Third EUTOPIA Week : Gothenburg 12-16 April 2021


EWeek 2021 registration and programme: click here

Monday 12th April is all about inclusion, and everyone is welcome. We start the EUTOPIA Week journey with our opening ceremony from 10:00am – 11:00am. In the afternoon, we’ll talk about inclusion in higher education and adapting the system to the students.

Tuesday 13th April is all about education. In the morning, you can learn about EUTOPIA’s innovative education model. In the afternoon, the EUTOPIA student forum will discuss the student vision for EUTOPIA; if you are a student, this is for you. Tuesday afternoon is the first of two half-day workshops on university autonomy and integrity, and is part of a regional collaboration between EUTOPIA and institutions in the Western Balkans. The second session will be on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday 14th April highlights local and global cooperation. Are you a student and wonder why you should be a part of EUTOPIA? Then come to a lively roundtable between students and professionals who will explore the benefits and synergies international networks such as EUTOPIA can provide. Is digitization of the societal role of journalism an example of creative destruction, or just destruction? This is the question being raised in Wednesday’s afternoon session.

Thursday 15th April puts research in focus. We’ll be taking up links between education and research and have two sessions related to sustainability issues. Are you a researcher and wonder what the EUTOPIA partnership network may have to offer you? Then come to our afternoon session for researchers to learn about opportunities available through EUTOPIA.

Most of our sessions include a mix of students, academics and non-academics in a variety of roles. Some of the sessions mentioned are being organised or led by students. Throughout the week, you’ll also see that EUTOPIA’s collaborations extend beyond the academic world, and even beyond Europe.


Most of you are probably still working or studying from home. You might look out of the same window every day. But what do you see?

What you see out of your window might not seem that different or unusual to you. For someone else, it might be. Or maybe the similarities of what we see, no matter where in the world we are, help us see the things we have in common.

To celebrate EUTOPIA Week Spring 2021, we’d like you to snap a picture of your everyday life: of the street where you live, what you see on your way to buy a pint of milk when you take your dog for a walk or a glimpse from your window before you switch on the computer in the morning. We’d love to experience it with you, if only in a photograph. Let others take a visual journey to the places that make us EUTOPIA.

While there will be some nice prizes, this isn’t a contest to find the most stylish or professional photo or the grammatically perfect write-up. We’re looking quite simply for photos that capture what people see outside these days, photos representing EUTOPIA’s European and global partners taking part in EUTOPIA Week Spring 2021.

Let others get a look outside by sending your photo to before 4 pm (GMT) / 5 pm (CET) on Thursday 15 April.

Please include your name, where you are and one to two sentences about your photo. The winners will be announced on the last day of EUTOPIA Week Spring 2021, Friday 16 April. You do not need to be present and please note that you by sending in your photo, agree to let EUTOPIA use, share, modify, and/or adapt your image. : come discover Brussels with EUTOPIA! 29 March to 01 April 2021

During the week (29 March – 1 April 2021), some 70 students from all EUTOPIA universities —  participating in the EUTOPIA Open Innovation Challenge — will virtually join forces with local partners (list below) in finding meaningful solutions to glocal urban challenges.

While these students and stakeholders feverishly labour away and bravely face the contemporary challenges of today’s complex and multi-faceted society, the EUTOPIA community is invited to join them during the more relaxed and informal activities.

In short, YOU are cordially invited to come discover the capital of Europe and virtually join the following activities! in cooperation with EUTOPIA’s local partners:

Ancienne Belgique, P&V, Gemeente Elsene, Capital, Vlaams Parlement, Innoviris, Agglomeration Community of Cergy-Pontoise, Association CY Campus International, Department board of Val d’Oise, Urban Community of Cergy-Pontoise, Innerstaden, Innovatum, Ekocentrum, Vänersborg Municipality, Trollhättan City, Lilla Edets Municipality, Ale Municipality, Kungälv Municipality, Le Mat, INCASOL, Barcelona City Council, 22@Network BCN, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, City of Ljubljana

Virtual city tour of Brussels – 29/03/2021 12.00 – 13.00

Artist, architect and city guide Olaf Winkler will guide you through the city of Brussels and its unique areas. During the tour, Olaf will take you to three main areas of the capital of Europe: 

  • The canal zone is being developed at an incredible pace and it shows in its social dynamic. In under 2 kilometres you walk from new high-rise luxury projects to Brussels’ most impoverished areas.  
  • A four-lane highway used to cross right through the historical centre of Brussels. Initiated by citizen activism, this zone has been completely reconstructed over the last couple of years.
  • The number of European institutions situated in Brussels has shifted the social dynamic of the European District. The city of Brussels’ approach to these urban challenges lies in District Contracts, these durable district contracts contain a section housing, public space, infrastructure and social initiatives.

