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Lighting the Spark: How can R&I ignite a University of the Future?

Event information

Date & location

From 3:30pm to 5:30pm CET

Scotland House Brussels

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Una Europa Communications

Join us on 22 November to find out how the Horizon 2020-funded Una.Resin project has lit the fuse for Una Europa's R&I potential.

Delve into the Una.Resin project outputs igniting Una Europa's R&I revolution and explore how we can work together to coax the fire of our shared R&I ecosystem, ensuring we light the way for many years to come.

Indicative programme

  1. Una.Resin Spark Salon Inspired by the coffee houses of Enlightenment-era Edinburgh, Spark Salon (15:00-15:30) invites you to meet, exchange and debate with Europe's visionaries for R&I in higher education.
  2. Welcome words Professor James Smith, Vice Principal International at the University of Edinburgh and coordinator of the Una.Resin project.
  3. Lightning Talks Catch the sparks ignited by our Una.Resin project with insights from the colleagues laying the kindling for our shared R&I ecosystem. Our speakers:
  4. - Alberto Credi, Vice Rector for Research and Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
  5. - Isidora Stankovic, Manager of the Una Europa Cultural Heritage Focus Area and Cultural Heritage researcher at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  6. - Jan D'hooge, Vice-Rector Research Policy at KU Leuven and Co-Chair of the Una Europa Research Strategy Group
  7. Coaxing the Flame Roundtable Discussion The spark is lit and the flame is building! But how do we ensure our fire continues to light the way? Join us to coax the flame with an illuminating discussion between senior leadership and academics from across the Una Europa partner universities and European Commission and stakeholder representatives committed to excellence in R&I. Confirmed speakers include:
  8. - Manuel Aleixo, Head of Unit ERA, Spreading Excellence and Research Careers, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
  9. - Christina Boswell, Vice Principal for Research and Enterprise and Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh and Member of the Una Europa Research Strategy Group
  10. - Ludovic Thilly, Full Professor and Vice-Rector for European Networks at Université de Poitiers, Chair of Coimbra Group and Coordinator of the EC2U Alliance
  11. - Olli Peltoniemi, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at Helsingin yliopisto/Helsinfors universitet and member of the Una Europa Self-Steering Committee in One Health
  12. All guests are invited to join us for a drinks reception following the event, from 17:30 to 19:30.

Please note: This programme is indicative and therefore subject to change.