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Friday 27 November

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Some of our events are open to everyone, and some are invitation-only. If you are a member of the relevant EUTOPIA group, you will receive a personal invitation by email to join closed sessions.

Consortium Meeting

(09.00-11.00 GMT or 10.00-12.00 CET)

Invitation only

EUTOPIA Presents: Our response to COVID-19

(11.00-12.00 GMT or 12.00-13.00 CET)

Open to all

EUTOPIA acknowledges the role of our universities in responding to the current pandemic. An expert panel will come together to highlight some of the excellent research-led contributions made by colleagues towards combatting COVID-19.

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Lawrence Young is internationally recognised for his work on the role of virus infection (Epstein–Barr virus and human papillomavirus) in the pathogenesis of various tumours. He also has an interest in gene and immunotherapy and this work has resulted in a number of clinical trials.

He has published over 230 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of virology, cancer and tumour immunology. He has received major grants from Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia Research Fund (now Bloodwise) and the Medical Research Council.

Lawrence has been a member of grant awarding panels of the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and the Leukaemia Research Fund. He is listed amongst the World’s most cited scientists in the ISI’s (Institute for Scientific Information) list of Highly Cited Researchers and has an H-index of 105 (citation). Lawrence has an adjunct Professorship at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) and a Visiting Professorship at the Cancer Center, Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China).

Lawrence was Head of the Division of Cancer Studies at the University of Birmingham from 2001-2007 and was appointed as the inaugural Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham in 2008. Lawrence was appointed as a Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Warwick in January 2013 with responsibility for strategic planning and resources including oversight of the University’s capital programme.

In 2016 he became Vice-President at the University of Warwick, encompassing his existing responsibilities, while highlighting his leadership in the University’s engagement activities in China and Hong Kong. In 2018 Lawrence was appointed as Pro-Dean for External Affairs at Warwick Medical School and Director of the Warwick Cancer Research Centre.

In 2019 Lawrence became co-lead for the new Warwick Health Global Research Priority theme.

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Tomas Grysell is the Head of Unit for Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning, University of Gothenburg

Tomas received a PhD in pedagogy in 2002 at Umeå University. The same year he started working as an educational developer at Umeå University until 2009, when he became a visiting lecturer at Uppsala University, with the same position as in Umeå. In 2012 he received an offer for a position at the Pedagogical Development & Interactive Learning (PIL) at the University of Gothenburg, and since 2017 he has been the Director of that unit.

His areas of expertise are examination, test and test design, the training and development of doctoral supervisors (which he has done since 2002), learning environments (e.g. ALC), and study cultural factors.

Enric Vallduví is currently Vice-rector for Research at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona. He is an associate professor in the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at UPF since 1995, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on language and linguistics, including courses on pragmatics and semantics, crosslinguistic variation, English grammar, and the history of the English language.

Vallduví holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania (1990) and before joining UPF he had been visiting professor at University of Southern California (1990-91), where he taught graduate courses on semantics and sociolinguistics and undergraduate courses in Spanish phonetics and phonology, research associate in the Theoretical Grammar Group at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1991-92) and research fellow in the Centre for Cognitive Science and the Human Communication Research Centre at University of Edinburgh (1993-95). He has also taught graduate courses at Cornell University, Universität Wien, and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Vallduví specializes in the study of linguistic meaning in context (information packaging, dialogue modelling and discourse segmentation, reference, etc.) and its structural realization -syntactic, morphological and intonational-- and is a member of the officially-recognized Formal Linguistics Group (GLIF) and of UPF's larger Linguistics Research Unit (UR-LING). In recent years he has lead research projects on information structure and context modelling, noncanonical constructions and discourse particles and participated as collaborating researcher in projects on information structure and word order, evidentiality, and long-distance dependencies. His work has appeared in journals like Linguistics, Probus, and Journal of Pragmatics and books published by Academic Press, Cambridge University Press, CSLI/Stanford, Garland Publishing, Oxford University Press, and Routledge. Also, he has been an invited speaker at conferences and workshops in the United States and Europe and is on the programme committee of several recurrent scientific events. In 2013-14 Enric Vallduví was a visiting academic in the Linguistics Programme and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Vallduví’s experience in academic administration is broad. He was Assistant Dean from 1999 to 2002 and Head of the Department of Translation and Language Sciences from 2005 to 2011. From Dec. 2011 to Dec. 2012 he was the academic coordinator of the department's M.A. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. He has done ample committee work within the University and has served also in expert panels and assessment committees for higher education quality agencies.

Patrick Courilleau has been Vice-president in charge of Education and Student life since April 2016 at Université Cergy Pontoise (UCP) and then CY Cergy Paris Université. Patrick is a lecturer in Mathematics at CY Cergy Paris Université and specialises in partial differential equations research. Patrick is the Project manager for Disability at CY Cergy Paris Université.

