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European Housing & Residence Life Sympos


The European University College Association (EucA) and ACUHO-I have partnered to present the inaugural European Housing & Residence Life Symposium in Brussels, Belgium from 27 to 29 April 2020.

The Symposium is a two-and-a-half day immersive educational experience for student housing managers, which will focus on key subject areas led by specially selected experts and peer presenters from across Europe and around the globe. The program incorporates intensive learning, reflection, and networking opportunities designed for campus housing professionals, focusing on specific topics that provide necessary tools and promising practices to support their residential students in a constantly changing landscape. 

EucA and ACUHO-I have identified three primary critical issues impacting student housing that will serve as the overarching themes for the Symposium’s educational content:


  • Student mental health and crisis management

  • The work and life of resident assistants and similar student roles on campus or college

  • Student engagement in housing and residence life programs


Call for programmes

EucA and ACUHO-I are accepting proposal abstracts from student housing professionals who wish to share their knowledge and experience by presenting a peer-delivered educational session during the Symposium.

Sessions will be scheduled for a duration of fifty (50) minutes, and will run concurrently during the Symposium schedule to offer participants a wide range of topic areas and approaches that suit their needs and interests.

Interested individuals will complete and submit a proposal form electronically that will require them to craft a detailed outline of their session, and a set of learning outcomes for participants that connect to the three primary Symposium themes defined above (student mental health and crisis management, the work and life of resident assistants, and student engagement in housing programs). 

All presenters will be required to register for and pay to attend the Symposium.


Proposals will be accepted through Friday, 13 March 2020.



Monday, 27 April • 09.00 AM – 12.30 PM

More information coming soon.



*Schedule is tentative and subject to changes or modifications.


       09:00           Registrations open

09:30 - 12:30    Pre-Conference 

12:30 - 13:30     Lunch Break 


13:30 - 14:30     Opening Session


14:50 - 15:40     Concurrent Sessions


15:50 - 16:40     Concurrent Sessions


16:40 - 17:00     Coffee Break


17:00 - 17:50     Plenary Session




09:00 - 10:15      Morning Plenary Session


10:30 - 11:20      Concurrent Sessions


11:30 - 12:20      Concurrent Sessions


12:30 - 13:30      Lunch


14:00 - 15:15      Conference

15:15 - 15:40      Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:35      Concurrent Sessions

16:45 - 17:00     Concurrent Sessions


     17:30               Reception



09:00 - 09:50     Morning Plenary Session


10:00 - 10:50      Concurrent Sessions


11:00 - 11:50       Concurrent Sessions

12:00 - 13:00      Closing Lunch


      14:30              Cultural program (coming soon)




Other speakers will be confirmed shortly


Assistant Vice President

for Student Life and

Senior Director of

University Housing & Dining, 

University of Iowa

Dr Von Stange serves as Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Senior Director of University Housing & Dining at the University of Iowa. In addition, Dr Stange is an adjunct assistant at the University of Iowa's Graduate Programs in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Von has worked at four higher education institutions during his professional career. He has spent his last 15 years at the University of Iowa in Housing and Dining. 

In a volunteer capacity, Von currently serves on the Association of College and University Housing Officers - International (ACUHO-I) Executive Board as President after serving the past three years as their Knowledge Enhancement Director. Before that, he served as Editor of the Journal of College and University Student Housing, which is the professional journal for ACUHO-I. Von has also served as President of the Upper Midwest Region-Association of College and University Housing Officers (UMR-ACUHO) and has been an active member of this organization, presenting at their annual conferences on a variety of topics related to Housing and Student Affairs. Von also attended many NACURH and MACURH conference between 1982 and 2000 as a student and delegation advisor. 

Von holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota, a Master's degree from Texas Tech University and an Ed.D. from the University of Dakota. 

Jonny Benjamin MBE Mentl Health Campaigner

Film Producer,

Public Speaker,

Writer and Vlogger


Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger. 

At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by millions of people. Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break the stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide. 

His 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Mental Illness to #findMike, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral and led to Jonny becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide. 

In 2016 Jonny launched ThinkWell, a mental health programme for schools, which has so far been into secondary schools across the UK with huge success. 

Jonny spent 2017 writing the first of 2 books on mental health that was published in May 2018. His second book, currently titled The Book oF Hope, will be a collection of quotes, poems and stories by himself and others to inspire recovery and hope. It will be published in 2020. 

In 2019 Jonny will launch new mental health charity, Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma, together with Neil. Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma is a grant-giving organisation which aims to provide mental health support to young people, their families and teachers



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To register, please follow these steps:

Fill in this form with your contact information and preferred choice of attendance.

2. Once you fill in your registration, we will send you an invoice should that be helpful for accounting purposes.

3. You can pay either via a bank transfer using the information below or via your credit card.

Bank details for bank transfer:                                                    Credit card payment:


European University College Association
Rue de Treves 49-51, bte 3, 1040 Brussels 

IBAN  BE13643004089639


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Maastricht University Campus Brussels

Avenue de Tervueren 153,

1150 Brussels



Find here below some hotels proposals for the accommodation during the conference. To book a room at the rate agreed with the organisers please follow the following steps: 
1. Check the hotels by clicking on one of the names of the list below
2. Choose the one preferred.
3. Download the form, fill and send it to the proper email as specified in the document

B-Aparthotel Brussels Montgomery

(1 min walk to the venue)

Download the form to make your reservation here.

B-Aparthotel Brussels Ambiorix

(24 min walk to the venue. 13 min by metro)

Download the form to make your reservation here.

Eurostars Montgomery

(3 min walk to the venue)

Download the form to make your reservation here.

Practical guide on transportation and other issues will be published soon.


Cancellation Policy

We are aware of your doubts about registering for the European Symposium on Housing and Residence Life in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks. At the moment, we are pleased to inform you that the “European Housing and Residence Life Symposium” will continue as planned on 27-29 April 2020. Regardless of these circumstances, in most of the northern hemisphere, it is the cold and flu season. We kindly ask that all participants exercise discretion in attending the Symposium. In addition, due to travel bans, quarantine restrictions or safety concerns, we are amending our cancellation policy to respond to this evolving situation.

EucA will allow for the transfer of the event registration to another person from the same institution at no cost.

The cutoff for regular cancellation requests is 10 April and is done person per person:

  • Before this date, you will be refunded the personal registration fee paid minus 70 EUR as an administrative fee.

  • After this date, you will be refunded the personal registration fee paid minus a total of the 70 EUR as an administrative fee and 150 EUR for additional expenses incurred by the organizers (for example for a 400€ registration fee, after 10 April you will be refunded 400-70-150 = 180€)

No refunds will be granted for no-shows. You are considered a no-show if you have not notified the organizers of your cancellation by the time onsite check-in opens at the event. Delegates assume responsibility for notification and verification of receipt by organizers.

All event registration cancellations and transfer requests must be sent in writing to



Mirela Mazalu

+32 22806340

Rue de Trèves 49 bte 3

B-1040 Bruxelles

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