ECIU University
Forum 2024

6 - 7 June 2024
Kaunas
Education for a Resilient and
Sustainable Society
Kaunas University of Technology
Share best practices of innovative education approaches
Bring together societal stakeholders to showcase challenge-based education outcomes
Explore and initiate potential collaborations for common solutions to societal issues

About the ECIU University Forum

The ECIU University Forum is a yearly networking event that brings together the entire ECIU University community.

In 2024, the Forum will take place at Kaunas University of Technology (Kaunas, Lithuania) on June 6th and 7th. Education for a Resilient and Sustainable Society is chosen as the main theme. The two-day interactive event aims to generate ideas, establish connections between ECIU University community members, and encourage educational collaborations.

We hope the event will be an inspiration for teachers, researchers, learners, and external stakeholders, providing an opportunity to share their expertise, knowledge, and best practices, while also promoting challenge-based learning.

Organisers

The ECIU University Forum is a part of ECIU University activities, co-funded by the European Union.
The Forum will take place on 6-7 June 2024 at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU).

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Registration

Please let us know if you’d like to participate and apply before the 29th of February:

https://forms.office.com/e/5jdiZRd8qM

You can apply to attend the Forum as a participant or a session presenter. More information about the sessions below. A selection process will take place at each member university. You will receive a follow-up email regarding your application status in early April.

Places are limited as the ECIU University forum only has a capacity of 230 people.

Apply for presenting a session

The ECIU University Forum aims to engage its participants in discussions relevant to them – which is why we invite you to contribute. Submit your proposal to facilitate one of the sessions and become part of a relevant conversation.

When applying, please choose the session format that suits your topic or idea the most! 

Each ECIU University Forum session should be connected to the main theme of the event: Education for a Resilient and Sustainable Society. There are four types of sessions available:

Lightning Talk

Share one of ECIU University’s education-related achievements in a short presentation.

  • Format: Short, focused presentations typically lasting 10-15 minutes and followed by Q&A sessions (total duration – 30 to 45 min together with the Q&A session) 
  • Purpose: Efficiently and concisely communicates a specific idea, project, or concept, while also sharing your experience from ECIU University activities. 

Panel Discussion

Explore a specific topic, bringing together a group of experts with different perspectives.

  • Format: A group of experts (3-4 speakers) joins the panel to discuss the chosen topic, as moderated by the session presenter. Each speaker has approx. 10-12 minutes for presenting and the presentations are followed by an interactive discussion with the audience, moderated by a panel moderator. 
  • Purpose: Offers diverse perspectives, encourages debate, and creates interaction between panelists and the audience.

Skills Training Session

Are you an expert on a particular topic? Is there something you want to teach the participants? Give a training session!

  • Format: Highly interactive sessions where participants engage in hands-on activities, training discussions, and exercises aimed to improve certain skills or introduce them to new perspectives. (duration – 1 to 2 hours) 
  • Purpose: Focused learning, skill development, and practical application of concepts. 

(Net)working Session

Do you have an idea you want to make a reality? Invite colleagues to collaborate on developing an ECIU University learning opportunity, a project, or a European project application. For example, you can present your current research subject and find partners both for research and future learning opportunities. Are you facing a problem in your organization or work? This may also be your chance to find a joint solution!

  • Format: Interactive sessions where participants engage in hands-on activities, discussions, and exercises. (1 to 2 hours) 
  • Purpose: Networking, developing ideas and projects. 

Please apply before the 29th of February
https://forms.office.com/e/5jdiZRd8qM

You can find detailed information on applying for sessions here:

Session application guidelines

If you have any questions about the application form, contact us via events@eciu.eu

ECIU University Forum Financial Support

ECIU University Forum is an opportunity for ECIU University teachers, students, staff, and external stakeholders from all over Europe to meet, generate ideas, establish new connections, and pursue educational collaborations. But we understand that attending conferences can be expensive, especially for learners!

 

To encourage attendance at the ECIU University Forum, each ECIU University member institution can select and financially support up to: 

  • 6 students (including 2 student ambassadors)
  • 5 administrative staff members
  • 5 teachers/researchers 

The deadline to apply for participation in the ECIU University Forum is the 29th of February. The selection will be done at the member institution level. You can apply as a participant or a session presenter.

