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EUTOPIA 2050

European Universities Transforming to an Open Inclusive Academy for 2050.

Challenge-led, student-centered, place-based & inclusive.

About the alliance

Formed by Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of Gothenburg, CY Cergy Paris Université, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, the University of Warwick and led by the University of Ljubljana, 

the EUTOPIA alliance unites over:
165,000 students
30,000 members of staff
90,000 international alumni

With research centres in 760 areas, EUTOPIA’s expertise spans multiple areas, highlighting not only the network’s depth, but also its breadth of knowledge.

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EUTOPIA and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic confronts all our universities with new challenges. Naturally, our six universities took due measures to protect our communities.


APRIL 7, 2020

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTS,VICE-CHANCELLORS AND RECTORS OF THE EUTOPIA EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY ALLIANCE

The COVID-19 pandemic has an unprecedented impact on all aspects of society, including higher education. The Eutopia Alliance universities sympathize with the afflicted, regret the loss of family members, friends and colleagues many now experience, and we hope to contribute our combined knowledge and expertise for the good of society. For us, as well for our colleagues from other pilot alliances, this pandemic poses a severe challenge to our work of creating a European University and causes necessarily the need for an amendment in our project timeline and financial aspects. At this moment, though, our primary concern must focus on the health and safety of the staff and students. All six universities are taking due measures to protect our communities, and we are confident in our ability to ensure by other means the teaching, the pursuit of research, and the administrative stability for our 165,000 students and 30,000 academics and administrators.

The Eutopia Alliance hopes to, despite the gravity of the current circumstances, not lose momentum in our shared goal to create a European University. We believe that this crisis demonstrates that only concerted European action will be effective and that European solidarity, in this case, is also much needed.

But there is more. The COVID-19 pandemic urges us to re-think the functioning of our universities. The dramatic measures taken to contain the contagion have resulted in extensive use of digital tools for education, as well as for organizing meetings at a distance. One can already see that staff and students have embraced the digital turn in higher education. This will affect the implementation of the Eutopia project, and the Presidents and rectors of the six partners will, in agreement with the Commission, address this issue when thinking about the future of our alliance. At present, we are largely going digital, and where that is not possible, alternatives will be developed. We are currently practising virtual communication across borders, which will form part of EUTOPIA’s international and innovative identity. But much more is needed, and we will have to find new ways of working and learning remotely from separate locations while remaining together as one network. It certainly pushes us to re-invent new working methods.

The COVID-19 pandemic further illustrates two other aspects that will affect the future of European Universities. First, that the world is incredibly connected and young people, whatever the subject of their study, should be educated with that principle in mind and be prepared to study, work and live in open and networked societies. Second, the current crisis also demonstrates the importance of collaborative research in order to deliver evidence that can be used by policy-makers and practitioners, and that can guide citizens. We need more trust in science and accurate mechanisms to facilitate the dialogue between the scientific communities and the policy-makers. This should be reflected in the research agenda and the curricula of our universities.

While working hard on the well-being and safety of everyone, we want to stress that there is no other choice than to adapt to what looks like a new organizational reality and to re-invent our universities. The big challenge is how to overcome the disruptive effects of pandemics without cutting back on the networking and mobility necessary for education and research in the European Universities of the future. The answer will be digital and European. We are ready to take up the challenge.

Caroline Pauwels  Rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

François Germinet  President of CY Cergy Paris Université

Eva Wiberg  Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg

Igor Papič  Rector of the University of Ljubljana

Jaume Casals  Rector of the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Stuart Croft  Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick

EUTOPIA acknowledges the role of our universities in responding to the current pandemic.

An expert panel came together during the second EUTOPIA week (23 - 27 Nov 2020) to highlight some of the excellent research-led contributions made by colleagues towards combatting COVID-19.

Rewatch the expert panel here

Speakers:

  • Lawrence Young, Professor of Molecular Oncology and Director of the Warwick Cancer Research Centre, University of Warwick (Chair) 
  • Tomas Grysell, Head of Unit for Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning, Göteborgs Universitet
  • Enric Vallduví, Vice Rector of Research, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
  • Patrick Courilleau, Vice President Education, CY Cergy Paris Université
  • Igor Švab, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Univerza v Ljubljani 
  • Dirk Devroey, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

EUTOPIA 2050

European Universities Transforming to an Open Inclusive Academy for 2050.

Challenge-led, student-centered, place-based & inclusive.

"EUTOPIA is a unique, complex and intensive project that aims to transform universities profoundly"

Dixit VUB's very own rector Caroline Pauwels.

"It is unique, because it is the expression of the will of six sovereign universities to go through a process of collective self-transformation. It is a complex project because the process touches upon all aspects of the university. It is also an intensive project as lots needs to be done in a short period."

EUTOPIA is not a straightforward project. on the contrary, it is a unique, complex, and intensive project that aims to transform universities profoundly.

It is unique, because it is the expression of the will of six sovereign universities to go through a process of collective self-transformation. It is a complex project because the process touches upon all aspects of the university. It is also an intense project as lots needs to be done in a short period. 

One of the distinctive aspects of EUTOPIA is that a new educational model is being developed where the focus is no longer on moving individuals from X to Z for a single short or long period, but on supporting the creation of long lasting and sustainable networks. Our educational model of the future will bring together academics, students and extra-academic stakeholders from all EUTOPIA partner universities. Together, they will co-create courses and learning material in so-called Connected Learning Communities.  In such EUTOPIA connected learning communities students, staff and extra academic partners will gain substantial added value and relevance by cooperating at a European scale. 

We realize that for reasons of sustainability we do have to change our travel policy. But we also have to acknowledge that EUTOPIA can never be only just a digital platform of collaboration. ‘Being there’ and ‘feeling connected’ remain an important element of the educational experience as well.  Short term and well-chosen mobility is needed as an instrument to allow participation of students in international experiments /assignments and to support staff in building the connectedness needed among colleagues that are willing to exchange pedagogical practices. In fact, connectedness is one of EUTOPIA’s educational model’s main pillars. The very first pilot cases are kicking off right now and we are looking forward to starting this exiting learning journey together.

 

- Caroline Pauwels, Rector Vrije Universiteit Brussel

EUTOPIA's vision

EUTOPIA's ultimate European University of the future is a university which is:

Geared towards the challenges of the future
The alliance will be challenge-drive to prepare students and staff as European citizens and lifelong learners who care and act for the future of the planet and humanity.

Student-centered and student-led
The alliance will provide transformative and open learning opportunities, and extended horizons of expectation and ability, both across Europe and throughout the world.

Attentive to the plurality, potentiality and international pre-eminence of Europe’s regions
The alliance will build on its place-making strengths, connecting cultures and contexts in order to enhance European capability and creativity, and support the international pre-eminence of European innovation and influence.

Committed to the principles of openness and inclusion
The alliance will foster and support knowledge co-creation, by building open resources and collaborative platforms, endorsing open science agendas, and sponsoring the access, mobility and inclusivity mechanisms that liberate our intellectual and social potential.

Presidential Declaration

EUTOPIA and covid-19

Presidential Declaration

EUTOPIA and mobility

Presidential Declaration

#SaveAhmadreza

Student opportunities

Think Europe is out of your reach during the pandemic and these #blijfinuwkot times? Think again! Through the intensive collaboration between the VUB and the 5 other EUTOPIA universities, students can benefit from several international opportunities in all parts of Europe.

EUTOPIA Student Career Ambassadors present: Career Opportunities with the EU Institutions and EPSO selection processes

Join the EUTOPIA Student Career Ambassadors for this online event, and find out more about job and trainee opportunities in the European Institutions, and hear about:

  • General overview of working at the European institutions (student profiles, criteria and eligibility)
  • Permanent officials and contract agents selection procedure
  • Traineeship opportunities at the EU Commission, European Parliament or Council of the EU

This session will take online on Wednesday 20th January 2021 from 4pm-5pm CET, and is organized by the EUTOPIA Student Career Ambassadors, supported by Universidad Pompeu Fabra Barcelona.

Sign up here, and discover all the career opportunities the EU has to offer!

Career Opportunities with the EU Institutions and EPSO selection processes

Find out more about employment and traineeship opportunities within European Union institutions

Students of the EUTOPIA alliance, come join us on Wednesday 20th January 2021 4pm-5pm CET to find out about employment and traineeship opportunities within European Union institutions.

EUTOPIA is an alliance of European universities that is working towards adapting the model of higher education to the needs of the twentyfirst century.

The EUTOPIA alliance is made up of six universities: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris Université, the University of Gothenburg, the University of Ljubljana, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the University of Warwick.

To find out more about working for a European Institution, sign up and learn about:

✔ Working at a European institution (student profiles, criteria and eligibility benefits)

✔ The selection procedure for Permanent Officials

✔ The selection procedure for Contract Agents

✔ Traineeship opportunities (e.g.: at the European Commission, the European Parliament or the Council of the European Union).

