Publish Date: 20.01.2021

Category: Eutopia

Consortium-related News 

EUTOPIA's working groups

The EUTOPIA Alliance is organized in seven deeply interconnected working groups/packages/task forces that correspond to the actions of the alliance: education, research, place-making, inclusion, international, sustainability and dissemination, to which one must add the coordination and management of the whole. Every task force has a lead and a co-lead and implicates staff from the six universities of tha Alliance.

Please find more information on these working groups through videos and explanation on the EUTOPIA website, through the links below.


Online event: Career Opportunities with the EU Institutions and EPSO selection processes

Student Career Ambassadors of EUTOPIA alliance are organizing an online event on Career Opportunities with EU Institutions and EPSO selection process!
Join us in this online event to find out more about job and traineeship opportunities in the European Union institutions, as well as: 

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

The presentation will take place on Wednesday20th January from 4pm to 5pm (CET), organized by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra from Barcelona. This session will be in English
Sign up and discover all the opportunities in the European Union! 

ECIU University micro-credentials online event

This event will present ECIU's paper on micro-credentials, and it will give everyone the opportunity to learn about other views on this topic. Vanessa Debiais-Sainton (Head of the Unit in charge of Higher Education Policies and Programme at the European Commission) will give a contribution about the Commission’s perspective on the next steps for the micro-credentials movement. Moreover, there will be several visionaries and experts lined-up.
The event will take place on 28 January at 10:00-12:00 CET, via Zoom.


  • 10:00: Introduction by Sander Lotze, Director of ECIU University
  • 10:10: Setting the scene, Mark Brown, Director of National Institute of Digital Learning, Dublin City University
  • 10:20: Micro-credentials in ECIU University, Henri Pirkkalainen, ECIU University micro-credentials lead
  • 10:30: The European Commission’s perspective, Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Unit in charge of Higher Education Policies and Programmes, European Commission
  • 10:45: Final reflections, Anthony Camilleri, Director at Knowledge Innovation Centre MicroHE
  • 10:55: Q&A with the audience and speakers
  • 11:20: Wrap-up and next steps
  • 11:30: Closure of the event

Please go through this link to register before January 26th. You’ll receive all event details, including a meeting link, on January 27th.

EUTOPIA Science Fair

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 organized as a virtual event—a Research Posters exhibition in EUTOPIA’s website—starting 15 February 2021. One or two round-tables will be organised on a transversal thematic by the end of February 2021.

Please check the EUTOPIA website and the brochure for more information on this event.


The Open Innovation Challenge

The Open Innovation Challenge is the embodiment of EUTOPIA’s will to transform universities into actors of societal change, fostering international and regional collaboration with public and private partners. It aims to test a new approach for universities:

  • Promoting student-centred ideas;
  • Allowing them to empower themselves and to orient them toward the contemporary challenges that our partners face;
  • Providing learning opportunities that take advantage of the plurality, potential and international vision of Europe.

This challenge is organized in different steps from now until June 2022 and is meant for students from all EUTOPIA's universities.

You can find more information on this challenge as well as the contact point for each EUTOPIA partner here.

Data Science for Social Good summer programme

Following the success of the 2019 and 2020 Data Science for Social Good (DSSGx) initiative, the University of Warwick is organising the 2021 DSSGx summer programme in partnership with the Ludwigs Maximilian University Munich and supported by The Alan Turing Institute.
The programme, which is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, will run over 12 weeks from 7 June to 27 August 2021, and as last year, will be entirely online due to COVID-19.

DSSGx gives aspiring data scientists the opportunity to refine their data science skills through intense training, and by working in small supervised teams on real-world data mining, machine learning, and data science projects. Participants will work with global non-profit organisations and government bodies to make a real-world social impact with their data, by improving their services, interventions, and outreach. Fellows are offered a stipend.

If you have a passion for data science, care about the social good, and love to work in an international team of top talent, you are invited to apply before 12:00 (GMT) 31 January 2021.
Find out more and apply here.
If you have any questions, please contact 

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 program 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 program):

Applications must be presented by the PhD projects' supervisors (academics from EUTOPIA partner universities) before April 28th. PhD candidats are not entitled to apply directly to the call.

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

Number of funded PhD fellowships by home and host institution


Host Institution 


























The Call Description and Application Form can be found here.

Joint research opportunity VUB - UL

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 at
Deadline for submission is April 1st, 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 
  • For UL researchers: contact Rebeka Lesjak 


2021 EUTOPIA Undergraduate Research Support Scheme

The EUTOPIA Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (EURSS) provides scholarships of €1500 for students to lead their own international research projects during the summer vacation period. Students will develop valuable transferable skills, build their confidence and enhance their CVs and job prospects. The EURSS will be open for applications until the 28th February 2021, with 3 scholarships available per EUTOPIA partner.

See the guidance document for more information.

Summer School for sustainability

For four inspirational weeks in July, together with students from around the world, you will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, and to collaborate on finding solutions to sustainability challenges. Join us for a safe and stimulating online summer school.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the University of Gothenburg has decided to run the Summer School for Sustainability completely digitally and has extended the nomination and application periods.
The Summer School for Sustainability is open for exchange students and Swedish students.

Dates for the summer school: July 5 – 30, 2021
Nomination period: November 10, 2020 – March 1, 2021

Application period: March 2 – 12, 2021

To learn more


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

January 26th
Deadline for registration to the ECIU University micro-credentials online event

January 31st
Deadline for application to the Data Science for Social Good summer programme (University of Warwick)

February 15th - 19th
University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business's doctoral winter school (online)

February 28th
Deadline for 2021 EUTOPIA Undergraduate Research Support Scheme applications

April 1st
Deadline for Joint research opportunity VUB - UL submission

April 12th - 16th
EUTOPIA Week in Gothenburg (more information to come)

April 28th
Application deadline for PhD co-tutelle fellowships funding within the EUTOPIA alliance

June 7th - August 27th
Data Science for Social Good summer programme (University of Warwick)

July 5th - July 30th
The University of Gothenburg’s Summer School for Sustainability