ESEE 2017 Conference Budapest
20 – 23 June 2017, Budapest, Hungary 12th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics Ecological Economics in Action: Building a Reflective and Inclusive Community

Social Events

Conference dinner on Europa boat

Wednesday, 21st June 2017
19.30 – 22.30h
(Info Park pier – Budai alsó rakpart 36)


The Conference Dinner of  ESEE 2017 will take place on the board of Europa boat. Join us to experience the most beautiful illuminated sights of Budapest from the blue highway of our capital, while an atmospheric banquet dinner will guarantee superb entertainment for this evening.

Participation fee 45 EUR/person


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Optional Tours

Theatrical Adventure Games – Somewhere Over the Population
Symptoms (Tünet Együttes)

Wednesday, 21st June 2017 13.00 – 15.00 (60 min per game)
Thursday, 22nd June 2017 10.00 – 15.00 (60 min per game)

The groups leave in every 20 minutes.


thesymptoms_corvinusSomewhere Over the Population is a theatrical adventure game based on the system of „point and click” computer games.  This special game takes place in the hidden corners of the building of Corvinus University. 6 stations, 6 locations, 6 special characters. Groups of 6 participants are given clues in order to get from one location to another, where they have to solve logical, skill-based and creative tasks. Somewhere Over the Population is not a competition between the groups, it focuses on the common pastime with the use of an unconventional theater technique.

With reference to the context of the conference, the topic of the adventure game is overpopulation. How can we achieve sustainability, while the world population continues to grow? Is it possible to humanely call a halt to one of our strongest instincts, subsistence?

The main character of Somewhere Over the Population is Matthias, the university student who wrote his thesis about the possibilities of regulated decrease of overpopulation.  Following the mysterious disappearance of his thesis, the participants meet the intimidated Matthias at the back of a secluded classroom. He received death threats and his phone has been disabled. He tells the participants that the brutal method which was written in his thesis on a theoretical level starts to become a reality.

Due to the genre of adventure games, Somewhere Over the Population is not focusing on exploring the topic of overpopulation in its depth but to make the participants experience extraordinary theatrical situations combined with special characters and exciting challenges.

Participation is free, pre-registration needed. Registration HERE!

Maximum number of participants per game: 6 persons per group

 Meeting point: Registration desk



“This Place is Cool!” – Guided tour at 9th district of Budapest

Thursday, 22nd June, 2017
20.00 – 21.30h


This Place is Cool! is an interactive series of urban installation, pinning places and corners with captivating stories, anecdotes of local oral and written memory hidden from the eye by time, other buildings, or just by our usual rush. This tour will guide you through the 9th district (the very locality of Corvinus University): the main building and the Salt House, the Rombus Terrace, the Markusovszky square, the Raday 55, the Brauch Butcher, and Tűzoltó 22: the corner of Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, finishing at Élesztő (1094 Tűzoltó u.22): giving home to brewery, open air pub, and winery.



Participation fee: 8 euro

Minimum number of participants: 10 persons

Maximum number of participants: 50 persons

Meeting point – In front of Corvinus University at  20.00



Ruin-bar party (Closing party)

Friday, 23rd June 2017
16.00 – 20.00h

The Closing party takes place at the Auróra Civil and Community House. It started in the fall of 2014 as a self-sustaining social enterprise that provides space for individuals, groups and non-profit organizations working in different social, political and cultural fields to share their ideas, build new relationships and create new cooperative projects.

The first 1,5 year of Auróra has proven that this model works – there is need for it, and there is a critical mass of well-skilled and committed people who are willing to engage to make it happen. Our aim is now to stabilize our functioning via organizational and infrastructural development, and to focus on community organizing among local inhabitants in the 8th district.

Auróra’s goal is to maintain and develop a self-governing and self-supporting civil and community house run by volunteers, which is home to civil and community initiatives and to actively straighten grassroot-democracy.



Participation fee: 20 euro (including food and drinks)

Minimum number of participants: 10 persons

Maximum number of participants: 70 persons

Meeting point – In front of Corvinus University at 15.30



Guided tour at Zsambok’s Organic Garden with organic lunchCANCELLED!

Saturday, 24th June 2017,
10.00 – 15.00h

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Zsambok’s Organic Garden, situated 45 km from Budapest is one the first organic gardens in Hungary to develop its own weekly organic vegetable box community food partnership. The team in Zsambok is dedicated to growing quality food which meets people’s real needs in a way which benefits the Earth, its biodiversity, and our community. During the tour participants can gain insights in the particular practices of the organic farm; how to grow food by integrating mineral-plant-animal-human and cosmic interactions, how to work positively with physical, life, sentient and spiritual forces in a harmonious way, and how the farm attempts to minimize carbon emission by maintaining and making careful use of natural resources. The tour will conclude with an organic lunch made of vegetables grown on the farm.



Participation fee: 29 euro – organic lunch and travel cost included

Minimum number of participants: 10 persons

Maximum number of participants: 40 persons

Meeting point – In front of Corvinus University at 10.00



Budapest, a city on transition – guided tour with local food and wine tasting

Saturday, 24th of June 2017

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Budapest has become famous in the last years for its network of creative and innovative alternatives. During this walk we will see places and meet people with the promise of a better functioning society – with some counterexamples as well. Join if you are curious what initiatives are hidden among the old houses of Budapest and how they survive in the global power of business. Community allotments, food bank, underground club…

In partnership with the Budapest Zöldutak2016 Budapest Degrowth Conference organisation team and Cargonomia social cooperative.


Participation fee: 15 euros – local food and wine testing included

Minimum number of participants: 10 persons

Meeting point – In front of Corvinus University at 11.00