Thursday, 19.01.2023 - FES EU Office

Sustainability & Diversity: How to include it in Political Event Planning?

What does sustainable political event planning actually mean and how can it be diversity-sensitive as well? Discuss with us during our brown bag lunch!

© PeopleImages/Getty Images Signature via

Everyone looks at sustainability through their own lens and understanding

What makes an event successfully sustainable? There is a variety of measures to answer this question. From climate neutrality to accessibility to zero waste, everyone looks at sustainability through their own lens and understanding. Often the measures seem arbitrary, the quality suffers and the own staff is left alone with many open questions related to sustainable management. But what does sustainable event planning actually mean and how can it be diversity-sensitive as well?  

To answer these questions, we are organising a brown bag lunch on sustainable and diversity-sensitive event planning on 19 January 2023 at 12:30 at our office. While some think tanks in Brussels are already working with a parity pledge, the topic of gender parity as well as sustainability is continuously attracting more and more attention within the Brussels event planning sector.

We want to make use of this trend. Therefore, we will discuss this topic with our panel made of three representatives from think tanks, the public sector as well as the private sector. We will also look into ways in which the “Brussels bubble” might improve its approach to a political event planning that is both sustainable and diversity-sensitive.


12:30 - Welcome remarks by Sidonie Wetzig, Policy Officer at the FES EU Office

12:35 - Speaker inputs

  • Kerstin Pettenkofer, Sustainability consultant and founder of Sustainable at work (participation via Zoom)  
  • Lisa Anke, Junior Specialist, Development Policy Forum at GIZ
  • Andrea Bittnerová, Senior Events and External Relations Manager at CEPS

13:05 Open Discussion moderated by Pamina Lantos, Seminar Assistant at the FES EU-Office

13:30 End of the event


The brown bag lunch will be held in English only. We do not provide any interpretation. Lunch in a brown bag is welcome, but not required!

If you are interested in joining the event, please register here. We look forward to your participation!

For questions, please contact: valery.keuter(at)

back to top