EUA network: ‘Universities as key contributors to sustainable innovation ecosystems’

The presentation of the results of the EUA survey on universities and innovation will take place on 10 November 2021 from 12.30 to 15.30 CET in Brussels. EUA will gather policymakers, university leaders and other research and innovation actors to discuss the findings and analyse a Europe-wide picture of university innovation. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. SGroup is a member of EUA.

The participants will also discuss EUA’s key recommendations to enhance universities’ contribution to European innovation ecosystems with Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. The outcomes will contribute to the development of the Commission’s upcoming plan for strengthening the pan-European innovation ecosystem.
As established drivers of their innovation ecosystems, universities display the necessary strategic attention to innovation that can make Europe a leader in the green and digital transitions. However, their growing focus on innovation is outpacing the availability of support systems, as well as requiring them to adjust their own institutional approaches for a more disruptive role as innovators. Aligning these systems and approaches with universities’ innovation ambitions will be crucial to fostering a more sustainable and digitally connected society. The EUA innovation survey aimed to measure the extent of this alignment and provide evidence to develop recommendations for universities, policy makers and funding agencies. 

The event takes place at the Scotland House in Brussels and is free of charge to all EUA members, and anyone interested in this topic. To comply with Covid-19 safety measures in Brussels, all participants will need to present a Covid Safe Ticket or an EU Digital Covid Certificate to attend the event. The venue can accommodate a maximum of 70 participants.. The event will also be streamed online to allow all interested stakeholders and EUA members to participate.