2020 is an extraordinary year that shakes up priorities and turns traditional patterns upside down. But being flexible is also a prerequisite for innovation. Change is the only constant, and as universities of science and technology, embracing change is in our DNA.
We cordially invite you to explore with us ways to turn the current challenges into an opportunity to gain momentum. A chance to innovate together, learn from each other, and jointly design a resilient Europe that emerges stronger from the crisis.
The current pandemic has effected our daily lives, our economy, our educational system, our whole society. Processes and mindsets had to be adapted fast. Within a few months, it has exposed the strengths and weaknesses of modern society.
What can we learn from this? How can we make our systems more resilient for future crises? How can we use the opportunities this forced transition provides us to achieve a systemic change we have been struggling to bring about in the past? And who is in the driving seat?
Will the fight against climate change lose momentum with a pandemic shaking up priorities and a recession on our doorstep? Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world.
To overcome these challenges, the EU has launched the European Green Deal. What does it take to make it a success and sustain green recovery? How can we make sure all societal players act in concert? We will shed a light on the current state and future of these endeavours with a particular focus on the collaboration between academia, industry, and civil society.
The world has gone digital with breathtaking speed. While this has been working out well in some areas, others are still searching to find their way in the COVID-19 age. It also has become very clear that Europe depends critically on non-European solutions, especially with regard to digitalisation.
In order to make Europe more resilient, we need to gain technological sovereignty. Let’s discuss what it takes to achieve this ambitious goal.