Since June 2018 Patrick has been a member of the scientific and educational council of INSHEA and in February 2020 Patrick became a Member of the Vice Presidents CFVU network office. Patrick has been a Member of the Academic Committee of the “Association of Professionals for disability in Higher Education – APACHES, since its creation in March 2013, vice-president of the association from March 2016 to March 2018 and president of the association since March 2018 to November 2020.

Igor Švab, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, a specialist in general medicine, born 16.9. 1957 in Ljubljana. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana in 1981. Masters in 1988, PhD in 1991 at the University of Ljubljana. Worked in Health centre Ribnica, the National Institute of Public Health and faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. His main area of interest is family medicine. He worked in amny international posuitions in this field. He was president of the European association of family physicians Wonca Europe 2004-2010. First Head of the Department of Family Medicine and current dean of the medical faculty.

He is coordinator of national and international research projects and the World Bank projects in the field of family medicine. He published more than 100 scientific and professional articles in MEDLINE. Editor-in-chief of the journal Slovenian Journal of Public Health, editor of the European Journal of General Practice. Member of Slovenian and Croatian Academy of Medical Sciences, honorary member of the Royal College of general Practitioners (UK) and recipient of the title of Wonca World fellow.

Dirk Devroey
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

EUTOPIA Workshop (Western Balkans – Session 2): How to design, accredit and launch an international/interuniversity study programme

(12.00-16.00 GMT or 13.00-17.00 CET)

Open to all

Experts and students from different backgrounds and institutions will share their experiences, knowledge and best practice with researchers, professors, administrative staff and students from Western Balkans universities.

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Iris Ivaniš
Univerza v Ljubljani

Laura Koudela
Univerza v Ljubljani

Polonca Miklavc Valenčič
Univerza v Ljubljani

Tomaž Deželan
Univerza v Ljubljani

Jo Angouri
University of Warwick

Professor Jo Angouri is the Academic Director for Education and Internationalisation and serves on the Education Executive. She is a National Teaching Fellow and fully committed to pedagogic innovation and education for global citizenship. Jo leads on the development and growth of existing and new international education projects with Warwick's strategic partners.

She is a senior researcher and her work involves three interrelated interdisciplinary strands:

  • Leadership and teamwork in high-pressure, high-risk professional settings
  • Language, politics and ideology
  • Migration, mobility and multilingualism.

Jo is co-directing two international research networks, one under the Warwick-Monash alliance on Migration Identity and Translation and one under AILA on Migrants in Working life which have brought together a range of established scholars, early career researchers as well as non-academic stakeholders. She is the founding editor of Language at Work series (Multilingual Matters) and she is also co-editing Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, a flagship series for John Benjamins.

Jo has strong presence and involvement in research policy and works for the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In the last ten years she has published 70 refereed papers, three special issues, two books, four edited volumes and two conference proceedings. She has been a visiting scholar in different institutions in New Zealand, Australia and Europe and she is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Aalto University, School of Business, Finland.

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Kulbir Shergill
University of Warwick

Kulbir Shergill is Director of Social Inclusion at the University of Warwick, leading the implementation of a 10-year strategy to make Warwick a world leader in diversity and inclusion. Kulbir has had over 20 years of cross-sector experience as a consultant and adviser to commercial firms, local and central government, and non-profit organisations. She has won national and international awards for leading transformational change at strategic and operational levels. Kulbir has worked at board level for KPMG, Genesis Group, NACRO, and The Home Office. Her clients have included Accenture, AXA Investment, Grant Thornton, The Guinness Partnership, The Law Society, the Ministry of Justice, and Bank of England.

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Senior advisor of the vice-rector of Education and Student affairs at VUB. In her former position of secretary-general at the Flemish Interuniversity Council she handled a wide range of policy related issues and interacted with the ministry of education in Flanders. This background in educational policy development as well as the ability to connect institutions is of major importance for creating the support needed for this cross campus project.

Katrijn D’Herdt
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Carmen Mazijn
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Carmen Mazijn has been involved in the EUTOPIA alliance from the beginning and is currently the PhD student representative in the EUTOPIA Student Board. At the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, she researches the Fairness of Machine Learning

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Manja Klemenčič
Harvard University

Željko Vaško
The University of Banja Luka

Klemen Šubic
National Accreditation Agency of Slovenia

Božidar Grigić
Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS)

The panel will also comprise student representatives from the EUTOPIA partners.

EUTOPIA Discusses: Universities and Economic Development: from productivity to prosperity for all

(14.00-15.00 GMT or 15.00-16.00 CET)

Open to all

Panel discussion exploring the ways in which universities can contribute to local economic development, with a particular focus on the links between research, student and partner involvement.

