Making Online Meetings Just & Sustainable

How can online meetings contribute to just sustainability transitions?
Wednesday 22 Sep 2021, 12:00 - 14:00
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With or without Corona, online meetings are here to stay, especially in the world of transnational collaboration. Remote online meetings have the potential to contribute to more sustainability and justice, in terms of decreasing environmental damage from international travel and allowing for more inclusive participation. But how do we make online meetings sustainable and just? In this interactive online meeting we invite researchers, activists and policy-makers to share their insights and experiences with online meetings. 

How can we attain human connection in online collaborations? How can online connectivity facilitate translocal networking and solidarity among organizations and initiatives? Does it have implications for sustainability transitions? What is the potential of online connectivity to enable equity and inclusion among a diverse audience? During this event, we will discuss the potential of online connectivity to enable just sustainability transitions from the perspective of multiple organizations, projects and networks. 

Several speakers and facilitators will share their insights during this meeting including Karlijn Schipper (DRIFT), Lucia Paola (UrbanA, ICLEI), Vaishali Joshi (ESSB, VCC), and Dr. Flor Avelino (DRIFT, VCC). After the talks, there will be room for discussion in smaller groups for participants to share their experiences around online connection, followed by a plenary session in which participants can share their questions and insights with the speaker and wider audience. 

Programme overview 


Welcome & short introduction 


Sharing insights and experiences about online meetings from DRIFT for Transitions, Vital Cities & Citizens, and the UrbanA project on Sustainable & Just Cities with Flor Avelino, Vaishali Joshi, and Lucia Di Paola.

12:40-13:20Group conversations in breakout sessions
13:20-13:50Plenary feedback & discussion facilitated by Karlijn Schipper, with visual notes by Menah
13:50-14:00Closing and looking ahead

How to register

Participation is free but you do need to register ahead of time via this link. People can register until the 20th of September, after which they will receive confirmation emails with the zoom link. If you have any questions and/or need further assistance, please send an email to  


The event is organized by the Vital Cities & Citizens (VCC) at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in collaboration with the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT). This event is part of a webinar series on #JustSustainabilityTransitions that aims to deepen, translate and connect knowledge on transformative change towards more just and sustainable societies, in energy and other domains. 

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Vital Cities and Citizens

With the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens, Erasmus University Rotterdam wants to help improve the quality of life in cities. In vital cities, the population can achieve their life goals through education, useful work and participation in public life. The vital city is a platform for creativity and diversity, a safe meeting place for different social groups. The researchers involved focus on one of the four sub-themes:

·       Inclusive Cities and Diversity

·       Resilient Cities and People

·       Smart Cities and Communities

·       Sustainable and Just Cities

VCC is a collaboration between Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB), Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

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