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Published May 24, 2022 1:26 PM

This issue includes our calls to the Commission and the member states regarding the recently released European Health Data Space, strengthening universities’ innovation capacities in light of the upcoming New European Innovation Agenda, and Open Access and the need to support the development of Diamond Open Access journals ahead of the June Competitiveness Council. Lastly, make sure you get a spot in our final #FutureofEducation seminar, hosted by the University of Tübingen on 3 June.

Published May 4, 2022 11:24 AM

The Guild welcomes the publication, on Tuesday 3rd May, of the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS). While contributing to the building of the European Health Union, the proposal recognises the particular sensitivities of health data and the ethics of its use. The Guild fully underlines the urgency of finding solutions to unleash the full potential of shared health data to help scientists develop new treatments for patients and improve the wellbeing of citizens in Europe.

Published Apr. 28, 2022 11:48 AM

Our April issue zooms in on international cooperation in research and academic freedom, including also a highlight from our call to the EU on supporting students and staff from Ukraine. See also the joint recommendations on the Digital Services Act, and our positions on multinational clinical trials and animal research. Catch up also with our Secretary-General Jan Palmowski's latest opinion pieces on the research assessment reform and universities’ support for Ukraine.

Published Apr. 8, 2022 10:40 AM

The Guild welcomes the Council conclusions on a European strategy empowering higher education institutions for the future of Europe. We particularly welcome the expressed desire for Europe to be a safe haven for the freedom of scientific research and democratic values. Europe must stand out as a place where universities are supported through European and national schemes to welcome students, researchers and academics whose freedom is under threat.

Published Mar. 28, 2022 8:28 AM

This week, the EU member states will discuss how to best coordinate their responses to cross-border health threats. The Guild highlights that lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic must be drawn in this regard and that the EPSCO Council and the Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices should give a stronger impetus to initiatives aimed at facilitating larger and multinational clinical trials. We urge the member states and the European Commission to address critical obstacles that researchers are facing when conducting multinational clinical trials, particularly regarding the sharing and reuse of health data.

Published Mar. 18, 2022 12:58 PM

In this issue, we zoom in on how The Guild’s member universities are supporting researchers and students fleeing the war in Ukraine. See also the statements from our rectors and opinion piece from Jan Palmowski where he discusses how EU’s funding mechanisms could be adapted to support Ukraine. Catch up with our statements on gender and diversity definitions and the Data Act, and a recap of our latest #FutureofEducation seminar hosted by the University of Glasgow.

Published Mar. 4, 2022 3:53 PM

As the war has forced many Ukrainians to flee their homes, Guild universities are providing concrete support to enable Ukrainian researchers, academics, university staff and students to continue their lives, work, and careers to the best of their ability under traumatic circumstances.

Here is an updated list of actions the universities have taken.

Published Mar. 2, 2022 3:15 PM

The Guild wishes to draw attention to the open letter signed by Russian scientists condemning the war. The Guild fully supports them as they “demand an immediate halt to all military operations directed against Ukraine. We demand respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state. We demand peace for our countries. Let's do science, not war!”.

Published Feb. 18, 2022 2:28 PM

In this issue, we zoom in on the EU-AU summit with statements on the AU-EU Innovation Agenda and ARUA’s call to strengthen Africa's research ecosystem, as well as highlights from our joint panel discussion on European-African university collaboration. See also Jan Palmowski’s opinion piece and our call for the UK and Switzerland to associate to Horizon Europe. Lastly, save the date for the upcoming University of Glasgow and The Guild #FutureOfEducation seminar on designing learning spaces.