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Global Challenges


Global Challenges



 Parallel workshops:


Cluster 1: Health

Cluster 2: Culture, creativity and inclusive society

Cluster 3: Civil security for society

Cluster 4: Digital, industry and Space

Cluster 5: Climate, energy and mobility

Cluster 6: Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment

Individual agendas for the six clusters



Erasmus+ 2021–2027: An overview and new opportunities


About the session:

Erasmus+ is one of the most successful programmes of the European Commission. Most people associate the programme with student and staff mobility. But major parts of Erasmus is giving funding to projects which can improve the quality of education and can also be used as stepping stones towards projects under the Horizon programme. The session will focus on an overview about the different actions, the increased possibilities for blended mobility and the potential students can give to research.




Michael J. Geary, Professor, Deputy Head of Department of Historical and Classical Studies, European Studies Academic Programme Director, NTNU

Erasmus+ Projects as tool to improve the quality of education and the development of networks Ieva Serapinaite

Senior Adviser DIKU Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education

Blended Mobility in Erasmus 2021-2027

Piet van Hove, Head of the International Office at the University of Antwerp and Vice President of the European Association of International Education (EAIE)

Creating meaning by involving students in research 

Patric Wallin, Associate Professor, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, NTNU


12:00–13:00 Lunchbreak


Relaunch of ERA – synergies between Research, Innovation and Education


About the session:

On the 30 September, the European Commission launched the communication on the new European Research Area (ERA), together with the communication on achieving the European Education Area (EEA) by 2025. Both strategies will have an influence on the way the future opportunities for Horizon Europe will be defined, also in consideration of the political willingness to create more synergies between research and education. The ERA has been in continuous need of improvement, since first introduced in 2000 and a process to renew it began in 2018. The communication outlines the priorities of the new ERA: prioritizing investments in R&I, improving access to excellence, translating R&I results into the economy and deepening policies that promote the free circulation of knowledge. The EEA seeks to create freedom for students and teachers to learn and work across the continent and for institutions to freely associate with one another in Europe and beyond. This session will be an opportunity to understand in detail the EU strategic approaches for ERA and EEA and to discuss them.




Director of NTNU Brussels Office Massimo Busuoli

Opening remarks

Pro-Rector Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes

Relaunch of ERA - Synergies Between Research, Innovation and Education

Ms. Apostolia Karamali, Head of Unit, DG RTD, Research & Innovation Outreach, Academic R&I and Research Organisations

Panel discussion moderated by Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes

Dean Anne Kristin Børresen, Faculty of Humanities

Dean Olav Bolland, Faculty of Engineering

Head of Unit Aposolia Karamali

Questions from the audience


14:00–14:15 Break


Erasmus+ – Challenges and examples of good practices


About the session:

The Erasmus+ programme is looking for the best and most innovative project ideas. To present a good application the consortium should also present good strategies on the impact of the project. This session gives you ideas how to meet this challenge. Other examples of good practice and exchange of experiences with running Erasmus+ projects will be the topic of our final Erasmus+ talk with coordinators from NTNU. 



Michael J. Geary, Professor, Deputy Head of Department of Historical and Classical Studies, European Studies Academic Programme Director, NTNU

Improve the quality and impact of your next Erasmus application – The theory of change 

Ms. Maggy Ovaa, Programme Manager International Affairs University Medical Centre Utrecht

Let’s talk about Erasmus+ – Experiences and Recommendations

Damiano Varagnolo, Professor, Department of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU and
Mikhail Fominykh, Researcher, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

Overview programme


NTNU employees who want access to the presentations (pdf) and videos from the launch week:

Please log on to Innsida and search for: «Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ Launch week presentations and videos».

Overview NTNU Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ Launch Week:

Monday 16 November
Launch of Horizon Europe and Erasmus+

Tuesday 17 November
Innovative Europe and Widening Participation

Wednesday 18 November
Global Challenges and Erasmus+

– Parallel Cluster sessions 1–6

Thursday 19 November
Excellent Science

Friday 20 November
Strategies and tools

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