Sign up here and discover what opportunities the European Union holds for you! Guillem Martínez, EU and Eutopia Careers Student Ambassador and UNICAT Ambassador at Pompeu Fabra University, and POLITICO's EU Studies and Career Fair Ambassador, will be happy to talk you through all your options.

EUTOPIA open science - an introductory course

Open Science – an introduction by Jean-Claude Burgelman & key European experts

SIgn up for this second semester course now!

What?

Open Science (OS)  is the way forward in doing research in the 21st century. How the modus operandi of science – due to digital tech but also due to the globalization of science - is changing and what it implies for stakeholders (researchers, but also funders, publishers etc.) will be at the core of this lecture series. In this unique course Jean-Claude Burgelman will initiate you in the 5 key components of Open Science and invited experts in the European Landscape to shed light on different aspects of OS.

More info here

Open Science – an introduction by Jean-Claude Burgelman & key European experts

What?

Open Science (OS)  is the way forward in doing research in the 21st century. How the modus operandi of science – due to digital tech but also due to the globalization of science - is changing and what it implies for stakeholders (researchers, but also funders, publishers etc.) will be at the core of this lecture series. In this unique course Jean-Claude Burgelman will initiate you in the 5 key components of Open Science and invited experts in the European Landscape to shed light on different aspects of OS. 

Sign up for this second semester introductory course now! More info here.

When? 

8 sessions starting in the beginning of February:

  • 8/2 (1h):   Intro: what is OS? Purpose of the course
  • 15/2: Open science:  history and context (OS as digital disruption, OS as better science)
  • 22/2: European and global policies in OS
  • 1/3: Open access in publications.
    guest lecture: Bianca Kramer (Utrecht ans LSE blog 101 innovations in scholarly publishing)
  • 8/3: Open data and the European Open Science Cloud.
    guest lecture: Gareth o'Neill (Eurodoc and EOSC)
  • 15/3: Open science: what skills are needed. 
    guest lecture Vinciane Gaillard (dep director EUA & member EOSC)
  •  22/3: Open science and metrics.
    guest lecture: Rene Von Schomberg (EC and University of Dusseldorf)
  • 29/3: Open software for open science.
    Guest lecture: Bob Jones (head digital CERN)

Sign up for this second semester course before the end of January!

Co-create the EUTOPIA curriculum

As explained by our very own vice-rector for Education and Students Jan Danckaert in the video below, the EUTOPIA educational model evolves around the establishment of EUTOPIA Connected Learning Communities. In these communities, academic staff, students and stakeholders co-create course content fit for the European University of the future.

How can you become an active member of one of the EUTOPIA Connected Learning Communities, you ask?

Check out our current Learning Communities, and the student opportunities on offer within them below: 

MA, UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG

This course provides an interdisciplinary understanding of Europe’s role in the world and draws on a range of approaches in the social sciences and the humanities. The course assesses the international significance of European integration, the impact of global developments on Europe, and the changing role of Europe in the new world order.

TEAM: Lisbeth Aggestam (UoG – learning unit lead), Andrea Noferini (UPF), Linda Benrais (CY), Sven Van Kerckhoven (VUB), Trisha Meyer (VUB), Christian Soegaard (UoW), Vasja Rnat (UoL), Mojmir Mrak (UoL)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

  • Winter School on EU Policy-Making: Analysing Digital Rights in Today’s EU –When? 1-12 Feb 2021 – Where? Virtual – more info: https://www.eu-winterschool.eu
  • Summer School on EU Policy-Making: EU policy-making: Analysing civil rights in today’s EU – When?5-16 July 2021 – Where? Brussels & Vienna – more info: https://www.eu-summerschool.eu

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri and Linde Moriau

BA, UNIVERSITY OF POMPEU FABRA

This course focuses on several complex and often interrelated environmental issues, beginning with a discussion of global climate change and the role of greenhouse gases in other environmental problems, including deforestation, ozone depletion, and the health of the world’s oceans. It reviews key concepts in geography and analyzes its meaning, through history and its evolution.

TEAM: Antoni Luna Garcia (UPF – learning unit lead), Laurent Ricard (CY), Matthieu Kervyn De Meerendre (VUB), Cathy Macharis (VUB), Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla (UoW), Katja Vintar Mally (UoL), Masa Kovic Dine (UoL), Mikael Ring (UoG)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: 

  • Cross-EUTOPIA student assignment on Sustainable Mobility – When? Jan-March 2021 – Where? online – more info
  • Student-led Summer Conference on SDG-related COVID-impact – When? July 2021 – Where? TBC – more info

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk) and Linde Moriau (Linde.Moriau@vub.be)

BA/MA/PHD – UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

MultiDiv is a unique hub that brings together senior academics as well as UG (undergraduate) / PG (postgraduate) research developed through the formal curriculum and relevant extracurricular activities. It takes the form of an intensive, face-to-face week-long activity and involves workshops, data training, and sessions on interpreting research for wider audiences, policymakers, and the media most notably.

TEAM: Jo Angouri & Chantal Wright (UoW – learning unit leads), Vicent Climent-Ferrando (UPF), Ann Peeters (VUB), Alex Housen (VUB), Tommaso Milani (UoG), Tamara Pavasovic Trost (UoL), Claire Carles-Hugue (CY), Joanna Nowicki (CY)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: 

  • Cross-EUTOPIA student seminar on Linguistic Landscaping – When? Feb 4th2021 – Where? online – more info
  • MultiDiv Research Conference – When? June 2021 – Where? TBC – more info
  • Virtual Buddy Scheme – more info will be provided soon
  • Student-led EUTOPIA module on Multilingualism & Diversity – more info will be provided soon

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk) and Linde Moriau (Linde.Moriau@vub.be)

BA, CY CERGY PARIS UNIVERSITÉ

In a world where fake or biased information gained momentum through the power of social networks, the teaching of critical thinking and reasoning is more important than ever. This course dwells on the concepts of fallacy and cognitive bias and how they relate to the field of data analysis. It represents an initiation to argumentation, propositional, and probabilistic logic.

TEAM: Valerie Nachef & Matthieu Cisel (CY – learning unit leads), Alex Alsina (UPF), Louise Mcnally (UPF), An Dooms (VUB), Jan De Beule (VUB), Martin Kaså (UoG), Jon Warren (UoW), Kosmidis Ioannis (UoW), Robert MacKay (UoW), Marko Pahor (UoL)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: 

  • Cross-EUTOPIA participation in CY’s ‘Data and Critical Thinking’ MOOC – When?Spring 2021 – Where? online – more info
  • Cross-EUTOPIA student debate on Data and Critical Thinking – When? Spring 2021 – Where? online – more info

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk) and Linde Moriau (Linde.Moriau@vub.be)

MA/PHD,  VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

In this course, master students from different programs work together in interdisciplinary groups. Based on real-life research results, emanating from the research departments of the university (VUB), students engage in a so-called ‘technological business development project’. The university researchers of these labs are then involved in the definition of the project and the coaching of the students.

TEAM: Thomas Crispeels (VUB _ – learning unit lead), Oriol Amat (UPF), Johan Magnusson (UoG), Sue Newell (UoW), Matej Cerne (UoL), Miha Skerlavay (UoL), Olivier Fourcadet (CY)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: 

  • cross-EUTOPIA student teams and feedback sessions – When? Oct 2020 – June 2021 – Where? online – more info
  • cross-EUTOPIA research seminar on Technological Business Development – When?              Jan 27th 2021 – Where? online – more info

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk) and Linde Moriau (Linde.Moriau@vub.be)

MA, UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

The course aims to help students understand the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of scientific inquiry in the sciences of the mind; integrating findings on selected cognitive phenomena from different disciplinary perspectives; developing skills of collaborative research, and getting to understand basic concepts of cognitive science through learning about and researching selected cognitive phenomena.

TEAM: Urban Kordeš, Toma Strle & Zarja Mursic (UoL – learning unit leads), Francis Heylighen (VUB), Robert Lowe (UoG), Elisabeth Blagrove (UoW), Dimitrios Kotzinos (CY)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: 

  • Cross-EUTOPIA experiment on emotions and cognition – When? Feb-May 2021 – Where? online – more info
  • Student-led summer conference Mei: CogSci – When? 17-19th June 2021 – Where? online – more info
  • Undergraduate Research Day – When? Summer 2021 – Where? online – more info

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk) and Linde Moriau (Linde.Moriau@vub.be)

EUTOPIA presents: Student Opportunities

Missed the EUTOPIA week session on Student Opportunities? No problem! You can rewatch the entire session below, in which EUTOPIA's student representatives explain why and how you can get involved.

