2nd European Repair Café Conference

7th July 2023
16.00 – 19.00 CET (15.00 – 18.00 GMT)
Via Zoom

Webinar Video Recording

Organised by:


Since the 1st Repair Café was set up in the Netherlands in 2009, the number of Repair Cafes has expanded significantly. The Repair Cafe International Foundation (RCIF) highlights that over 2700 Repair Cafes now operate. With the ‘Right to Repair’ becoming a policy issue in Europe and a Repair Directive being recently published there are potential future implications for repair cafes. In addition, to the environmental benefits, Repair Cafes are reinforcing the importance of social and community dimensions of repair. As the concept of Circular Economy evolves, Repair Cafes will play an increasingly important role at a local level.

This will be the 2nd European Repair Café conference. The 1st was held in June 2022 with over 110 Repair Cafes attending from throughout Europe, US and Israel.

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  Welcome and Introduction

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

Martine Postma, Founder and Director, Repair Café International Foundation

16.15  Repair policy: Implications of proposed EC Repair Directive for Repair Cafes

Ada Preziosi, Legal Officer, Unit B2 – Consumer law, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Feedback from Repair Cafes

Open for discussion

17.00  Engaging younger people

Open for discussion

17.45  Break

18.00 Managing growth

Open for discussion

18.45 Summary

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