A vision from the sector

As universities across Europe reflect on their role in the green transition, as well as its impact on their various missions, EUA organised this online event to discuss the sector’s vision for the future of the European Green Deal – and how it might be taken forward.

The Green Deal is a politically ambitious framework that deepens Europe’s long-standing quest for sustainability. As societal actors committed to this goal, and as sources of the research and innovation that can enable it, universities welcome the breadth of initiatives undertaken by the European Commission.

With numerous policies now being devised across different fields, the Green Deal is at a critical juncture – systemic ways of thinking are needed to ensure Europe’s success. Co-creation with universities is therefore essential, as their interdisciplinary expertise, local knowledge and community engagement can provide a truly holistic approach to the climate challenge.

On 15 March, EUA initiated this co-creation by presenting the university sector’s vision for the Green Deal. Together with representatives of EU institutions and the think tank sector, participants discussed how to turn the vision into reality and how to ensure universities are recognised as critical stakeholders in the green transition.           

A recording of the webinar is available on our EUA Youtube Channel.

Speakers and Presentations:

Presentation of position – Stephane Berghmans, EUA Director for Research and Innovation

Showcasing a university contribution to the Green Deal – Chris Foulds, Anglia Ruskin University

Panel discussion: how to turn the vision into reality?

  • Simone Tagliapietra, Senior fellow at Bruegel and Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan
  • Cathy Maguire, Environmental Sustainability Assessments and Learning Expert, European Environment Agency
  • Chris Foulds, Associate Professor at the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

Moderated by Douglas Halliday, Chair of EUA Energy and Environment Steering Committee

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