Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of the Science & Education for Society Working Group.

Opening Science WG Leader

Leader

Berwyn Davies

Welsh Higher Education Brussels – Welsh Government

Martina Hilger

Leader

Martina Hilger

Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Maarten Libeer

Leader

Maarten Libeer

VLEVA - Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap

Eelko Steenhuis

Leader

Eelko Steenhuis

UASNL - Universities of Applied Science Netherlands

Science & Education for Society

The Science & Education for Society Working Group addresses topics related to the concept of place-based universities and engagement with society and citizens while also working on the role of education in S3 as well as education and skills for research and innovation. The Working Group facilitates information sharing, knowledge development, and aims to strengthen existing and build new relationships with the EU institutions. Facilitating project development is also part of the Working Group's scope. 

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Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

A new skills agenda for Europe

Postponed: Infosession on the Updated Skills Agenda

Anna Tranberg

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns in Brussels, we regret to inform you that the infosession on the Skills Agenda for Europe will be postponed. We will communicate the new date as soon as

Opening Science

European Universities Initiative – supporting regional development

Gaia Ialisa Marotta

The first call for proposal for European University alliances was a success and led to the selection of 17 alliances from 114 different higher education institutions and 24 member states. The second

WG Events

WG Events

2020 EUA Annual Conference webinar series launch

The European University Association will present a series of webinars instead of hosting its 2020 annual conference in-person. The first of the webinars will take place on 17th April, and will cover the topic: 'strength in numbers - can university alliances change the game?' The webinars will all explore the critical role universities play in creating knowledge and fostering democracy in sustainable societies, as well as the importance of leadership and strategy within universities.  Registration for the first of these online sessions is now open and will remain open until the webinar…

Postponed: Infosession on the Updated Skills Agenda

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns in Brussels, we regret to inform you that the infosession on the Skills Agenda for Europe will be postponed. We will communicate the new date as soon as possible. The Skills Agenda for Europe needs an update. A first updated draft of this agenda will be presented on 18 March. Seeing that up- and re-skilling paired with the reduction of the skills gap are hot topics for all European regions, we would like to invite regional offices to an information session about this updated agenda. The event is a collaboration between VLEVA, the Flemish Permanent…

How to enrich online teaching activities in higher education through Virtual Exchanges

As education institutions and students adapt their working arrangements due to the coronavirus outbreak, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange will present digital resources in a meeting next week. The workshop, 'How to enrich online teaching activities in higher education through Virtual Exchanges', will take place online.  The masterclass will present practical guidance and initiatives to allow professors, teachers and students to continue exchanging outside of the classroom, including collaborative, safe and rewarding activity ideas.  To learn more and to sign up to the session, click here. 

The European Union's digital policies: what is the role of universities?

The European University Association is offering a webinar on the European Union's digital policies and how universities can benefit from them. The session will give examples of initiatives and funding opportunities.  The webinar will focus on the ways in which digitalisation is rapidly transforming societies and how universities can play a central role in delivering the required policy agenda.  The session will include speakers from EIT and the Digital Europe Programme and will be followed by a Q&A.  For more information, click here. 

YERUN Dialogue on Graduate Employability

In a moment of reflection on the future of universities in Europe and ahead of the EC Communication on the future ERA and EEA, it is high time to talk about the employability of students and early career researchers. Universities are and should remain safe havens for intellectual pursuit and creative thought, but when students, parents and taxpayers make an investment in graduates' professional future, as they develop expectations on employability which must also be met. Finding the right balance requires consideration, dialogue and debate with all stakeholders involved. In the framework of…

Women & STEM: IWD breakfast discussion

For its annual International Women's Day event, this year the Nordic diplomatic representations and cultural institutes are hosting a breakfast discussion on the subject of women and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  The discussion will address the problem of a scarcity of women in the STEM fields, ask how to tackle it and bridge collaborations for equality within different areas of STEM. The role of quotas will be discussed, as well as how women in STEM will contribute to innovations in the future.  The event will be opened by Sweden's Ambassador to Belgium, Annika…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