Winter or summer schools

Join one of EUTOPIA’s winter or summer schools:

From Monday 1 to Friday 12 February 2021, the Institute for European Studies (VUB) will organise the very first edition of its online Jean Monnet Winter School on EU Policy-Making, in collaboration with its partners the University of Vienna and the Diplomatische Akademie Wien — Vienna School of International Studies and the University of Vienna. This Winter School, which provides participants a ‘crash course’ in European Union Policy Making, will build on the long-standing expertise of the similar (offline) Summer School that the IES and its partners have organised for almost 20 years. Other than being taught fully online, the second main difference with its ‘Summer sibling’, is the focus area of the Winter edition, which will be digital rights, touching on policy discussions related to freedom of expression, data protection, disinformation resilience, platform responsibility.

Credits: 5 ECTS

For more information and to apply, please visit the programme's dedicated website.

Course runs 1-12 February 2021- Application deadline: Early bird: 15 November 2020 & Standard deadline: 15 December 2020.

Packed with interactive seminars and study visits, this summer programme attracts students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of the European institutions, European law and the European decision-making process in general. The first week of the summer school takes place in Brussels and reviews the main EU institutions and decision-making procedures. During the second week students learn more about EU foreign relations, while enjoying the beautiful city of Vienna.

The intensive two-week Jean Monnet Summer Schoolon EU Policy Making, taught on campus, is held one week in Brussels and one week in Vienna from Monday 5 to Friday 16 July 2021. It allows students to explore both the old and the new centre of diplomacy in Europe. The Brussels based Institute for European Studies (VUB) joins forces with the Diplomatische Akademie Wien — Vienna School of International Studies and the University of Vienna to bring you this ‘crash course’ in European Union Policy Making. The focus area of the Summer edition, which will be civil rights, touching on policy discussions related to human security, migration, anti-discrimination, diversity.

Credits: 5 ECTS

For more information and to apply, please visit the programme's dedicated website.

Course runs 5-16 July 2021 (1st week in Brussels, 2nd week in Vienna) - application deadline: Early bird: 15 March 2021 & Standard deadline: 1 May 2021.

The Universitat Pompeu Fabra offers the Barcelona International Summer School (BISS) as a flagship program to advance the curriculum of both domestic and international undergraduate students during the summer term in Barcelona.

Courses are credit-bearing (ECTS) and can be taken in English, Spanish or Catalan, in and international classroom environment. They are structured in modules of different duration and intensity, which can be flexibly combined in periods ranging from one to four weeks.

The BISS offers advanced training by building on UPF academic strengths, engaging leading faculty members to feature and share their current research with participating students.

Subjects have been conceived as an invitation to think and learn beyond and across disciplines, while approaching social and scientific challenges from content, methodological and practical perspectives. Independent research projects along these lines can be supervised by UPF scholars in the BISS summer term.

More information here

15 - 19 February 2021

Online courses

 
 
  • Courses are aimed at doctoral students, post-docs, academics and professionals from different fields.
  • Courses are offered in the same week, so it is possible to register for only one course.
  • All participants will receive an official certificate of attendance at the end of the course.
  • Participants who need ECTS credits for their doctoral studies: an official transcript of records can be issued after fulfilling all course obligations with a passed final exam/assesment. 

Course list and more information here

The University of Gothenburg’s Summer School for Sustainability is a chance to take action on sustainability and deepen your understanding of global challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A chance to join an international cohort of likeminded people for four inspirational weeks in one of the most sustainable cities in the world.

The summer school offers a programme of courses and social activities to create synergy around sustainable solutions and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

The courses are tuition free and open for students of our partner universities and Swedish students. You find information about how and when to apply below.

You will be able to get accepted for one 7,5 credits (ECTS) course, running over a four week period. The courses start July 5 2021 and end July 30 2021.

Courses

All courses offered will focus on the issues relating to the Sustainable Development Goals and will provide a challenging and rewarding academic atmosphere for you to develop knowledge around contemporary sustainability challenges within your own academic discipline as well as skills necessary to contribute towards fulfilling Agenda 2030.

All courses are on Bachelor level and taught in English. 

You will receive a Transcript of Records when the course is completed.

More information and course list here

Become a EUTOPIA Dissemination Ambassador...

... and help create social media content for a European University!

Would you like to:

  • participate in a European project with prestigious universities?
  • work with students from all over Europe?
  • actively contribute to improving your learning process and that of future generations?
  • improve your resume and acquire new skills and competences?

If so, become a EUTOPIA Dissemination Ambassador and help create a new European University model!

More information here.

PhD Student Opportunities

Through the intensive collaboration between the VUB and the 5 other EUTOPIA universities, PhD students can benefit from several international opportunities in all parts of Europe.

EUTOPIA Student Think Tank (EUSTT) - call for participants!

A place whose aim it is to connect knowledge, ideas and projects of students from the alliance. By students, for students

Get involved!

The EUSTT is looking for a general coordinator, editors, a director of communication, an international officer and a website designer!

Check below for details, and apply before 15th of January 2020!

The EUTOPIA Student Council believes it is necessary to implement a series of platforms where students can express and share their brilliant work. That is why we created the EUTOPIA Student Think Tank (EUSTT), a place whose aim is to connect the knowledge, ideas and projects of students from the alliance.

WHAT IS A STUDENT THINK TANK?
  • An organisation that involves young people in policy-making processes and promotes values and human rights.
  • Collaboration in the organisation of events, debates and conferences that engage young people in the European University.
  • Promotion of projects that will target a large following of young Europeans (through Website and Social Media) delivered with the credibility and the perspective of a youth organisation.

The Student Think Tank will be a platform whose aim is to connect the knowledge, ideas and projects of students from different universities and to move towards the creation of a true EUTOPIAn community’. The EUSTT will not only allow students to share their work but will also provide skill-training which involves the student community in policy-making or decision-making processes. As students of the alliance, we want a EUTOPIA student community that supports the EUTOPIAn University spirit and gives opportunities to future leaders.

The EUSTT will be an inclusive platform where students and PhD candidates will have the chance to publish their research. Therefore, others will be allowed to give comments and feedback on that!

We want to build a team to make this project come true. So we are counting on you!

The first stage will be to build up the Eutopia Student Think Tank: setting the mission, vision and values of the Think Tank. As well as building a website which will be filled with content and images that represent us. Once this is over, we can start publishing. That means that all the students from the alliance will be invited to share their research and articles. The team in charge of the Think Tank will be responsible for deciding the content to be published, creating working groups, organizing events, and building a bigger community …

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We want to create a multidisciplinary team. Do you consider yourself a proactive, enthusiastic, creative, innovative and curious person? We are looking for you!

Roles to be covered:

  • General Coordinator: Responsible for the execution of the project and for managing the team.
  • Editors: coordinate and revise material prior to its publication. Editors review the articles and decide the material to be published. During the review process, editors offer comments and suggestions to improve it.
  • Director of Communication: The Director of Communication is the voice of the organisation. Their role is to elaborate the communication strategy of the think tank and implement it on the website and social media through adequate contents. The aim is to extend the impact of the think tank.
  • International Officer: The role of the International Officer is to look for student ambassadors in the union’s universities. The international officer will have the job to seek for partnerships with other universities, so that the EUSTT can be a broad network of youth perspectives and youth policies.
  • Website Designer: The web designer is responsible for creating the design and layout of the website.
HOW TO APPLY?

Send your CV and a motivation letter to eutopia.studentcouncil@upf.edu by 15 January.

EUTOPIA open science - an introductory course

Open Science – an introduction by Jean-Claude Burgelman & key European experts

Sign up for this second semester course now!

What?

Open Science (OS)  is the way forward in doing research in the 21st century. How the modus operandi of science – due to digital tech but also due to the globalization of science - is changing and what it implies for stakeholders (researchers, but also funders, publishers etc.) will be at the core of this lecture series. In this unique course Jean-Claude Burgelman will initiate you in the 5 key components of Open Science and invited experts in the European Landscape to shed light on different aspects of OS.

Full course description here

OPEN SCIENCE – AN INTRODUCTION BY JEAN-CLAUDE BURGELMAN & KEY EUROPEAN EXPERTS

WHAT?

Open Science (OS)  is the way forward in doing research in the 21st century. How the modus operandi of science – due to digital tech but also due to the globalization of science - is changing and what it implies for stakeholders (researchers, but also funders, publishers etc.) will be at the core of this lecture series. In this unique course Jean-Claude Burgelman will initiate you in the 5 key components of Open Science and invited experts in the European Landscape to shed light on different aspects of OS. 

Sign up for this second semester introductory course now! Full course description here.

WHEN? 

