Universities building a better Europe

Universities play a crucial role in creating knowledge and fostering democratic and sustainable societies. Their impact on wellbeing and the development of a thriving, competitive Europe stems from educating future leaders, professionals, researchers and citizens.

It equally comes from curiosity-driven research aimed at identifying and meeting the broad challenges we all face and outreach to local and global industry and governments to foster much-needed innovation. Yet demonstrating and communicating universities’ impact at the societal level is a challenge in itself. Universities need strong leadership, a focused strategic approach, as well as coordinated efforts across Europe and beyond. The 2020 EUA Annual Conference will provide a platform to explore how universities are making a difference, how their impact can be maximised and how to give visibility to their key role in addressing broad challenges. The 2020 EUA Annual Conference will feature a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, including interactive audience participation, encouraging a rich exchange of experiences and good practices.

The event is of interest to university leadership and other university staff working at the management and strategic level, as well as academics. It also welcomes students, policymakers and other stakeholders in higher education, research and innovation. If you would like to tweet about the event or follow the discussions on Twitter, use the hashtag #EUA2020Gdansk.


Statement on coronavirus (COVID-19)
The organisation of the 2020 EUA Annual Conference in April remains on schedule. We are actively monitoring the WHO statements and travel advice on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and based on the current situation there is no need for any restrictions on international travel. We advise participants to check the travel advice from their national government and to have adequate travel and health insurance in place. We will continue to monitor the development of the situation closely and will post updates on this page if and when required.









GUT Rector resizedIt is our great honour and pleasure to welcome the attendees of the 2020 EUA Annual Conference and General Assembly to Gdańsk University of Technology (GUT). 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. In 2020, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of those unforgettable events and we expect a great number of visitors who share the values of liberty and democracy.

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.

GUT is among the leading Polish universities according to national and international rankings. We strive to increase our participation and visibility in Europe and globally. GUT is the third Polish university that joined 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 ARTEMIS Industry Association which provides access to a vast network of high-profile research and innovation partners.

We strongly believe that GUT is very well suited to host the 2020 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 Gdańsk all make GUT a perfect location for the conference. We expect a memorable event providing a platform for the exchange of views and experiences which will encourage, so we trust, 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 at Gdańsk University of Technology.

Krzysztof Wilde

Rector, Gdańsk University of Technology

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Photo K. KrzempekGdańsk University of Technology (GUT) is one of the oldest autonomous national universities and the oldest technical university in Poland. The original university buildings were erected between 1900 and 1904 based on the plans prepared by Berlin architect Albert Carsten for the newly created Royal Institute of Technology. The first academic year began on 6 October 1904, with an inauguration attended by the German Emperor Wilhelm II. On this day, nearly 200 students started their education at six different faculties.

With the creation of the Free City of Gdańsk, the university continued its activities. 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. The 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, GUT was declared a Polish national university.

The first independent student parliament in Poland was formed at GUT over 60 years ago, becoming a school of democratic thinking for students in the whole country. With its students and personnel involved in every major unrest against the 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.

In 2014, Gdańsk University of Technology celebrated its 110th anniversary, followed by the 111th jubilee in 2015. Nowadays, it reinforces its position among the best technical universities, certified by national rankings and international authorities. In 2018, the Gdańsk University of Technology campus was ranked among the ten most beautiful in Europe by Times Higher Education. A short guide to the most interesting places on the campus is available here.

Download this video to discover more about Gdańsk University of Technology.

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Photo Convention BureauSituated on the Baltic Sea coast, Gdańsk is the heart of the metropolitan area known as Tricity, which includes the neighbouring cities of Gdynia and Sopot. It is where World War II started, but also where “Solidarity” originated, the movement that changed the national history and was directly responsible for the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. The breakthrough events are documented in the multi-media exhibition "Roads to Freedom" in the historic BHP hall of the Gdańsk Shipyard. The exhibition recalls the local struggle for freedom and justice, and the birth of the first independent trade union, "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 issue of environmental protection is given an exceptionally high priority, as is evidenced by its numerous environmental investments. Sprawling on the southern Baltic coast, Gdańsk boasts the picturesque Tri-City 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 the 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.

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The event will be of interest to institutional leaders (rectors, vice-rectors and heads of administration), higher education researchers and analysts, as well as representatives of other bodies involved in educational policy.

