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Modernization. Excellence. Societal Impact.

The EuroTech Universities High Level Event 2018 took place on 6 November at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union.

Browse the programme of our interactive showcase of state-of-the-art technologies and high-level panel debate on the challenges faced by the “university of the future”.

Moderated by SEAN KLEIN, former BBC Bureau Chief for Europe

Confirmed speakers:

  • JEAN-ERIC PAQUET, Director-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • THEMIS CHRISTOPHIDOU, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport & Culture, European Commission
  • PATRICIA REILLY, Deputy Head of Cabinet, Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
  • WOLFGANG A. HERRMANN, President of Technical University of Munich, Founding President of the Alliance
  • ERIC LABAYE, President of Ecole Polytechnique, new-coming President to the Alliance
  • JAN MENGELERS, current President of the EuroTech Universities Alliance and President of Eindhoven University of Technology
  • BARBARA SCHRETTER, Director, Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU
  • FRANÇOIS ALOUGES, Professor for Applied Mathematics, École Polytechnique
  • KATRIN BEYER, Chair of Open Science Committee and Associate Professor of Earthquake Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • JES BROENG, Serial high-tech entrepreneur and Professor of Photonics, Technical University of Denmark
  • SAMI HADDADIN, Director of Munich School of Robotics & Machine Intelligence, Technical University of Munich, Member of the Commission’s High-Level Group on Artificial Intelligence
  • THIERRY RAYNA, Professor of Innovation Management, Ecole Polytechnique
  • MAIJKE RECEVEUR, Chief Growth, Lightyear, startup from Eindhoven University of Technology


Event rationale:
To address their changing role in society, universities need to embrace initiatives in support of Open Science, interdisciplinarity, innovative education, entrepreneurship, as well as collaboration with industry.
As part of the Alliance’s joint mission to address major societal challenges by connecting innovation ecosystems across borders, the EuroTech Universities are at the forefront of promoting modernization, excellence and societal impact.
With Horizon Europe and the Modernization of European Higher Education high on the agenda, the event will stimulate a high-level debate on the opportunities and challenges the “university of the future” is facing – and what this means for future EU policies and programmes.

Follow the event on Twitter: #EuroTechModel.



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