What is EuroEnviro?
The EuroEnviro student symposium was created in 1995 in Born, Germany. Originally known as BiB, Born-in-Born, it was later to be renamed EuroEnviro. The aim was to exchange opinions with other students on environmental sciences and ecopolitical issues. Over the years the focus has expanded from mainly environmental issues to also include social and economic sustainability. EuroEnviro has no lasting organisation behind it. It is a nonprofit event, dependant on the work of volunteers. At the end of each symposium, a new group of organisers is chosen from among the attendees. This has led to a natural progression and variation of ideas, perspectives and themes – each symposium is unique, with little in common but a shared concept and an overarching focus on sustainability. The symposium has taken place in many countries throughout the European continent. Below you can see the brief history of EuroEnviro. It has been organized 22 times in 19 European countries since 1995.
This year’s team is quite small in quantity, nevertheless big in quality. We are two students of tourism studies – Management in tourism and Mediation in tourism. We attend the Faculty for Tourism studies – Turistica in Portorož, University of Primorska (Slovenia). During our studies we participated in organization of many conferences and events (markAIRting, Turizmijada, MEKST, etc.). We were a part of student council and tutors. So, this year we are challenging ourselves with EuroEnviro!
Our team is proudly devoted to green and sustainable development, our focus is on sustainability in urban environment and in tourism industry. With designing and organizing projects in this field, we try to learn as much as possible and also spread our knowledge and experiences with others to enhance our common development. The final goal of this 6-day symposium is to get a deeper understanding of how different aspects of these problems relate to each other and furthermore to develop pragmatic and innovative solutions.
2017 Rimini, Italy: The best way to predict the future is to design it
2016 Copenhagen, Denmark: Building the Future
2015 Gothenburg, Sweden: Catalysts of Change
2014 Helsinki, Finland: Transforming Societies – Towards an Environmentally Sustainable Future
2012 Bratislava and Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia: Conservation is not Isolation
2011 Zagreb and Rijeka, Croatia: Biodiversity and Urbanism
2010 Graz and Vienna, Austria: Sustainable Lifestyle – Ideas for Mobility and Consumption
2009 Rostock, Greifswald and Berlin, Germany: Renewable Energies – Possibilities and Limits
2008 Soomaa National Park, Estonia: PAN Parks
2007 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia: Ecotourism – Discovering the Hidden Natural Treasures
2006 Geneva, Switzerland: Food: An Environmental Perspective
2005 Seville, Spain: Environmental Communication and Education
2004 Bucharest, Romania: Preserving Nature and Culture Through Tourism
2003 Paris, France: Eye to Eye on Sustainable Development
2002 Belgrade, Serbia: Sustainable Development – Considering the Environment During Socio-economic Transition
2001 Aberdeen, Scotland: Industry and Environment
2000 Moscow, Russia: Our Common European Heritage
1999 Évora, Portugal: Mediterranean Ecosystem
1998 Graz and Vienna, Austria: Water and Groundwater Ecology
1997 Zurich, Switzerland: European Freight Transport and Traffic
1996 Krakow, Poland: Human and its Environment
1995 Born, Germany: First Round: The National Park
Who can participate in a EuroEnviro?
EuroEnviro welcomes participants from all countries and disciplines. To participate, you have to be a university student or a recent graduate. You should be involved in sustainability issues either as a part of your studies or through free-time activities – or want to become involved. You can be either a bachelor, master or PhD student – what is important is your motivation to learn and contribute. We encourage everyone interested in the symposium to apply- irrespective of gender, eventual disabilities, sexual orientation, political affiliation, ethnic origin, social background or any other factor.
Are students from outside Europe also allowed to participate?
We will consider applicants from outside of Europe. However, students from European universities will be given priority in the application process if the number of applicants is greater than the number of available places.
Is there a formal organisation behind the EuroEnviro network?
EuroEnviro has no lasting organisation behind it. The symposium is organised by a different group of students in a different country every year; a new host is elected from among the participants at the end of each symposium. The idea of EuroEnviro is passed on through the experience of organizers who have participated before, and its continuum of survival is dependent on their willingness to work hard to provide the experience to a new generation of attendees.
What is included in the program?
The EuroEnviro symposium lasts for a full week, featuring a high-level academic program, complemented with thematic workshops and excursions. In addition, there is an extensive social program, allowing the participants to get to know each other and network.
How much does it cost?
The participation fee of 180€ includes food, accommodation, academic program, social program and transportation to and from venues.
What are the required language skills?
The symposium will be held in English. A good understanding of English will, therefore, be needed. Perfect fluency is not expected from the participants, but you should have a good enough understanding to be able to follow and participate actively.
Can I get ECTS study credits from participating?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee this. We advise you to consult your home university on whether they can assign you credit points for attending the program or not. We will, however, provide you with an official certificate of participation detailing the hours of academic work included.
How and when can I apply?
The last day for applications is March 1st, 2018.
I am a student from Slovenija and want to help out with the symposium. How can I get involved?
We welcome help from as many volunteers as possible, so please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook and let us know that you are interested!
EuroEnviro 2015 in Gothenborg, Sweden | Catalysts of Change
“I already badly miss this amazing experience! I miss everything and everybody, especially those who closely worked with me and our ideas, my roommates and all the chupa-players who shared the moments during which I laughed the most! A big THANK to every single person: if this week has been so unforgettable it is because of you, your enthusiasm and your openness! I hope to meet you all again, in København maybe!”
EuroEnviro 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark | Building the Future
“EuroEnviro has a long history with my study programme at the university of Graz. Since the beginning, I was told that I have to participate at EuroEnviro if it is possible for me. And finally, last year it happened and I was up on my way to Copenhagen. And I must say it was bada boom worth it. What an experience. In just one week I got to know so many new people and ideas, which from the first day somehow connected with their enthusiasm for environmental themes.And getting to know so many nice places and initiatives in Copenhagen has been a nice side effect too 😉 Therefore, I’m joyful looking forward, where the journey continues in Rimini. And to everyone reading this, you should definitely apply to be part of the next EuroEnviro.”
EuroEnviro 2014 in Helsinki, Finland|Transforming societies – towards an environmentally sustainable future
“Hello lovely people! Thank you once again for an amazing week! Even though I didn’t have the time to get to know you guys as well as I would’ve wanted, there still was plenty of inspiring and interesting conversations and a lot of fun. It is surreal to go back to work tomorrow after such an intensive week.”