8 sessions starting in the beginning of February:

  • 8/2 (1h):   Intro: what is OS? Purpose of the course
  • 15/2: Open science:  history and context (OS as digital disruption, OS as better science)
  • 22/2: European and global policies in OS
  • 1/3: Open access in publications.
    guest lecture: Bianca Kramer (Utrecht ans LSE blog 101 innovations in scholarly publishing)
  • 8/3: Open data and the European Open Science Cloud.
    guest lecture: Gareth o'Neill (Eurodoc and EOSC)
  • 15/3: Open science: what skills are needed. 
    guest lecture Vinciane Gaillard (dep director EUA & member EOSC)
  •  22/3: Open science and metrics.
    guest lecture: Rene Von Schomberg (EC and University of Dusseldorf)
  • 29/3: Open software for open science.
    Guest lecture: Bob Jones (head digital CERN)

Sign up for this second semester course before the end of January!

Co-create the EUTOPIA PhD curriculum

As explained by our very own vice-rector for Education and Students Jan Danckaert in the video below, the EUTOPIA educational model evolves around the establishment of EUTOPIA Connected Learning Communities. In these communities, academic staff, students and stakeholders co-create course content fit for the European University of the future.

How can you become an active member of one of the EUTOPIA Connected Learning Communities, you ask?

Check out our current PhD level Learning Communities, and the PhD student opportunities on offer within them below: 

BA/MA/PHD – UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

MultiDiv is a unique hub that brings together senior academics as well as UG (undergraduate) / PG (postgraduate) research developed through the formal curriculum and relevant extracurricular activities. It takes the form of an intensive, face-to-face week-long activity and involves workshops, data training, and sessions on interpreting research for wider audiences, policymakers, and the media most notably.

TEAM: Jo Angouri & Chantal Wright (UoW – learning unit leads), Vicent Climent-Ferrando (UPF), Ann Peeters (VUB), Alex Housen (VUB), Tommaso Milani (UoG), Tamara Pavasovic Trost (UoL), Claire Carles-Hugue (CY), Joanna Nowicki (CY)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: 

  • Cross-EUTOPIA student seminar on Linguistic Landscaping – When? Feb 4th2021 – Where? online – more info
  • MultiDiv Research Conference – When? June 2021 – Where? TBC – more info
  • Virtual Buddy Scheme – more info will be provided soon
  • Student-led EUTOPIA module on Multilingualism & Diversity – more info will be provided soon

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk) and Linde Moriau (Linde.Moriau@vub.be)

MA/PHD,  VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

In this course, master students from different programs work together in interdisciplinary groups. Based on real-life research results, emanating from the research departments of the university (VUB), students engage in a so-called ‘technological business development project’. The university researchers of these labs are then involved in the definition of the project and the coaching of the students.

TEAM: Thomas Crispeels (VUB _ – learning unit lead), Oriol Amat (UPF), Johan Magnusson (UoG), Sue Newell (UoW), Matej Cerne (UoL), Miha Skerlavay (UoL), Olivier Fourcadet (CY)

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: 

  • cross-EUTOPIA student teams and feedback sessions – When? Oct 2020 – June 2021 – Where? online – more info
  • cross-EUTOPIA research seminar on Technological Business Development – When?              Jan 27th 2021 – Where? online – more info

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk) and Linde Moriau (Linde.Moriau@vub.be)

EUTOPIA week 2 sessions

Missed some of the second EUTOPIA week sessions particularly relevant for PhD students?

It's not a problem for me, nor a problem for you, as you can re-watch the sessions through the links below!

Rewatch here

The transition from postdoctoral researcher into a permanent academic position can be a difficult one and universities often offer training programmes in order to help researchers in this position. In this session we will look at what a training programme for Early Career Researchers on the path towards permanent academic position should include and, crucially, how it should be delivered.

By looking at the experiences of those involved in both delivering and participating in such schemes, and those involved in interviewing people for academic positions, we will build a picture of what key skills and experience a new academic needs and how universities can best deliver training to a group
which has significant research experience and is looking to move on from the more formalised training of a PhD.

Speakers:

  • Peter Scott, Director Institute of Advanced Study, UoW (Chair)
  • John Burden, Research Strategy and Programme Manager,
  • Institute of Advanced Study, UoW
  • Panel comprising ECRs/Academics/University-based training co-ordinators

Rewatch here

Find out about opportunities for researchers and PhD students offered through EUTOPIA. This workshop-style session will focus on the following opportunities:

•  Researcher Mobility Programme

•  Science and Innovation Fellowships

•  Young Leaders Academy

Speakers:

  • Göran Landberg, Vice-Chancellor for Research, GU
  • Henrik Lindskog, Research Adviser and Team Leader, Grants and Innovation Office, GU
  • Arnaud Lefranc, Vice-President for International Scientific Development, CY
  • Nicola Ebenburger, Vice-President for International Scientific Development, CY

Academic Careers in Higher Education – will the new European Research Area provide new momentum for change?

Rewatch here

Academic Careers are at the heart of the European Commission’s recently published European Research Area (ERA) Communication to establish the free movement of researchers and ideas. At its core are deep-rooted cross-European problems: 

  • How do we better support the careers of PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers? 
  • How can we achieve a better work-life balance for researchers, and improve their wellbeing? 
  • How can we improve the mobility of researchers – across national boundaries, and across sectors? 
  • And, finally, how can we address these issues in a way that enhances the diversity and general  balance of our communities at all levels? 

This panel will explore how individual universities and European University networks propose to provide new approaches to these key issues.

Speakers:

  • Jan Palmowksi, Secretary General, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (and UoW) (Chair)
  • Christine Ennew OBE, Provost, UoW (EUTOPIA)
  • Apostolia Karamali, Head of Unit Academic Research Organisations, European Commission
  • Åse Gornitzka, Vice-Rector for Research and Internationalisation, University of Oslo (Circle-U)
  • Stanisław Kistryn, Rector’s Proxy for UNA-Europa, Jagiellonian University (UNA-Europa)

EUTOPIA PhD Co-tutelle program

The EUTOPIA alliance and CY Initiative of Excellence are pleased to announce the results of the EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle program 2020 call, which was launched in January.

12 PhD co-tutelle projects have been selected, with 4 partners of the EUTOPIA alliance, out of 21 projects submitted jointly by researchers and laboratories from CY Initiative (CY Cergy Paris University and ESSEC) and partner universities (Warwick, VUB, Ljubljana, Pompeu Fabra). The selected projects will be co-financed by CY Initiative for a total of 1.02M euros.  
 
Details of the results can be found through this link.
 
This call for projects has generated a great interest from CY Initiative’s scientific community. Thank you to all the project leaders for their interest and the energy mobilized.

Doctoral degree programs

EUTOPIA partners offer various PhD opportunities. Regularly check this section to stay tuned!

The University of Ljubljana has launched its call for enrollment into 21 doctoral degree programs for the academic year 2020/2021. The call and more information about application deadlines and application documentation can be found through this link.

If you need more information, please contact Tomažin, Jelena (Jelena.Tomazin@uni-lj.si)

PhD opportunities at Warwick’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures

 
Thinking of studying for a PhD?
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) at the University of Warwick offers MPhil/PhD programmes in French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian, and Translation and Transcultural Studies. The SMLC warmly invite expressions of interest from students interested in applying for one of a number of internally and externally funded PhD scholarships.

PhD Scholarship ERC Starting Grant 'CURIAE VIRIDES' in the area of sustainable development law

The Institute for European Studies is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant

About the Institute for European Studies (IES):

The IES aims to excel at cutting-edge, multidisciplinary and applied policy research on the most urgent governance challenges confronting policymakers in Europe and the wider world. Most notably, these include (i) the governance of sustainability transitions in Europe and  internationally (ii) the impact of migration on the economic potential, political cohesion and diverse identities of European societies, (iii) the implications of the return of great power competition for European security, diplomacy and defence policies, and (iv) the way in which digital technologies challenge the organisation of the public and private sectors as well as our understanding of democracy writ large. 

In this call, the IES is seeking an innovative and original PhD project within the first of the noted research themes, i.e. the sustainability transitions, more specific conducting research on “judicial (and social) activism on ecological governance gaps”. 

More information here

Doctoral schools

   

University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business
DOCTORAL WINTER SCHOOL online

The School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana offers Doctoral winter schools online, from 15th to 19th of February of 2021.

The courses are aimed at PhD students, post-docs, academics and professionals from various fields.
They are offered in the same week, so it is possible to register for only one course.
All participants will receive an official certificate of attendance at the end of the course.
Participants who need ECTS credits for their doctoral studies: an official transcript of records can be issued after fulfilling all course obligations with a passed final exam/assessment. 

Please find below the separate links to the three programmes offered:
 
University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business in cooperation with University of St. Gallen 
GLOBAL SCHOOL EMPIRICAL RESEARCH METHODS (online)

Global School in Empirical Research Methods – GSERM is high-quality integrated programme, teaching methodology for PhD students, postdocs, researchers from leading universities and professionals from outside academia from all around the world.
It will take place from the 8th to the 15th of January 2021. The programme will help participants in mastering advanced methodological skills that will empower them to conduct cutting-edge academic research.

