The Nordic University Days were organised for the first time in Brussels on the 9-10 September 2019. Lärosäten Syd was one of the organisers of this event.
The objective of the event was to bring high level Nordic university representatives together with a shared commitment to raise awareness of the importance of research, education and science-based innovation to high level EU policy makers. The programme involved several meetings with Nordic university representatives and high level EU policy makers. Here are some of the highlights of the programme.
- Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General of DG Research and Innovation from the European Commission, gave an overview of Horizon Europe implementation, strategic planning, missions and partnerships.
- Georg Riekeles, Diplomatic Adviser to Michael Barnier, responsible of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the UK, gave a state of play on Brexit negotiations
- Carlos Moedas, the outgoing Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation, presented his main achievements and reflections based on his five years’ term as a Commissioner
- Breakfast meeting with Nordic MEPs from Sweden, Denmark and Finland
The Nordic University Days were organised by Lärosäten Syd, Helsinki EU Office, LUT University, NTNU, University of Bergen, Central Denmark EU Office/Aarhus University and Greater Copenhagen EU Office in cooperation with the university associations in Norway, Sweden (SUHF) and Denmark.