Conference 2014 in Copenhagen on October 22nd and 23rd: Tackling the Societal
Challenges of Horizon 2020
The Universities of Applied Sciences
Network (UASnet) hereby has the honor to invite researchers, policymakers and
stakeholders to this year’s UASnet conference, taking place in Copenhagen,
Denmark on the 23rd and 24th of October 2014. The
conference focuses on applied research in the field of social and health
High-profile European speakers and
researchers will provide innovative presentations and inclusive workshops to
guarantee you a challenging, thought-provoking and ambitious programme. The
sessions will revolve around a carefully selected set of the Societal
Challenges as set out in Horizon 2020, and the focus will be on social and
health related issues:
- Health, demographic
change and well-being;
- Europe in a changing
world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
- UAS in a changing higher education landscape // U-Multirank,
how do UAS relate to society.
For extended information, registration,
payment, suggestions for hotels, preliminary program and much more please
explore the official conference
which will be updated continually.
The participant fee for the full 1 ½ day
program is 200 Euros which includes full catering and conference
participation. The deadline for registration and payment is August 29th,
2014 at noon after which your registration is binding. Be aware that only a
limited number of vacancies for the conference are available, so register as
soon as possible if you want to secure your participation.
For you as participants the conference
will offer and form the basis of:
looking forward to seeing you in Copenhagen this autumn.
- Exchange of best
practices and knowledge accumulation on the selected topics
- Fostering new research
- Building up new
On Thursday Nov 7 UASnet organised, together with ERRIN, an event on
Industrial Leadership in Brussels at the Wales House of Education.
Over 100 people registered, bringing together researchers and policy
makers from more than 10 European countries.
speech was delivered by Mr Martin Sadowski, senior member at DG Research,
Innovation and Science. UEAPME, EARTO and other relevant stakeholders
contributed to the event, including 4 cases studies on Industrial research.
presentations can be find below.
Be aware of massive uncertainties in the
value of your lifetime investment – your home!
The EU is progressing towards sustainable
energy systems, outlined fundamentally in directives 2010/31 and 2012/27. The
primary goals are that by 2020 all new buildings will be very high energy
performance, nearly “zero-energy”, buildings and CO2 emissions will
be reduced overall by 90% in 2050.
What remains as the most challenging issue
to be solved? Naturally, bringing the millions of energy-wasteful older
buildings throughout Europe up to modern requirements in energy efficiency.
Their energy characteristics should also match the overall goals. Consequently,
extensive and massive renovations are required. Allocation and sequencing of
the coming renovations action is the most extensive risk for any residence
owner. Partial renovations should be performed according to profitability. This
is directly defined by the impact on energy efficiency and required cost of the
respective renovation action.
Energy consumption in residences is the sum
of household electricity, hot water and heating. The first two are both easily
measured and allow identification of the most significant energy loads and thus
targets for extensive savings. Heating and its respective energy losses are,
however, much more challenging to quantify. Heat is dissipated through the
building envelope, but the energy loss is distributed unevenly. It would be
most beneficial if true values of heat flux could be analysed in detail to
reveal the extent of energy loss in different positions.
We have developed at Arcada a unique
instrument for the analysis of heat flux through building envelopes. It
analyses insulation characteristics and gives directly true heat flux “U-values”
(W/m2·°C). The instrument is lightweight and using tape mounts
easily onto any surface. The required time for a single measurement is
typically only 30 minutes. We foresee that experts performing heat loss
inspections would have 10 such devices, and so could complete a detailed
analysis of an average-sized house in around 3 hours and with more than 40
single measurement values- detailed information indeed. The house owner benefits
from the analysis as the results would form the foundation for renovation
plans. The final outcome equates to a cost optimal renovation with an expected
outcome in terms of energy efficiency.
Key Enabling and Industrial
Technologies in Horizon 2020 – what’s in it for universities of apllied sciences and regions?
