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Repairing, a world of difference

The Sharepair project (2020-2023) organised its final event on 10th of March 2023 in Louvain-la-Neuve.

The event, which was attended by around 100 people (as well as around 200 people online), highlighted the various tools put in place as part of the project. It also highlighted the opportunities and challenges faced by the repair sector.

During the event, repair volunteers from Repair Together were present to repair electrical or electronic devices. Cyréo proposed a second-hand shop open to all !

Find on this page the videos of the different sessions.

Background Eventbrite public


Introduction was made by Lieve Van Espen, City of Leuven

Repair, what is in it for cities?

  • Introduction : What is the city repair toolkit and how to use it?
  • Three toolkit actions in the spotlight :
    • Facilitating an Urban Repair Centre by Liene Blancke – City of Leuven
    • Launch a city repair website by Stephanie Heylands – Statik
    • Promoting repair in the city by Sophie Dewaele - Testaankoop/Testachats

Repair Policy : what is happening and what should be coming next ?

Interreg & Sharepair spin-offs

  • Matthias Verhegge - Vlaio
  • Lieve Van Espen - City of Leuven

Interreg & Sharepair spin-offs - slides

Scaling up repair with data & business models

  • What is the Open Repair Data Platform by Agustín García Pereira - National University of Ireland, Galway
  • The value of repair data in the bigger (European) picture by Sirus
  • A possible application 'the repair observatory' by Yoko Dams - Vito
  • Scaling up with new business models Alex Bunodière - KULeuven

Scaling up - slides

Opportunities and challenges for the repair community

Perspectives from the repair community on the tools and practices developed in the Sharepair Project. What have we learned about the opportunities and challenges to strengthen the repair community ?


  • Simon Frémineur - Repair Together
  • James Pickstone - The Restart Project
  • Rosalie Heens - Repair&Share

Opportunities and challenges for the repair community - slides

Perspectives and Long-Term Vision

  • Sara Matthieu, Member of European Parliament (MEP)
  • Zakia Khattabi, Federal Minister of Climate, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal (Belgium)
  • Thomas Van Oppens, Deputy Mayor of Waste Management, City of Leuven
  • Philippe Delvaux, Alderman for Budget, Environment, Rural affairs, Digital & Administrative simplification, City of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve

Final Conclusion

Conclusion was made by Lieve Van Espen and Liene Blancke, City of Leuven

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Find all the photos of the day on this link

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