Publish Date: 19.03.2021

Category: Eutopia

Consortium-related News 

International Women's Day

The 8th of March was International Women's Day.
In order to celebrate it the EUTOPIAn way, you can find below an interview with 3 of EUTOPIA’s many leading ladiesNikki Muckle, our alliance’s Secretary-General, Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg and Chair of our alliance, and Marie Marchand, PhD student at CY Paris Cergy Université and President of our EUTOPIA Student Council. Chatting about female academic leadership, feminist inspiration, and life in general. Watch the interview with EUTOPIA's leading women.


Save The Date: EUTOPIA Week, 12- 16 April 2021 - Join our journey!

Organized by the University of Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg is looking forward to hosting the third EUTOPIA Week online from 12-16 April 2021. The week will be packed with workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics, relevant to students, staff and researchers within the alliance and beyond. There will also be some great networking opportunities for everyone, and even a few fun activities planned.

To help you plan your time while we put the final touches on the programme, we're providing a brief outline of the main schedule through the link below.
Each day is loosely built around a theme, and each theme is a building block of the EUTOPIA Alliance. Except for Friday, the sessions described here are open to anyone interested.

Most of our sessions include a mix of students, academics and non-academics in a variety of roles. Some of the sessions mentioned are being organised or led by students. Throughout the week, you'll also see that EUTOPIA's collaborations extend beyond the academic world, and even beyond Europe.

The full programme, plus information on the speakers and on how to register, will be published shortly. So come aboard and join our journey!


Second 12 EUTOPIA Connected Learning Communities taking flight

 
EUTOPIA’s innovative educational model revolves around the creation of Connected Learning Communities (CoLeCo’s). In January, the Educational Board selected the second round of EUTOPIA-labeled Learning Units (LUs), which, over the course of the following year, are to develop in fully fledged CoLeCo’s. 
 
Mid-February, the EUTOPIA curriculum team invited the Leads of the newly selected LUs to a kick-off meeting. On the agenda: welcoming the Leads to the world of EUTOPIA, and stressing that EUTOPIA is not imposing a strait jacket for unified education, but rather aims to create a tailor-made European experience by developing sustainable learning and knowledge networks. 
 
Some fruitful brainstorming ensued among the Leads: which resources can they share with their topical counterparts at the EUTOPIA universities, which cross-campus activities are compatible with their pedagogical approach, which challenge-based assignments can benefit from the cultural and historical diversity EUTOPIA presents.
 
After this interactive kick-off meeting, the Leads are now in the process of meeting colleagues teaching similar topics at the EUTOPIA partner universities. Together, they will slowly but surely develop the next 12 EUTOPIA Connected Learning Communities.
 
One thing is certain: staff, stakeholders and, perhaps most importantly, students in the new CoLeCo’s are in for a unique, innovative and participatory learning journey at European scale!


Global Partners workshop


On the 25th February, the WP6 - International hosted a second workshop with EUTOPIA’s Global Partners. Representatives from the EUTOPIA institutions met with their counterparts from Kyungpook National University, Monash University, the International University of Rabat, and Stellenbosch University.
Following a round of introductions to our institutions and to EUTOPIA, the workshop focussed on how the pandemic has shifted our approaches to international partnerships. It also began to explore ways that the Global Partners could become more engaged with EUTOPIA actions and initiatives.

For further information, please contact Mike Haymes at the University of Warwick ()

Events 

weDISCOVER.brussels week (29 March – 1 April 2021)

During the weDISCOVER.brussels week, some 70 students from all EUTOPIA partner universities virtually join forces with local partners in finding meaningful solutions to glocal urban challenges. While these students and stakeholders feverishly labour away and bravely face the contemporary challenges of today’s complex and multi-faceted society, the EUTOPIA community is invited to join them during the more relaxed and informal activities.
 
In short, YOU are cordially invited to come discover the capital of Europe!
 
Come virtually join several weDISCOVER.brussels activities, such as: a city tour of Brussels, a visit to VUB’s cultural hub Pilar, a ‘How to pitch’ workshop, a masterclass with Oscar-nominated ‘For Sama’ director Waad al-Kateab, and an old-school hip-hop party with Brussels local celebrities Supafly and Lefto.

More information and program here.


Save the Date: BeEUTOPIAn Conference (20th - 22nd of April)


Please save the date for the first BeEUTOPIAn Conference organized by students from all EUTOPIA partners for the students of EUTOPIA.
Within the framework of the conference, several lectures will be organized on current topics such as the sanitary crisis and its consequences on our life, current socialisation challenges, digitalization and possible solutions for the future.

Please stay tuned for information to come on the practical organisation and the detailed programme!

Opportunities

ICUR 2021: The abstract submission is now open

The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is an annual, two-day academic conference that showcases the best in undergraduate research from around the world. ICUR fosters international connections and interdisciplinary conversations between undergraduates from partner institutions. 

ICUR 2021 will be held on September 28th and 29th 2021.

The abstract submissions for the 2021 edition are now open, until midnight on June 2, 2021. You can submit your abstracts by filling the form on the ICUR website. You will receive updates about the outcome of your submission within the month after the June 2 deadline.

Some key dates to consider:

  • March 1st – Call for Abstracts opens
  • March/April – How to Write an Abstract virtual training sessions scheduled to be delivered by our ICUR staff and one-to-one drop ins with our Student Directors available online
  • June 2nd - Call for Abstracts to close. 
  • June 30th – all students who are participating in our abstract review process, will have received feedback to abstracts
  • July 15th – scheduling to begin
  • August – Students to meet with their fellow session presenters
  • August 25th – deadline for revised abstracts to be submitted. 
  • September 1st – App audience registration opens
  • September 28th – 29th – ICUR 2021

You will find more information through this link and on the ICUR website.


English for Global Communication short course 


Warwick’s English for Global Communication programme has been designed to help participants prepare for the global workplace. The online programme is made up of the following series of two-week modules:

  • Aspects of British Culture;
  • Presentation Skills;
  • Academic Skills.

Modules consist of a live interactive session every weekday alongside a wealth of online materials. All three modules run every month with the next available group starting on the 19th April.

Individuals can sign up here or find out further information through this link. Group discounts are available if 6 or more students would like to participate.

For further information please contact Jonathan French ()


Simulation of the Council's negotiations on post-2020 EU budget


The virtual simulation will be organised by the School of Economics and Business at the University of Ljubljana as a part of its Ljubljana Summer School 2021. The simulation in English will take place between 7 and 9 July 2021 and will open to students from EUTOPIA partner universities.

Detailed information about the program and the enrollment process will be available on the Ljubljana Summer School website of the School of Economics and Business from the end of March.
Please stay tuned!

Reminder

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

March 29th - April 1st
weDISCOVER.week

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

April 13th - 14th
International higher education forum 2021: keeping higher education global

April 20th - 22nd
BeEUTOPIAn Conference (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 2nd
Deadline for the ICUR 2021 Call for abstracts

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

July 5th - 30th
Barcelona International Summer School

July 7th - 9th
Simulation of the Council's negotiations on post-2020 EU budget (More information to come)

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)

September 28th - 29th
ICUR 2021