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 5 March 2020
The overall deadline for registration is 30 March 2020.

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Registration fees


  Registration Fees Annual Conference 2020





* 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 filling in the registration form for an event 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 16 April 2020.

The companion fee (only valid for spouse or partner, not a professional colleague) only includes participation in the Networking Reception/Gala Dinner on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Participant fees do not cover travel and accommodation expenses or 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 filling in the registration form for an event 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 30 March 2020



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.

Please bring the payment confirmation with you to the conference for presentation at the registration desk.



If a cancellation is received on or before 16 March 2020 an administration charge of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the conference. Participants who cancel after 16 March 2020 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 Gdansk 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.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the EUA events team at annual-conference@eua.eu.


EUA Coordination Team

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:

Helene Peterbauer

Policy & Project Officer, Institutional Development Unit
Tel: +32 2 743 11 52
Email:  helene.peterbauer@eua.eu

For enquiries regarding registration, please contact:

Sabien De Hanscutter 
Events Manager
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44
Email: annual-conference@eua.eu

Arianna Palomba
Events & Marketing Officer
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44
Email: annual-conference@eua.eu

Coordination at Gdansk University of Technology

For enquiries regarding local logistics and registration payments, please contact:

Renata Marcinkowska, PhD
Email: eua@pg.edu.pl


Conference sessions on 16 & 17 April

Gdańsk University of Technology
G. Narutowicza street 11/12
80-233 Gdańsk, Poland

Dinner on 16 April

Olivia Business Center
Olivia Star
Grunwaldzka 472C Str.
80-309 Gdańsk, Poland

A map with the location of the different venues and the suggested hotels (see tab Accommodation) can be consulted here.



The Networking Reception/Gala Dinner will be held at Olivia Star on Thursday 16 April at 19:00.  The evening will include a welcome drink on arrival, followed by a seated dinner. Dress code is smart casual.  

The dinner venue is located on the 34th floor of Olivia Star, the tallest building in Tri-City and part of the prestigious and vibrant Olivia Business Center. The biggest attraction of this venue is the panorama stretching from Gdynia to Gdańsk and even the Vistula Spit, which can be admired from a height of 150 metres. This is the only place from which you can easily see all the characteristic buildings of the Tri-City, such as the stadium, the port wharf, the pier in Sopot and the Tri-City Landscape Park surrounding the nearby hills.

Olivia Star focuses on original cuisine, based on global trends, using only natural and organic ingredients. Great emphasis is placed on local suppliers, adding a clear regional accent to the cuisine.


Participants to the EUA Annual Conference who plan to stay the weekend also have the opportunity to book tours with a local agency. Further information on the different options, details on how to make a booking and conditions are included in this brochure.
Participants interested in the tours are advised to make their reservations as soon as possible


For more information on how to get to the venue and other practicalities, please consult the documents below:

2020 EUA Annual Conference: Getting Around 
2020 EUA Annual Conference: Good to know

The call for contributions for the 2020 EUA Annual Conference is now closed. Authors will be informed from early February onwards whether their submission has been successful.


Block reservations for participants have been made at special rates in hotels of different categories for the period of the conference.

Hotels are to be booked by the participant directly on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that rates are only valid for reservations directly made through the respective links below. Participants are advised to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Please find here the map with the location of the Forum venues and the hotels that are listed below.


Hotel Almond ****
Torunska Street 12
Tel. +48 58 351 90 00

Single room: 380 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double/Twin room: 430 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 28 February 2020
Reservation via rezerwacja@hotelalmond.pl, use code EUA 2020


Hampton by Hilton Gdańsk Old Town ***
Lektykarska Street 4
Tel. +48 58 670 33 33

Single room: 370 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 410 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 31 March 2020
Reservation via reservation@hamptongdansk.pl, use code EUA 2020


Hilton Gdańsk Hotel *****
Targ Rybny Street 1

Single room: 453,60 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 518,40 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 30 March 2020
Reservation via gdnhg_res@hilton.com, use code EUA 2020


Hotel Gdańsk Boutique *****
Szafarnia street 9
Tel. +48 58 300 17 17

Single room: 350 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 400 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 14 February 2020
Reservation via rezerwacja@hotelgdansk.com.pl, use code EUA 2020


