Young professionals invited to EU-Russia “Europe Lab” Forum

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum invites young professionals aged between 25 and 35 from the EU, Russia, and other European states to apply for the 2nd edition of the “Europe Lab” Forum, a successor format of the “Pilorama Lab” Project held at the Memorial Centre of the History of Political Repressions “Perm 36” (Russia). UNITED is an official partner of the event.

Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab” is a unique communication and exchange platform for change makers from all over Europe working in public administration, business, NGOs, universities, think tanks, and other fields of professional engagement.

The Main goals of “Europe Lab” are to enable cross-sector cooperation and promote exchange of ideas, develop partner networks, and encourage common projects of young professionals in Europe in several areas.

The working language of the Forum is English.

“Europe Lab” will take place on 21–24 July 2016 in Croatia – Zagreb and Vukovar – with an excursion to the local Memorial Centre of the Homeland War, which keeps memory of the victims of the Homeland War in former Yugoslavia (1991-1995) and of the Battle of Vukovar (1991) – as a place of mourning and warning for future generations not to repeat fatal faults and atrocities of the past.

The programme of “Europe Lab” 2016 includes four workshops:

•    Wars After 1989 – Is There a Chance for Reconciliation?
•    Brave New Media – A Jilted Generation
•    Refugees (Un)Welcome – Caught in a Trafficking Jam
•    Social Entrepreneurship – Rooted in Community

Each workshop will be curated by a coordinator.

The best common projects, whose ideas were elaborated during the workshops, will be granted. The winners will receive advice from prominent experts in their area as well as coordinators and speakers. The results will be presented at the 7th General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum on 1-3 February 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.

Finally, “Europe Lab” graduates are invited to join the permanent young professionals’ platform at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, to lead and play a role in a number of future initiatives.

Costs for workshops, accommodation, and meals are covered by organisers. Travel costs are borne by participants themselves.

Please submit your application by 1 May 2016 here.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum via e-mail.

Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab” is organised by the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in cooperation with the “Documenta” Centre for Dealing with the Past and the Memorial Centre of the Homeland War as well as supported by the European Commission, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Oak Foundation.

The ancestor of the Forum – the “Pilorama Lab” Project – was initiated and organised in 2012 and 2013 by the Civic Engagement Institute (Perm, Russia) and its General Director Zoya Lukyanova in cooperation with the Memorial Centre of the History of Political Repressions “Perm-36” (Russia), the MitOst Association (Berlin, Germany), and the German-Russian Exchange (Berlin, Germany).