Sustainights (EN)

Does climate news make you angry and worried? Do you sometimes feel alone and powerless? Do you want to learn more or do you want to get started yourself ? Do you want to improve the world, your campus, or yourself? Then we think you'll find your thing during the sustainights at the Green Hub. With info and discussion moments, workshops and various cool sustainability actions where we as students can take the lead and make a difference during the academic year.

Making Tomorrow: the kick-off (Dutch & English)

A new semester means a new Making Tomorrow! At this event, numerous sustainable projects present themselves and together we look for new volunteers. You can find out how the Green Office itself works, but also about numerous projects related to mental health, diversity, animal welfare and so much more! We will get together in the GreenHub for a snack and a drink, after which you can join one or more of the themed tables. Making Tomorrow is also the event for (professional) networking!

  • Tuesday 20/02 from 18h to 21h


18:00: snack and drink
18:30: introduction and pitch of the projects we want to work on in the coming year & sustainable student organisations
19:30: joining thematic tables
20:30: Green Hub café


Green Hub, ground floor of the UFO (side Vooruit), Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, Ghent

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Sustainights in the second semester

Wednessday 14/02 - Climate Text (Dutch)

Green Office and Auw La bring their worlds together for the eco-literary event Climate Text. For an evening, poets and other performers draw attention to the climate issues of our time, hopes, doom and what we can do politically.

  • 19:30-22:00 @Green Hub
  • In collaboration with Auw La

Monday 4/03 - Sense of belonging and participatory decision-making at university (English)

We start the evening with a panel discussion. Among other things, we discuss (how to increase the) involvement of students in the university, how to ensure that students and staff are heard in decision-making at Ghent University, how to form a group identity that welcomes individual identities, ...

After the break, the panel discussion speakers will split up to facilitate smaller circle discussions around 'sense of belonging'. You can choose in advance which speaker you want to go into more depth with. There will be room for questions and personal experiences from all attendees.
We will close the event with a reception to exchange reflections, emotions, insights, etc.

  • 19:00-10:00 @Aud E, T2 (Campus UFO), Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41
  • Language: The panel talk will be in English. For the smaller circles, you can choose between a talk in English or Dutch.
  • Organised by Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday 6/03 - Is everyone on board with the climate transition? (Dutch)

How do you make a fair sustainable transition happen? This question is at the heart of the evenings of (H)eerlijk verbeeld. The Thinker imagines a just transition. The Doer focuses on practical experience. The Challenger brings together future vision and reality.

In this evening, we explore how a democratic and socially-just climate transition can take shape, without people being left behind.

  • 19:30 @Green Hub
  • In collaboration with Masereelfonds, Oikos and Reset.Vlaanderen

Thursday 28/3 - Eco-market and Vinted on Campus (Dutch and English)

On this day, for all students and staff, the UFO will once again be transformed into 'the place to be' for everything related to Ecology, Fairtrade and Secondhand (clothing).

The Eco Market is also the ideal place to enrich your wardrobe with a second-hand bargain at the Vinted on Campus to give your own clothes a new home.

Thursday 28/03 - Climate change, eco-anxiety and hope through engagement (English)

Explore the reality of climate change with Prof Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, former vice-president of the IPCC, and Martine Capron, therapist doing pioneering work on eco-emotions. During this lecture, discover both factual insights and hopeful developments at individual and international levels, and learn how we can make a positive impact in the fight against climate change.

  • From 19:30 to 21:20 @Auditorium A, Technicum
  • A collaboration between the Faculty of Bioengineering, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Green Office

Tuesday 16/04 - Skillshare (Dutch and English)

With the skillshare, we give our network a chance to sharpen their (professional) skills. This could be about resilience, engaging your network, but also about presentation skills and management. In short, a very educational event to definitely put in your agenda!

  • 19:00 @ Green Hub

Wednesday 17/04 - Panel discussion: towards a Just and Green Transition (English)

With Bernard Mazijn, Jutte Dessein and Elizabeth Kuiper. The panellists will elaborate on the role of the European Union in pressing challenges such as the climate and biodiversity crisis, and increasing pollution. How can the Green Deal agenda be executed in a socially-just way be implemented so that no one is left behind?

  • 15:00-16:30 @Green Hub, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33
  • Register here!
  • In cooperation with the Egmont Institute, Belgian Presidency Project and the European Policy Centre.

Tuesday 23/04 - De Groene Ruijter Awardshow (Dutch)

Nominate your sustainable (in the broad sense) project and get extra support! The Green Ruijter Award will be presented to the strongest student project that contributed to a more sustainable university in the past academic year. Besides the award, the winning team receives a voucher for a dinner in a sustainable Ghent restaurant and the project receives the support to be further rolled out within the university.

The Green Ruijter award was created in memory of Andreas de Ruijter. Andreas passed away in 2013 and posthumously graduated as a civil engineer in September that year. Andreas was, among other things, a board member at UGent1010, a permanent member of the think tank Transitie UGent and leader of the project Urban Mining.

  • 19:00-22:00 @ Green Hub
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Tuesday 30/04 - Film screening: the Ants and the Grasshopper (English)

How can you change someone's mind about the most important thing in the world? In this film, people from communities on the frontline of the climate crisis engage with communities from countries most responsible for climate change. After the film, you will have the unique opportunity to engage in conversation with co-director/producer Raj Patel!

  • 19:45 @Filmzaal Plateau, Paddenhoek 3
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  • In collaboration with Ghent Centre for Global Studies, Governance in Conflict & the Department of Conflict & Development studies

6/05 - Edible plant tour (English)

We will explore our campus to learn to recognise and use tasty edible plants in the urban wild.

  • 17:30 @campus de Sterre
  • In collaboration with Stujardin
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