Postal addressThe Guild of European
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Europe is strengthened if research and innovation (R&I) of the highest caliber flourish in all its regions.
In its position paper on the next Framework Programme (FP9), the Guild calls for strengthening European science and innovation to enable us better to address the challenges of our sustainable global development, as articulated in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The growing challenge of populism, the rise of ‘alternative facts’, and discussions about a vision for Europe challenge not only public institutions in Europe. They also present a fundamental challenge to Europe’s universities, whose essential role lies in the production of knowledge and the education of Europe’s citizens.
On 1 June 2017, the rector of the University of Tübingen, Bernd Engler, hosted a discussion with 90 representatives of member universities of the Guild, and Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, president of the European Research Council (ERC). Bourguignon urged university communities to be vigilant in defending frontier-led science, encouraging rectors and academic leaders to keep articulating the importance of excellent research to citizens, MEPs, national politicians and the media.
The University of Bern has been admitted to The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities as its newest member with immediate effect.
On 27 April, the Swedish government appointed Guild Chair and rector of the University of Oslo (UiO) Ole Petter Ottersen, as Vice-Chancellor of Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm.
The Guild and other academic associations give a unified voice to Europe's research community
Universities must step up to the unique challenge of leading the debate on the future of Europe, ensuring freedom of expression, quality of argument, and critical dialogue; practices that are currently being threatened on other continents.
Also from our event "stem populism by embracing dissent, universities told" by Times Higher Education
Unleashing the potential of Europe’s universities