2013 – 400 days to go

Report and results from the event are available here

400 days to go…

open space 400 days to goEUNET is organising an open space working session “400 days to go – EUNET in preparation for the European elections 2014” from March 11th to 13th 2013 at the Europa-Haus Marienberg (Germany).

What are the aims ?

a: to discuss current issues with a view to establishing concrete activities and outcomes
b: to be a catalyst for strengthening activism and ownership (trigger ideas, link participants’ activities and projects together etc.); and
c: to come up with new creative solutions (how to involve, inform, motivate and mobilise the various actors where participants see the need etc.).

What do we want to achieve?

The final goals are to implement our new structure, to enhance the collaboration between our members as well as with external partners and to make our network more lively. In addition to that we want to get ready for the European elections next year, exchange best practices and jointly develop new ideas.

How do we get to the goals?

Join the debateWe will make use of the open space method, characterized for its initial lack of an agenda, which sets the stage for the meeting’s participants to create the agenda for themselves, in the first 30–90 minutes of the meeting.

Who can participate ?

All persons from our members and befriended organisations who are involved in project work on a, more or less, day to day basis.

What’s the language regime ?

You will need average English language skills to be able to listen and talk to each other. There will be no interpretation provided. The entire meeting will be conducted in English.

Is there a participation fee ?

No. We want your enthusiasm and working time.

How about accommodation ?

Accommodation will be in single rooms including all meals, starting with dinner on the first evening and ending with lunch on the last day.

Who will cover my travel cost ?

EUNET will cover your travel cost up to a maximum of 250€. You could find the rules for reimbursement here .

What’s the schedule ?


18:00h: dinner
19:30h: introduction and update on EUNET issues by Thomas Heckeberg
20:30h: informal exchange


9:00h: introduction of the open space method
9:30h: open space
12:30h: lunch
open space
18:00h: dinner
open space


8:30h: start of voting time
9:15h: end of voting time
open space
12:00h: final conclusions / evaluation
12:30h: lunch

How do I register ?

Please use the online form available here

How do I get to Bad Marienberg ?

By plane

The closest airports to the meeting venue Europe House Marienberg are Frankfurt am Main and, but farer away, Cologne/Bonn. Please note that in both cases it is necessary to continue your journey by train. The station is Montabaur. From there a shuttle bus to the conference venue leaves on March11th at 17:15h.

By train

The closest ICE train station to the venue (Montabaur) is located halfway between Cologne and Frankfurt and easily accessible from both airports by train.

from Cologne/Bonn airport: please note that there is no direct train connection from the airport to Montabaur. Regional trains and commuter trains run to the ICE train stations Cologne central station (Köln Hauptbahnhof) and Siegburg/Bonn. From there you have access to the ICE train to Montabaur.

from Frankfurt airport: from the long-distance train station Frankfurt Flughafen ICE trains go to Montabaur every hour. The station is located at Terminal 1 on Level T.

On Monday, March 11th a EUNET shuttle bus leaves from Montabaur ICE station at 17.15h. Please be aware that the shuttle bus will leave on time.

The local train station of the meeting venue Bad Marienberg is called “Nistertal/Bad Marienberg”.

From Cologne: via Siegburg – Au – Altenkirchen – Nistertal/Bad Marienberg or with the ICE to Montabaur / Limburg

From Frankfurt: via Limburg – Westerburg – Nistertal/Bad Marienberg or with the ICE to Montabaur / Limburg

There also is a bus line between Montabaur and Bad Marienberg running several times a day. Timetable

By car

Address of venue: Europastrasse 1, 56470 Bad Marienberg