MEUS 2020 was set to be the most accessible, interactive and educational edition yet. Supported by a wealth of individuals and organisations from the public, private and civil sectors, the project’s organisation benefited from broad societal backing. Combining promotion and preparation for (potential) participants, MEUS 2020 employed innovative tools like a dedicated podcast and a role-recommending personality test to publicise the project. With the introduction of video journalism, the organising team aimed to more authentically simulate the reciprocity of EU-level decision-making in our fast-paced information age. And in light of the pandemic, they quickly shifted the conference-opening Workshops Day into the digital realm, organising public speaking and chairing workshops as well as topical panel discussions under the umbrella of ‘Digital MEUS’.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not see the fruits of these efforts materialise in a physical conference, but MEUS 2020 will serve as a stepping stone for future editions of the project and the content that it produced lives on. So what came out of the MEUS 2020 organising cycle? This is a Look Back.
We held four preparatory meetings in Berlin, Budapest and Brussels to seek new ideas for the conference, fill up on motivation and grow as a Team. What we learned will stick for us for a long time, just like the friends we made on the way.