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Research & Innovation

Great success of the biggest Unite! event to date: 3rd Unite! Dialogue Grenoble

17 March 2021

The 3rd Unite! Dialogue had a different focus every day: from the meeting of rectors and presidents of the seven Unite! partners in the Unite! Governing Platform (UGP) to decide on the next strategic steps of the alliance on March 8th, to the Dialogue itself, where teams and anyone active in building Unite! meet for exchange and inspiration on March 9th, with highlights like the Public Session.

Also, the first meeting of the Student Forum SURE! with the Unite! Steering Committee (USC) took place on March 10th, on an exchange on the SURE! mission statement and further student involvement in Unite!. Being both agents and beneficiaries of the alliance, Unite! students have a key role in the future of the European Universities. Including students’ voices into the implementation, decisions and planning of Unite! is essential to its mission. The Unite! Student Forum SURE! (“Students in Unite! for Representation and Empowerment”) was confirmed and approved by the UGP as the student-self-organised body within the overall governance of Unite! on the first day of the Dialogue.

The Public Session was dedicated to the topic of “European Values and Innovation”. Tanja Brühl, Unite! President, started the event with a welcome address: “Unite! as a European University alliance is contributing to strengthening core European values by demonstrating that close cooperation is valuable and that such cooperation enables us to develop new ideas and innovation.” She gave over to the two keynote speakers, Constance Chevallier Govers, professor at the Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), and Stephane Hubac, from ST Microelectronics, researcher in manufacturing sciences, elaborating their concepts of “European values and innovation” as input for the following discussion with the audience. Over 350 participants from Unite! universities all over Europe attended, as well as other European University Alliances and some ersonalities of the political arena.

The Grenoble Dialogue Organisation team had the idea to take co-creation in Unite! to a new level by having an open call among all Unite! members to contribute topics for the parallel session. With 18 sessions in 6 tracks - University and society in a European perspective; Students, cultures, arts & sciences: let's connect!; Beyond mobility; Unite!'s tools and progress; Degrees and doctoral studies; Innovation, society and business -  it allowed the attendants to attend differents sessions according to their interests. The virtual format allowed a high number of participants – ranging from students to academic and administrative staff from all seven partners – discussing and working together in breakout-sessions or other collaborative formats.