3rd European Repair Café Conference

26th January 2024
16.00 – 19.00 CET (15.00 – 18.00 GMT)
Via Zoom

Webinar Video Recording

Organised by:


The number of Repair Cafes has expanded significantly with Repair Cafe International Foundation (RCIF) now highlighting that over 2900 Repair Cafes operate worldwide. The European Commission recently progressed ‘Right to Repair’ legislation and a Repair Directive is by DG Justice and Consumers. The social and community dimensions of repair cafes are increasingly being recognised alongside the environmental benefits. New Repair Cafes are now opening on a weekly basis and will play an increasingly important role at a local level.

This webinar will be the 3rd in a series of European Repair Café conferences organised jointly by The Centre for Sustainable Design ® in UCA and the Repair Café International Foundation.

Target audience

The conference is focused on practical issues being faced by Repair Cafes and is targeted at trustees, managers, repairers and other volunteers; and will be suitable for those that are in start-up or more experienced Repair Cafes. 

Event objectives

To highlight and discuss key issues that are emerging in relation to organising Repair Cafes including lessons learnt and best practice examples.


The conference is co-chaired by:

Professor Martin Charter, Director and Chair, Board of Trustees, Farnham Repair CaféThe Centre for Sustainable Design (®)Business School for the Creative IndustriesUniversity for the Creative Arts (UCA)

Martine Postma, Founder and Director, Repair Café International Foundation

16.00 Martine Postma, Founder and Director, Repair Café International Foundation

16.10 Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UCA and Chair, Board of Trustees, Farnham Repair Café

16.20 ‘Right to Repair’ Developments (recording)

Anna Cavazzani MEP

16.40 Q&A (with a team member of Anna Cavazzini MEP)

Skills Assessment

16.50 Überlingen Repair Cafe, Germany

Günter Neubert

17.05: Saint-Egrève Repair Café and Sophia Antipolis Repair Cafe, France

Nicolas Sadoine & Sébastien Petit

17.20 Farnham Repair Café, UK

John Pearce

17.35 Discussion

17.50 Break

Recruitment of younger repairers

18.00 Repair Café Hacklab Kyiv, Ukraine

Volodymyr Babii & Olha Ivanchenko

18.10 Repair Café: Utrecht University, Netherlands

Armin Geluk

18.20 North Carolina Repair Cafe, US

Don Fick

18.30 Discussion

Open discussion

18.45 Open Q/A

19.00 Close

** The programme may be subject to change


The event is free of charge but please email your name, position and Repair Cafe to Ros on rcarruthers@uca.ac.uk.

Further information

For more information contact:
Ros Carruthers
The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
Business School for the Creative Industries
+44 (0) 1252 892772


Funding received from Research England QR Strategic Priorities Fund. Research England is part of UK Research and Innovation, a public body funded by the UK government. For more information visit www.ukri.org or re.ukri.org