The coronavirus crisis hit Europe by surprise, and it had a considerable impact on EU policies including those with relevance for universities. This webinar gave insight into the immediate European-level reactions, as well as the possible medium- and long-term consequences.
While the situation varies in different countries, all have to adapt to the confinement and physical distancing measures taken across Europe, presenting unpreceded challenges to society and the economy. Universities are being impacted in several ways. They have had to quickly expand online provision, and many of their researchers and doctors in university hospitals are at the forefront of combating the virus. For university cooperation and international student and staff mobility, often happening through EU programmes, the situation represents a significant challenge as well.
European solidarity and cooperation are much needed in tackling the crisis and the EU has developed a coordinated response at several levels, including support for research and innovation and flexibility measures for EU funding programmes.
This webinar provided an overview of EU level measures taken in areas of direct importance to universities, such as the EU funding programmes Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 and European Structural and Investment Funds. It also discussed the likely future impact of the crisis on EU policies for research, innovation and higher education.
It was of interest to those working on these issues in universities and national university associations. The webinar was an exclusive service to EUA members.
Wednesday 3 June 2020 from 14.00 to 15.00 CEST
Apostolia Karamali is Head of the Academic R&I and Research Organisations Unit at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. With a background in Earth Sciences and Remote Sensing and more than twenty years of experience in EU institutions, Ms. Karamali has worked extensively in the areas of space and research policies and associated programmes most recently as Deputy Head of Unit for Space Policy and Research at DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Vanessa Debiais-Sainton is Head of the Unit in charge of Higher Education policies and programmes at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. The unit is the lead service for European policies on reform and modernisation of higher education, the new European Universities initiative, automatic mutual recognition of higher education qualifications, the creation of the EU student card, and the higher education strand of Erasmus+. In previous posts in the European Commission, she has worked in DG Research and Innovation. Before moving to the European Commission in 2006, she spent eight years working for several petroleum and chemical companies.