Hans Groen


I have organised several conferences, ranging from small one-day seminars to international conferences of up to 350 participants. In most cases these conferences where closely connected to the research I do and thus I also contributed to developing the theme of the seminars.
My basic principles for organising these events: do not panic, something will always go wrong. Second and more important, trust that other people deliver on their promise.

A programme run by Socires, which started with the Floriade in Venlo, 2012, where we organised 7 seminars, each attended by around 150 participants. The programme is about “how to feed 9 billion people in 2050?” Based on the results of the Floriade seminars, we now run a series of monthly expert meetings, “Vijverbergsessions,” where we analise various issues relating to this question: cooperatives, water management, post-harvest losses, farmers as entrepreneurs, etc.

ELE / Enquentro Latino Europeo2010
Part of my work at Socires is organising Enquentro Latino Europeo, a yearly conference on the relation between Europe and The Netherlands, and Latin America. Speakers are politicians, business people, and academics from both Europe and Latin America.

European Social Weeks
A three yearly meeting of European christian social organisations. The idea for these conferences was a spin-off of the Christian Social Congress in The Netherlands. The organisation is a cooperation of the Stichting CSC, The Netherlands, ACW and MOC in Belgium, SSF in France and EZA and KSI in Germany. Conferences were held in Oostende (2014), Bad Honnef (2010), Bratislava (2003), Bad Honnef (2000) and Brussels (1997). From 1995 till 2005 I was secretary of the organising group. Now I am organising the 6th ESW in 2016, on behalf fo CNV, Socires and the Foundation CSC.

Stichting Christelijk-Sociaal Congres
A platform of some thirty christian social organisations in the Netherlands. This organisation has developed itself since 1991 into a more formalised organisation and since 2000 it meets on a yearly basis. I co-organised the conferences of 2002 and 2003 and did the research and writing of the Congress document Getto’s en Pleinen (Ghetto’s and Squares) in 2000, together with mr. J.J.A.M. van Gennip, member of the Dutch Senate for the CDA and chairman of Socires.

Elsewhere on the web:

www.esw-sse.org …
Website of the European Social Weeks

www.stichting-csc.nl …
The Foundation Christian-Social Congress.

www.foodfirst.eu …
Website with all the information on the foodFIRST programme

ele-platform.org …
Website of Enquentro Latino Europeo.