Universities are at the centre of European knowledge-intensive ecosystems. By fostering multidisciplinarity, attracting human talent, and stimulating entreprenurial mindsets, they generate the knowledge that is vital to innovation. In order to fulfil this mission, universities should engage deeply in developing common national and regional strategies, working for the political, cultural coherence of innovation ecosystems as well as coherence in the physical innovation space. These developments happen within the framework of European policies in a range of areas from regional development to industrial strategy. As the new European Commission is defining its policy priorities, and the negotiations of the next long-term EU budget are underway, this event offers an opportunity to reflect on the necessary framework conditions to fully unlock universities’ potential in innovation ecosystems.

Building upon examples of successful partnerships between universities, industry, and public authorities, the event seeks to build bridges between various actors and discuss the European Union’s new priorities for research and innovation.

The conference will be of interest to policy makers, university leaders, regional stakeholders, and all others interested in innovation.

Registration is now closed as we have reached full capacity.

For further information, please contact florina.tobon@eua.eu.





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Conference Venue

European Committee of the Regions
Bâtiment Jacques Delors
(Room JDE 52)
Rue Belliard 99-101
B - 1040 Brussels

Registration deadline: 30 October.

Please find here the map with the location information.


The conference venue  is ideally located between the European quarter and the city centre of Brussels. You will find a wide range of accommodation, in various price categories.
Due to the popularity of Brussels as a destination, we advise participants to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible. 

Please find below a list of nearby hotels:

Best Western Plus Park Hotel Brussels
Avenue de l’Yser 21, 1040 Brussels

University Foundation
Egmontstreet 11, 1000 Brussels

9 Hotel Chelton
Rue Véronèse 48, 1000 Brussels

Motel One Brussels
Rue Royale 120, 1000 Brussels


For further information, please contact florina.tobon@eua.eu.


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