2019 EUA Annual Conference

Driving innovation in Europe’s universities

11 - 12 April 2019

Technological, medical, social, cultural and educational innovation is changing the world, and those driving it decide on the direction. As creators and providers of knowledge and places of societal reflection, universities have a central role to play in shaping the future and in nurturing the next generation of leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers. 

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Europe’s universities are integral parts of local, national and international innovation ecosystems, working with partners in the private and public sectors to educate future innovators and jointly develop solutions to societal and economic challenges. In this context, universities provide a unique environment, ensuring critical mass and the diversity needed to address these challenges. They also create institutional cultures geared towards innovation, whether it is in high-quality learning and teaching or ground-breaking research.

EUA’s 2019 Annual Conference will focus on how universities can develop strategies to shape innovation today and in the future. Through plenary and breakout sessions of various formats, including audience participation, the conference will provide insights into the policies and practices that empower universities to be places where innovation and entrepreneurship thrive.

The event will be of interest to institutional leaders (rectors, vice-rectors and heads of administration), higher education researchers and analysts, as well as representatives of other bodies involved in educational policy.

Hosted by:


Conference sessions on 11 & 12 April

Sorbonne University
Campus Pierre et Marie Curie
4 place Jussieu
75005 Paris

Dinner on 11 April

Paradis Latin
28 rue du Cardinal Lemoine
75005 Paris

A map with the location of the different venues and the suggested hotels (see tab Accommodation) can be consulted here.



The Networking Reception/Gala Dinner will be held at Paradis Latin on Thursday 11 April at 19:30.  The evening will include a welcome drink on arrival, followed by a seated dinner. Dress code is smart casual.  

The Paradis Latin is located in the heart of Paris, just a stone’s throw from Notre Dame and the Panthéon. It is the only theatre built by Gustave Eiffel, in 1889, and was given the status of Parisian historical heritage site.

The venue is located at 300m walking distance from the conference venue.

For more information on how to get to the venue and other practicalities, please consult both documents below:


2019 EUA Annual Conference: Getting Around 
2019 EUA Annual Conference: Good to know

The event will be of interest to institutional leaders (rectors, vice-rectors and heads of administration), higher education researchers and analysts, as well as representatives of other bodies involved in educational policy.

EUA aims to ensure participation of all members who wish to attend EUA events. However, each event has a limited capacity, and to guarantee a fair balance amongst countries and institutions, EUA may have to restrict attendance. As a result, EUA reserves 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. We will not be able to accept additional registrations once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline. 

The early registration deadline is 28 February 2019
The overall deadline for registration is 25 March 2019.






Registration fees



(up to 28/02/2019)


(after 28/02/2019)

EUA members 360 Euro 420 Euro
Non-members 520 Euro 590 Euro
Students* 190 Euro 190 Euro
Companions 85 Euro

* This fee is only valid for students enrolled at an EUA member university. To benefit from this fee, please contact the EUA Events Team, who will provide you with an “EUA Student Certificate form”, which has to be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat.

Fees are received by the host university in order to cover the cost of the organisation.

Please note that by filling in the registration form for an event you agree to full payment of registration fees.

The participant fee (EUA members, non-members and students) includes attendance at the conference, all documentation, coffee breaks, lunches and the Networking Reception/Gala Dinner on Thursday 11 April 2019.

The companion fee is only valid for a spouse/partner and only gives access to the Networking Reception/Gala Dinner on Thursday 11 April 2019

Participant and companion fees do not cover travel and accommodation expenses or post-conference programmes.

Information regarding the General Assembly

EUA members are strongly encouraged to attend the EUA General Assembly (GA). EUA members who register for the Annual Conference will be able to indicate during the registration process whether they wish to attend the General Assembly.

EUA members who do not wish to attend the EUA Annual Conference are entitled to attend the EUA General Assembly (GA) only, in which case no registration fee is charged. If you wish to attend the General Assembly only, please select the registration type ‘GA only’ during the first stage of the registration process. For more information, please contact the EUA events team at annual-conference@eua.eu.


Please note that by filling in the registration form for an event you agree to full payment of registration fees. Your registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making any further arrangements. Deadline for registration is 25 March 2019


Payment has to be made upon confirmation and prior to the event either by bank transfer or credit card. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment.

Please bring the payment confirmation with you to the conference for presentation at the registration desk.


If a cancellation is received on or before 11 March 2019 an administration charge of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the conference. Participants who cancel after 11 March 2019 or fail to attend, will be liable to pay the entire registration fee. Substitutes will be accepted at any time provided that EUA is informed of the change. 
Cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to the following email address: annual-conference@eua.eu.


Neither EUA nor Sorbonne University will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants and companions attend the conference and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the EUA events team at annual-conference@eua.eu.


EUA Coordination Team

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:

Helene Peterbauer

Policy & Project Officer, Institutional Development Unit
Tel: +32 2 743 11 52
Email:  helene.peterbauer@eua.eu

For enquiries regarding registration, please contact:

Sabien De Hanscutter 
Events Manager
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44
Email: annual-conference@eua.eu

Arianna Palomba
Events & Marketing Officer
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44
Email: annual-conference@eua.eu

The call for contributions to the 2019  EUA Annual Conference is now closed

For any questions, please contact annual-conference@eua.eu.


The conference venue, Sorbonne University (Campus Pierre et Marie Curie), is located a few minutes away from the Latin Quarter (“Quartier Latin”), which is very popular with students and professors, because of the presence of numerous institutions of higher education and research. You will be able to enjoy the Panthéon, the Arènes de Lutèce, the Jardin des Plantes and the National Museum of Natural History or Ile Saint-Louis and the famous Notre Dame Cathedral.

No block bookings have been made for the conference, as Paris offers a wide range of accommodation, in various price categories.

The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau offers more information on accommodation options and on how to make a reservation.

For your reference, below is a selection of hotels that are located in the vicinity of the conference venue.

Hôtel Ibis Paris Avenue d'Italie
15Bis Avenue d'Italie
75013 Paris

Hôtel Mercure Paris Place d'Italie
25 Boulevard Auguste Blanqui
75013 Paris

Hôtel Best Western Quartier Latin
71 Rue Monge
75005 Paris

Qualys Hôtel Apolonia Mouffetard
56 Rue Mouffetard
75005 Paris

Hôtel des Nations St-Germain
54 Rue Monge
75005 Paris

Hôtel Libertel Austerlitz Jardin des Plantes
12 Boulevard de l'Hôpital
75005 Paris

Hôtel Devillas
4 Boulevard Saint-Marcel
75005 Paris


Thursday 11 April 2019 

Sorbonne Université
Campus Pierre et Marie Curie
4 place Jussieu
75005 Paris


Only university rectors, vice-chancellors and presidents of rectors' conferences that are full members of EUA are entitled to vote during the General Assembly. Should you not be able to attend, you can send a delegate of your institution to attend the General Assembly and vote on your behalf by means of a signed proxy letter. Members must have paid all outstanding subscription fees – 2019 included – in order to be eligible to vote. The deadline for payment of subscription fees is Monday 11 March. Associate members and affiliates may participate as observers.

The statutes also enable each member of the General Assembly to hold one additional proxy from another EUA full member unable to attend. This partner must also be eligible to vote and have paid all outstanding subscription fees by the deadline of Monday 11 March.

Proxy letters must be sent by e-mail in PDF format to eua-ga@eua.eu by Monday 11 March at the latest. Alternatively, they can be sent by fax to +32 2 230 57 51 (for the attention of Sue Pavis).


The agenda and further documents for the EUA General Assembly will be made available below in the coming weeks.

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