Innovation is beneficial to society as a whole and embraces all fields of knowledge. 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 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 and jointly developing 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 today’s innovation and that of the future. Through plenary and breakout sessions of various formats, including audience participation, the conference will provide insights into the policies and practices that enable innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive at universities.
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.
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
Hôtel Mercure Paris Place d'Italie
25 Boulevard Auguste Blanqui
Hôtel Best Western Quartier Latin
71 Rue Monge
Qualys Hôtel Apolonia Mouffetard
56 Rue Mouffetard
Hôtel des Nations St-Germain
54 Rue Monge
Hôtel Libertel Austerlitz Jardin des Plantes
12 Boulevard de l'Hôpital
4 Boulevard Saint-Marcel
EUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Thursday 11 April 2019
Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, Auditorium
4 place Jussieu
Please download documents for the EUA General Assembly using the links below.
1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes of the 20th EUA General Assembly at the University of Zurich on 5 April 2018
3. Approval of the Rules of Procedure
4. Election of the EUA President to serve from 2019 to 2023
5. Approval of the 2018 Financial Report and Accounts, including audit reports Brussels and Geneva, balance sheet and profit & loss accounts, key financial indicators and accounts Belgian format (explanatory note)
6. Approval of the 2019 budget and preview of the 2020 budget (explanatory note)
7. Appointment of the auditors for the 2019 accounts
8. Election of EUA Board members to serve from 2019 to 2023
9. Approval of 2020 subscriptions for EUA members (explanatory note + overview of membership evolution 2018)
i. Individual full members
ii. Collective full members
iii. Individual associate members
iv. Collective associate members (European networks)
vi. Council for Doctoral Education
10. Presentation of key activities in 2018 and 2019 (Annual Report 2018 & Key Activities 2019)
Thursday, 11 April
|10.00-13.00||EUA General Assembly|
Official Opening and Plenary Session I: Universities as key players in innovation
Opening by Rolf Tarrach, EUA President and Jean Chambaz, President, Sorbonne University, France
Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot, Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus++, European Commission
Chaired by Jean Chambaz
Breakout Sessions, Round I
- The role of universities in regional innovation ecosystems
- Fostering entrepreneurship among students at the University of Cagliari
- A university-wide approach to innovation by Coventry University
|16.45-17.00||Break to move back to the plenary session|
Plenary Session II: Fostering new generations of innovators
Anna Valtonen, Vice-President, Art and Creative Practices, Aalto University, Finland
Romain Baude, Co-Founder and President, APREX Solutions
Nuno Reis, President, University of Minho Students’ Union, Portugal
Chaired by Andrée Sursock, Senior Adviser, EUA
|19.30-22.30||Networking Reception and Gala Dinner|
Friday, 12 April
Breakout Sessions, Round II
- Institutional approaches to enhancing sustainability:
A university's experience in linking innovation and international collaboration to facilitate change in the healthcare eco-system
- Collaboration in interdisciplinary programmes
Educational innovation examples from the LIFE Projects at Tallinn University Priit Reiska, Aet Möllits and Merily Heinalo, Tallinn University
The UZH Innovation Hub – a case study of the University of Zurich
- Interactive workshop: Developing universities’ role in regional innovation ecosystems
Plenary Session III: Building partnerships
Alexandros Papaderos, Deputy Head, Office for Research & Innovation – Head of Patents and Licences, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Milena Žic Fuchs, Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Léopold Demiddeleer, Managing Director, TechBridgeOne
Chaired by Mikuláš Bek, Rector, Masaryk University
Conference closing and invitation to the EUA Annual Conference 2020
EUA Hot Topic Session
Magnus Rattray, Director, Data Science Institute, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Thomas Metzinger, Professor, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Laurence Devillers, Professor, Sorbonne University, France
Chaired by Peter A. Wieringa, Pro Vice Rector, TU Delft
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