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Working with the UK on research & innovation and mobility post-Brexit

Working with the UK on research & innovation and mobility post-Brexit

On Tuesday 9 March, UnILiON organised an Open Talk on ‘Working with the UK on Research & Innovation and Mobility post-Brexit’.

The wide-ranging EU-UK Brexit deal agreed on Christmas Eve has a number of implications for Higher Education Institutions, but universities on both sides of the Channel have arguably been most keen to understand what it means for the UK’s relationship with the new EU funding programmes.

The Open Talk provided an opportunity for an update on the UK’s association to the EU’s main funding programme for R&I, Horizon Europe, which is foreseen in the Brexit deal,  and an introduction to the Turing Scheme, the UK’s new global programme to study and work abroad.

It brought together nearly 150 attendees from across Europe and an expert panel of speakers from the UK Mission to the EU, UK Research Office (UKRO), Department for Education and British Council to discuss the opportunities for European partners to work with UK universities via both programmes.

The UK is expected to associate to Horizon Europe before the 1st grant agreements are signed, meaning UK entities are fully eligible to participate from the 1st calls. The Turing Scheme  will facilitate outward mobilities for UK organisations, and give the opportunity for international organisations to set up reciprocal exchanges.

Further information on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe and the Turing Scheme is available via the links and presentations below.

2020 year in review

2020 year in review

Despite the restrictions in place to allow for physical distancing, the UnILiON network has continued to create an arena for information sharing and cooperation between universities’ liaison offices in Brussels. During 2020, our network’s Core group has met 11 times and our five working groups met a total of 18 times. 2020 has seen the creation of no less than three new working groups, on Innovation, Synergies and International cooperation.
 
Our annual policy event, which this year took place digitally, discussed how the cover-19 pandemic has created new challenges for universities and how universities are harnessing the opportunities of digital education. The successful event reached out to over 300 participants from within and beyond our membership.
 
In order to create further opportunities for cooperation between our universities, a series of digital brokerage sessions were organised around the final Green Deal call in Horizon 2020.
 
Our membership is also continuously growing, as more universities are opening offices in Brussels. During 2020 we have welcomed the following new members:
Following changes in some of our existing members’ networks, we also welcome Linnæus University (Lärosäten Syd), National Technical University of Athens (European Office of Cyprus), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Berlin University Alliance) as new members.
 

NTNU European Conference 2020

NTNU European Conference 2020

NTNU in collaboration with Elsevier and UnILiON would like to invite you to the 5th edition of the NTNU European Conference

“Knowledge for a Better World: The need for Sustainability and Collaboration in a disruptive age” that will be held as an online event on the 18th of January 2021 from 10.00 to 13.15.
This conference will represent an opportunity to discuss the contribution that Universities provide in terms of research, innovation and education to sustainable development, and to debate on models and approaches that could be applied in the future.

Among confirmed speakers:
Anne Borg (Rector, NTNU), Jean-Eric Paquet (Director-General, DG RTD, European Commission), Themis Christophidou (Director General, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission), Kumsal Bayazit (Chief Executive Officer, Elsevier) , Peter Lievens (Vice Rector of International Policy and LERU, KU Leuven), Martin Paul (President, Maastricht University), Angela Ittel (Vice President, TU Berlin), Armand Sánchez (Vice-Rector for Research and Transference, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Erik Renström (Rector electus, Lund University) and many others.

For more information about the conference and the full programme, please visit the website:

https://www.ntnu.edu/ntnu-european-conference-2020/

 

UnILiON Annual Event 2020

UnILiON Annual Event 2020

The world is still adapting to a new reality that was unfathomable few months ago. With university closures, the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced abrupt changes in teaching and learning and interupted the majority of reseach activites. This health crisis provides us with a unique opportunity to explore new approaches to deliver high quality education, excellent science and innovations that are more than ever needed to build a different model of society.

Our annual conference reviewed direct and knock-on impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic that are reshaping the role of universities and address actionable EU policy recommendations to improve resilience and preparedness across higher education and research institutions. The role that our universities play in the fight against the pandemic was also assessed.

The 2020 UnILiON annual conference agenda addressed:

  • How has Covid-19 created new challenges and played into broader discussions around education, research and innovation?
  • How can universities harness digital education opportunities without jeopardising the quality and accessibility of its formation offer? How should this transition be managed?
  • How can the EU ensure university cooperation in research for rapid response to future global emergencies?

UniLiON Annual Event – Future-proofing the universities of the future from Audio Visual Support on Vimeo.

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