The seven Arqus universities embark on an initiative to foster joint research and innovation

On The March 19, 2021

On March 16, 2021, a first high-level seminar explored two priority areas for the Alliance: artificial intelligence and climate change. This was the first of a series of high-level seminars with the final goal of developing a Joint Research Action Plan, complementing individual Research Action Plans of each Arqus university.

Vice-Rectors for Research and senior research policy officers of the seven universities of the Arqus Alliance came together on March 16, 2021 to lay the foundations of a joint research action plan. Artificial intelligence and climate change are the two priority areas identified by the universities as fields for common action; two fields where the Arqus universities are already very active and that are crucial due to their social relevance and potential for future joint research.

The seminar consisted of an “Open brainstorming discussion” on how to go beyond cooperation in research to lay the foundations of shared initiatives arising from their respective research policies, exploring common ground and determining common goals and obstacles that will have to be overcome (legal, regulatory) to achieve those common goals. This 3-hour seminar was a closed meeting of high-level representatives of each university (Research Vice-Rectors and senior research policy officers).

This first high-level seminar devoted to the research mission of our universities and how we can enhance our current activities and output by working together as a structured alliance, is of crucial importance for reaching the objectives of Arqus in the coming years. We are all convinced that joining forces makes us stronger and brings more meaningful societal impact

Dorothy Kelly, Coordinator of the Arqus Alliance

The seminar was divided into three main blocks:

  1. Critical analysis of research-support initiatives of each university in the fields of artificial intelligence/digital transformation and green deal/climate change,
  2. Brainstorming on options for the Arqus Alliance to go beyond state of art,
  3. Defining common goals and conclusions.

The framework for the high-level seminars is the Arqus Research and Innovation Project, funded by H2020. The Joint Research Action Plan should be finalized by December 2021, to be rolled out in the following two years. This plan lays the foundations for the long-term research cooperation of the Arqus Alliance universities.

The Arqus Research and Innovation project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 101017448.

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