Process for the financial support allocation:

Once the evaluation process of the applications is over, the ECIU University Forum coordination team will forward the institutional contact points of ECIU member institutions the following information:

  • Applicants registered by their institution
  • Ranked list of successful proposals for sessions

Based on this information, each institution will allocate the support by applying the following criteria:

  1.  Applicants selected for presenting sessions will be prioritized following the ranking and up to the funds available.
  2. The remaining funds will be free for the institution to allocate, considering gender balance and diversity in participants’ profiles.

If you want to be considered for the ECIU University Forum financial support, please contact your institution’s representative by March 15th. 

Institutions’ representatives will inform the applicants about the status of their request and the next steps by early April. 

UniversityContact nameEmail
Dublin City UniversityPaula Murraypaula.murray@dcu.ie
Groupe INSAMarie-Agnès Détourbedetourbe@insa-toulouse.fr
Kaunas University of TechnologyDovile Tranauskaitedovile.tranauskaite@ktu.lt
Lodz University of TechnologyMagdalena Drabek-Glapińskamagdalena.drabek@p.lodz.pl
Tampere UniversitySanna Kivimäkisanna.kivimaki@tuni.fi
Hamburg University of TechnologyBerit Illmannillmann@tuhh.de
Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaMyra Ronzonimyra.ronzoni@eciu.eu
University of AveiroSofia Bruckmannsofiasb@ua.pt
Linköping UniversityLotta Kåvemarklotta.kavemark@liu.se
University of StavangerInghild Marie Mjelvainghild.m.mjelva@uis.no.
University of TrentoGrazia Callovinigrazia.callovini@unitn.it
University of TwenteRyan Wakamiyaryan.wakamiya@eciu.eu

Agenda

The agenda is to be updated according to the selected session topics.

Day 1 – Thursday, 06/06/2024

08:00 - 08:45
Registration
08:45 - 09:30
Opening session
09:30 - 10:30
Parallel Sessions
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30
Parallel Sessions
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch & networking session
14:00 - 15:00
Parallel Sessions
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:30
Parallel sessions
16:30 - 17:00
Closing of the day
20:00 - 22:00
ECIU University community dinner

Day 2 – Friday, 07/06/2024

8:45 - 10:30
Plenary sessions
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00
Parallel sessions
12:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Plenary session

15:30 - 16:00
Closing ceremony

Contacts

If you have any questions or suggestions, are interested in collaborating with ECIU University, or want to know more about the opportunities it offers, please reach out to us via

events@eciu.eu

FAQs

What is ECIU University?

The ECIU University is a European university where learners, teachers, and researchers cooperate with cities and businesses to solve real-life challenges.

Together, we aim to create, test, and embrace a whole new approach to education that encourages innovation on all levels – from learning to research.

More information

What is the goal of the ECIU University Forum?

The forum aims to highlight the potential and opportunities the ECIU University ecosystem offers, deepen connections within the educational community, and become an inspiration for teachers, researchers, learners, and external stakeholders, encouraging them to share their expertise, knowledge, and best practices while embracing challenge-based learning.

How do I apply for the ECIU University Forum?

You can apply by visiting the ECIU University Forum page and completing the registration form.

Who can attend the ECIU University Forum?

ECIU UniversityEducation Forum is aimed at students, teachers, and personnel from ECIU institutions, as well as stakeholders within ECIU member regions &countries (cities, businesses, entrepreneurs, public or non-governmental organizations, social and environmental activists).

How can I participate in the ECIU University Forum?

Participant

You don’t have an active role in any specific session, but you are looking forward to meeting the ECIU University community and making new connections.

Session presenter

You wish to actively participate in the conference, leading and facilitating one of the sessions.

I’m not an academic entity. Can I participate and how?

Yes, the conference is designed to appeal to a broad range of attendees. From companies to public organizations, various stakeholders are welcome to present challenges at the ECIU University Forum. If there is a challenge you would like to solve together with a multidisciplinary team of teachers and learners across Europe, let us know!

Is there a registration fee for participation in the Forum?

ECIU University Forum is free of charge. If you are selected, you will be provided with access to all presentations, sessions, and networking events at the Forum.

I have filled out the registration form. Is my participation confirmed?

No, unfortunately, the ECIU University forum only has a capacity of 230 people. You will receive an email confirming your participation.

Are meals included in my registration?

The ECIU University Forum will provide lunch on the first and second days of the conference, as well as several coffee breaks throughout the meeting. The evening event on the first night of the conference is also included.

Can I cancel my registration?

Yes, you can cancel your registration. To do so, please contact events@eciu.eu.

Can I see what sessions will take place during the Forum before I arrive on-site?

Yes, the full program for the ECIU University Forum will be posted on our website at least one month before the event.