FAQ

ABOUT

Who can participate in 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.

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 programme?

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.

STUDENTS

Are students from outside of 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.

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.

APPLICATION

How much does it cost?

The participation fee of 200€ includes food, accommodation, academic program, social program and transportation to and from venues. And 80€ if you are a student at the University of Gothenburg or Chalmers and reside in Gothenburg..

How and when can I apply?

The applications open on 21st January 2019 and close on 1st March.

More information on the Application page.

PROGRAMME

What will be the programme of the conference?

The programme of the conference will be revealed later in 2019. In the meantime, you can get a general ideas of the activities by visiting the Programme page.

TRANSPORT AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION

When to arrive in Gothenburg?

The conference starts on the morning of 29 April. This means that all participants must arrive in Gothenburg during 28 April. An official welcome reception will be held during Sunday evening where the participants will be given the chance to meet. A small snack and welcome drink will be served.

When to leave Gothenburg?

The big closing party will be held during Friday 3 May and departures from the hostel will take place Saturday 4 May around 12 noon.

How to travel to Gothenburg?

Located a little more than three hours from Copenhagen, Gothenburg is easily accessible by both train and coach. Deutsche Bahn maps almost all departures by train in Europe. We advise anyone interested in travelling by train to consult their website. If you are interested in travelling by coach, both Eurolines and Flixbus travel (directly or with one change) to Gothenburg from many places in Europe (such as Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and many more). If you want to take the train, we encourage you to look at getting an Interrail ticket as they can be cheaper than taking your tickets individually.

Is there any transport costs reimbursement?

To create an incentive which is strong enough for our participants to consider taking train/bus/ferry to Gothenburg, rather than flying, we will offer you a discount on the participant fee amounting to 50% of your train/bus/ferry ticket. Please note, we will fund 50% of ALL conference participants’ sustainable travelling fees, to a maximum amount of 110€. No participant can therefore receive an amount greater than 110€.

Is the conference accessible?

The entire conference will be accessible for persons with disabilities, such as wheelchair users and others. We are still currently booking the rooms and the conference will take place all over the city so each room will be different. We try to make sure that they all are accessible. However, if accepted to the conference, please make sure to specify your accessibility requirements as soon as possible in order for us to make the proper arrangements.

Do I need a visa and what to do if I need one?

As long as you are a citizen of an EU or Schengen country, you will not have to apply for a visa to travel to Sweden. If you are an exchange student in an EU/Schengen country and have a residence permit, you will be able to travel within the EU/Schengen. However, please make sure that you always have your residence permit with you together with your passport.

For those applying from countries who are outside EU/Schengen, please bear in mind that you might need to apply for a Visa. However, for most European countries such as: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine, it is not required to apply for a visa if you have a biometric visa. Please inform yourself here: https://www.government.se/government-policy/migration-and-asylum/list-of-foreign-citizens-who-require-visa-for-entry-into-sweden/

Other countries, such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia, have special arrangements, due to the Visa Facilitation Agreement concluded between these countries and the EU. More information about this agreement can be obtained from the embassies and consulates of the EU Member States in these countries.

Once you have been accepted as a participant for EuroEnviro 2019, we as the host organisation can help you by sending you a confirmation letter where we guarantee that your food and accommodation is to be covered by us. When applying for a visa to attend the EuroEnviro 2019 symposium, you should fill in that you are intending to visit a conference.

Please keep in mind that we as hosts can not guarantee that you will be granted a visa. Please inform yourself about the possibilities and procedures of the visa application here: https://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Visiting-Sweden/Visiting-on-business-and-for-conferences.html

OTHER

Any advice on the best way to be a tourist in your splendid city?

Even though the conference itself will keep us all busy for most of the week, there will still be time to visit the city of Gothenburg. The Telegraph, Lonely Planet, the Guardian, and the New York Times have all written about Gothenburg – please read if you are interested.

I am a student from Sweden 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 volunteer@euroenviro.org or on Facebook and let us know that you are interested!