November 7th 2013
Wales House of Education in
11 Rond-Point Schuman,
See the programme attached for
Register before 21stOctober
is organising a pilot webinar, an online seminar/workshop for researchers.
webinar will focus on: EU research collaboration and funding opportunities
on Environmental Science
will be held on October the 15th, in the afternoom (time to be announced).
will be able to log in online and discuss matters with fellow reserearchers all
topic is intentionally not narrowed down too much in order to keep the interest
group as broad as possible and also to look at funding options outside Hoirzon 2020 (the newest European programme on education, research and innovation).
the webinar open access software is used so there are no capacity restrictions.
would be great to profile other work and projects on the webinar so if anyone
wants to volunteer from UAS institutions elsewhere it would be fantastic to
hear from them.
sign up for the webinar by sending an email to Andrew Brownlee of Ireland's
Institutes of Technology: firstname.lastname@example.org
will also be able to answer any (log in) related questions.
webinar on active ageging is postponed, as we will first focus on this
environmental pilot webinar.
spread this invitation as widely as possible, to all people who may be interested.
UASnet and SATN (the South African Technology Network) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The SATN was
established in order to:
Promote the common interests of
the UoT's. Present the views of the Universities
of Technology on a national and international level
Influence the development of National
Education and Training policies in accordance with nature and character of the Universities
Promote mobility and employability of
University of Technology students, academic quality by building
strong Universities of Technology and relevant research and
development. Assist with the transfer of appropriate
technologies and promote co-operation between the universities
and commerce and industry.
Purpose of this MOU is to provide
a framework for the development of cooperation between the partners in higher
education, research and innovation.
Therefore a memorandum of understanding has been agreed with the
following primary list of concrete proposals for further cooperation:
Exchange current developments
and best practices in the field of higher education, research and innovation;
Facilitate linkages between the
partner institutions in research and innovation;
Encourage student and staff
mobility and joint curriculum development.
On May 10 2013, UASnet organised an interesting morning programme during the annual Eurashe conference held in Split, Coratia. The theme of this morning track was Higher Education and Innovation.Keynote speech on higher education and/in the knowledge society
Ellen Hazelkorn (photo left) delivered a keynote speech
on higher education and/in the knowledge society. Hazelkorn is Vice-President for Research and Enterprise, Dean of the Graduate Research School of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) (Ireland). In her speech she provided the attendants of the Eurashe conference with an in-depth overview of the changing role of Higher Education and its implications for policy and institutions. She concluded that institutions should take the lead in socially-robust knowledge in the same way older universities dominate disciplinary research. Furthermore institutions should create competitive and distinctive advantage by building critical mass in key fields of research-informed teaching and use-inspired research – which is socially and regionally engaged and globally competitive. Geri Bonhof, President of the Executive Board of University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU) (Netherlands) chaired the meeting. After the keynote speech four working sessions followed.
The first working group focused on the benefits of undergraduate student involvement in RDI projects and some selected highlights as examples. Mikael Paronen, Head of Department of Energy and Materials Technology at ARCADA and Henrik Wolff, President of ARCADA University of Applied Sciences chaired the meeting (presentation).
The second working group dealt with indicators of valorisation. Frank Ziegele, Director of CHE Centre for Higher Education (Germany), gave a presentation on U-Multirank. Ziegele, together with Laust Joen Jakobsen, Rector of University College UCC (Denmark), made sure everyone contributed to the working group by adding some interactive elements. Attendants discussed the different types of indicators and argued why some should, and some should not, be included in the U-Multirank project.
The third working group depicted on the synergy system, building the value chain from innovation to enterprise development. Pat Coman, Head of Research and Development at Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin) (Ireland) and Andrew Brownlee, Director of Research, Development and Innovation at Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) (Ireland) chaired this working group.
The fourth working group
was dedicated to merging education and innovation, from a Croatian perspective. Mile Dželalija, Professor at the University of Split, Head of the team creating the Croatian Qualifications Framework (Croatia) gave a presentation
on the different qualification frameworks and in particular on the European Qualifications Framework for Life Long Learning.
