We need to talk about impact

Maximum capacity has been reached and registrations to the Annual Conference are now closed . General Assembly Only registrations remain open for EUA members

Universities have a profound impact on individuals and societies, as well as the policies that govern both. But what do we really mean when we talk about impact? The European University Association’s 2023 Annual Conference, hosted by Gdańsk University of Technology, will tackle this heterogeneous concept by looking into how universities impact different communities and shape critical public policies at a time of great change and, in many cases, crisis.

Through a mix of traditional and interactive sessions, participants will explore the various facets of universities’ impact. This event will shine a light on issues as diverse as rankings, excellence and the quest for quality, universities’ contributions to greening and sustainability, their pivotal role in innovation and their proven track record in supporting endangered scholars and higher education systems. Finally, we will investigate the role of university leadership in delivering on these various forms of impact. Discussions will go beyond narrow definitions of economic impact, rather viewing impact as a measure of a university’s responsibility to its own community and the world that surrounds it.

Moreover, with this year's conference EUA also intends to foster wider awareness and debate surrounding universities' different forms of impact and myriad roles within society. The conference will be of interest to institutional leaders (rectors, vice-rectors and heads of administration), higher education researchers and analysts, and representatives of other organisations active in the fields of higher education and research.



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It is our great honour and pleasure to welcome the attendees of the 2023 EUA Annual Conference and General Assembly to Gdańsk University of Technology (Gdańsk Tech). Gdańsk, a place of rich history and breathtaking architecture, is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist and cultural centres in Poland and Europe. It is the birthplace of some of the most brilliant personalities like Johannes Hevelius, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Daniel Mikołaj Chodowiecki and Arthur Schopenhauer. Gdańsk is also very proud to be the place where the “Solidarity” social movement originated, paving the way for the dismantling of communism in Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries.

Our university is very proud to be a meaningful partner in the development of the European Research Area and European Higher Education Area, inter alia by contributing to the development of open science and open research data paradigms, as well as by increasing international collaboration in research and education and promoting social inclusiveness and diversity. Higher education and scientific research in Poland are currently undergoing fundamental changes initiated by a recently introduced new law, dubbed Act 2.0, which will be an interesting backdrop for the conference activities. We are at the forefront of those changes.

Gdańsk Tech is among the leading Polish universities according to national and international rankings. We strive to increase our participation and visibility in Europe and globally. Gdańsk Tech is the third Polish university to join the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) – an organisation of European universities of technology. The European Commission has granted our university the right to use the prestigious HR Excellence in Research logo, a sign of quality assuring the highest standards in scientific research and staff employment. We have a meaningful share in the European and broader mobility actions, notably through the Erasmus+ programme, with more than 550 inter-institutional agreements. We are also a member of the ARTEMIS Industry Association which provides access to a vast network of high profile research and innovation partners. Currently, we are participating in the activity of developing a federation of universities to be named Fahrenheit Union of Universities, consisting of the Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk University of Technology and the University of Gdańsk.

We strongly believe that Gdańsk Tech is very well prepared to host the 2023 EUA Annual Conference. The dedication and friendliness of our staff, the beauty of our campus ranked among the ten most beautiful in Europe, and the history and openness of our city all make Gdańsk Tech a perfect location for the conference. We expect a memorable event providing a platform for the exchange of views and experiences which will encourage the establishment of long-lasting partnerships, not only during official conference sessions, but also in the course of stimulating social events. The local organising committee, together with EUA, will make every effort towards your satisfaction.

We look forward to seeing you in Gdańsk soon.

Krzysztof Wilde
Rector, Gdańsk University of Technology

About Gdańsk University of Technology

28 DSC 5589AGdańsk University of Technology (officially abbreviated as Gdańsk Tech since 2021) is one of Poland’s oldest autonomous national universities and the oldest technical university in northern Poland.

In 2024, Gdańsk University of Technology will celebrate its 120Today, it has reinforced its position among the best technical universities, certified by national rankings and international authorities. Currently, the university is engaged in activities leading to the establishment of a federation of local universities are underway. The entity to be established is Fahrenheit Union of Universities, consisting of the Medical Univeristy of Gdańsk, Gdańsk Univeristy of Technology and the Univeristy of Gdańsk.

In 2018, the Gdańsk University of Technology campus was ranked among the ten most beautiful in Europe by Times Higher Education. The original university buildings were erected between 1900 and 1904, based on plans prepared by famous Berlin architect Albert Carsten for the newly created Emperor Institute of Technology. The first academic year began on 6 October 1904, with an inauguration ceremony attended by the Prussian Emperor Wilhelm II. On this day, nearly 200 students started their education at six different faculties. A short guide to the most interesting places on campus is available here.

With the creation of the Free City of Gdańsk, the university continued its activities, providing educational and scientific services to German and Polish nations. From 1941 to 1945 it operated with a decreased number of students and academic staff. In January 1945, lectures were suspended in order to evacuate the equipment, library and lecturers, mostly to Hannover and Hamburg. The inhabitable buildings were used as a field hospital with 3,000 beds until the end of the war. On 24 May 1945, after the city became a part of Poland, the then Politechnika Gdańska was declared a Polish national university.

The first independent student parliament in Poland was formed at Gdańsk University of Technology over 60 years ago, becoming a school of democratic thinking for students across the country. With its students and personnel involved in every major instance of unrest against communist rule, the university continued to educate highly qualified engineers, much needed by the national industry, and maintained its development when Poland became a democratic country.


