UNICA Student Conference 2020


10th UNICA Student Conference

"Dream your University in the capital city!"


Hosted by NOVA University Lisbon 

co-organized by Nova University of Lisbon and the University of Lisbon


Sunday, 28 June – Wednesday, 1 July 2020



Initiated in 2000 by Freie Universität Berlin, the first university to advocate the involvement of students in the activities of the network, the UNICA Student Conference is now an established and joyful UNICA tradition. The Conference gathers every 2-3 years 200 to 300 students from UNICA Member universities whose enthousiasm and ideas bring a breath of fresh air to the network.

By combining keynote speeches, hard work in the discussion groups and social activities, the Conference provides students with a unique possibility of meeting their peers from other European countries and to share their views on meaningful issues related to HE. Students are also encouraged to formulate opinions and recommendations that can be voiced within the UNICA network as well as to relevant stakeholders and give rise to new challenging initiatives.


The main theme of the conference: "Dream your University in the capital city!"

Due to their location in capital cities UNICA universities are intrinsically urban: a specificity bringing with it many opportunities but also big responsibilities and challenges which require ambitious vision and innovative thought to be addressed.

We would like to make the voice and the dreams of students heard about what should the role of Universities in capital cities be in the future and how HE Institutions might tackle major urban challenges.

The main theme is structured in 10 different topics which will be discussed in 10 Students’ Fora. Students are invited to choose their preferred topics in advance and will be supported in the preparation to the Conference by the Academic tutor nominated by each participating university and by the Chair of the Forum they will participate in.


Download the draft programme (as of 6 February 2020) 



Instructions for UNICA member universities

Topics for the 10 discussion fora with examples of reference documents and suggested reading




In order to participate, UNICA member universities are kindly invited:

  • To select a delegation of up to 10 students per capital city (universities from capital cities that count more than one UNICA member are asked to select 10 students in total).
  • The details of the selected students shall be communicated by Tuesday, 10 March 2020 (extended deadline) by filling out this registration form. Please note that ONLY THE STUDENTS SELECTED BY THEIR UNIVERSITY ARE ALLOWED TO REGISTER. 

In the registration form students are also invited to indicate two preferences among the 10 thematic discussion Fora. The preferences shall be previously discussed with the Academic tutor keeping in mind that students from the same delegation should try to cover as much topics as possible in order to ensure a well-balanced distribution of the students in each Fora. 

  • To select a Contact Person who will be responsible for practical matters (i.e. ensuring the students are registered, travel arrangements, etc.)
  • To nominate an Academic Tutor who:
    • Shall be available to prepare the students on the topics of the Conference;
    • Willing to accompany the students in Lisbon;
    • Ideally, has already participated in previous UNICA Student Conferences.

The names and contact details of the Academic Tutors and Contact Persons should be communicated via the following forms:



For any questions, please contact the UNICA Secretariat: Laura Brossico (office@unica-network.eu



Sunday, 28 June, 2020 to Wednesday, 1 July, 2020
Host Institution: 
Universidade Nova de Lisboa