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Nigel Driffield is Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for regional engagement and also Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, having held a similar post at Aston Business School for 10 years which included a spell as the Dean of the Business School.

He has a PhD from Reading University, and has published some 75 academic papers across a range of disciplines including international business, regional science, finance, and economics.

His main areas of interest are:

  • The links between firm internationalisation and firm performance
  • The impact of inward investment on host locations
  • International technology transfer
  • Policy responses to globalisation

He now holds a £1m investment from ESRC looking at productivity in the West Midlands, “From Productivity to Prosperity”. This is a collaboration with Birmingham Business School and WMG at Warwick focusses on how productivity growth through investment, skills and supply chain collaboration can be translated into inclusive growth. He is also part of a team holding a £650K ESRC grant looking at policies to deliver productivity and growth locally.

He recently held a Prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship, investigating the impact of internationally mobile capital on both home and source countries, particularly in terms of competitiveness and labour markets.

More generally, he has held 5 other ESRC awards, and has carried out research and consultancy projects for UNCTAD, World Bank, European Commission, OECD, and in the UK several Government Departments and local Regional Development bodies. Locally, he has worked with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP since its inception, serving on the economics strategy board, chairing the academic advisory group, and on the executive steering committees for both the Heseltine Report and the Strategic Economic Plan.

More recently he was the academic lead and deputy chair of the West Midlands Productivity and Skills commission. He has written extensively on the prospects for inward investment post Brexit.

He was on the Business and Management Sub-panel for the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) exercise, and has been re-appointed for 20210. He recently completed a term on ESRC grants panel. He is on the editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies, the “World Elite” journal in the area of international business, as well as the Journal of World Business and the Global Strategy Journal.

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Arnaud Lefranc is vice-president in charge of the international scientific development at CY Cergy Paris Université and director of the CY Institute for Advanced Studies.

Being the co-lead of the work package knowledge in the EUTOPIA 2050 project, he is also director of the EUTOPIA Science and Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

He is the founder of the MME-DII Centre of excellence in economics and mathematical modelling and the former director of the THEMA research centre in economics and management.

He is also Professor of Economics. His research interests focus on the economics of inequality (with particular emphasis on the analysis of equality of opportunity), on family economics (with special attention to the influence of family environment on the success of children) and applied econometrics. Arnaud is honorary fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. He has held visiting positions at the European University Institute (Italy), Princeton University (USA) and Doshisha University (Japan).

Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009. He was also the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority from March 2016 to September 2017. He had previously been with Bedfordshire County Council for three and a half years as Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Executive. Martin has held senior leadership roles in a District and an outer London Borough and was Programme Director for WorkSmart; Westminster City Council’s flagship transformation programme.

Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics. He is a Professor (University Advisory Panel) at Coventry University; is the first Honorary President of LARIA (Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association) and on the board of the Centre for Cities.

He has been President of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) and is currently its national spokesperson on local government finance and future funding.

He is the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Champion.

He is on the King’s Fund General Advisory Council and Chairs the National Cross System Board for Sustainable Health & Social Care. Recently, Martin was once again included in the top 50 of the Local Government Chronicle’s (LGC) list of most influential people in local government.

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Economist who accumulates more than 20 years of experience in the field of public administration, territorial and sectoral planning and the design and implementation of dashboards, public policy evaluation and analysis, Anaís is instrumental in WP4.

Since 2015 Anaís has been the Deputy General Director of the UPF Foundation. In June 2017 she was chosen to participate at the Santander W30 Program for Women leadership in University Management held at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She holds a degree in Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a Master's Degree in Economic Analysis at the Universidad de Alicante. Between 2000 and 2004 she wrote her PhD thesis combining the political economy with microeconomics and microeconometrics under the title of 'Funding of political parties and other mechanisms for citizen participation'. Since 2010 she has been teaching Public Economics at the University of Barcelona.

In 2004 she started a professional career in the field of economic territorial planning. First, at the Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona (IERMB), where she was Head of the area of Economics, and then at the President of the Generalitat’s Office as a public policy analyst to design and implement a new set of instruments for the analysis, evaluation and accountability of the Government’s policies and investment in the territory. She has also worked at Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona and has been a freelance consultant in the field of local economic development and evaluation of public policies.

Between 2012 and 2014 she was responsible for developing the RIS3 strategy at the city of Hospitalet de Llobregat, the second largest city in Catalonia. While developing the RIS3 strategy, she has the opportunity to put local government, local industry and the university to work together to launch a new sustainable economic growth strategy.

Closing ceremony

(15.00-15.30 GMT or 16.00-16.30 CET)

Open to all

Join us as we reflect on the week’s activities and look forward to the next EWeek to be hosted by the University of Gothenburg.

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