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U!reka Connects Nov 22-23 2021, Ghent


U!reka Connects Nov 22-23 2021, Ghent

U!REKA Connects

6th U!REKA Annual Networking and Conference:
Strengthening commonality of expertise, 22-23 November 2021, Ghent

U!REKA Connects, our 6th Annual Networking & Conference, a blended meeting of on-campus and online meetings and sessions, taking place in Gent, on 22 and 23 November 2021.

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 the consortium 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 November 21 Venue
17h00-18h30 Meeting Steering Committee & U!REKA Coordinators De Wijnaert Room 3.016
18h30-19h00 Meeting Steering Committee De Wijnaert Room 3.016
20h Informal drink with attendees & happy to finally meet again! t.b.c.
20h00 – 22h00 Diner Steering Committee t.b.c.
Monday 22 November Venue
9h30 Arrival, registration, coffee/tea Building T Campus Schoonmeersen
10h00-12h00 Plenary
  • Welcome@HOGENT
  • U!REKA highlights
  • The U!REKA Way Forward!
  • Our branding & communications
Building T Campus Schoonmeersen + livestream
12h00 Walk/bus to for Networking & Lunch  

Lunch at the U!REKA Networking & Connecting Lounge


Sports Bar Campus Schoonmeersen

14h00 – 16h00 Session Slot 1: Community based & Inter/Multiprofessional Education
  • Vitality in the neighborhood (VIEW) - Community-based interprofessional education of health professionals - Margo van Hartingsveldt & Nicky van Oostrum (Amsterdam UAS)
  • Globalization trends, increasing global connections & enhancing diversity within local communities - Nadine Blankvoort (Amsterdam UAS)
  • Good practice information how U!reka partners can boost healthier cities in their own cities and be a part of our ecosystem - Minna Elomaa-Krapu & Eija Raussi-Lehto (Metropolia UAS Helsinki)
  • Transformative promotion of health and wellbeing by co-creating interprofessional competencies - Arja Liinamo (Metropolia UAS Helsinki)

Sports Hall Campus Schoonmeersen

14h00 – 16h00 Session Slot 2: U!REKA Activities reaching out!
  • We need to talk! – international learning in U!REKA debates - Sabrina Engelmann (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 - Raul Gschrey (Frankfurt UAS) & the U!REKA Commons-Team

Sports Hall Campus Schoonmeersen

14h00 – 15h15 Session Slot 3: Urban Commons and Movements
  • Can walking save the world? - Greet De Brauwere, Shana Sabbe, An Lescrauwaet (HOGENT)
  • Urban social movements and participatory citizenship in Lisbon in pandemic times - Luis Mendes (IPLisboa)
  • Collective Kitchens: Understanding Care Work as a form of Commoning - Anna Bolender (Frankfurt UAS)
  • Young city builders - João Francisco Dionísio (IPLisboa)

Sports Hall Campus Schoonmeersen

15h30 - 17h00 Session Slot 4: Co-creation as an added value
  • Augmented Urbans—Designing tools for integrated urban planning - Paivi Keranen (Metropoloia UAS Helsinki)
  • 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)
  • Discovering the effects of UAS - City/Industry co-creation projects, how? - Laura Maja Hero (Metropoloia UAS Helsinki)
  • eCO-CITY - Shana Sabbe (HOGENT)

Sports Hall Campus Schoonmeersen

16h00 – 18h00 U!REKA Networking & Connecting  Lounge
  • Strategies to encourage tap water drinking and to promote water savings at an engineering college - Manuel Matos (IPLisboa)
  • 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 - Nuno Datia (IPLisboa)
  • Performative Arts in Social Fields: Establishing a U!REKA Nucleus in a MA Programme at Frankfurt - Raoul Gschrey (Frankfurt UAS)
  • Intelligent Charging & Energy Sharing - Pedro Fonte (IPLisboa)
  • Solar Energy Sources as a response to the energy consumption of the municipality of Barcarena, Portugal - Filipe Barata (IPLisboa)
  • Contribution of the urban landscape to the construction of sustainable & territorial citizenship. Debate & reflection on the didactic experiences in teacher training - Maria João Hortas & Alfredo Dias (IPLisboa)
  • InnoCap - Promoting Innovation Capacity to Develop Mobility in Cities - Paulo Matos Martins (IPLisboa)
  • Promoting ICT session in a smart city context (IoT, ITS-G5, 5G, Traffic Lights) - Antonio Serrador (IPLisboa)
  • Implementation of the PGIL platform by integrating the Lisbon City Council (CML)- Datia Nuno (IPLisboa)

Sports Hall Campus Schoonmeersen

18h00 Closure day 1, get refreshed at your hotel and ready for a next level connection  
20h Diner t.b.c.
Tuesday 23 November Venue
9h00 Keynote: Taking a stand together. Diversity & Inclusion in U!REKA- Clare Taylor (Edinburgh Napier University) HOGENT
9h30-12h30 Working Groups / Interest Groups
Meet & Greet with SC (9h30-10h30)
  Mobility I@H/COIL Students
  Communication Research Support Digital Transformation
  Coordinators Diversity & Inclusion Urban Commons
9h30-12h30 Campus visit for non U!REKA Working Group members  
12h30 Networking & Lunch HOGENT
  • Workshop 1: Diversity & Inclusion “Together we get there”   - Sameha Bouhalhoul & Elisabeth Danisman (Amsterdam UAS)
  • Workshop 2: Living Lab HOGENT – cocreation of a sustainable place with and for all stakeholders - Veerle Lamote (HOGENT)
  • Workshop 3: Proposal writing: basics of Horizon Europe and practical tips and tricks by NCP Flanders
  • Walk & Talk Workshop: Take a walk on the wild side in Rabot! - An Lescrauwaet, Greet De Brauwere & Shana Sabbe (HOGENT)
15h00-15h30 Farewell / Social Activity / Campus visit  

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More information

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

NH Gent Belfort ****
Hoogpoort 63, 9000 Ghent
€149/night single room (bed and breakfast, excl. city tax of €3/pppn)
Book rooms at this rate

Yalo Urban Boutique Hotel Ghent****
Brabantdam 33, 9000 Ghent
10% reduction on bookings between 21 – 23 November 2021 for reservations made
by phone +32(0)477 584 955
by mail reservations@yalohotel.com & mentioning ‘HOGENT’

Other accommodation options: visit.gent.be

Considering COVID-19 and your travel please consult the section "I do not live in Belgium" on www.info-coronavirus.be

Please be aware that a face mask is mandatory on campus when moving around. If you don't have a face mask, ask the reception. There are masks available there.

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 22 November at Campus Schoonmeersen, Valentin Vaerwyckweg, Ghent
  • Tuesday 23 November at our site De Wijnaert, Geraard de Duivelstraat, Ghent

Check this map to see where the campuses are located

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