Publish Date: 17.02.2021

Category: News from the University

Consortium-related News  

EUTOPIA & the UK: Presidential Declaration  

The departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 1st January 2021 includes the UK withdrawal from the Erasmus+ programme. While funding for EUTOPIA 2050 is guaranteed, there are immediate implications for many mobility and exchange initiatives for both staff and students travelling to and from the UK. 

This change equally marks the beginning of a new challenge for all European University Alliances that include a British partner, as currently, it would be unlikely that UK universities would be eligible for funding in future European Universities initiatives. 

Please find the full press release of the EUTOPIA Alliance regarding the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union here.
 

University of Warwick named as one of the most international universities by Times Higher Education
 
The University of Warwick has been named as one of the world’s top 20 Most International universities by the Times Higher Education (THE) – ranked 20th overall and 10th in the UK.

“Through our many connections, which include the EUTOPIA European University Alliance, we remain committed internationalists seeking to support all forms of economic, intellectual and cultural connection.” – Sean Hand, Vice-President for EUTOPIA at the University of Warwick 

Read the full article here.
 

weDISCOVER.week – Save the date!
29 March 2021 - 1 April 2021

Student teams at EUTOPIA’s partner universities have been working together with local partners to define local urban challenges. During the weDISCOVER.week in Brussels, they will come together and find connections and synergies.
The students will work on defining global challenges which they will pitch to a jury. During the weDISCOVER.week, students will also get the opportunity to discover VUB’s placemaking efforts through virtual tours, debates and concerts.
More details coming soon! 
 

Events 

Webinar "Communicating Your Science Effectively"

This webinar is organized by the University of Ljubljana and it will be held on 17th February 2021 from 3pm to 4pm.

In this webinar, David Peralta (Editor-in-Chief of ChemMedChem, Chemistry Europe) will share some editorial insights and personal tips on how to communicate your science effectively. The talk will:

cover good practices in science communication and storytelling, share some tips on how one can promote one's work, provide some practical tips on how to improve poster and oral presentations, especially given today's "virtual" restrictions. 

How to apply:
Go to the POPR website, first you must register as »Student UL brez statusa / Other students«. After completing the registration form, wait for registration confirmation (it should arrive to your email in 24 hours) and then apply to the event through this link.
 

Reminder 

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.
 

EUTOPIA call for proposals open to academics from EUTOPIA universities wishing to obtain funding for PhD co-tutelle fellowships within the EUTOPIA alliance.

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.

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 
Home
institution
CYU UL UW VUB
CYU   1 2 2
UL 1   1 1
UW 2 1   2
VUB 2 1 2  

The Call Description and Application Form can be found here.
 

Calendar  

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

February 1st - March 31st
Two year research mobility projects between VUB and CY with the FWO and Campus France

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

February 16th - 17th
University of Ljubljana online presentations 

February 22nd
Deadline for enrollment to the EUTOPIA Certificate of Internationalisation (EUCI)

February 24th
UNICA Rectors Seminar 2021: Part 2: "Interdisciplinary and intersectoral research in modern universities", 24 February 2021, 10:00 – 12:30 (CET)

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

March 3rd
Debate against other teams from different EUTOPIA universities in the online EUTOPIA inter-university debate (Deadline for registration on February 5th)

March 29th - April 1st
weDISCOVER.week (More information to come)

April 1st
Deadline for Joint research opportunity VUB - UL submission (insert FWO and ARRS as organisations in the on-line tool)

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

May 1st
Deadline for application to VUB's Summer school on EU policy-making: analysing civil rights in the EU

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

July 5th - 16th
VUB's Summer school on EU policy-making: analysing civil rights in the EU


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

August 9th - 13th
VUB's Biotech summer school: where biology meets technology (its taking place will depend on the sanitary crisis, more information in April)