University of Gothenburg
EUTOPIA WEEK 2021 spring programme

EUTOPIA Week Programme and Registration

Learn more about the programme The week contained everything from high-level policy discussions to hands-on workshops to learning about the many ways in which you can get involved in – and benefit from – the EUTOPIA alliance.

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Monday - Everyone is Welcome to EUTOPIA

Photo: Gunnar Jönsson

Session 1

Join our journey: EUTOPIA Week Opening Ceremony

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 CET

Who should register for this session? 
General interest.

The University of Gothenburg welcomes participants and guests from near and far to the EUTOPIA Week opening ceremony. A variety of EUTOPIA representatives will provide highlights from our journey so far, and look at what lies ahead. Special guests - the UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, as well as Västra Götaland's Governor - will provide their perspectives on local and international cooperation. So come along and join our journey.


  • Anders Danielsson
  • Ulrika Modéer

Get to know the speakers

Session 2

Idioms and expressions: A multilingual quiz to get your journey going

Time: 12:30 - 13:30 CET

Who should register for this session? 
General interest.

What do you do before you travel to a new country? Maybe you try to learn some key phrases in the local language. Maybe you read about the country or region and its culture. Come see how language and culture are intertwined in this fun, interactive quiz about idioms and expressions from the languages of EUTOPIA.

Session 3

Adapting the system to the students and not the other way around

Time: 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Who should register for this session? 
Higher education students and teachers, administrators, researchers.

In this session, we present HyFlex blended learning. A panel of experts and student representatives will explore the pros and cons in relation to inclusion and sustainability from a student perspective. How do we ensure students have equitable learning opportunities regardless of which format they choose? What quality and organisational aspects do we need to consider? The session will address different perspectives and promote increased understanding of inclusion in practice. Attendees will be able to pose questions and share their own views or feedback.


  • Dr. Stina Sundling (moderator)
  • Dr. Sylva Frisk
  • Professor Gwen Van der Velden
  • Ms. Chantal Dardelet
  • Ms. Linde Moriau
  • Mr. Karl Kilbo Edlund

Get to know the speakers - session 3

Closed meetings - Monday

The open sessions of EUTOPIA Week are only one part of what is going on during the week. Closed meetings on Monday:  

  • Partner Humanities meeting, PhD training in the Humanities
  • Strategic Board day 1 (presidents)
  • EUTOPIA Work Package 3: Research internal meeting 

Tuesday - Education

Photo: Superstudio D&D/Göteborg & Co

Session 4

The EUTOPIA Educational Model: experiences so far and hopes for the future

Time: 11:00 - 12:00 CET

Who should register for this session?
General interest, students, teachers, administrators

Are you interested in innovative educational models? Are you curious what EUTOPIA’s Learning Units and Connected Learning Communities are all about? These are the topics covered in this session. After a presentation on the EUTOPIA educational model, you’ll hear about, and be able to pose questions about, Learning Units from teachers that run them and students that take them.


  • Dr. Mette Sandoff
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Danckaert
  • Sara Gabrielsen
  • Dr. Lisbeth Aggestam
  • Prof. Trisha Meyer
  • Uwe Fromm
  • Fanny Nilsson
  • Prof. Jo Angouri, Professor
  • Prof. Tommaso Milani
  • Sophie Frankpitt

Get to know the speakers - Session 4

Session 5

Student Forum: Building a student vision for EUTOPIA

Time: 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Who should register for this session?
Primarily students – especially students who aren’t already on the student council or work package representatives; but all are welcome (teachers, researchers, staff etc.).

The student forum is a recurring event, established in the initial structure to include student influence in EUTOPIA. The student forum is specifically designed to involve students who are not elected to the Student Council or work packages. This, then, increases the input and influence in EUTOPIA from students, and contributes to broader student co-ownership and full partnership. Previous student fora have concerned environmental sustainability and gender equality, enabling students interested in these issues connected to these topics to network and share ideas across institutional borders.


Session 6a & 6b (parallel session, 2 half-day workshops)

Western Balkans workshop: University autonomy and integrity


Tuesday, April 13 13:00 - 16:00 CET

Wednesday, April 14 10:00 - 12:30 CET

Who should register for this session?
Primary audience groups are EUTOPIA and Western Balkans students, research and administrative staff. The event is also open to whomever wishes to participate.

