecting  Lounge
  • Hemp as a driver for circularity in the textile & clothing industry - Alexandra De Raeve (HOGENT)
  • From data to Knowledge - A roadmap to a Smart and Sustainable city  AND Implementation of the PGIL platform by integrating the Lisbon City Council (CML)Nuno Datia (IPLisboa)
  • Intelligent Charging & Energy SharingPedro Fonte (IPLisboa)
  • Solar Energy Sources as a response to the energy consumption of the municipality of Barcarena, Portugal - Filipe Barata (IPLisboa)
  • The challenges in multi-disciplinary research in urban energy transition -Mark van Wees (Amsterdam UAS)
  • Prepare students for diverse resilient communities, organizations and institutions. Let’s develop a joint U!REKA course - Ann Bens (HOGENT)
  • Performative Arts in Social Fields: Establishing a U!REKA Nucleus in a MA Programme at Frankfurt - Raul Gschrey (Frankfurt UAS)
  • Construction of a territorial citizenship in children’s in primary schools - Maria João Hortas & Alfredo Dias (IPLisboa)
  • Promoting ICT session in a smart city context - Antonio Serrador (IPLisboa).
Building T (2.004) Campus Schoonmeersen HOGENT
18h00 Closure day 1, get refreshed at your hotel and ready for a next level connection  
19h00 Diner Castle of the Counts, Sint-Veerleplein 11 Ghent
Tuesday May 17
9h30 Keynote: Taking a stand together. Diversity & Inclusion in U!REKA- speaker to be confirmed Building G (1.011) campus Mercator HOGENT
9h45-10h45 To be U!REKA or not to be U!REKA? Let's find out together Building G (1.011) campus Mercator HOGENT

Focus sessions

  • Focus session 1 (room 2.008): No net land take policy for Belgium. The transition towards more sustainable land use - Peter Lacoere (HOGENT)
  • Focus session 2 (room 2.009): Student participation in U!REKA. What?! - Emilia Bergans (HOGENT)
  • Focus session 3 (room 2.005): U!REKA’s European University initiative – bid 3
Building G campus Mercator HOGENT
12h00 Networking & Lunch  


Work sessions of the U!REKA Working Groups/Interest Groups

(the research Support WG will meet at the FTI-Lab)

OR 1 of the 3 parallel workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Diversity & Inclusion: “Together we get there” - (cancelled)
  • Workshop 2: Living Lab HOGENT – cocreation of a sustainable place with and for all stakeholders - Veerle Lamote & Mandy Ghyselinck (HOGENT)
  • Workshop 3: campus visit
Building G campus Mercator HOGENT
16h00 Farewell / Social Activity  
Online platform with presentations ans recordings of the sessions available on wednesday May 18   
  Sessions from previous days  

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More information

In the following hotels we have a negotiated rate for the U!REKA Connects:

Yalo Urban Boutique Hotel Ghent****
Brabantdam 33, 9000 Ghent
10% reduction on bookings between 15 – 18 May for reservations made
by phone +32(0)477 584 955
by mail reservations@yalohotel.com & mentioning ‘HOGENT’


The following hotels offer 10% reduction if you mention REKACONGRES2022 when making a reservation (via website of e-mail):





There are hardly any COVID-restrictions in Belgium. Face masks are only mandatory on public transport.

From Brussels Airport to Ghent: check this video

Ghent is approximately 1 hour away from Brussels Airport, Belgium's national airport in Zaventem. The airport has its own railway station, Brussels-Airport-Zaventem, which offers a direct connection to Ghent. The railway station is situated beneath the airport and can be reached via the lifts and escalators in the arrivals hall.

From Brussels South Charleroi airport to Ghent: check this website

Brussels South Charleroi airport is at a 70 minutes drive from Ghent. A shuttle bus drives from the airport of Charleroi to Bruges via Ghent nine times a day. That makes Ghent more easily accessible for tourists who arrive at the airport of Charleroi for their visit to Flanders. The bus will take you to the railway station Gent-Sint-Pieters, from where you can take tram line 1 to the historic city centre.

If you arrive by car: check this video

Ghent has a low emission zone! The Ghent city centre (the area enclosed by the ring road) has been designated as a low emission zone (LEZ) with the purpose of improving the quality of the air. If you come by car, then check whether your vehicle may enter the low-emission zone (foreign number plates must always be registered!). Information about the low emission zone can be found here: visit.gent.be/en/low-emission-zone-ghent

Travelling by public transport in Ghent: Find all information here


Taxis are waiting for you at the Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent-Dampoort train stations, and at many other strategic locations around the city: Korenmarkt, Woodrow Wilsonplein (‘de Zuid’) and Flanders Expo. To take a taxi in Ghent you need to call or take one at the pick-up places. More information about taxi services here

Other useful links and information on Gent: www.visitgent.be

The partner meeting will happen at 2 different HOGENT campuses:

  • Monday 16 May at Campus Schoonmeersen, Valentin Vaerwyckweg 1 Ghent - entrance for visitors coming with public transport: Voskenslaan 270 Ghent
  • Tuesday 17 May at campus Mercator, Henleykaai 84 Ghent

Check this map to see where the campuses are located

Dinners and social activities will take place in the city centre of Ghent.