Participants are welcome to choose among six intellectually stimulating empirical research courses. All courses are accredited with 4 ECTS credits and taught in English. Classes will be held by some of the top academics within their research area. Participants in the GSERM courses will have the opportunity to network with faculty and fellow students from around the world.
 

Staff opportunities

EUTOPIA offers several opportunities for academic and non-academic staff, but we also call on the initiative of staff members to develop strong ties with our partners.

EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle program - call for proposals

The EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle programme supports high-quality PhD projects in all research areas co-supervised by academics of the EUTOPIA member universities. It offers PhD fellowships for 3 to 4 years, depending on the length of doctoral studies in the partner universities. It is expected to lead to high-quality research projects with global impact, providing exciting research opportunities for PhD or doctoral candidates. They shall take full advantage of the vibrant scientific environment of the EUTOPIA alliance (the following links give access the research pages of the four EUTOPIA partner universities active in the 2021 programme):

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • CY Cergy Paris Université
  • University of Ljubljana
  • University of Warwick

Applications must be presented by the PhD projects' supervisors. PhD candidates are not eligible to directly apply to this call.

Find Call Description and Application Form here

Call opens 13 January 2021, and closes 28 April 2021

EUTOPIA CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPEN TO ACADEMICS FROM EUTOPIA UNIVERSITIES WISHING TO OBTAIN FUNDING FOR PHD CO-TUTELLE FELLOWSHIPS WITHIN THE EUTOPIA ALLIANCE.

The core mission of EUTOPIA is to promote a connected and inclusive academic community, addressing global and local challenges, advancing excellence, inclusion, impact and innovation.

The EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle programme supports high-quality PhD projects in all research areas co-supervised by academics of the EUTOPIA member universities. It offers PhD fellowships for 3 to 4 years, depending on the length of doctoral studies in the partner universities. It is expected to lead to high-quality research projects with global impact, providing exciting research opportunities for PhD or doctoral candidates. They shall take full advantage of the vibrant scientific environment of the EUTOPIA alliance (the following links give access the research pages of the four EUTOPIA partner universities active in the 2021 programme):

APPLICATIONS MUST BE PRESENTED BY THE PHD PROJECTS’ SUPERVISORS (ACADEMICS FROM EUTOPIA PARTNER UNIVERSITIES). PHD CANDIDATES ARE NOT ENTITLED TO APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE CALL.

The Call Description and Application Form can be found here 

Call opens 13 January 2021, and closes 28 April 2021

The present call offers to fund for the following co-tutelle PhD fellowships:

Number of funded PhD fellowships by home and host institution

       
 

Host Institution 

     

Home
institution

CYU

UL

UW

VUB

CYU

 

1

2

2

UL

1

 

1

1

UW

2

1

 

2

VUB

2

1

2

 

EUTOPIA Researcher Mobility Program

The Researcher Mobility Program will support research visits of EUTOPIA researchers across EUTOPIA partner universities. The main objective of this program is to foster research collaborations and to allow the sharing of expertise and infrastructures and the development of joint research activities (e.g. common publications, PhD co-tutelles, joint applications for external research funds etc.), in line with EUTOPIA’s mission to promote a connected and inclusive academic community, addressing global and local challenges and advancing excellence and inclusion.

Objectives

The Researcher Mobility Program will support research visits of EUTOPIA researchers across EUTOPIA partner universities. The main objective of this program is to foster research collaborations and to allow the sharing of expertise and infrastructures and the development of joint research activities (e.g. common publications, PhD co-tutelles, joint applications for external research funds etc.), in line with EUTOPIA’s mission to promote a connected and inclusive academic community, addressing global and local challenges and advancing excellence and inclusion.

The program is developed as part of the EUTOPIA 2050 Erasmus+ project. It will allow each EUTOPIA university to finance a minimum of 4 research mobility projects, for a total of 24 research visits over the duration of the EUTOPIA 2050 project.

All visits financed under the EUTOPIA Researcher Mobility Program should be project-led and allow the development and furthering of research collaborations between the researchers of the EUTOPIA Alliance. The program is open to all academic disciplines and topics. Projects addressing key societal challenges of our time, and related to EUTOPIA’s overarching theme “Planetary well-being” are especially encouraged.

Eligibility and funding

Who can apply?

  • Faculty from all EUTOPIA partner universities, including post-doctoral fellows – 
  • Pre-doctoral researchers are not eligible to this mobility program (but a dedicated doctoral mobility program is in preparation).
  • Faculty from international partners of the six universities of EUTOPIA, within the frame of research projects involving researchers from multiple EUTOPIA member universities.

What can be funded ?

  • The program supports short research visits of 2 to 3 weeks and covers travel, accommodation and living expenses during the stay, within the limit of 3000 euros per project.
  • For EUTOPIA faculty, coverage and reimbursement will be defined in accordance with the financial rules of the home university of the researcher. For international faculty, the financial rules of the host university will apply.

Application procedure overview

A complete description of the application procedure will be provided online on 6 July 2020. 

The application will include:

  • A description of the research project, to be carried out during the visit;
  • The identification of a host researcher co-responsible for the conduct of the research project during the visit; who shall also be the main contact person for the visiting researcher in the host institution in the preparation of the project and during the visit; 
  • the endorsement of the director of the host research center, confirming the research center’s capacity of offering good research conditions for the visit.

Research collaboration opportunities

For an overview of the research activities of the EUTOPIA partners and to establish contact with researchers or research centers at partner institutions, please refer to the following links:

Contact for general inquiries:

Nicola Ebenburger, Director of International Scientific Development, CY Cergy Paris University, nicola.ebenburger@cyu.fr

Local referents of the EUTOPIA Research Mobility program will be nominated by each partner university early July.

EUTOPIA - SIF

EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Fellowships Program (EUTOPIA-SIF) – call for applications

For its first call for applications opening on October 19th, corresponding to the academic year 2020/21, the EUTOPIA alliance offers to PhD holders or equivalent, of any nationality, 20 grants as part of the EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Fellowships Programme (EUTOPIA-SIF), co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions.

This programme intends to enhance the research potential and the career perspectives of young researchers.

The submission platform of this first call for proposals will be opened on October 19th, 2020. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 11th, 2021.

Please check the short guide to learn more on this programme.

Rewatch the EUTOPIA-SIF infowebinar here.

EUTOPIA is pleased to announce the forthcoming opening of 20 post-doctoral fellowships, as part of the EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Fellowships Program (EUTOPIA-SIF). The EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Fellowship Program (EUTOPIA-SIF) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement number 945380 and is co-funded by the member universities of EUTOPIA.

The EUTOPIA-SIF program aims at enhancing the research potential and career perspective of outstanding young researchers from around the world. It will provide the opportunity for early-career researchers to develop their independent research and undertake training. Fellows will be hosted by one of the partner universities of EUTOPIA and will be offered extensive mobility opportunities within EUTOPIA and beyond.
Please find more information on the Key Research Areas and on the benefits of the programme here.

Call opening and application procedure

For its first call for applications opening on October 19th, corresponding to the academic year 2020/21, the EUTOPIA alliance offers to PhD holders or equivalent, of any nationality, 20 grants as part of the EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Fellowships Programme (EUTOPIA-SIF), co-funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions.

This programme intends to enhance the research potential and the career perspectives of young researchers. The selected candidates of the 2020/21 call are expected to prove their capacity to bring original solutions to the social challenges faced in the five key research areas outlined by the programme. As academic experts, they shall help to understand and figure solutions to the difficulties faced by a planet with limited resources and complex societal issues.

Interdisciplinary interactions are appreciated, and applicants from the Arts and Humanities encouraged. The selected research areas are detailed on the EUTOPIA website.

The submission platform of this first call for proposals will be opened on October 19th, 2020. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 11th, 2021
Please check the short guide to learn more on this programme.

 

VUB - UL joint research projects

Joint research projects between EUTOPIA partners Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Ljubljana can be funded by a bilateral agreement between the Flemish and Slovenian funding agencies (FWO and ARRS). The objective of the call is to advance fundamental scientific research, on initiative of the researcher, in all scientific disciplines. 

Normal project duration is four years (minimum two years), expected  of projects Jan. 1st, 2022. Junior and senior researchers projects can be awarded. Costs of staff, consumables and equipment are eligible for funding.

Joint research projects between EUTOPIA partners Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Ljubljana can be funded by a bilateral agreement between the Flemish and Slovenian funding agencies (FWO and ARRS). The objective of the call is to advance fundamental scientific research, on initiative of the researcher, in all scientific disciplines

Normal project duration is four years (minimum two years), expected  of projects Jan. 1st, 2022. Junior and senior researchers projects can be awarded. Costs of staff, consumables and equipment are eligible for funding.

