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2022 in Review

2022 in Review

In 2022 UnILiON continued to foster fruitful collaboration among the universities’ liaison offices in Brussels. For the first time in the history of UnILiON, Co-chairs were elected to organise the network activities with the Secretariat.

The Core had eight meetings in 2022. This year the members were able to come together and enjoy the spirit of the personal conversations again. Our members had useful discussions to help the represented organisations become more successful in the Horizon Europe programme. We organised seven Open Talk events about the most relevant topics in Brussels for interested colleagues and researchers.

After a year off, we organised the Annual Event on 17 November where high-level executives of UnILiON member universities, European policy-makers, and stakeholders in the education, research, and innovation sector came to Brussels and shared their views and experiences on modernising academic assessment. The successful event reached out to over 100 participants from within and beyond our membership.

Colleagues in the four thematically running working groups met 13 times in 2022. During these meetings we listened to excellent presentations and received first-hand information about the new initiatives and programmes from the representatives of the European institutions.

Building on the successful experience of the previous years, we organised two brokerage events for the new European University Alliances call and the calls related to the EU-African collaboration to create opportunities for cooperation among our universities.

The network is constantly growing, in 2022 we welcomed Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) among our members.




UnILiON Open Talk on UK Association to Horizon Europe

UnILiON Open Talk on UK Association to Horizon Europe

The UK’s association to Horizon Europe was provided for by the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation agreement signed in December 2020, but has not yet been finalised due to broader political issues.

The UK government has since put in place a guarantee to fund eligible and successful UK applicants, who have not been able to sign grant agreements. It also launched a formal request for consultations with the EU in an effort to finalise association. In addition, the UK recently announced transitional measures for how it will move towards a new R&D programme, if it is unable to associate.

But what does this mean in practice for European partners? And what is the latest on the UK’s association and the development of ‘Plan B’? Join UniLiON and expert speakers from the UK’s Mission to the EU for a 1 hour session open to all interested stakeholders to answer these and other questions on Tuesday 11 October from 14:30-15:30 at the West Midlands Europe Hub, Rue du Luxembourg 3.


·       Update from Paul Creary, Head of Research & Innovation and Robin Jacob-Owens, Second Secretary, Research & Innovation, UK Mission to the EU, followed by a Q&A/Discussion

Chaired by Gregg Jones, Director, Brussels Hub (Europe), Coventry University and Paul Davies, Head of the Bristol & Bath Brussels Office and Co-Chair of the UnILiON International Cooperation Working Group

To register for the Open Talk, please sign-up here.

This Open Talk is organised by Coventry University Brussels Hub and the Bristol & Bath Brussels Office, members of the UnILiON International Cooperation Working Group.

UnILiON Annual Event 2022

UnILiON Annual Event 2022

High-level executives of UnILiON member universities, European policy-makers, and stakeholders in the education, research, and innovation sector will share their views and experiences on modernising academic assessment. These reforms are gaining momentum as universities’ role as key societal actors that push the frontiers of knowledge is complemented with the aim to deliver solutions to pressing societal challenges. 

During the conference, we will discuss university-led initiatives that aim to modernise assessment in higher education with a holistic approach (education, research, societal impact), the European agreement to reform research assessment promoted by the European Commission, and the implications of these changes on issues such as international recognition, academic freedom, and autonomy.  

We look forward to seeing you in Brussels on 17 November from 15:00 to 18:00. 

Please register here.

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Open Talk on the new European Health Data Space

Open Talk on the new European Health Data Space

On May 3rd 2022 from 13.00 to 14.00,  Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Aix-Marseille University organise an UnILiON Open Talk on  “The new European Health Data Space: how can Researchers & Innovators unleash the potential of Health Data?”

The European Commission released a Communication and a proposal for a Regulation on the European Health Data Hub (EHDS), setting itself the ambition to achieve a “quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across Europe”.

The UnILiON Open Talk will address the secondary use of health data by universities and/or university hospitals when implementing their missions (research, clinical trials, innovation, education). The objective is to discuss the strategic and concrete dimensions of the topic.

The invited speaker is Dr. Andrzej RysDirector responsible for Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission.

Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussel – U-Residence, Green Room – Generaal Jacqueslaan 271- BE 1050 Brussels

The event is open and free but registration is necessary.

Register here