UAS4EUROPE Networking Conference: Universities of Applied Sciences - From breakthrough ideas to breakthrough innovation!

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On 11 May 2021, UAS4EUROPE will hold its biennial Networking Conference, this time as a virtual event. It will create networking possibilities for Universities of Applied Sciences representatives and researchers, as well as for various research and innovation stakeholders from industry and civil society. Horizon Europe will be an important topic of the conference. BayFOR supports Hochschule Bayern e.V. in organising this event.

This event will be kicked-off with high-level political discussions in the morning, followed by interactive thematic workshops and virtual face-to-face matchmaking opportunities in the afternoon. Furthermore, the UAS4EUROPE virtual exhibition will provide best practice examples and demonstrate the hands-on mentality of European Universities of Applied Sciences.

Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) are strongly embedded in their regional ecosystems through close links with industry and citizens. Therefore, they have an enormous potential to translate breakthrough ideas into breakthrough innovation. The central topic of our high-level political panel discussion will be to describe how exactly UAS use their regional power for a green and innovative Europe.

Our guests will be:

  • Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister of Science and the Arts
  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport, European Commission
  • Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Angelika Niebler, Member of European Parliament
  • Claudia Gamon, Member of European Parliament
  • Marjolijn Brussaard, President of the Executive Board, ArtEZ University of the Arts & Board Member, Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Krista Taipale, Project Director for International Affairs, Regional Council of Häme, Finland

In addition, with the launch of Horizon Europe in January 2021, the research and innovation communities in Europe and beyond are joining forces and preparing their funding applications. With a share of over 50% of the total Horizon Europe budget, Pillar II offers applied sciences multiple opportunities to address the “Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness”. This will be the topic of our first set of interactive workshops, where UAS professionals will discuss the challenges and opportunities provided by each of the six clusters within Horizon Europe.

During a second  set of workshops, an interactive exchange between registered participants will address the position of UAS within regional innovation ecosystems and their role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. In addition, a dedicated workshop will focus on the Horizon Europe programme planning and specifically on how work programmes are prepared and designed.

Event time

11 May 2021, from 9:45 to 16:00 hrs (CET)


The event will be held online.


Please find here the preliminary agenda.

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Please find the registration form here. The event is free of charge.


UAS4EUROPE is a joint initiative of swissuniversities, Hochschule Bayern e.V., EURASHE, University Colleges Denmark, Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (ARENE), Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften Baden-Württemberg e.V., the Austrian Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences and the University Alliance for SMEs. The initiative is committed to a strong position and increased visibility of UAS in the European research landscape. UAS4EUROPE represents 2.3 million students, more than 400 universities and more than 60,000 researchers.
For more information on UAS4EUROPE's activities, please visit our website:


Karin Lukas-Eder
BayFOR Representative / EU Liaison Office in Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 5134121

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