This is the third of six workshops focused on enhancing knowledge exchanges between the EUTOPIA universities and neighbouring region universities, namely the Western Balkans. The first two Western Balkan workshops discussed research and curriculum design. This time, the theme is university autonomy and integrity.

The key aims are to exchange experiences with and views about university autonomy and integrity between the EUTOPIA and regional universities; to raise awareness that increased university autonomy requires greater attention to integrity issues; and to put the university autonomy issue into a contemporary context, where there is an increasing emphasis on university-stakeholder partnerships.


  • Dr Ivan Svetlik
  • Dr Ivanka Popović
  • Dr Enita Nakas
  • Dr Thomas Estermann
  • Dr Josep Ibáñez
  • Dr Janez Kranjc
  • Dr Leka Dukagjin
  • Dr Andi Hoxhaj
  • Dr Magali Jaouen
  • Dr Tomas Grysell
  • Dr Linda Bradley

Get to know the speakers - Session 6a and 6b

Universities operate in turbulent times, and innovative ways of thinking, working, learning and researching together, locally and globally, are needed to face today’s and tomorrow’s grand societal challenges. How is Higher Education best organized in order to rise to its infinitely ambitious goals? This is what EUTOPIA wants to stimulate discussions on in the first of its new series, "EUTOPIAn Futures".

For more information and to register, visit Eutopia university web page

Closed meetings - Tuesday

The open sessions of EUTOPIA Week are only one part of what is going on during the week. Closed meetings on Tuesday: 

  • Strategic Board day 2 (presidents)
  • EUTOPIA Work Package 2: Education internal meeting 

Wednesday - Cooperation

Session 6b

Western Balkans workshop: University autonomy and integrity

Time: 10-12.30 CET

See Tuesday 6a and 6b for info.

Session 7

EUTOPIA is no Utopia Without Students: Why you should get involved in international networks and why it matters

Time: 11:00 - 12:00 CET

Who should register for this session? 
Students; anyone in a position to promote EUTOPIA/international networks to students

In this student-focused session, we show that international networks in higher education are not just for researchers and staff. In fact, the EUTOPIA Alliance has an explicit student focus. This session explores why student involvement in EUTOPIA is important and why international engagement benefits students both during their studies and after.

It also considers broader sustainability issues and touches on how employers think. This is sure to be a lively, engaged roundtable discussion between professionals with strong international ties and students active in EUTOPIA.


  • Dr. Haileselassie Medhin
  • Mr. Eloi Colldeforns Papiol
  • Mr Luke Mepham
  • Ms Ajda Hedžet, Phd Student
  • Carmen Mazijn

Get to know the speakers - Session 7

Session 8

How can we help you? Networking with the EUTOPIA Career Ambassadors

Time: 12:30 - 13:30 CET

Who should register for this session? 
Primarily students; even Study Counselors/Career Counselors

Thinking about what comes after your studies? Looking for a traineeship during your studies? EUTOPIA’s career ambassadors are here to help! This is your chance to meet them, find out what they do and what they have to offer, get access to their resources and networks, and learn about their workshop series – all designed to help you in your career goals.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and network, as well as to influence the topics of their upcoming workshops.


  • Miss Myriam Akchich
  • Mrs Gladys Gros-Desormeaux
  • Miss Jana Medle
  • Miss Ljiljana Lazikić
  • Miss Eva Julija Poberaj
  • Mr Guillem Martínez Roura
  • Miss Ashmeena Rickaby
  • Mr Uwe Fromm

Get to know the speakers - Session 8

Session 9

Digitalization of journalism. Creative destruction or utter destruction?

Time: 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Who should register for this session?
Students and academics

In an anarchic digital environment where anyone with a twitter account can become a publisher, journalism faces new challenges and opportunities. From new business models, the low cost of connecting between international regions to the avalanche of fake news, twitter bots, clickbait headlines, job insecurity and a growing discontent among citizens where online activism can turn into street riots.

What are the consequences for democracy and how can the EUTOPIA universities prepare students in general and students in journalism in particular to face this new and changing digital media landscape?


  • Mr Leonardo Alexis Peralta (moderator)
  • Associate Professor Ike Picone, Associate
  • Ms Mar Jiménez
  • Associate Professor Jenny Wiik

Get to know the speakers - Session 9

Thursday - Research

Session 10

How can European University alliances contribute to the integration of education, research and innovation?

