Seminar on Research Policies & Urban Challenges

For the latest updates on Horizon Europe and to build a knowledge sharing community of Vice-Rectors/Presidents Research from urban capital universitiesREGISTER now to the UNICA Seminar on Universities' Research Policies & urban challenges.

UNICA universities, as intrinsically urban capital universities, are partners in addressing global urban challenges. Universities cannot act alone and partnerships are needed with public & private stakeholders on all levels: from European to local.

  • What role can Vice-Rectors/Presidents Research play in establishing and strengthening the partnership?
  • And how can research funding schemes contribute in supporting this partnership?

You will receive firsthand information on Horizon Europe.
Director for Policy Coordination at DG Research & Innovation, Kurt VANDENBERGHE, will introduce the latest state of play in the negotiations of Horizon Europe and ample time has been provided for asking questions.

Urban research
Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, Charlina VITCHEVA, and a EU representative of DG REGIO will present specific research programmes and funding schemes for urban capital cities & university research. Rector Caroline Pauwels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) will present her vision on UNICA as a URBAN network of universities. She will elaborate on how partnership between universities and cities can be developed and strengthened through research and research valorization.

Partnership university-city
After a networking lunch, two different models of partnership will be presented: Brussels and Amsterdam. And through an interactive roundtable, other UNICA universities will present their research cooperation models with the city and/or region.

Homo Roboticus
After the seminar Vice-Rectors/Presidents are invited to the event "HOMO ROBOTICUS" in the prestigious Opera of Brussels "De Muntschouwburg/La Monnaie". Academics, international artists, politicians and professionals will share their vision on the synergy between the human being and robots. (The programme will be available in due course)


Whom? Vice-Rectors and Vice-Presidents for Research & academic authority responsible for Research

When? 7th of February 2019 10AM - 3.30PM

Where? BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels), Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels, BELGIUM



Programme (06/12/2018)

List of Participants (will be published in due course) 


Any questions? Don't hesitate to contact Ms Aurelie Duchateau:



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