Youth Webinar ‘Green Cities’

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Are you passionate about sustainability and green living? In this two-part webinar, you will learn from city experts and exchange with young people in the UK & Germany about green & sustainable cities. Applications are now open!

In collaboration with British Council Germany, and to mark 75 years of friendship between the United Kingdom and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), UK-German Connection is holding a two-part youth webinar on the theme of ‘green cities’.

What is this youth webinar all about?

What makes a city ‘green’? From sustainable infrastructure and access to green & blue spaces, to energy efficient homes and less air pollution – greener cities encourage healthier and more sustainable lives for their inhabitants. But what are young people’s priorities when it comes to developing green cities? And which cities in the UK & NRW are the “greenest”? This and more will be explored at this two-part youth webinar in November 2021.

Participants of this two-part virtual youth webinar will:

  • explore the importance of developing green and sustainable cities, exchanging ideas and opinions with young people from both countries
  • hear directly from city experts from North Rhine-Westphalia, and learn some useful future career tips from an expert in science communications!
  • have the opportunity to meet face-to-face at a future event in March 2022
  • When do the webinars take place?

    Participants will take part in two webinars as part of this youth webinar, planned for the following dates and times:

    • Webinar 1: Friday, 12 November –  4:30pm-6:30pm (get to know each other, and introduction to the theme)
    • Webinar 2: Saturday, 13 November – 10am-4pm (with expert-led workshops)

    You must be able to commit to attending and actively participating in both webinars. Participants who fully take part in both webinars will receive a certificate.

    All successful participants will be offered the chance to join a follow-up face-to-face event from 25-27 March 2022.

  • Who can apply?

    You can apply if you:

    • are aged 16-18 and in full-time secondary education OR are continuing your education through an apprenticeship, training or volunteer placement;
    • are a resident of either the UK or North Rhine-Westphalia;
    • can demonstrate an interest in the webinar themes detailed above, and in discussing the topic with UK and German peers;
    • are willing and able to actively take part in both meetings (and any activities, before, during and after) and contribute to the discussions and activities.

    German language skills are not required. Some German language elements will be included in the webinars but you don’t need any prior knowledge and/or translations will be provided.

    Active support from both your school and parent(s)/guardian(s) is essential.

    Please note: a maximum of three participants per institution will be selected to join the youth webinar.

  • How do I apply?
    • Complete the Application Form (on Microsoft Forms), outlining your motivation and experience.
      • you will be able to download a copy of your application answers for your own reference.
    • Your application needs to be supported by somebody who can vouch for your skills and experience, e.g. a teacher, youth group leader, mentor etc. This should be sent in the form of an email reference to

    You need to submit your application form by Tuesday, 19 October. We need to receive your reference (see above) by the same date. Applications will be assessed after the deadline, and we will notify you of the outcome of your application by end of October.

    If you or your referee have any questions about the above, please contact

  • What equipment do I need to take part?

    The online meetings will be hosted using a video conferencing website. Only confirmed participants will be admitted to join the call.

    You will need a laptop (or a tablet or smart phone) with a camera, microphone and stable internet connection. We also strongly recommend headphones.

    If you do not have such equipment of your own, we recommend speaking to your teacher or youth group leader to see if you can borrow equipment or use a library.

    Each participant should attend using their own, individual device unless there is a compelling reason for several participants to use one device. In this case, please contact us in advance. This is for safeguarding as well as technical reasons.

    If you have any other barriers to taking part, please get in touch to speak to us about this on

  • Online safety

    Our online events take place in a protected and moderated environment and are led by experienced and vetted UK-German Connection staff, including a dedicated online-safety contact.

    Only confirmed participants will be admitted to join the call. Online safety briefings will be given at the beginning of the webinar, including guidance on how to privately ask for help or support. Our webinars will not be recorded, and contact details of participants will not be shared without prior written permission.

    After confirming their place, participants (and their parents, if under-18) must read & confirm our Digital Safeguarding document, which includes the following information:

    • our code of conduct for expected online behaviour during our webinars;
    • technical safety features for our webinars, and how to share any concerns with staff during the meeting;
    • space to let us know about your media permissions and data sharing preferences.

    If you, your parent/guardian or your teacher/youth group leader have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions, please send an email to