Time: 09:30 - 10:45 CET

Who should register for this session?

  • EUTOPIA alliance (Students, rearchers, teachers, staff)
  • Other EUI alliances
  • EU Policy makers

European University alliances provide a unique opportunity to promote true integration between education, research and innovation activities in higher education. The European University Initiative is game-changer, moving higher education institutions well past simply encouraging exchanges and synergies between them. But the alliances, such as EUTOPIA, cannot make these changes alone.

Moving forward, what can we expect and hope for in terms of closer co-development of the Erasmus and Horizon Europe programmes in support of European Universities so that we can make the vision for new higher education models a reality?


  • Professor Seán Hand (moderator)
  • Ms Apostolia Karamali
  • Ms Vanessa Debiais-Sainton
  • Professor Eva Wiberg
  • Professor Bernd Huber
  • Professor Willem (Wim) de Villiers

Get to know the speakers - Session 10

Session 11

Post-COVID Society: An Opportunity or Challenge Towards the Construction of Sustainable Urbanism?

Time: 11:00 - 12:20 CET

Who should register for this session? 
Students and general interest

In this panel discussion we explore the various challenges and opportunities that the pandemic has posed to urban development, from the perspectives of public health, urban design, democracy, and transport. What impact has the pandemic had on what the city looks like? What role will the universities play in it? Will there even be a need for cities? How has the pandemic affected our achievement of the sustainable development goals?


  • Ricardo Alfaro (moderator)
  • Dr. Francesc Baró
  • Annika Paldanius
  • Marie-Léa Rousseau
  • Evelise Pereira Barboza

Get to know the speakers - Session 11

Session 12

Best practices of Technological Transfer in the six universities of EUTOPIA

Time: 12:45 - 13:45 CET

Who should register for this session? General interest. EUTOPIA colleagues and communities that work in Tech Transfer services or related fields

Case studies from EUTOPIA partners regarding future sustainable strategies on TechTransfer and public–private partnerships (PPP).


  • Ms. Urša Jerše
  • Besma Zeddini
  • Mr. Pau Fernández
  • Dr. Julia Grönros
  • Dr. Sonja Haesen
  • Dr. David Mullins

Get to know the speakers - Session 12

Session 13

Opportunities for researchers

Time: 14:00 - 15:00 CET

Who should register for this session? 
Researchers, PhD Students

Find out more about opportunities for researchers and PhD students offered through our EUTOPIA partnership network, such as the Researcher Mobility Programme, Young Leaders Academy and Science and Innovation Fellowships.


  • Prof. Göran Landberg
  • Dr Arnaud Lefranc

Learn more about the speakers - Session 13

Session 14

Tackle sustainability challenges together, now

Time: 15:15 - 16:15 CET

Who should register for this session? 
Professors, post-doctoral researchers, research managers

EUTOPIA offers the perfect occasion to join forces and tackle sustainability challenges together. To support new research collaborations across our universities and disciplines, EUTOPIA brings you and your fellow-scholars together to create new knowledge – bottom-up, yet well-supported. 

 During a one-hour workshop we will map your personal drivers and research skills, and collaboratively identify synergies against the background of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This mapping is a first step in advising you about research for sustainable development, driven by what thrives you. 

Especially if you are not familiar with sustainability research yet, you will appreciate this workshop.


Closed meetings - Thursday

The open sessions of EUTOPIA Week are only one part of what is going on during the week. Closed meetings on Thursday: 

  • Quality Board
  • Registrars meeting: Management and Digitalisation in Higher Education
  • Estates managers

Friday - The Journey Ahead

Photo: Johan Wingborg

Closing ceremony

The Journey Ahead: EUTOPIA Week Closing Ceremony

Time: 12.00 - 12.30 CET


  • Dr. Cecilia Malmström
  • Professor Eva Wiberg
  • Professor Jaume Casals

Get to know the speakers - Closing ceremony

Closed meetings - Friday

The open sessions of EUTOPIA Week are only one part of what is going on during the week. Closed meetings on Friday: 

  • EUTOPIA engagement: bringing together EUTOPIA staff and students, associated partners, global partners
  • HR Directors meeting