The Erasmus+ co-funded Leadership and Organisation for Teaching and Learning at European Universities – LOTUS project (2020-2022) aims to contribute to capacity building and strategic change management for learning and teaching at higher education institutions (HEIs) across Europe, and to demonstrate the potential of various actors (including HEIs, but also ministries, national agencies, university associations, student and staff unions, etc.) to support transformation and innovation in learning and teaching.

The LOTUS final conference, organised by the European University Association in partnership with the LOTUS project consortium, will build upon lessons learnt from the project activities. These activities were conducted under the project’s Leadership Development Programme, which involved individual HEIs in a peer-learning approach, a study report on national developments in learning and teaching in Europe and a series of policy dialogue events that took place in 2022.

Addressing university representatives, European and national policy makers and other stakeholders in higher education, the event will offer a mix of plenary discussions and parallel sessions organised as policy labs, to discuss topics of common interest identified during the project. There will be a specific focus on leadership in learning and teaching, a topic which was explored throughout the project activities.  

On the first day (28 September), the event will see input on the topic of leadership in learning and teaching and space to unpack specific current challenges in learning and teaching:

  1. Adapting the educational offer: to what, to whom, and what does it mean?
  2. Teachers’ world: staff development, academic careers, teaching ecosystem
  3. Inter-institutional collaboration
  4. Digitalisation in learning and teaching

Each of these topics will be addressed in a policy lab. In each policy lab, the participants will be introduced to the lessons learnt through the LOTUS project and will be invited to design key messages on how to support learning and teaching development at institutional, national and European levels. Leadership in teaching will serve as a common thread throughout the policy labs, while the enhancement of learning and teaching will be addressed in terms of collectively finding common ways and values.

On the second day (29 September), each participant will switch to a different policy lab and engage with the key messages designed by fellow participants during the previous day. The event will conclude with a panel providing insights on how the European level or a European approach could take up key messages from the LOTUS policy labs and contribute to the enhancement of learning and teaching.

The outcomes from the LOTUS final conference will feed the LOTUS publication, to be published by November 2022.

 

Please register via this online form. The deadline for registration is 16 September 2022.

Due to limited capacity, and in order to guarantee a fair balance among countries and institutions, we may have to restrict attendance. As a result, we reserve the right to refuse registrations if there are too many participants from any one country or from one institution. Priority will be given to those who register early. Registrations will be reviewed on the rolling basis. We will not be able to accept additional registrations once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline.

Registration is free of charge. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Meals and refreshments on the day of the event will be provided free of charge to participants. Applicants should not make any travel arrangements before they have received confirmation of their participation from the organisers.

The LOTUS final conference is organised around 4 policy labs, to address different aspects of learning and teaching identified throughout the project as areas of common interest and challenge. The aim of each policy lab is to provide a set of key messages on how to support learning and teaching on a given topic.

Take a look at the parallel sessions overview.

Venue

The event will be hosted at the KVAB (Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts)

Rue Ducale 1
1000 Brussels - Belgium

Accommodation and travel

Participants are advised to arrange their hotel accommodation and travel upon confirmation of their registration.

Please find below a list of recommended hotels nearby the venue.
The KVAB is within walking distance of the city center of Brussels where you have a lot of options for accommodation. 

Thon Hotel EU
Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Bruxelles

Thon Residence EU
Rue d'Arlon 81, 1040 Bruxelles

Hotel du Congres
Rue du Congrès 42, 1000 Bruxelles

Best Western Royal Centre
Rue Royale 160, 1000 Bruxelles

 

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