Registration: send an email to

Virtual exhibition tour PILAR – 30/03/2021 11.30 – 12.30

Pilar is VUB’s cultural hub, not only for its students, but for the entire region of Brussels.  Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Pilar’s inner workings, and how their latest exhibition come to be. During this virtual visit, we’ll also focus on broader questions: Which function does this artistic hub play in the urban network around the central VUB campus? How does Pilar support local artists and the Brussels art scene? 

Registration: send an email to

Workshop ‘How to pitch’ by Start.VUB – 31/03/2021 10.00 – 11.00

One of the most important career skills these days is being able to do a convincing and passionate pitch presentation. How to convince an audience of the importance of your idea? Start.VUB, the university’s start-up hub, organises a ‘How to pitch’ workshop. In this one-hour session, you’ll get tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts, and can ask all your burning questions in a Q&A session. 

Participate through this link.

Masterclass Waad al-Kateab ‘For Sama’ – 1/04/2021 11.00 - 13.00

In this masterclass, Syrian director Waad al-Kateab talks about diversity, current affairs, media perspectives, citizen journalism and her experience creating her Oscar-nominated documentary ‘For Sama’. Introduction by VUB rector Caroline Pauwels, masterclass followed by debate and Q&A session. We highly recommend watching ‘For Sama’ in preparation of this masterclass.

Register through this link.

Virtual concert 70 '80 '90: The Hip Hop Edition by Supafly Collective x Lefto – 1/04/2021 20h00

Dive into the hip hop scene from the 70s 80s 90s with concert hall Ancienne Belgique, VUB’s cultural hub Pilar and VUB student associations Limburgia and Campina. Together with Lefto and Supafly Collective, we dance the lockdown away. Release the brakes on April in the comfort and safety of your home.

More information and registration here

Second EUTOPIA Week : Warwick 23 - 27 November 2020

EUTOPIA Week brings together key players – students, researchers, subject matter experts and strategic partners, from across our European alliance network, every six months. This year we will be hosting a number of additional online events, open to all, to provide unique insights and enable important discussions on topics impacting society today.

The University of Warwick (UK) is hosting the second EUTOPIA Week online from 23 to 27 November.

For more information, please fill our registration form.

What’s happening?

Our programme includes a range of workshops, panel debates and open forum Q&A’s to choose from. We have engaged a range of high-profile speakers from across our networks to participate in important topical discussions relating to Higher Education and the wider global operating context.

A number of sessions will be open to the public and promise to offer impressive academic and professional expert insights into the hot topics facing our society today. Some sessions will only be open to University presidents and vice-presidents, Work Package leads and co-leads, actions leaders and members, students, staff, academics and researchers from six partners of EUTOPIA. Detail of who can book sessions is indicated on the timetable.

All sessions will be delivered online, with some limited numbers, managed on a first-come, first-served basis. See event itinerary

Find out more about our event themes:

Opening Ceremony

Join us as we reflect on the successes of the EUTOPIA alliance to date and reflect on the forward programme of EUTOPIA Week 2020

EUTOPIA presents
Focused sessions targeted at sharing opportunities and insights across the EUTOPIA network

Student opportunities: Sessions targeted at students studying at EUTOPIA. Practical guidance and information from the EUTOPIA experts. Find out how to:

  • Participate in projects with prestigious European universities
  • Gain practical international work experience
  • Improve your CV and acquire new skills and competences
  • Build a strong European student network
  • Develop your intercultural and employability skills

Researcher opportunities: Find out more about opportunities for researchers and PhD students offered through our EUTOPIA partnership network:

  • Researcher mobility Program
  • Science and Innovation Fellowships
  • Improve your CV and acquire new skills and competences
  • Young Leaders Academy
  • University responses to Covid-19: Open to anyone, this interactive panel session, sees academic experts from a range of fields share insights into how EUTOPIA partners responded to and aided the fight against COVID-19. A live audience question and answer session is included.

Short, topical lunchtime talks for anyone to join:

  • Cities of Culture
  • University/Industry partnerships
  • Research and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

EUTOPIA Discusses
Led by EUTOPIA partners, these interactive sessions will convene expert panels to investigate, discuss and debate topical issues in European Higher Education:

  • Under the Lens: Inclusion for a European University
  • The Eutopia Education Model and the European Education Area
  • Universities and Economic Development: from Productivity to Prosperity for All
  • Researchers’ Careers in Higher Education (hosted by the Guild of Research Intensive Universities)

EUTOPIA Workshops
A series of expert-led practical workshops to enhance development of EUTOPIA members and our associated partners:

  • Developing Early Career Researchers: led by the IAS of both CY Cergy and Warwick, this session will share guidance and support from the respective centres of excellence in addition to highlighting opportunities offered by EUTOPIA for current ECRs or those considering a career in research
  • Western Balkans: how to design, accredit and launch an international /inter-university study programme.
WeDiscover Days Barcelona : 28 - 30 October 2020

One of the main missions of EUTOPIA is to prepare future generations to face the constant changes and challenges that our society is experiencing. Higher education is undergoing radical transformations to adapt to the university of the future. EUTOPIA intends to prepare students, staff, teachers and researchers to become empowered European citizens for today’s disruptive world.

