Creating the Sustainable City

Participants of Eurenssa 2017 can expect a rich programme containing academic as well as hands-on activities related to urban sustainability. Have a look at our blog post where we explain why we choose this topic and which subtopics we will address. 
 A large part of the programme are the participant presentations. Every participant will prepare a 15 minute lecture about a topic they have researched or have practical experience with. Every presentation will be followed by a brief discussion. You can find the abstracts of the participant presentations here.  
Besides participant presentations there will be lectures, workshops, and excursions. 


Conference Programme:

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Unlike in previous years, but in line with the topic, the location of EURENSSA 2017 is not exactly in what you would call nature. To make up for our semi-natural location we want to include an excursion to the dunes between Amsterdam and the North Sea. Part of these dunes, the so called 'Waterlijdingsduinen', are used to create the drinking water for the city of Amsterdam by filtering water from the Rhine river. We will have a guided tour where this process is explained.  If the weather is good, we will go to the beach to have a swim in the North Sea.

Next to lectures and excursions our programme will include various workshops organized by initiatives and individuals that are actively turning Amsterdam into a more sustainable city. Our conference location itself has a lot to offer: walking around the terrain we will learn which plants - usually underappreciated as weeds - are actually eatible. Perhaps we can drink some fresh, self-harvested, herbal tea the next morning? Furthermore, the artists community living at ADM are masters at creating artworks from recycled materials. Therefore we will have one workshop about upcycling, where you can learn to give apparently useless material new value. If you are lucky you might also learn how to use a welding machine =) The kitchen has an oven, which is why we will have a vegan baking workshop given by Jenny from Plants gone Wild.

At EURENSSA 2017, we do not only want to talk about sustainability but also live it. Therefore, we will always bike to get around the city, where we will visit a number of sustainability projects. The Kas Kantine (Dutch for 'greenhouse cafeteria'), for example, is a new restaurant that is built almost entirely from recycled material. It is using permaculture techniques like aquaponics and straw beds to grow a lot of their ingredients on their terrein. At the Kas Kantine, we will join a community dinner that we will help to prepare in collaboration with Guerillia Kitchen.
We are going to spend one afternoon and evening of workshops at the De Ceuvel. This initiative is turning a former shipyard in the north of Amsterdam into a sustainable space for social entrepreneurs and artists. We will get a tour of the project including a lecture by one of the founders, himself a student when he began working on de Ceuvel. They also have an beautiful bar where we can enjoy some drinks before heading home to our camp.

Did you ever go dumpster diving? If not, you might experience first hand how much food is wasted everyday by joining us to the markets of Amsterdam. After closing time we will pick up some of the still perfectly eatible vegetables and fruit for our dinner.

We have planned a few guest lectures. Laura van Oers and Helena Solman will talk about community supported (urban) agriculture (CSA) in Amsterdam. Afterwards we will visit the "Stadsgroenteboer" (City vegetable farmer) Wout ten Have, who will guide us around his community run urban vegetable garden. There will also be a guest lecture by Anne Martine Dortland from the Delft Aardwarmte Projekt (Delft Geothermal Energy Project), a student and alumni initiative at the TU Delft aiming to explore geothermal energy as potential heat source for the campus. She will also talk about the potential of geothermal energy as energy source in Dutch cities in general. 

We are still working hard on including an excursion to the waste incinerator of the 'Afval Energie Bedrijf' (Waste Energy Company), a visit to a green roof, and a lecture by 'Van De Bron' (from the source), a renewable energy company in our programme.

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  • Eat your Weeds: walking around our camp site and find out which plants that would usually be removed in a garden are actually eatable (by Erica)
  • Vegan Baking: making delicious cakes from only vegan ingredients (by Jenny)
  • Dumpster Diving and cooking from wasted food 
  • Building a Rocket Stove (with thanks to Menno from the Kas Kantine)
  • Upcycling: The art of creating useful or beautiful stuff from wasted stuff (necklaces, chairs, wallets) (by Margo and Davide)
  • City Plot Worm wormshop: demonstration of how to use worms to make compost (By CityPlot)



  • Waterlijdingsduinen: we will have a guided tour at the dunes between Amsterdam and the North Sea. During the tour we will learn how the water of the river Rhine is filtered by the dunes and eventually reaches the households of Amsterdam, as pure drinking water. After the guided tour we can go to the North Sea for a swim or relaxing at the beach.
  • De Ceuvel: We will have a guided tour at the Ceuvel, a community that is turning a former shipyard in the north of Amsterdam into a sustainable space for social entrepreneurs and artists. We will learn how they use plants to clean the ground of decade long pollution with heavy metals. They also have a beautiful café/bar where we can enjoy some drinks before heading home to our camp.
  • Kas Kantine: The Kas Kantine is a new, temporary restaurant which is created entirely from recycled material. They use permaculture techniques like aquaponics and straw bale beds to grow food that they serve in the restaurant. We will help preparing a community dinner from waste food in collaboration with Guerillia Kitchen Amsterdam
  • Stadsgroenteboer (urban vegetable farmer): a community supported vegetable farm in the city of Amsterdam.


