UNICA University, Culture & the City Core Group meeting


Following the 2 Conferences University, Culture and the City organised in Lisbon (2016) and Sofia (2017), UNICA organised in cooperation with the VUB a 2-day working meeting of the Core Group which aimed at the further development of the University, Culture and the City initiative and to the exchange of experience and good practices.


Programme of the meeting

List of participants



Photos are available in this Flickr album


Presentations at the meeting 


VUB Strategic Plan and projects having links with the city by Chris BEIRENS, Strategy & Policy Officer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

weKONEKT.brussels by Lynn TYTGAT, Coordinator weKONEKT.brussels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The CoLab initiative promoted by Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Almada Municipality (speech) by João Mario GRILO, Chair of the UNICA University, Culture and the City Working Group, Universidade Nova de Lisboa 

Making UNICA a Network of Urban & Metropolitan  Universities by Caroline PAUWELS, Rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel

King’s College Vision 2029: strategy and initiatives to be a civic university at the heart of London by Ruth HOGARTH, Director, Cultural Partnerships & Enquiry, King’s College London

Thriving into the future: developing sustainable place-based cultural programmes by Chenine BHATHENA, Creative Director for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021, former Senior Culture Manager at the Mayor of London

Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021 by Chenine BHATHENA, Creative Director for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021, former Senior Culture Manager at the Mayor of London

The interconnected FabLabs by Abdellah TOUHAFI, Director of RAPPTOR research lab, VUB; initiator and coordinator of the interconnected FabLabs

The project Usquare.brussels by Martin CASIER, Project Coordinator, Université libre de Bruxelles - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The knowledge nexus in/on Brussels: traits & challenges. The case of the Brussels Studies Institute by Joost VAESEN and Serge JAUMAIN, Brussels Studies Institute


VUB and ULB experiences 

The KultuurKaffee by Jade CORBEY and Lieselotte VANEECKHAUTE

The VUB project “Edulab” by Prof. Wendy VAN DEN BROECK

Carmen Mazijn, Coordinator internationalization, VUB Student Council (the presentation will be uploaded as soon as possible) 

Exhibition "The Art of Difference - Scientific responses to disability, appropriations and individual expertise through art" (Bozar, 20/06 – 26/08 2018) by Nathalie LEVY, Exhibition Manager, ULB Culture, Université libre de Bruxelles

Intersectional Challenges in Afroeuropean Communities by Elisabeth Bekers, Prof. of British and Postcolonial Literature, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Link to [Connexions] - Cultural strategy of the city of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg (the full text is available in French; abstracts are available both in French and English). 



Wednesday, 29 August, 2018 to Thursday, 30 August, 2018
Host Institution: 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Vrije Universiteit Brussel