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Second Una Europa Talk

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Date & location

From 4:30pm to 5:30pm CET

Freie Universität Berlin

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Marie-Julie Jacquemot

Senior Project Lead, Freie Universität Berlin


Live event on YouTube; you do not need to register.

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Join us for our second Una Europa Talk on YouTube on 2 November at 16.30 CET, where we will explore the role European universities can and must play in creating the Sustainable University of the Future.

Our Talk is your Talk. Share your thoughts and questions in the YouTube comments or on Twitter and Instagram using #UnaEuropaTalk.

The Talk is an integral part of this year's Berlin Science Week programme, organised in collaboration with the Falling Walls Foundation.

European Universities -

Driving the Sustainable University of the Future?

Sustainable development is one of the biggest global challenges of our time. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the European Union's European Green Deal address the global challenges we face today and provide the framework to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They highlight the need to work across different disciplines and sectors and for closer engagement with citizens.

Higher Education Institutions have a crucial role to play as drivers of fresh thinking and innovation and key contributors to the objectives of both the European Green Deal and the UN SDGs. ‘Green Universities’ are also central the European Strategy for Universities with a focus on inter- and transdisciplinary education and research that is needed to assess, understand and solve the global challenges of today. In addition, the upcoming Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on Education for Environmental Sustainability is testament to the growing importance of teaching sustainable development across disciplines to educate the European graduates and citizens of the future. Horizon Europe, the EU’s largest ever research and innovation funding programme (2021 – 2027), aims to tackle climate change and help achieve the UN SDGs with a notable amount of the Horizon Europe budget to be dedicated to sustainable development. The Missions in Horizon Europe, a novelty in the programme, in particular have been designed to bring concrete solutions to some of the greatest global challenges and support Europe’s transformation into a greener, healthier, more inclusive and resilient continent.

The focus on sustainability is fundamental to Una Europa, as a strategic building block of the alliance. The Una Europa partner institutions share an understanding of the ‘sustainable university’ as an institution that systematically develops communities, opportunities, spaces, and projects to tackle global environmental and societal challenges. Una Europa partner universities see it as their institutional responsibility to actively shape global discourse and address the related challenges in all areas of our universities, developing a ‘whole-institution approach’ to sustainability in linking efforts in teaching, research, service to society as well as governance and campus management.

The second Una Europa Talk brings together experts from across Una Europa partner institutions and CHARM-EU European University to discuss the role and responsibility of European Universities in driving the sustainable university of the future and achieving well-being of citizens and society at large. Our panel brings together diverse viewpoints, notably students, teachers, researchers and professional staff from across the European University community; the community that will be so central to transforming into a Sustainable University of the Future.

Want to find out more? Read the full press release on the Freie Universität Berlin website.

Confirmed line-up of speakers

Browse our speakers' profiles for more information.

  • Guenter M Ziegler

    © Bernd Wannenmacher

  • Soledad Garcia Ferrari

  • Aleksandra Lis

  • Verena Blechinger-Talcott

    © Bernd Wannenmacher

  • Jan-Martin Wiarda

This event is initiated as part of the 1Europe project co-funded under Erasmus+ and is part of the programme for Berlin Science Week 2021.


  1. 16:30 Welcome by moderator Jan-Martin Wiarda
  2. 16:35 Welcome to FU Berlin and Una Europa by Günter M. Ziegler
  3. 16:40 First perspectives from our panellists
  4. 17:00 Panel discussion feat. Professor Dr. Soledad Garcia Ferrari, Aleksandra Lis, Doris Alexander and Verena Blechinger-Talcott