On 11 December 2012, UASnet organised a workshop on Horizon 2020 for more than 20 participants from
seven different countries, all working at Universities of Applied Sciences and responsible for the research activities of their UAS. The main aim of this
meeting was to share information and discuss the role of the UAS in the new
European programmes. The participants received an update on Horizon 2020 from the EU Commission,
discussed their own research theme’s and met up with colleagues to discover possible
During the first session, Sebastiaan den Bak (Policy advisor Nether)
gave a presentation on the Horizon2020 programme and there was a presentation about the Marie Curie Actions by Kamila Partyka (European Commission Directorate-General for
Education and Culture).
During a work session the participants
worked together in thematic groups to discuss preparation for
participation in Horizon2020. What are the needs? What are the main questions?
What is their strategy? With whom do they co-operation? What are their
strengthens and weaknesses? How do they link their research with Horizon2020? In
the workgroup on Health care focus lay on how to use the networks within the UAS. The Energy / Environment group discussed
the challenges of building international networks and how to connect research
with education. The Engineering / Product design group depicted on the complementarity between
the different UAS and with that, the opportunities to co-operate. During the final plenary session the groups all stretched out the need of organised information on the different research
areas at the institutions and corresponding
In the afternoon there was a presentation by
Siep Littooij (Manager International
Project Desk, Saxion University of Applied Sciences) on how his UAS made
strategic choices in organizing their
networks. The final theme was about how Ireland stimulated the engagement of academic researchers and SMEs in research
programmes under FP7 and Horizon 2020. Presentation by Andrew Brownlee (Director
of Research, Development and Innovation, Institutes of Technology Ireland)
presentations can be found here.
From 29 September until 2
October the second conference of the University of Applied Science Network (UASnet) took place in Bragança, Portugal. During these days, more than 200 participants
from more than 15 different countries shared information and discussed the role
of the Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in the European area, characterizations
of the UAS system and the challenges of Applied Research within the European
Union and its regions.
The conference started with a
speech from the Portuguese Member of
European Parliament, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, also rapporteur for (a major
component of) Horizon2020. In her speech she stressed the need for more highly
educated people in Europe, specifically in the areas of the UAS. In addition, she
spoke about the importance of synergy between higher education and industry.
UAS are, according to Carvalho, fundamental for
the welfare and development of the European community.
Presentations plenary sessions:
· Characterization of the UAS system: the reality of the
universities of Applied Sciences in Europe Profile of UAS compared to other
systems of higher education
Vossensteyn Research Co-ordinator at Center for Higher Education Policy Studies
- CHEPS/ Advisor to the European Commission on Societal Policy matters.
· EDUPROF project: balance and perspectives
– Aracada UAS Finland and vice-president
· Challenges for UAS in business cooperation within the
European Union and its regions
Todd Davey -
Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre/UAS of Münster - Germany.
· The Applied Research Centers in the UAS system
- UAS of Porto/ Portuguese Coordinating Council of Polytechnic Institutes,
CCISP - Portugal.
Roundtable about perspectives
and challenges of the UAS Research Centers.
Nijole Zinkeviciene - UAS Kaunas - Lithuania
Anne Kraav – UAS Tallinn – Estonia
Vincent Moser – UAS Western Switzerland – Switzerland
Marc VandeWalle – Council of Flemish Institutions of
Higher Education, VLHORA - Belgium
Jussi Halttunnen - Jamk UAS - Finland
Terri Scott – Institute of Technology Sligo - Ireland
During the simultaneous
sessions different Portuguese Research Centres spoke about their priority research
and Technology Sciences, Health and Natural Sciences and Social Sciences
The second day of the
conference focused on opportunities and challenges of international cooperation
of research institutions. At the end of the conference the Portuguese Minister
of Education and Research spook about the importance of attracting more students
to technical higher education.