Guest Lectures:

  • Doede Bardok (project manager at the City of Amsterdam) about developing the public charging infrastructure for electric cars and scooters in Amsterdam
  • Laura van Oers and Helena Solman about community supported (urban) agriculture (CSA) in Amsterdam
  • Anne Martine Dortland: communication manager at Delft Aardwarmte Projekt (Delft Geothermal Projekt) about the plans to heat the TU Delft with geothermal energy and potential of geothermal energy as a heat source for Dutch cities in general
  • Daniel van Wijngaarden: Dutch Youth Delegate Environment and Health
  • Dr. Forrest Bradbury about the opportunities and challenges of powering cities with renewable energy
  • Bep Schrammeijer (researcher at Free University Amsterdam) about the role of ecosystem services in sustainabe urban planning

Table Format

Date Timeslot Activities
Sat. July 22nd Arrival Day
until 14:00 Arrival of participants to Amsterdam Science Park
14:00 - 18:00 Biking to conference location, setting up tents, preparing dinner
18:00 - 19:00 Welcome session, Introduction of Eurenssa 2017 Team, Introduction to Eurenssa history and aim
19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
20:30 - Welcome Evening with bon-fire, music, and drinks
Son. July 23rd Nature excursions
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 11:00 Participant Presentation Session 1
11:00 - 12:30 Workshop: Eat your weeds
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:00 Travel to Waterleidingsduinen
14:00 - 16:00 Guided tour in Waterleidingsduinen
16:00 - 18:00 Beach time
18:00 - 19:00 Travel back to conference location
19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
Mo. July 24th Nature & Food
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 11:00 Participant Presentation Session 2
11:00 - 12:30 Guest lectures on urban agriculture
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break (and travel to De Stadsgroenteboer)
14:00 - 16:00 Tour at De Stadsgroenteboer
16:00 - 18:00 Parallel workshops (dumpster diving, bike repair workshop, upcycling workshop, vegan baking workshop)
18:00 - 19:00 Preparing dinner together
19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
Tue. July 25th Waste & Circularity
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 12:00 Upcycling with Davide: making chairs from old bikes, tires, and pallets
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 travel to De Ceuvel
14:30 - 16:00 Tour and presentation by the founder of the Ceuvel
16:00 - 18:00 Workshop: Worms and Compost
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 23:00 Drinks at the Ceuvel
Wed. July 26th Energy
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30 Guest lecture by Dr. Forrest Bradbury on the potential and limitations of powering cities with renewable energy
11:00 - 12:30 Guest Lecture by Delft Aardwarmte Projekt on heating the campus of TU Delft with geothermal energy and the potential of geothermal energy for heating Dutch cities in general
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 16:00 Participant Presentation 3
16:00 - 17:30 Solar PV demonstration
18:00 - 21:00 Community Dinner with Guerillia Kitchen and drinks at KasKantine
Thu. July 27th Transport & Infrastructure
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 - 11:00 Participant Presentation Session 4
11:00 - 12:30 Guest Lecture: Bep Schrammeijer (researcher at Free University Amsterdam), introducing the concept of ecosystem services
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 Guest Lecture Doede Bardok (City of Amsterdam) about electric car charging infrastructure
OR Parallel Workshops: (A) Making jewelery from Avocados (B) Making bags from old clothes
15:00 - 16:00 Free Time
16:00 - 18:00 Workshop by Bep Schrammeijer: Sustainable Urban Planning; the role of ecosystem services
18:00 - Dinner
Fri. July 28th Health
09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 12:00 Participant Presentation Session 5
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 Guest lecture by Daniel van Wijngaarden; Dutch Youth delegate Environment and Health
15:00 - 17:00 Debate
17:00 - 19:00 The Future of Eurenssa and reflection
19:00 - Dinner + Good Bye Party
Sat. July 29th Departure Day
10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast
11:00 - departure of participants