Eutopia updates (16.09.2019)


  • In 2019-2020, VUB and its sister university ULB celebrate a double anniversary: 185 years together, 50 years of collaboration. This will be the theme of the Academic Opening celebrations on 20 September to which the EUTOPIA Presidents are warmly invited to jointly open the new Academic Year. All information about the festivities can be found HERE.

  • On 16 October, the VUB is organising ‘Europe Day: Celebrating 15 Years EU Enlargement’. Next to a country fair and food trucks, there will be an academic panel on "15 years after the Eastern enlargement, are we growing together or moving apart?", which will look at how successful this enlargement has been, how the future looks, and how this enlargement has impacted student exchange programmes. Everyone is warmly invited to this important celebration. More information can be found HERE.
  • meeting with the HR managers of all EUTOPIA partners is being organised in October in Brussels. They will discuss about the administrative impact of EUTOPIA 2050 and current issues in human resources which can be addressed in EUTOPIA.
  • On official Kick Off meeting is being organised by the University of Ljubljana for the start of December. The presidents and partners will all be able to come together to celebrate the start of the grant and of the EUTOPIA project!
  • University of Ljubljana is co-organising, together with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, Innovation Day 2019 taking place on 25 September. The event is bringing together researchers and companies with the aim to boost their collaboration and develop innovation. For more information contact Simona Rataj ( or see HERE.
  • The UPF rector will be visiting the Université Paris Seine on the 17 of September. Il will be an opportunity to present the UPF to the different UCP components and to review ongoing projects. The rector will then present with the UCP president the EUTOPIA project during an HCERES (High Council for the evaluation of research and higher education) conference in Paris.
  • During the EAIE conference, taking place in Helsinki, WP6 Open to the World will have an informal meeting on 25th September. If other people from WP6 who are attending the conference would like to meet with the group, please contact either Gillian Olivieri (, Mike Haymes ( or Denise Hewlett ( 
  • The dates for the EUTOPIA HR meeting are set for 16 and 17 October in Brussels. The draft agenda can be found attached to this mail.


The VUB is happy to share following opportunity: International Joint Research Groups for EU13. An EU-13 international joint research group assembles researchers from at least one university from the EU-13 countries and from the VUB that are active around a common research line. A research line means a clearly defined thematic research area that includes at least multiple related research projects, PhD’s, master dissertations and published papers. The new strategic collaboration within the EU-13 IJRG should enable all partners to strengthen their position in their individual core competence domains and deliver cross-disciplinary or disciplinary strengthening research contributions. The primary goals of an EU-13 international joint research group are to increase collaboration with universities from the European ‘Widening Countries’ and increase the visibility and attractiveness in EU and other worldwide programs of the participating research teams.

When selected, the VUB Research Council allocates a working budget of 10.000 EUR/year for three years, mainly oriented towards financing of the extra costs of collaboration at a distance (Typically: mobility cost). Based on demonstrated joint activities and outcome this can be renewed. All applications need to submitted to and


This is a kind reminder to the registration deadline for the ILEPS Congress on “The Olympics: A mirror and an indicator for changing societies”. Please do notice, that the final deadline is on the 30th of September. Please find the program through this link. For more information, please contact Gilles Lecocq (