10. January 2018

FutureLab Europe will officially welcome 18 young and talented Europeans as members of its seventh generation on the occasion of the Annual Forum 2018, a four-days seminar which will be held in Brussels on January 23 -26. The Annual Forum will mark participants’ official entry into the programme as members of the FutureLab Europe network.

During this intensive seminar, FutureLab Europe participants will take part in a number of activities and workshops and will have the chance to meet top-level EU experts and decision‑makers. Young people’s political engagement, the reasons behind the growth of populist movements – as well as how to counter them – and the role of young Europeans in shaping the future of the continent are just some of the themes FutureLabbers will be busy debating this year.

Key highlights of the programme include debates with Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council and President of the EPC; Monica Frassoni, Co-chair of the European Green party; Luc Van den Brande, Special Adviser to the Juncker’s Commission; and Mina Jaf, Founder and Director of the Women Refugee Route and recipient of the Women of Europe Award 2017.

After a series of intensive discussions, FutureLab Europe participants will sit together to co‑create active citizenship projects to be implemented across Europe during 2018. Working in five different clusters according their objectives, they will develop projects with a lasting civic impact, which will be the result of the combination of their different talents, skills and perspectives. All FutureLab Europe projects will be local in implementation but European in outlook (for some examples check out our last years projects here!).
The workshop discussions will be facilitated by five members of the Advisory Group, a group of 10 FutureLab Europe Alumni that brings together committed participants of different generations of FutureLab Europe with the aim to strengthen the network and foster its inter-generational spirit.

After the Annual Forum, FutureLab Europe members will work across countries to implement together their active citizenship projects. In September 2018, FutureLabbers will reconvene again to Brussels. Here they will take part to the FutureLab Europe Autumn Conference, where they will have the chance to present the results of their projects and discuss them with high-level EU decision makers.

While waiting for the Annual Forum to begin, check out the FutureLab Europe Annual Forum – draft programme!