More info on weave platform (insert FWO and ARRS as organisations in the on-line tool)

Eligibility and funding conditions available here

Deadline for submission is April 1, 2021. Submission should be done at the 2 funding agencies based on a joint research project.
Express your interest to your European Liaison Office preferably by Jan. 25 and get in contact with potential partners.

More info and guidance?

- For VUB researchers: contact Tania Van Loon tania.van.loon@vub.be

- For UL researchers: contact Rebeka Lesjak rebeka.lesjak@uni-lj.si

EUTOPIA week 2 sessions

Missed some of the EUTOPIA week sessions particularly relevant for staff?

Not to worry, as you can re-watch them through the links below!

Rewatch here 

The transition from postdoctoral researcher into a permanent academic position can be a difficult one and universities often offer training programmes in order to help researchers in this position. In this session we will look at what a training programme for Early Career Researchers on the path towards permanent academic position should include and, crucially, how it should be delivered.

By looking at the experiences of those involved in both delivering and participating in such schemes, and those involved in interviewing people for academic positions, we will build a picture of what key skills and experience a new academic needs and how universities can best deliver training to a group
which has significant research experience and is looking to move on from the more formalised training of a PhD.

Speakers:

  • Peter Scott, Director Institute of Advanced Study, UoW (Chair)
  • John Burden, Research Strategy and Programme Manager Institute of Advanced Study, UoW
  • Panel comprising ECRs/Academics/University-based training co-ordinators

Rewatch here

Find out about opportunities for researchers and PhD students offered through EUTOPIA. This workshop-style session will focus on the following opportunities:

  • Researcher Mobility Programme
  • Science and Innovation Fellowships
  • Young Leaders Academy

Speakers:

  •  Göran Landberg, Vice-Chancellor for Research, GU
  •  Henrik Lindskog, Research Adviser and Team Leader, Grants and Innovation Office, GU
  • Arnaud Lefranc, Vice-President for International Scientific Development, CY
  • Nicola Ebenburger, Vice-President for International Scientific Development, CY

EUTOPIA Discusses… Academic Careers in Higher Education – will the new European Research Area provide new momentum for change?

Rewatch here

Academic Careers are at the heart of the European Commission’s recently published European Research Area (ERA) Communication to establish the free movement of researchers and ideas. At its core are deep-rooted cross-European problems: 

  •  How do we better support the careers of PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers? 
  •  How can we achieve a better work-life balance for researchers, and improve their wellbeing? 
  •  How can we improve the mobility of researchers – across national boundaries, and across sectors? 
  •  And, finally, how can we address these issues in a way that enhances the diversity and general  balance of our communities at all levels?  

This panel will explore how individual universities and European University networks propose to provide new approaches to these key issues.

Speakers:

  •  Jan Palmowksi, Secretary General, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (and UoW) (Chair)
  •  Christine Ennew OBE, Provost, UoW (EUTOPIA)
  •  Apostolia Karamali, Head of Unit Academic Research Organisations, European Commission
  •  Åse Gornitzka, Vice-Rector for Research and Internationalisation, University of Oslo (Circle-U)
  • Stanisław Kistryn, Rector’s Proxy for UNA-Europa, Jagiellonian University (UNA-Europa) 

Rewatch here

The workshop focuses on the EUTOPIA educational model in relation to the core ideals of the European Education Area. It provides an opportunity to discuss the principles of our model and methodology and how it compares and contributes to the priorities of the current EU policy context and aspirations for 2025.

We specifically aim to address the principles of flexibility, openness and individual choice and identify similarities and differences between the EUTOPIA approach and micro-credentials agendas.

Speakers:

Speakers:

  • Jan Danckaert, Vice-Rector Education Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Mette Sandoff, Vice-Chancellor for Education, Göteborgs Universitet (Co-Chairs)
  • Rosette S’Jegers, EUTOPIA Coordinator for Education and Students, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Jo Angouri, Academic Director (Education and Internationalisation), University of Warwick
  • Linde Moriau, EUTOPIA Project Officer for Education and Students, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Dirk Van Damme, Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, OECD
  • Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University
  • Lieve Van Den Brande, former Principal Administrator at the Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Directorate 'Skills'

Rewatch here

The principle of inclusion is central to EUTOPIA, and to the European Universities Initiative as a whole. But how do we define inclusion in a European University that spans six countries? And having defined it, how do we make inclusion a reality for our students and staff? Join us as we discuss these issues with our panel of guest experts.

Speakers

  • Kulbir Shergill, Director of Inclusion, University of Warwick (Chair)
  • Ana Marija Sobočan, Assistant Professor and Chair of Committee for Ethics in Research, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Binna Kandola OBE, Business Psychologist and co-founder of Pearn Kandola

Fellowships

    

  • The Paris Seine Institute of Advanced Studies has launched a new scheme, the EUTOPIA Visiting Fellowships, to facilitate the hosting of EUTOPIA researchers wishing to collaborate with Paris Seine faculty. Applications are open and welcome! More information.
  • Are you ready to become a Marie Curie fellow at the VUB?

    The VUB has identified suitable topics for your 'Marie Sklodowska Curie - Individual Fellowship' proposal.

    Based on the candidates area of research, you can identify a number of research topics that have been submitted by VUB research staff. The topics, submitted by the various VUB research groups, constitute suggestions for the development of a proposal; they should assist you in identifying mutual research interests, innovation potential and areas for potential skill acquisition that enhance your research competences. The topics can be used as a basis to discuss collaborating on a MSCA-IF proposal. 

    We invite all other EUTOPIA partners to share these topics with their research community and encourage potential participants to liaise with suitable research groups of the VUB.

    The website provides further information on the procedure for interested candidates.

    Please note:

    You will only be eligible to submit a proposal if you will have obtained your PhD degree before September 9th, 2020

    The deadline for application is Sept. 9, 2020, so now is the time to act.

  • Supported by the University of Warwick, the Fernandes Fellowships aim to develop lasting research collaborations between Warwick and Europe, in particularly with EUTOPIA partners.
    The Fellowships will allow those in research, tenure-track or early academic positions at European institutions to undertake a three-month visit to Warwick (possibly split over two or three visits) in order to develop long-term research collaborations by participating in a specific program of research and scholarship with their host and other collaborators, and engaging with the wider Warwick research community.

    The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Warwick has recently released details of projects that have been awarded Fernandes Fellowships. Researchers from the University of Pompeu Fabra, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, CY Cergy Paris Université and the University of Ljubljana have all notably been successful and will visit Warwick as Fellows for research projects.
    You can find more information through the link below.

    The scheme remains open for new applications but please contact the IAS ahead of applying to discuss the timings of planned visits in light of COVID-19. See below for further information.

    More information.

    Fernandes Fellowships

Publications, journals, papers, ...

   

Teorija in praksa is inviting papers for a thematic issue on the key Societal Challenges of Crisis Response in the Case of Global COVID-19 Crisis.

Submissions     
Open: May 15th, 2020
Close: 17th January, 2021

The purpose of this thematic issue of Theory and Practice journal is to give interested authors an opportunity to analyse the: (1) COVID-19 crisis; (2) crisis response at the national or international levels; and/or (3) associated dilemmas from many different social scientific viewpoints. We are looking for articles on the theme from the perspectives of sociology, political science, international relations, security and defence studies, communication science, law etc. We also seek papers on human rights during this crisis and papers on the post-COVID power relations, world order and Europe.  Multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches entailing a group of authors are very welcome.
The journal is indexed in the following database
More Information here.

The University of Warwick is seeking early career researchers from EUTOPIA to join the editorial board of Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal. It is a scholar-led, peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary, online-only journal dedicated to the publication of high-quality work by researchers in all disciplines. 

This is a career development opportunity for early career researchers 
(defined broadly in this case to include those coming to the end of their PhDs as well as postdocs) to join the editorial team of an international, interdisciplinary journal. The editors would be supported by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief Gareth Johnson and would act as ambassadors for Exchanges within their institution, aiming to drive more submissions to the journal. 

For more information, please contact Gareth.Johnson@warwick.ac.uk 
and we kindly ask you to register your interest before Friday 28th February

Underneath some relevant links. 

About the title: https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/about 

Author guidelines: https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/guidance

Editors blog: https://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/exchangesias/  

Post-docs

  

  • Postdoc Researcher ERC Starting Grant 'CURIAE VIRIDES' in the area of sustainable development.
    More information here

Upcoming events

Only exciting things ahead of us!