About Gdańsk

Photo Convention BureauSituated on the Baltic Sea coast, Gdańsk is the heart of the metropolitan area known as the Tricity, which includes the neighbouring cities of Gdynia and Sopot. It is where World War II started, but also where the Solidarity trade union, the movement that changed national history and was directly responsible for the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, originated. The breakthrough events are documented in the multi-media exhibition "Roads to Freedom" in the historic BHP Hall of Gdańsk Shipyard. The exhibition recalls the local struggle for freedom and justice, and the birth of Solidarity.

From its inception, Gdańsk has remained truly multicultural.  It is also a vibrant centre of technological innovation. Numerous global corporations can be found in the area, recruiting well-educated graduates from local higher education institutions. Gdańsk also cultivates its centuries-long tradition in amber processing, and its nickname of the world capital of amber is well earned.

In Gdańsk, the environmental protection is given an exceptionally high priority, evidenced by numerous environmental investments. Sprawling on the southern Baltic coast, Gdańsk boasts the picturesque Tricity Landscape Park, the hills and lakes of the Kashubian Switzerland district, the famous Oliwa Park with its ancient trees, the "Gdańsk Fortress" Culture Park of City Fortifications with unique authentic military architecture, numerous parks and city squares, and the nature reserves of Sobieszewo Island. Always hospitable, Gdańsk invites visitors to enjoy its charming lanes and historic interiors, theatres, philharmonic hall, opera house and outdoor summer musical stage.

Maximum capacity has been reached and registrations to the Annual Conference are now closed.

EUA aims to ensure participation of all members who wish to attend EUA events. However, each event has a limited capacity, and to guarantee a fair balance amongst countries and institutions, EUA may have to restrict attendance. As a result, EUA reserves the right to refuse registrations if there are too many participants from any one country or from one institution. Priority will be given to those who register early. We will not be able to accept additional registrations once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline.

The early registration deadline is 9 March 2023
The ultimate deadline for registration is 2 April 2023.

Registration fees



(up to 9 March 2023)


(after 9 March 2023)

EUA members

360 Euro

420 Euro

EUA Member - group registration -15% * (3 to 7 participants)

306 Euro

357 Euro

Non-members (academic/public sector)

520 Euro

590 Euro

Non-members (industry/private sector)

620 Euro

690 Euro


190 Euro

190 Euro

 * This fee is only valid for students enrolled at an EUA member university. To benefit from this fee, please contact the EUA Events Team, who will provide you with an “EUA Student Certificate form”, which has to be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat. 
Fees are received by the host university in order to cover the cost of the organisation.

Please note that by submitting the event registration form you agree to full payment of registration fees. The participant fee (EUA members, non-members and students) includes attendance at the conference, all documentation, coffee breaks, lunches and the networking reception/gala dinner on Thursday 20 April 2023. Participant fees do not cover travel and accommodation expenses nor post-conference programmes.

Information regarding the General Assembly
EUA members are encouraged to attend the EUA General Assembly (GA). EUA members who register for the Annual Conference will be able to indicate during the registration process whether they wish to attend the General Assembly.

EUA members who do not wish to attend the EUA Annual Conference are entitled to attend the EUA General Assembly (GA) only, in which case no registration fee is charged. If you wish to attend the General Assembly only, please select the registration type ‘GA only’ during the first stage of the registration process. For more information, please contact the EUA events team at annual-conference@eua.eu.

Please note that by submitting the event registration form you agree to full payment of registration fees. Your registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making any further arrangements. Deadline for registration is 2 April 2023

Payment has to be made upon confirmation and prior to the event either by bank transfer or credit card. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment.

If a cancellation is received on or before 23 March 2023 an administration charge of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the conference. Participants who cancel after 23 March 2023 or fail to attend, will be liable to pay the entire registration fee. Substitutes will be accepted at any time provided that EUA is informed of the change. 

Cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to the following email address: annual-conference@eua.eu.

Neither EUA nor Gdańsk University of Technology will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants and companions attend the conference and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.


For any question related to payments please contact the host: eua@pg.edu.pl

For any other question please contact annual-conference@eua.eu


We have made arrangements with the hotels listed below.  

In order to make a reservation at any of the listed hotels, please send your booking request directly to the hotels via the given email, mentioning that you will be attending the 2023 EUA Annual Conference. 

Hotels in Gdańsk

Contact for booking

Ibis Gdańsk Stare Miasto 2*


Hotel Szydłowski


Hotel Impresja


Hampton by Hilton Gdańsk Old Town 3*


Scandic Gdansk Hotel


Mercure Gdańsk Stare Miasto 4*


Sadova 4*



Conference Venue Photo K. Krzempek

The event will be hosted at the following address:

Gdańsk University of Technology
11/12 Gabriela Narutowicza
Gdańsk 80-233

Thursday 20 April
08.30-09.30 Registration for General Assembly (For EUA members only)
08.30-17.45  Registration for Annual Conference


Conference DinnerDinner venue for web

The conference dinner on Thursday 20 April will take place at the Olivia Star restaurant






How to get to the conference

Check these documents on how to get to Gdansk and the venue, as well as things to know before arriving in Poland. 

Any doubt or question

Contact us at annual-conference@eua.eu

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