The Young Professionals Platform “Europe Lab” is a growing network for communication, exchange and the development of common project initiatives for changemakers from all over Europe working in public administration, business, NGOs, academia, think tanks, and other fields of professional engagement. It is organised by the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in cooperation with several partners including local organisations. The main goals of “Europe Lab” are to enable cross-sector cooperation, promote exchanges of ideas, develop partner and professional networks, and encourage common cross-border projects and initiatives all over Europe.
The highlight of the programme is an annual four-day forum that takes place in late July in different European countries. Every year, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum invites young professionals ages 25 to 35 from the EU, Russia and other European states to participate in the Young Professionals Platform “Europe Lab”. The best common projects developed during the “Europe Lab” get the chance to receive follow-up grants. The working language of the Lab is English.
“Europe Lab” is organised in different places in Europe, all connected to the topic of Historical Memory. The first Lab took place in July 2015 in Vilnius and Raiseiniai, Lithuania, in cooperation with the Raseiniai Local History Museum. The following year, in July 2016, “Europe Lab” was hosted in Vukovar, Croatia. In July 2017, the European Solidarity Centre hosted the Lab in Gdańsk, Poland. In July 2018, “Europe Lab” took place in Piteşti, Romania, at the Piteşti Prison Memorial.
In July 2019, the Association Quarantasettezeroquattro (47/04) hosted the Lab in the neighbouring towns Nova Gorica, Slovenia and Gorizia, Italy.