Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of the Science & Education for Society Working Group.

Opening Science WG Leader


Berwyn Davies

Welsh Higher Education Brussels – Welsh Government

Martina Hilger


Martina Hilger

Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Maarten Libeer


Maarten Libeer

VLEVA - Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap

Eelko Steenhuis


Eelko Steenhuis

UASNL - Universities of Applied Science Netherlands

Science & Education for Society

The Science & Education for Society Working Group addresses topics related to the concept of place-based universities and engagement with society and citizens while also working on the role of education in S3 as well as education and skills for research and innovation. The Working Group facilitates information sharing, knowledge development, and aims to strengthen existing and build new relationships with the EU institutions. Facilitating project development is also part of the Working Group's scope. 

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Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

A new skills agenda for Europe

Postponed: Infosession on the Updated Skills Agenda

Anna Tranberg

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns in Brussels, we regret to inform you that the infosession on the Skills Agenda for Europe will be postponed. We will communicate the new date as soon as

Opening Science

European Universities Initiative – supporting regional development

Gaia Ialisa Marotta

The first call for proposal for European University alliances was a success and led to the selection of 17 alliances from 114 different higher education institutions and 24 member states. The second

WG Events

WG Events

New Education Forum 2018

For the ninth time the New Education Forum NEF gives the key stakeholders focused on education opportunity to: • Join the international cross-sectorial NEF network • Share their know-how and expertise on effective learning innovations • Present their ideas and anticipated projects and find potential partners to enforce them • Prepare recommendations for the European Parliament committees related with the above topics. The organisers of the event welcome the business community, local and regional governments, educational centres and research institutions to participate in plenary and…

Post-Brexit – opportunities for cooperation between universities and regions

Brexit is soon upon us and there is uncertainty whether there will be a soft or hard Brexit. This uncertainty is not only weakening the universities in the UK but also potential partners in the rest of the EU. In regard to this, the Opening Science WG is organising a meeting with the aim to learn more about the political state of play and to look at already existing schemes that have been put in place to secure cooperation between universities and regions post-Brexit.   Please find the agenda above and the presentations from the meeting below.   

Bridging the EU innovation divide

On 10 April, the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands) andNeth-ER will organise the networking event ‘Bridging the EU Innovation Divide'.   16.00-16.30 Welcome coffee/tea 16.30-16.40   Opening by Elmer Sterken, Rector Magnificus University of Groningen Welcome address by Ronald van Roeden, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the European Union 16.40-17.25     Panel discussion moderated by Elmer Sterken, Rector Magnificus University of GroningenStanislaw Kistryn, Vice-…

The Road from War to Peace, More Democracy and European Integration. War Architecture, Sites and Memories as Part of European Heritage and History

100 years after the end of World War I, the conference will focus on the wars raging in Europe between 1914 and 1945, as well as other relevant events before and after that period that shaped and changed Europe in many ways. It will address political as well as educational aspects of memories and memorial sites and explore the role of war memories for our common European History and European Identity. The conference is part of the official programme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The event involves 12 European Regions (Aragón (ES), South Moravia (CZ), Bremen (DE), Saxony (DE…

University Alliances - Modernization. Exellence. Societal Impact.

University Alliances Modernization. Excellence. Societal Impact. The EuroTech Universities High Level Event 2018 will take place on 6 November at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union. Browse the programme & register for our interactive showcase of state-of-the-art technologies and high-level panel debate on the challenges faced by the “university of the future”. Moderated by SEAN KLEIN, former BBC Bureau Chief for Europe Confirmed speakers: JEAN-ERIC PAQUET, Director-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission WOLFGANG A. HERRMANN, President…

Higher Education and Smart Specialisation: Partnerships for Regional Transformation

This conference will show how regional partnerships including universities and other higher education institutions can drive smart specialisation. It is the result of two related projects: Higher Education for Smart Specialisation (HESS), managed by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in cooperation with DG Education and Culture, and Thinking Smart, an Erasmus+ funded consortium of European HEIs. Please find more information and registration here.

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Vaslui County from North-East Romania looking for partners for Europe for Citizens Call from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia (HOT: Submission Deadline 1st of March)

100 years of memories The European Union is built on fundamental values such as freedom, democracy and respect for human rights. In order to fully appreciate their meaning, it is necessary to keep the memories of the past alive as a means of moving beyond the past and building the future. This year Europe marks 100 years from the end of the Great War, which led to unification and independence for some European countries, like Romania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The war reached out almost everyone’s life in some way or other. Most of young people, especially men, joined the army and fought…

City of Iasi is looking for partners to submit a Europe for citizens proposal (mainly from FR, IT, PL) HOT: Deadline ahead

The City Hall of Iaşi intends to submit a project to the European Remembrance category - 2018, Europe for citizens.    Title of the Project: EUROPEAN DIPLOMACY  AT THE END OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR    Period: October 2018 - December 2019     Motivation:       Beginning  with 1916, the city of Iasi became the Romanian capital of war in the context in which Bucharest was occupied.   In this context, the leadership of Romania (the Royal House, the Government, the Parliament, etc.) as well as the representatives of the diplomatic missions, have fled giving the city of Iaşi an international dimension…

1st call of CONEX-Plus Postdoc Fellowship programme at UC3M

Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) is pleased to announce the opening of its international postdoctoral programme, CONEX-Plus, co-funded by the H2020 MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE COFUND Actions and Banco Santander. Over the year, UC3M will launch two calls to recruit 30 international postdoctoral researchers. Each fellowship will be granted for 3 years and will include an individual career development programme. The first call for applications, offering 20 fellowships, is open from July to September 30th 2019 at 13:00 CET. The second call, offering 10 fellowships, will open in December 2019.  …

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

'Evidence informed policymaking' training course by JRC

A 2-day training course is organised on “Evidence informed policymaking” which will aim to introduce participants to useful tools, train them to navigate between different types of evidence and research methods, and reflect on how to deal with the many challenges of evidence-informed policymaking. ERRIN has been invited to nominate up to 3 candidates.

  • By Gaia Ialisa Marotta

Erasmus+ Project in a field of : veterinary sciences, environmental sciences

The overarching goal of UPWr is to build an international, effective consortium acting as a Partner within the international research and educational programs for conducting cutting-edge scientific and educational activities in the area of veterinary sciences, food science and technology and environmental sciences.

  • By Ilaria d'Auria

Are you interested in mobilising your region for a Horizon 2020 project?

ERRIN is pooling the interest of its member regions to work on a Horizon 2020 project on the innovative integration of migrants in local communities (urban/suburban/rural).

  • By Aija Konisevska Azadi

Looking for secondary school for Erasmus+ KA02 project interested in takling of early school leaving

Center for Unges livsmestring is private consultancy company working with children in age group from 15-20 years old that struggles with need for individual approach and methods to fit in the school curricula by strengthening collaboration among all involved actors hereby within school as well as within families, addressing and  improving transitions between different stages o

  • By Aija Konisevska Azadi

Digitalising products - unlocking the potential

An emerged technology-push within Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has led to an evolving digital transformation within industry (Lasi et al., 2014). The digital transformation is often described as a revolution due to the expected impact on industry, changing the competition and business.

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

NMP-REG/TRINNO Interregional Workshop - Industrial Modernisation and Interregional Cooperation

NMP-REG and TRINNO projects have organised a significant conference on 'Industrial Modernisation and Interregional Cooperation' dedicated to Industry 4.0 on 19 March in Florence, at the Baglioni Hotel.