The Pompeu Fabra University organises the WeDiscover Days Barcelona on 28, 29 & 30 October 2020, as the first step of the Open Innovation Challenge initiative, which forms the axis of the Place Making policy of EUTOPIA.

This virtual event will be achieved thanks to the joint work, efforts and close collaboration with experts, institutions, cultural centres and local entities and industries. The objective is to discuss the current social problems that the main European cities are going through today.

The WeDiscover Days Barcelona will help students to start a discovery and research process to acquire knowledge beyond the university campuses. With the motto “from local to global”, the idea is that students find inspiration in common problems and concerns of our societies, seeking practical solutions to issues that could also be implemented on a global scale.

With a programme that includes conferences, talks, seminars, screenings, debates, visits and workshops, the WeDiscover Days Barcelona intend to familiarise students with an array of contemporary issues related to the main Sustainable Development Goals: Climate Emergency, Transport and Mobility, Healthy Food and Sustainable Food Production and Consumption, Social Inclusion and Fighting Inequality, Making Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable.

The event will merge students from the six universities that have previously focused on the effect of world emergencies at a local level. They will meet with some of UPF’s public and private partners, academics and journalists, bringing a plurality of voices to the idea that European cities are confronting similar difficulties.

The WeDiscover Days Barcelona are open, not only to EUTOPIA students who will be able to participate further in the challenge, but also to college students from all around Europe. High schoolers of Catalonia are also invited to engage and discover what the university of the future will look like. 

Given the evolution of the pandemic, the event will be entirely digital this time. The WeDiscover Days Barcelona will be broadcasted live through the following link:

Challenges are one of the attractive peculiarities of the EUTOPIA methodology of co-construction of answers to global problems that Europe is about to face in the near future, for students, helped by academic staff and public-private partners, are impelled to work collectively. With its four stages in four different cities, the Open Innovation Challenge is a good example of it. After Barcelona, the students should meet again in Brussels next spring, hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where the team’s projects will be outlined. The University of Gothenburg should then organize a European hackathon by the end of 2021, selecting the teams that will go to the finals hosted by the University of Warwick at the commencement of 2022.

For further information, visit the Pompeu Fabra University website ( and the EUTOPIA website.

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EUTOPIA is an alliance of six leading, like-minded, European universities creating a connected and inclusive community, to address local and global challenges, ultimately contributing to a new model for higher education in Europe: VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL (Belgium), CY CERGY PARIS UNIVERSITÉ (France), GÖTEBORGS UNIVERSITET (Sweden), UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (Slovenia), UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA (Spain) and UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK (United Kingdom). In June 2019, EUTOPIA was chosen as one of the 17 first winning projects throughout Europe in the new European Universities Initiative competitive call to build a European Education and Research Area.


On September 3-4, EUTOPIA2050 project’s work package 5, Promoting inclusion and equal societies, is hosting its first virtual Western Balkans workshop, organized by University of Ljubljana. Students, teachers and administrative staff from many countries, like Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia will have the opportunity to take part in the workshop and learn from EUTOPIA partners about the international funding opportunities and development of institutional support services. Topics such as Structure and specifics of the new Horizon Europe, ERC, brain circulation and innovation gap, involvement of PhD and post-doc students in the research work will be presented and later discussed among participants.

The University of Ljubljana takes pride in its long-lasting regional partnerships with Western Balkans universities and is especially honoured to have the opportunity to strengthen these partnerships through EUTOPIA2050 project, as well as share new experiences, encourage the transfer of knowledge and bring regional relationships to a higher level.

The overview of the programme is available here, where you can also find the links to each of the events.

We hope to see you there!

First EUTOPIA Week : CY Cergy Paris 29 June - 3 July

The EUTOPIA 2050 project includes six EUTOPIA Weeks. CY Cergy Paris University will host the first EUTOPIA Week from June 29 to July 3, 2020. The purpose is to:​​​​

    - Bring together all key actors of the project;
    - Celebrate the alliance;
    - Reinforce our shared identity and culture;
    - Include our students and staff into this event;
    - Progress on the scheduled actions of the project;
    - Present CY Cergy Paris Université academic, cultural and socio-economic environment;
    - Communicate at a French local and regional level and include their representatives into the ceremonies and round tables;
    - Communicate among the other alliances.

Meetings, conferences, workshops, contests, cultural visits and CY tours are planned. 

The actors involved are the presidents and the vice presidents, Work Packages leads and co-leads, actions leaders and members, students, staff, academics and researchers from six partners of EUTOPIA.

Regarding the present situation caused by COVID-19, CY Cergy Paris Université—with the agreement of all partners—decided to adapt the format of the event and to propose a full digital, on-line e-EUTOPIA event.