This year the European network of universities of applied sciences (UASnet) conference was organised jointly with the University Colleges Denmark in Copenhagen. The theme of the conference was: ‘Tackling the societal challenges of Horizon 2020’, the conference took place on 23rd and 24th of October 2014 at the National Museum in Copenhagen.
The two-day-programme featured four keynote speeches. The first on innovation 2.0, the second on the development of universities of applied sciences as strategic platforms for innovation, and the third on the first lessons from U-Multirank. The second day of the conference started with the fourth keynote speech on a new concept for applied science. In addition, the programme contained a number of workshops with concrete examples from the different institutions on health, social inclusion, chronic diseases, welfare etc.
Rector of University College UCC, Laust Joen Jakobsen, is the representative of University Colleges Denmark in UASnet and one of the promotors of this year’s conference taking place in Denmark.
”This conference has only confirmed that a European network for universities of applied sciences is important. The two days we have spent together in Copenhagen have shown that the participants can learn a great deal from each other, and the international development of and cooperation on education programmes and research projects shows promising potential”, Laust Joen Jakobsen says.
In his closing sum up of the conference Dr. Tim Creedon, the chair of UASnet and the representative of Institutes of Technology Ireland in UASnet, called for an increased focus on strengthening cooperation in the future.
requires that the employees of the institutions start working together. However,
it is also quite necessary that the universities of applied sciences have a
strategic approach to their research defining the substance of research projects
as well as the societal value. Proposals responding to calls under Horizon 2020
should be assessed in this perspective, an assessment that must be made at the
institutional level and not by individual employees”, Tim Creedon said.
Tim Creedon sees a potential in exploring further the diversity of the European UAS institutions and turning this diversity into a strength. He also called on the universities of applied sciences to establish one voice at European level.
”We must recognise that the universities of applied sciences are a young sector that still needs to work on its political positioning. We must work on structuring our communication, so it becomes more easily applicable to politicians. We must get better at communicating how the universities of applied sciences contribute to developing and creating value in society”, Tim Creedon said.
The conference at the National Museum in Copenhagen was the fourth UASnet member conference. There were approximately 90 participants at the conference.All the material related to the conference can be found on the conference website: www.uc-dk.dk/uasnet/
PowerPoint presentations from the different speakers.
Photos from the conference.
Welcome speech by Minister for Higher Education Sofie Carsten Nielsen (video)
Text by David Erichsen
UASnet 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 related issues.
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:
For extended information, registration, payment, suggestions for hotels, preliminary program and much more please explore the official conference website 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:
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.
The key-note 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.
Power Point presentations can be find below.
Best practice applied reseach from Finland: 'Accurate tool for targeted energy renovations: the U-value meter'
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.
Please also see: http://www.arcada.fi/en/research-and-development
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 Brussels,
11 Rond-Point Schuman, Brussels
See the programme attached for the Agenda.
Register before 21stOctober 2013 here!
UASnet is organising a pilot webinar, an online seminar/workshop for researchers.
The webinar will focus on: EU research collaboration and funding opportunities on Environmental Science
It will be held on October the 15th, in the afternoom (time to be announced).
Researchers will be able to log in online and discuss matters with fellow reserearchers all around Europe.
The 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).
For the webinar open access software is used so there are no capacity restrictions.
It 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.
Please sign up for the webinar by sending an email to Andrew Brownlee of Ireland's Institutes of Technology: firstname.lastname@example.org
He will also be able to answer any (log in) related questions.
The webinar on active ageging is postponed, as we will first focus on this environmental pilot webinar.
Please 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 of Technology. 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.
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 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 partnerships.
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 contact information.
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)
All 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
Hans 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
Henrik Wolff – Aracada UAS Finland and vice-president UASnet
· 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
Carlos Ramos - 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 areas.
Engineering 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.