The closing conference for CIVICA Research took place on 12-13 October at Sciences Po in Paris.The event brought together faculty and researchers from the ten European universities of the alliance.
Over the last three years, CIVICA Research was able to foster collaborative research opportunities, support academic mobility, and develop a range of training programmes and educational seminars. Throughout its activities, members from across the CIVICA alliance were able to develop and strengthen relationships with peers from partner institutions.
The project encompassed five work packages focused on the following key areas:
- Define and implement a shared research agenda with socially relevant outcomes
- Develop human capital and academic skills
- Develop shared research and innovation ecosystems
- Build an ambitious Open Science action plan
- Explore joint research infrastructures, synergies and common actions both within and beyond CIVICA
The first day of the conference included a keynote lecture by Philippe Aghion titled “Is Green Growth Possible?”, a poster presentation for PhD and postdoctoral researchers, as well as four panel sessions featuring a selection of the collaborative research projects that were funded under CIVICA and organised around the four core themes of CIVICA:
The second day of the conference showcased key capacity building activities completed during the lifespan of the project (on topics such as Open Science, professional networks, and mobility opportunities), along with a plenary session to discuss the policy landscape of funding research within alliances of European Universities. The Open Day Science Workshop was moderated by the LSE Library Director Niamh Tumelty.
For the delegation from LSE including our Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) Prof. Susana Mourato, Prof. Binchun Meng, Dr. Mengxi Pang and Dr. Aygen Kurt-Dickson, it was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the collaborative projects developed across the alliance and to discuss how to shape and support research going forward while remaining dedicated to our Research for the World strategy.
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