Project Description

On behalf of the Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR), Department for Education and Social Affairs in cooperation with the Department for European Affairs, and in cooperation with the European Science Engagement Association (EUSEA), we are organising the digital Social Makerthon #CreateYourope from 7-9 May 2021.

How do we preserve our liveable Europe? How can we shape a sustainable Europe together? And how can young people actively participate in the European innovation process, shaping the future of Europe?

A marathon of creative ideas

Young people from the Ruhr metropolitan region and other European cities will be tackling questions on sustainability and climate change at the creative ideas’ marathon #CreateYourope. The event will take place as a digital format as part of Europe Week NRW from 7th to 9th May 2021. Together with experts from science and politics, i.e. Dr. Henning Wilts from the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and the moderators from the education network teamGLOBAL, the young people will develop creative project ideas for the Metropole Ruhr and impulses for a green, sustainable and participatory Europe in a dynamic “innovation sprint”.

Making Europe greener

Based on the motto “Making Europe greener”, four thematic challenges, respectively dealing with sustainable innovations, mobility and upcycling, as well as the question of a vision for Europe in 2030, will be worked on. The first three topics will be discussed in German, while the fourth challenge will be tackled in English in an international team with pupils coming from partner cities of the Metropole Ruhr. Finally, the young people will present their concrete results to decision-makers in the Metropole Ruhr.

Shaping Europe’s Future!

#CreateYourope empowers young people to actively shape the future of Europe. It promotes awareness of the role and rights of young people in regional innovation processes through participatory problem-solving approaches.