EUTOPIA Student Career Ambassadors present: Career opportunities with the EU institutions and EPSO selection processes

Find out more about employment and traineeship opportunities within European Union institutions

Join the EUTOPIA Student Career Ambassadors online to find out more about job and traineeship opportunities in the European Union institutions, and hear about:

  • General overview of working at the European institutions (student profiles, criteria and eligibility)
  • Permanent officials and contract agents selection procedure
  • Traineeship opportunities at the EU Commission, European Parliament or Council of the EU

This online event will take place on Wednesday 20 January 2021 4pm-5pm CET. This event is organized in English by the EUTOPIA Student Career Ambassadors, and supported by Universidad Pompeu Fabra Barcelona. 

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EUTOPIA Student Career Ambassadors present: Career Opportunities with the EU Institutions and EPSO selection processes

Find out more about employment and traineeship opportunities within European Union institutions

Students of the Eutopia alliance, come join us January 20th 2021 4pm-5pm to find out about employment and traineeship opportunities within European Union institutions.

EUTOPIA is an alliance of European universities that is working towards adapting the model of higher education to the needs of the twentyfirst century.

The EUTOPIA alliance is made up of six universities: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris Université, the University of Gothenburg, the University of Ljubljana, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the University of Warwick.

To find out more about working for a European Institution, sign up and learn about:

✔ Working at a European institution (student profiles, criteria and eligibility benefits)

✔ The selection procedure for Permanent Officials

✔ The selection procedure for Contract Agents

✔ Traineeship opportunities (e.g.: at the European Commission, the European Parliament or the Council of the European Union).

Sign up and discover what opportunities the European Union holds for you! Guillem Martínez, EU and Eutopia Careers Student Ambassador and UNICAT Ambassador at Pompeu Fabra University, and POLITICO's EU Studies and Career Fair Ambassador, will be happy to talk you through all your options.

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EUTOPIA Science Fair

The EUTOPIA Science Fairs are one of the ways the EUTOPIA alliance chose to display the variety and the quality of its PhD and post-doctoral research. Due to the pandemic, the first EUTOPIA Science Fair will be organised as a virtual event—a Research Posters exhibition in EUTOPIA’s website—starting 15 February 2021.

The EUTOPIA Science Fairs are one of the ways the EUTOPIA alliance chose to display the variety and the quality of its PhD and post-doctoral research. Due to the pandemic, the first EUTOPIA Science Fair will be organised as a virtual event—a Research Posters exhibition in EUTOPIA’s website—starting 15 February 2021.

WHO

The Science Fair intends to show the research developed by young and confirmed researchers, finishing a PhD or in a post-doctoral position, from all over the EUTOPIA Alliance.

WHAT

  • A virtual exhibition displayed on EUTOPIA’s website of 60 Research Posters [10 Research Posters in .pdf or .ppt format from each university of the alliance, in its original language or in English, completed by 10 abstracts in English—350-400 words—and 10 short 3 minutes videos —.mp4 file, format: 16:9, quality: 1080 p—describing in English the core issues, or a remarkable side or fact of the research topic]. The Science Fair is open to all research areas, without restrictions. We expect to gather existing posters. During the inauguration day, the visitors to the exhibition will have the possibility to talk to the researchers via specific Zoom links.
  • An enriched digital publication, with all the posters, the abstracts and the videos.
  • Round-tables on transversal topics organised in February 2021.
  • A real exhibition of the printed posters in the campuses of the EUTOPIA’s six universities, when the COVID-19 pandemic will allow it.

WHEN

All posters, abstracts and pitch videos should be in our possession by the 10 January 2021. The Science Fair will open on 15 February 2021. One or two round-tables will be organised on a transversal thematic by the end of February 2021.

WHY

Why participate? Because EUTOPIA is a European international alliance and that your Research theme may open new perspectives for other researchers of the consortium, including senior academic staff. You can expand the reach of your work to six countries, and later to a much broader audience, thanks to the publication of the EUTOPIA Science Fair catalogue. The Science Fair can also be the occasion to know and perhaps even work in an intercultural and integrated community of universities and researchers.

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Past events

Take a look back at our past events with us, and reminisce about the good times.

EUTOPIA-SIF info webinars

EUTOPIA-Science and Innovation Fellowships (EUTOPIA-SIF) offers 76 post-doctoral researchers a 2-year fellowship position. International post-doctoral researchers with a strong research proposal can apply for a fellowship at VUB, and VUB post-docs interested in international mobility can apply for positions at EUTOPIA's partners.

The first call for applications is now open, and closes January 11 2020. Research proposals in one of the four following transdisciplinary fields are eligible for funding: materials engineering, data & intelligence, health, sustainability, welfare & inclusion.

Interest picqued? Make sure to join the EUTOPIA-SIF info webinars November 9 and December 14 , or contact our project manager Cristina.Macovei@vub.be for more information.

EUTOPIA-Science and Innovation Fellowships (EUTOPIA-SIF) offers 76 post-doctoral researchers a 2-year fellowship position. International post-doctoral researchers with a strong research proposal can apply for a fellowship at VUB, and VUB post-docs interested in international mobility can apply for positions at EUTOPIA's partners.

Selected researchers will first conduct research at their home institutions, followed up by two research secondments at international partners: one at one of the EUTOPIA partner universities, and one at a third party partner institution (academic or extra-academic stakeholder). Researchers will also enjoy unique training opportunities, career advice and academic guidance throughout their 2-year fellowship.

The first call for applications is now open, and closes January 11 2020. Research proposals in one of the four following transdisciplinary fields are eligible for funding: materials engineering, data & intelligence, health, sustainability, welfare & inclusion.

EUTOPIA-SIF is a case study in the recently published European Research Area (ERA) report ‘Towards a 2030 vision on the future of universities in Europe’ (p121), and was lauded extensively! 

"An example of the positive societal impact of universities being deeply integrated into innovation ecosystems are the EUTOPIA Science & Innovation post-doctoral Fellowships (EUTOPIA-SIF), which aims to fully exploit the integration between universities and local, regional, national, European and sometimes also global innovation ecosystems.” 

Ergo, EUTOPIA-SIF offers a prime opportunity to help build the university of the future! 

Interest picqued? Make sure to join the EUTOPIA-SIF info webinars November 9 and December 14 , or contact our project manager Cristina.Macovei@vub.be for more information.

EUTOPIA Week 2

Second EUTOPIA Week organized by the University of Warwick nov 23 - nov 29 2020

The EUTOPIA Week brings together key actors - students, researchers, subject matter experts and strategic partners - from across our European alliance network, every six months. The University of Warwick hosted a number of additional online events, open to all, to provide unique insights and enable important discussions on topics impacting society today.

The programme included a range of workshops, panel debates and open forum Q&A’s to choose from. We engaged a range of high-profile speakers from across our networks to participate in important topical discussions relating to Higher Education and the wider global operating context.

All open sessions will be made available on the EUTOPIA Youtube channel, so you can re-watch endlessly!

WEDISCOVER DAYS BARCELONA

WEDISCOVER DAYS BARCELONA, which took place through virtual formats from 28 - 30 October 2020, helped students to start their discovery process in order to acquire knowledge beyond the university campuses. With the motto “from local to global”, the idea is that students find inspiration in common problems and concerns of our societies, seeking practical solutions to issues that could also be implemented on a global scale.

With a programme that included conferences, talks, seminars, screenings, debates, visits and workshops , the WEDISCOVER DAYS BARCELONA intend to familiarize students with an array of contemporary issues related to the main Sustainable Development Goals: Climate Emergency, Transport and Mobility, Healthy Food and Sustainable Food Production and Consumption, Social Inclusion and Fighting Inequality, Making Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable.

Rewatch the WeDiscover Days BCN sessions here

WEDISCOVER DAYS BARCELONA: EUTOPIA AND THE CHALLENGE OF EUROPEAN CITIES

One of the main missions of EUTOPIA is to prepare future generations to face the constant changes and challenges that our society is experiencing. Higher education is undergoing radical transformations to adapt to the university of the future. EUTOPIA intends to prepare students, staff, teachers and researchers to become empowered European citizens for today’s disruptive world.

The Pompeu Fabra University organises the wediscover days barcelona on 28, 29 & 30 October 2020, as the first step of the Open Innovation Challenge initiative, which forms the axis of the Place Making policy of EUTOPIA.

This virtual event will be achieved thanks to the joint work, efforts and close collaboration with experts, institutions, cultural centres and local entities and industries. The objective is to discuss the current social problems that the main European cities are going through today.

The wediscover days barcelona  will help students to start a discovery and research process to acquire knowledge beyond the university campuses. With the motto “from local to global”, the idea is that students find inspiration in common problems and concerns of our societies, seeking practical solutions to issues that could also be implemented on a global scale.

