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EUA Newsletter 9 - 05/05/2017

Ambitious funding needed to back excellent research ideas in Europe post-2020

EUA has published a position paper advocating for ambitious EU funding for research and innovation in Europe post-2020. It contributes to the upcoming discussion on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework and the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9). 

The position paper embodies the sector’s views on the topic shaped by the Horizon 2020 mid-term review, the EUA Vision for FP9 and consultations of EUA’s Research Policy Working Group and its Expert Group on Regional Strategies for Smart Specialisation

The paper reiterates the strategic importance of fostering a united and prosperous knowledge-based society in Europe, which needs to remain a high priority despite the uncertain political and economic context. In this spirit, the Association puts forward several funding scenarios to support significantly more excellent research and innovation proposals. 

Despite its high impact on society and economy, Horizon 2020 is significantly underfunded.Therefore EUA advocates for a quantitative and qualitative increase in EU research funding, and suggests to open a discussion on a possible ring-fencing or shift of funding from ESIF or other sources for a more ambitious and well-functioning research programme. 

The paper is part of EUA’s broader campaign to promote sufficient, sustainable and simple funding for R&I in Europe. The Association has continuously provided strategic input to the key EU players in the Horizon 2020 mid-term review process. EUA’s views were featured most recently at an important event co-organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee. On this occasion, the Commission released the results of its stakeholder consultation. The EESC also presented its views on the topic. Both reports reflect the points put forward by EUA on behalf of Europe’s universities. EUA is also running a series of activities with other partners, including the joint campaign “Making European research stronger,” launched on 23 April with EARMA, EASS, LERU, the Coimbra Group and The Guild. Through its funding campaign, advocacy activities and joint efforts with partner associations in Brussels, EUA is actively shaping the debate on the mid-term review of Horizon 2020 and its post-2020 successor.

Thousands march worldwide advocating for Science

The March for Science on 22 April was successful in bringing together thousands of scientists, researchers and concerned citizens to advocate for the cause of Science and evidence-based policy making.
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Arab Euro Conference focuses on strengthening research collaborations across the Mediterranean

The fourth Arab Euro Conference on Higher Education on “Research for sustainable societies – the role of universities” took place at the University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco from 24 to 26 April.
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TRENDS 2018 survey: Learning and teaching at European universities

The deadline for the TRENDS 2018 survey has been extended until 5 June 2017. EUA encourages all European universities and higher education institutions to participate, as an opportunity to share their experiences and voice their needs. The results of the survey will feed into the TRENDS 2018 report, which EUA will submit to the 2018 Bologna Ministerial Conference, and use in various policy and practice contexts. 
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Universities to address renewables integration in energy systems at KU Leuven

Registrations for the upcoming conference on “Science & Skills for Renewables Integration” are open until 15 May. The event, hosted by KU Leuven from 31 May to 2 June 2017, is the 5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event. Through a wide range of sessions, it will focus on the role of universities as educational and research institutions at the centre of the energy transition.
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Erasmus+ Mid-Term Review: EUA’s Recommendations for the 2020 Programme
5th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
31 May - 2 June

USTREAM peer learning seminar: Policy frameworks for efficiency and effectiveness
Universities UK, London, United Kingdom
1 - 2 June

10th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting
Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
15 - 16 June

1st European Learning & Teaching Forum
University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France
28 - 29 September
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