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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 save the date – registrations will open soon!

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

UnILiON releases its vademecum on synergies between R&I-related EU programmes

UnILiON releases its vademecum on synergies between R&I-related EU programmes

What do alternative funding, combined funding, sequential funding mean? In 2020 and 2021, UnILiON set up a Working Group dedicated to synergies, co-chaired by Aix-Marseille University and Ghent University Offices. The vademecum is based on discussions undertaken as part of the Working Group activities with a variety of representatives from the European Commission and best practices observed in several European regions and universities, including UnILiON member universities. It provides universities, R&I organisations and regional authorities with key to understanding the new possible synergies within the 2021-2027 programming period in order to implement cross sectoral approaches to benefit from new funding opportunities.

The document is available here.

UnILiON expresses solidarity with Ukrainian academic and research community

UnILiON expresses solidarity with Ukrainian academic and research community

In light of the unprovoked and unacceptable military aggression towards Ukraine by the Russian Federation, UnILiON – the informal network of Brussels-based liaison offices – would like to express solidarity with the Ukrainian academic and research community as well as with the Ukrainian people at large. In line with the recent statements (1 and 2) issued by the European University Association, we condemn the aggression and ask for a swift end of this crisis.

Following the statement released by the Russian Union of Rectors (RUR), UnILiON decided to suspend the membership of its Russian member. The RUR statement of support for the invasion of Ukraine is incompatible with the values our network is built upon. Therefore we suspend institutional cooperation. This suspension does not prevent us from keeping informal contacts with individual staff members, students or researchers from the Russian academic and research community, many of whom bravely oppose the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

The UnILiON members are committed to help share with their home institutions information on European and national measures that are and will be developed in due time to help Ukrainian researchers. The sharing of best practices will be facilitated, hoping thereby to contribute  to a more effective and coordinated action of support (assistance to refugees, hosting of students and researchers at risk, sending of goods, etc.). UnILiON also express its full support to the research communities in Ukraine’s neighbouring countries, assisting many refugees having crossed borders recently. These support actions can serve as an example to the academic and research communities in other European countries.