On 9 and 10 January, Guild vice-presidents gathered in Brussels to discuss how research and innovation policies and programmes can help Europe prepare for the immediate and long-term future.
Together with Kurt Vandenberghe, Director of Policy Development and Coordination at DG RTD, and Themis Christophidou, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, vice-presidents discussed the strategic vision that informs Horizon Europe’s priorities as well as the importance of strengthening the links between research and education.
In the context of education, vice-presidents shared their experiences with mobility programmes and the opportunities provided by the diversity of mobility schemes within their institutions. Whilst discussing their visions for the European Universities initiative the vice-presidents agreed that increasing the number of mobilities will have a profound impact on their institutions. By supporting easily accessible shorter-term mobilities, students and academic staff who experience economic or family-related restrictions could also participate in mobility programmes.
Vice-presidents also explored Horizon Europe’s priorities related to open science and citizen engagement. The growing need for communicating science and raising awareness about its contribution to society was one of the key questions addressed in the meeting.
Vice-presidents discussed how Plan S has mobilised the scholarly community to engage on the role of researchers and universities in the public debate on open science. Participants also discussed institutional guidelines for streamlining open science principles and offered their observations on national citizen science programmes.
The meeting provided an energising start for The Guild’s activities in 2019. The next meeting of our vice-presidents will be hosted in March by King’s College London.