Monday 16 May 2022 - 16.00
Hybrid event

Join the French Embassy, the British Council and UCL for a dialogue on the future of European academic collaboration.

About this event

Science has no borders. The remarkable mobilisation of the scientific community throughout the Covid crisis, and now in response to the Russia-Ukraine war, demonstrates the critical importance of international collaboration, not only for scientific excellence, but for generating solution to complex, cross-border problems.

However, an increasingly tense geopolitical context poses challenges for internationalisation in higher education and research, both in Europe and across the world. The dynamics underpinning European collaborations have shifted, creating new parameters and expectations for international partnerships between universities.

The second of a series of policy dialogues on the new geopolitics of Higher Education and Research will focus on the evolution of academic competition and collaboration in Europe against the backdrop of the return of war to Europe and an arguably more politicised approach to research cooperation. The discussion will cover the implications of this new context for European universities, as well as how we can preserve and maintain academic collaborations in times of uncertainty.

Welcoming remarks:

- Dr Catherine Saracco, Head of Education, British Council France 

- Dr Minh-Hà Pham, Counsellor for Science and technology, French Embassy in the UK

- Lucy Shackleton, Head of Public Policy & Partnerships, UCL European Institute 

Keynote speech:

- Professor Alain Beretz, former President of the University of Strasbourg. In charge of the mission on European universities by the Prime Minister in 2018-2020. President of COST, European cooperation programme in science and technology

- Professor Christine Musselin, CNRS full research professor, lecturer at Sciences Po, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations

Round table:

- Dr Uta Staiger, Executive Director of the European Institute and Pro Vice-Provost, Europe, UCL

- Dr Vincent Carpentier, Reader in the History of Education, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society


- Lucy Shackleton, Head of Public Policy & Partnerships, UCL European Institute 

More info about the event: 

This is a hybrid event which will be both on-line (on Zoom) and in person at the UCL European Institute - Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG, United Kingdom

The event will take place on Monday 16th from 16:00 to 18:00 BST

Click here  to register for an online, or an in-person, ticket

Find out about our series of Policy Dialogues

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