In English

 An initiative of Opening Up, the Municipality of Groningen and Memori, center of expertise of Lessius Mechelen


The conference ‘Social media for local governments’ is a practice based conference on the opportunities and challenges of social media for local governments. No conference with social media gurus who have little or no experience with local governments, but a conference where colleagues from municipalities and cities show how they use social media, what choices they have made way and what challenges they see for the future.

A conference which is tailored to local authorities, bringing you tested tools and inspiring case studies and a place where participants can meet and share social media experiences.

To the full conference program


Communication staff, policy makers and managers from (local) governments who are somehow involved in social media.

This conference is organized by the European project Opening Up, a collaboration between eight European regions around the North Sea. Therefore, we warmly invite attendees from outside Belgium and the Netherlands. Please note that the working language of the conference will be Dutch. For non-Dutch speaking participants the plenary sessions and one workshop for each workshop session will be simultaneously translated to English.


We are happy to present 25 speakers who are all experts in the field of social media for local governments, because they either have experience as a government employee or because they regularly advise local authorities as a consultant/expert. Most of the speakers are from the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium).


The conference will offer insights and best practices. Learn from the social media successes or failures of colleagues in local authorities and from social media experts. Get hands-on advice about how to get started with social media in different domains.


The participation fee for the conference “Social Media for local governments” is € 90, – (Kortom members € 75, -) You can register here.


Conference center Lamot, Mechelen, Belgium: click here for more details and directions

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