Upcoming Working Group Meetings

The ERRIN secretariat wishes to remind members about changes to Working Group meetings scheduled to take place next week.  Taking place as online webinar:  Wednesday 1st April - 15:00 - Transport WG - Data and the future mobility system - click here for details and registration.  Thursday 2nd April - 10:00 - Policy WG - Update on European partnerships - click here for details and registration.  Postponed:  Wednesday 1st April - Health WG - Tackling diseases & reduce disease burden - rearranged for Tuesday 5th May - click here for more details.  Friday 3rd April - Science &…

Update on ERRIN's work

As we are sure you are all very much aware, the current outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty in Brussels and across the whole of Europe. We would therefore like to take a moment to reassure all of you, our members and subscribers, that despite the current situation, the ERRIN Secretariat will stay operational and work remotely. We will continue to serve our members in the best possible ways, mainly through online tools. However, considering the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, there are some actions that we are required to take, especially related to our upcoming…

Information concerning ERRIN Working Group meetings

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns and the guidelines given by the Belgian authorities, we regret to inform you that our upcoming Working Group meetings will be postponed or will take place online. Please find below a list of Working Group meetings for the month of March:   Online webinar:  - Blue Growth WG meeting on clean waterborne transport (23 March)   Postponed meetings: - Smart Specialisation WG meeting on Component 5 (19 March) - Innovation & Investment WG meeting on access to finance for SMEs (24 March) - ICT and Cultural Heritage & Tourism WG meeting on…

Information concerning the COVID-19 outbreak and ERRIN meetings

  Considering the current outbreak of the Coronavirus and cancellations of some events taking place in Brussels, we would like to inform members that for the time being all ERRIN Working Group meetings will take place as planned, unless communicated otherwise. We advise all our members to follow our communications in the coming weeks for possible updates on the current situation.    

Strengthening ERRIN’s work on education and skills

ERRIN is strengthening its work on education and skills in view of the next programming period 2021-2027. Several initiatives such as the European Universities Initiative, Centres of Vocational Excellence, and the Blueprint on sectoral cooperation on skills are closely linked to the research and innovation agenda and of great interest to ERRIN members. Opening Science becomes Science & Education for Society Seeing the increased number of actions in the ERASMUS+ programme that encourage synergies with Smart Specialisation strategies and social embeddedness, ERRIN sees a clear…

Looking for secondary school for Erasmus+ KA02 project interested in takling of early school leaving

Center for Unges livsmestring is private consultancy company working with children in age group from 15-20 years old that struggles with need for individual approach and methods to fit in the school curricula by strengthening collaboration among all involved actors hereby within school as well as within families, addressing and  improving transitions between different stages of education; fostering preventive and early intervention approaches.   One of the Europe 2020 Strategy headline targets is that the share of early school leavers should be under 10% and at least 40% of the younger…

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

Calls for pledges to address rising need for digital skills and jobs in coronavirus crisis

To meet the sudden demands for digital technologies needed because of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, supported by the European Commission, is calling for pledges.

  • By Simon De Wachter

VIVES University of Applied Sciences is looking for a Nordic partner for a REC-project on gender-based violence

The VIVES University of Applied Sciences is looking for a partner to join their consortium. They are preparing a proposal for the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC)-call to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women.

  • By Hilary Webb

Upcoming Working Group Meetings

The ERRIN secretariat wishes to remind members about changes to Working Group meetings scheduled to take place next week. 

  • By Markos Papadopoulos

PhD Fellowships - 2020 RISE Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) opportunity

The Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies (RISE), as part of the RISE Doctoral Training Program announces eight PhD Fellowships under various Multidisciplinary Research Groups (MRGs). 

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

Update on ERRIN's work

The current outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty in Brussels and across the whole of Europe. We would therefore like to reassure all of you, that despite the current situation, the ERRIN Secretariat will stay operational and work remotely.