Publish Date: 06.11.2020

Category: News from the University

Consortium-related News 

Next EUTOPIA Week: Save the date!
The University of Warwick are hosting the second EUTOPIA week from the 23rd – 27th November 2020.
EUTOPIA week will feature a range of events aimed at internal and external stakeholders: be sure to save the date!
Further information, including a programme, will be circulated shortly. 

Events 

ACT Sustainable conference

The ACT Sustainable conference is organized by the Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg (GU). It is completely digital this year and will take place from November 16th to the 20th.
Selected sessions will be streamed to the public and external guests. Events open to the general public are marked with a special label in the programme. External guests participate on Youtube and have limited access to the interactive parts of the programme.

Students studying at any EUTOPIA partner are invited to participate in the Act Sustainable Design Jam on Wednesday, 18 November. Please pass the Design Jam information and registration link to your students. The theme this year is sustainable student mobility.  

Whether you are GU student/staff or an external guest, you have to register for specific events. The registration deadline is November 11th.
Please follow this link for more information on the programme of the conference and to register for events.​ 

[BREXIT] Webinars: Universities UK international (UUKI) and British Council 

Please find below a series of webinars to help us understand the Brexit and its effects on different aspects university life.

End of the transition period: What do universities need to know to prepare?
28 October from 14.00 – 15.00 GMT
Universities UK International and the UK Science and Innovation Network would like to welcome you back for another webinar on the UK’s departure from the EU. In our last instalment in February we discussed what the Withdrawal Agreement and the transition period meant for higher education institutions. That transition period is coming to an end and over the next few weeks, the likely path ahead will become clearer. This webinar will walk through the different possible scenarios that are emerging, and most importantly, what universities in the UK and in the EU need to do by the end of the year to prepare for any outcome.
The live webinar will air on 28 October from 14.00 – 15.00 GMT. Please register here.
More information 

Immigration rules in the UK from 1 January onwards: What universities and students need to know
Tuesday 3 November, from 14.00 – 14.45 GMT
Harry Anderson, Policy Manager, Universities UK
From 01 January 2021, the UK’s new points-based immigration system will come into effect. In this webinar we will give an overview of the key changes coming into effect before running through some examples of what the new rules mean in practice for researchers; EU students coming the UK for full degree courses; short term study mobility and work placements through Erasmus+; as well as the situation for those in the UK wanting to study abroad.
The webinar will air live on Tuesday 3 November, from 14.00 – 14.45 GMT. You can register here.
More information
 
Preparing for UK domestic alternatives to Horizon Europe
Wednesday 4 November, from 14.00 – 15.00 GMT
Peter Mason, Policy Manager, Europe (Research and Innovation), Universities UK International
The transition period is coming to an end and there is still much uncertainty about the future relationship between the UK and the EU. This webinar aims to help higher education institution prepare for the possible scenario in which there is no negotiated Free Trade Agreement between the UK and the EU by 1 of January 2021. What does this mean for running Horizon 2020 project? What does this mean for UK’s association to Horizon Europe? What kind of domestic alternatives are being develop? And most importantly, what do higher education institutions need to do to prepare?
The webinar will air live on Wednesday 4 November, from 14.00 – 15.00 GMT. You can register here.
More information

Erasmus+ and preparing for the end of the transition period
Thursday 5 November, from 14.00 – 15.00 GMT
Anne-May Janssen, Head of European Engagement, Universities UK International
The transition period is coming to an end and there is still much uncertainty about the future relationship between the UK and the EU. This webinar aims to help higher education institutions prepare for the end of the transition period in case we have a no-negotiated outcome. We will discuss what will be put in place instead of Erasmus+, whether it is needed as a short-term bridge to full association or a long-term solution to non-association. We will summarise what has already been confirmed about the domestic alternative, discuss some of the open questions, and consider the timetable for implementation.
The webinar will air live on Thursday 5 November, from 14.00 – 15.00 GMT. You can register here.
More information
 
Future UUKi conferences

  • Go International conference 2020: the future of mobility
    26 November 2020
    Includes sessions on international mobility crisis management, sustainable mobility, creating meaningful European partnerships, and the Erasmus+ successor programme.
  • Transnational Education (TNE) conference online.
    1 – 5 February 2021 will see a full week of TNE from UUKi.
  • International higher education forum 2021: keeping higher education global
    13 Apr - 14 April 2021

If you have any questions, do contact  

Opportunities 

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, 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 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. All researchers from EUTOPIA universities and from international partners of the six universities of EUTOPIA can apply, except pre-doctoral researchers. 

More informations about the application procedure and the program details are available here

Reminder 

WeDiscover Days Barcelona: EUTOPIA and the challenge of European cities
As a starting point for the Open Innovation Challenge, axis of the Working Package 4 - Place-Making, Pompeu Fabra University is organizing the WeDiscover Days Barcelona that will be held on the 28th, 29th and 30th October 2020.
It is an event that is conceived and based on a close collaboration with experts, institutions, cultural centers and other social and local entities.

Please find below a link with more information, as well as the updated programme of this event.Ž
To learn more
Programme
Streaming link 

Calendar  

October 19th
EUTOPIA-SIF Call opening

October 28th-30th
WeDiscover Days Barcelona (online)

November 5th - 24th
UNI.MINDS online festival

November 23th - 27th
EUTOPIA Week (online)

November 16th - 19th
International Youth Conference in Gothenburg 

November 16th - 20th
ACT Sustainable conference (online)

January 11th
Deadline for EUTOPIA-SIF applications

January 18th - March 25th, 2021
UPF Barcelona Program for Interdisciplinary Studies (BaPIS)