Nordic University Days 2022

Nordic visions for the European Knowledge Area

Event report

The Nordic university days 2022 were held under the presidency of Iceland of the Nordic university association. Nordic University Days (henceforth NUD) 2022 took place 26th–27thof September in Brussels, following the successful first event in 2019. The general purpose of NUD 2022 was to:

  1. Raise awareness of Nordic universities’ positions on EU research and education policy agendas.
  2. Position Nordic universities in the context of the revived European Research Area (ERA) and the development of the European Education Area (EEA).
  3. Showcase Nordic universities’ strengths in relation to policy agendas such as: sustainability/green transition, climate sciences, citizen science, gender equality and science-based policymaking, among others.
  4. Build knowledge about EU research and education policy priorities, funding programmes and networks.

    Further, NUD 2022 formed a platform for dialogue between the rectors and European decision-makers. The programme included interactive seminars with representatives from DG Research and Innovation; DG Education, Youth, Sports and Culture; European Research Council; the Swedish permanent representation to the European Union; Members of the European Parliament as well as a dinner reception programmed by the Icelandic Rectors ́Conference hostingExecutiveVice-President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager and representatives from the Icelandic Embassy. The programme organisers of this year’s Nordic University Days were the Gothenburg European Office, Greater Copenhagen EU Office, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Brussels Office, Universities in South SwedenBrussels Office, University of Bergen (UiB) Brussels Office, University of Eastern Finland EU Office, University of Helsinki and the Icelandic Rectors’ Conference. Disclaimer: the linked report contains short summaries of each of the meetings, as well as the key messages highlighted during each session, as understood by the programme organisers. The speakers are not to be held accountable for the content based on the programme organisers’ perception of the discussion.