Hotel IBB Długi Targ ****
Dlugi Targ Street 14-16

Single room: 320 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 380 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 24 March 2020
Reservation via info@hoteldlugitarg.pl, use code EUA 2020


Ibis Stare Miasto **
Jana Heweliusza Street 24
Tel. +48 58 300 67 66

Single room: 220 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 250 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 15 January 2020
Reservation via H9835-RE@accor.com, use code EUA 2020


Mercure Gdansk Posejdon ***
Kapliczna Street 30
Tel. +48 58 511 30 00

Single room: 195 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 230 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 15 January 2020
Reservation via H3391@accor.com, use code EUA 2020


Mercure Gdansk Old Town ****
Heweliusza Street 22
Tel. +48 58 321 00 22

Single room: 270 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 310 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 15 January 2020
Reservation via h3390-re@accor.com ; h3390-re2@accor.com ; h3390-re3@accor.com , use code EUA 2020


Novotel Gdansk Centrum ***
Pszenna Street 1
Tel. +48 58 30 02 850

Single room: 220 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 260 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 15 January 2020
Reservation via H0523-RE@accor.com, use code EUA 2020


Novotel Gdansk Marina ***
Jelitkowska Street 20
Tel. +48 58 558 91 00

Single room 215 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room 253 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 15 January 2020
Reservation via h3375-am@accor.com, use code EUA 2020


PURO Gdansk Stare Miasto ****
Stagiewna Street 26
Tel. +48 58 563 50 00

Single room: 430 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 490 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 31 March 2020
Reservation via gdansk@purohotel.pl, use code EUA 2020


Radisson Hotel & Suits Gdansk
Chmielna Street 10/25
+48 58 600 28 88

Single room: 370 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double/Twin room: 430 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation via this link, use code EUA2020


Scandic Gdansk Hotel
Podwale Grodzkie Street 9
Tel. +48 58 300 60 00

Single room: 329 PLN per night, including breakfast
Double room: 364 PLN per night, including breakfast

Reservation deadline: 31 December 2019
Reservation via gdansk@scandichotels.com, use code EUA 2020

22nd Annual EUA General Assembly
Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland
Aula, level 3

G. Narutowicza street 11/12

Part 1: Thursday 16 April from 9:30-12:30

Part 2: Friday 17 April from 14:00-15:30

The 2020 EUA General Assembly will exceptionally be split into two parts: Part 1, which will take place on Thursday 16 April (9:30-12:30), will primarily be dedicated to a reflection on the Association’s history and the legacy of outgoing Secretary General Lesley Wilson; it will also include EUA regular statutory business, such as the approval of the 2019 accounts, the 2020 budget and 2021 membership fees. Part 1 will be followed by EUA’s Annual Conference entitled ‘Universities building a better Europe’. Part 2 of the General Assembly will take place on Friday 17 April (14:00-15:30) and will be an opportunity for EUA’s members to provide feedback on the Association’s new strategy, which is currently under development. 

How to register, voting requirements and proxies:

• To register yourself or a representative for the General Assembly, please go to the registration page for the Gdańsk Annual Conference and General Assembly, click on the ‘New Registration’ button and follow the instructions. Registrations for the Annual Conference and General Assembly will close on Monday 30 March.

• Only university presidents, rectors and vice-chancellors and presidents of rectors' conferences that are full members of EUA are entitled to vote during the General Assembly. Executive heads who are unable to attend may send a representative to attend the General Assembly and vote on their behalf by means of a signed proxy letterPlease note that delegates who are not executive heads, such as vice-rectors, heads of international offices or deans, will not be able to vote at the General Assembly unless a duly completed and signed proxy letter has been received by the EUA Secretariat within the stated deadline. Proxy letters must be sent by e-mail in PDF format to eua-ga@eua.eu by Friday 20 March at the latest.

Members must also have paid all outstanding membership fees, 2020 included, in order to be eligible to vote. The deadline for payment of membership fees is Friday 20 March.

• Each member of the General Assembly may hold one additional proxy from another EUA full member institution unable to attend. This institution must also have paid all outstanding membership fees and submit a duly completed and signed proxy letter by the deadline of Friday 20 March.

• Associate members and affiliates cannot vote, but may participate as observers.

The agenda and documents for the EUA General Assembly will soon be made available on this page.

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