We are delighted to invite you to the conference Cross-Border R&I in the European Universities Initiative, taking place on 25 March 2022 in Brussels and online.

CIVIS is a European Civic University formed by the alliance of 10 leading universities. We are creating a unique European inter-university campus for innovative education, research and innovation, and society at large.  The research and innovation dimension of CIVIS is supported by RIS4CIVIS, as part of which the Université libre de Bruxelles is hosting this exciting half-day conference.

Representatives of CIVIS and other pilot alliances will meet policy experts and actors to debate and share their experiences of the reality of cross-border R&I. We hope to see you there, or that you can join us online!


Practical Details
DATE: ­Friday 25 March 2022
­TIME: 09:00 – 13:00 (inc. registration and lunch)
­PLACE Palais des Académies, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Bruxelles
­9:00 – 09:30 Registration

9:30 – 10:15 RIS4CIVIS: addressing 21st century challenges through R&I

Welcome speech: Annemie Schaus, Rector of the Université libre de Bruxelles and CIVIS President
Presentation of CIVIS: Francois Heinderyckx, Advisor to the Rector, Université libre de Bruxelles
Keynote speech on the state of play for research in Europe: Patrick Brenier, Advisor for the European Research Area and Open Science, European Commission
Presentation of RIS4CIVIS: Philippe Delaporte, Vice-Rector for Research, Aix-Marseille Université

­10:15 – 10:45 Networking Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:30 R&I Roundtables

Panel 1 – European University alliances: a new nexus of innovation
Moderator: Stephane Berghmans, Director for Research and innovation, EUA
Ciro Franco, Head of Research Support Office, Sapienza Università di Roma
Jordi Garcia, Vice-Rector for Research, University of Barcelona (representing CHARM EU)
Bruno Van Pottelsberghe, Dean of the Solvay School of Economics and Management, Université libre de Bruxelles

Panel 2 – The European researcher: University alliances as a springboard to integrated mobility
Moderator: Marius Gilbert, Vice-Rector for Research, Université libre de Bruxelles
Louise Wallenberg, Professor and RIS4CIVIS Work Package Leader, Stockholm University
Stijn Delaure, Policy Officer for Universities, European Commission Directorate-General for Research & Innovation
Olga Wessels, Head of ECIU Brussels Office (representing ECIU)
Sara Wilmet, Researcher Mobility Manager, Université catholique de Louvain

­12:30 Lunch