With a programme that includes conferences, talks, seminars, screenings, debates, visits and workshops , the wediscover days barcelona  intend to familiarize students with an array of contemporary issues related to the main Sustainable Development Goals: Climate Emergency, Transport and Mobility, Healthy Food and Sustainable Food Production and Consumption, Social Inclusion and Fighting Inequality, Making Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable.

The event will merge students from the six universities that have previously focused on the effect of the world emergencies at a local level. They will meet with some of UPF’s public and private partners, academics and journalists, bringing a plurality of voices to the idea that European cities are confronting similar difficulties.

The wediscover days barcelona are open, not only to EUTOPIA students who will be able to participate further in the challenge, but also to college students from all around Europe. High schoolers of Catalonia are also invited to engage and discover what the university of the future will look like. 

Given the evolution of the pandemic, the event will be entirely digital this time. The wediscover days barcelona will be broadcasted live through the following link: https://www.upf.edu/web/eutopia/wediscover-live.

Challenges are one of the attractive peculiarities of the EUTOPIA methodology of co-construction of answers to global problems that Europe is about to face in the near future, for students, helped by academic staff and public-private partners, are impelled to work collectively.  With its four stages, in four different cities, the Open Innovation Challenge is a good example of it. After Barcelona, the students should meet again in Brussels next spring, hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where the team's projects will be outlined. The University of Gothenburg should then organize a European hackathon by the end of 2021, selecting the teams that will go to the finals hosted by the University of Warwick at the commencement of 2022.

For further information, visit the Pompeu Fabra University website (www.upf.edu) and the EUTOPIA website (www.eutopia-university.eu). Download in high-resolution the banners and A2 posters of the WeDiscover Days.

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ICUR 2020

ICUR2020 – the 8th International Conference of Undergraduate Research – took place on 29-30 September 2020. ICUR is where students present their undergraduate research. This year, presentations were be set up in video-linked sessions with all participating universities involved from 11 countries across 4 continents with spoken and poster sessions across 48 hours, all digitally! 

EUTOPIA students presented their research projects in video-linked sessions to ICUR partner universities around the world. A range of topics were presented and discussed, from “Housing in Saint Petersburg: providing access to safe, adequate and affordable housing for all” to “The lytic life cycle of the bacteriophage GIL01 infecting Bacillus thuringiensis is activated by the gp6 protein”. In total, ICUR ran 109 sessions across the two days with over 2500 unique views.

Rewatch the presentations and relive the conference by downloading the ICUR App for mobile, and joining the Zoom webinars via the Desktop App, and support our six VUB students!

Together with its EUTOPIA partners, VUB is participating for the second year and we are proud to have six of our students present. They are all in action on 29 September, and we encourage the whole VUB community to join in and support them. All presentations can be followed via the ICUR App – check out the icurportal.com for more info and to see the programme of the two-day event. Our VUB students are Alisa Spriet (geography), Loyle Campbell and Paulina Rios Maya (political sciences), Yael Kahn (medicine), Sophie Coenen (biomedical engineering), and Arthur Meul (communications). 

"The ICUR allowed me to present my bachelor research to an audience of global peers from multiple leading universities. Not only was this a unique chance to present my work, but it also connected me to a cohort of like-minded students all around the world." - Loyle Wesley Campbell, Political Sciences, VUB

Through the app, anyone can attend ICUR 2020 virtually, watch sessions, participate, interact and ask questions without leaving your home. No matter what time zone anyone is in, participants can access any panel that is taking place while you are logged on the app. It’s a great opportunity to meet fellow students from across the world, to network, to ask questions, to interact with the presenters and audience and be part of a truly interdisciplinary international academic conference. 

It’s almost impossible to get more international than this event. Presenters from the EUTOPIA partners - Warwick University (UK), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), and CY Cergy Paris University (France) - join forces with those from Monash University (in Australia and Malaysia), Nanyan Technological University (Singapore), University of Leeds (UK), Baruch College, City University of New York (US), University of British Colombia (Canada), University of Nebraska (US), and Stellenbosch University (South Africa).

"I am very grateful for the opportunity that I have had to present my research at The International Conference of Undergraduate Research 2020. Through this enriching experience you meet students from around the world, all with different fields of study and disciplines. Prior to the conference my co-panelists and I organized a roundtable. We got to know each other better, supported one another, discussed our presentations and scripts. During the ICUR journey, I had the chance to improve my presentation and academic writing skills. My best advice: enjoy the moment!” - Yaël Kahn, medical student at the VUB

 

Keynote by Helen Keen

This year the keynote will be given by Helen Keen, on Wednesday 30 September (9am, Belgian time). She is an award-winning performer and popular-science writer. In her BBC Radio 4 show about the history and development of human spaceflight, “It is Rocket Science”, she combines science with comedy. The critically-acclaimed show on the 2013 WISE Media Award and was nominated for the 2015 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. During her career, she has hosted first live comedy night at CERN in Switzerland and was featured in a National Geographic series, StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson where she talked about making connections between pop culture and science. Her innovative approach to factual matters was recognised by WIRED magazine who appointed her as an Innovation Fellow. 

Monash University Opening Speakers 

This year Monash University will be hosting two distinguished guests to officially open the conference, hosted by the Monash ICUR Student Directors Ryan Buhagiar & Brooke Maat: Simone Pianko a current Monash Engineering Honours student and founder of the Borrow Cup Sustainability Initiative at Monash University & Dr. Brian Martin the Associate Dean, (Indigenous) and Senior Lecturer at Monash Art, Design & Architecture.

Undergraduate Research Alumni Panel 

You can also attend the alumni panel session, hear from past presenters about the value of undergraduate research, for their own careers and personal development.  

More information on ICUR 2020: https://www.icurportal.com/

ICUR 2020


Two Days - Eleven Countries - Four Continents

ICUR

Western Balkans Workshop 1

On September 3-4 2020, the University of Ljubljana hosted the first EUTOPIA - Western Balkans workshop through a virtual format, aimed at regional inclusion, and the establishment of long-lasting partnerships between European Universities and Western Balkan universities.

Attendees from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzogovina, Macedonia, the Republic of Kosovo and Montenegro talked with experts from the European Commission and ERC, PhD students and representatives from EUTOPIA about topics related to EU research programmes and initiatives.

The University of Ljubljana successfully hosted the first Western Balkans workshop on September 3-4, 2020. Throughout the three-year lifetime of EUTOPIA2050 project, there are six workshops planned. The primary goal of the online workshop was not merely regional inclusion, but the establishment of strong and long-lasting partnerships between European Universities and Western Balkans universities, as well as transfer of knowledge on relevant topics about research and development. The Western Balkans attendees that participated in the two-day workshop come from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Republic of Kosovo and Montenegro. Topics covered during the workshop primarily related to EU research programmes and initiatives, as well as ways to increase research activities at universities of Western Balkans.  The said topics were presented by experts from the European Commission and ERC, PhD students and representatives from Western Balkans and EUTOPIA, with whom the Western Balkans participants had the opportunity to discuss different matters on the topics. The participants were interested in issues such as brain circulation, research funding and support, and ERC programme, producing highly interesting and useful dialogues among the participants and presenters. Videos of the workshop will be made available of EUTOPIA University YouTube channel soon. The next online Western Balkans workshop in the series is planned for the end of November 2020. Everyone is invited to join and enrich the workshop with their participation.

EUTOPIA Week

The first EUTOPIA week (Eweek) was organized by CY Cergy Paris Université from Monday June 29th to Friday July 3rd 2020 entirely online, through social networks and videoconferencing software.

It was an intensive week which we hope: brought cohesion, strengthened a common Eutopian culture and disseminated EUTOPIA to a wider audience through: 

  • 31 events organized during the week for a total of more than 400 participants  
  • 31 videos disseminated through the EUTOPIA social networks made of cultural visits, Discover CY videos and Student’s associations’ videos 
  • More than 1400 views for the different events on EUTOPIA’s YouTube channel 
  • 2 contests launched, results here: Photo Contest & Pitch My EUTOPIA 
  • 2 conferences and 3 Noon Talks broadcasted live on YouTube 
  • 2 workshops uniting staff from all 6 universities around 2 topics: “Good practices on welcoming students in post-crisis situation” and “European calls: towards a EUTOPIA strategy” 
  • A Student Forum, including students from all 6 universities, bringing a debate on sustainability and launching the European Universities Student Think Tank (EUSTT
  • 14 Work meetings and 4 Board meetings  

Do visit our YouTube channel and our Facebook page to check the content posted during the Eweek. 

Thank you to all the students, staff members and academics from the EUTOPIA community who made this first Eweek possible, and a special thanks to the members of the EUTOPIA community who actively participated in the conferences, Noon Talks and who sent us videos for the Discover CY and the Student’s associations’ Videos. 

If you participated at the Eweek, your opinion on the organization and events of the Eweek is valuable to us.  A couple of minutes of your time to answer to the survey would be greatly appreciated.

Contact

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