4th European Repair Café Conference

12th July 2024
16.00 – 18.15 CET (15.00 – 17.15 BST)
Via Zoom

Organised by: The Centre for Sustainable Design® at UCA


Repair Cafes are bringing together repair enthusiasts worldwide. The international network of repair cafes is becoming larger and larger, with almost 3,200 locations in 43 countries, with new locations opening their doors every week. The visibility of these repair cafes and other community repair events has contributed to international ‘Right to Repair’ legislation, which is currently in place in the EU and several of the United States and is being prepared in other parts of the world as well.  

The webinar will focus on how Repair Cafes can gain a better understanding of issues related to data collection, analysis and reporting. In addition, the event will highlight how organisers of repair cafes in Australia and New Zealand are developing ‘down under’ and the challenges being faced.

This webinar will be the 4th in a series of international Repair Cafe conferences organised jointly by The Centre for Sustainable Design ® in UCA and Repair Cafe International Foundation in Amsterdam.

Target audience

The webinars are 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 issues related to data collection, analysis and reporting within 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 (RCIF)


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

16.10 Martine Postma, Founder and Director, RCIF

Perspectives from Australia and New Zealand

16.20 Repair Cafés and legislation in Australia
Professor Leanne Wiseman
, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Australia 

16.30 Repair Cafés and legislation in New Zealand
Brigitte Sistig, Founder, Repair Network Aotearoa, New Zealand

16.40 Q&A 

Data collection

16.50 RepairMonitor and importance of repair data collection
Martine Postma, Founder, RCIF

17.00 RepairMonitor perspectives from the Netherlands
Lina Legerstee of Repair Café Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands

17.10 RepairMonitor perspectives from Germany
Martin Weigelt, Repair Café Rodenberg, Germany

17.20 RepairMonitor perspectives from UK
John Pearce, Farnham Repair Cafe, UK

17.30 Open Repair Alliance: Use of data and the ‘Right to Repair’
Ugo Vallauri, Co-Founder, The Restart Project, UK

17.40 Data collection at Fixit Clinics  
Peter Mui, Founder, Fixit Clinics, US

17.50 Q&A

18:15 Close


The event is free of charge, but you need to register via rcarruthers@uca.ac.uk by sending your name, position and repair cafe. On receipt, you will be sent instructions to join the webinar.

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 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