Register now for the U!REKA Conference 2020

Online event from 16-17 November: the 5th International Conference of the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance

5 Oct 2020 18:33 | Communication

Colleagues and students at U!REKA member institutions are warmly invited to attend the U!REKA Conference 2020: Open Innovation Ecosystems. Institutional partners and U!REKA stakeholders are also welcome to join the event.

When: 16-17 November 2020
What: 8 interactive online sessions and two call for proposals
Where: Online via Zoom
Register for the conference sessions before 2 November 2020

Submit a proposal and discuss it live

Do you have an idea for new ways to collaborate? Looking for new project partners? Have you found a way to improve distance teaching and learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Share your great ideas in one of the U!REKA open calls for proposals:

• U!REKA call for collaboration proposal

This call aims to share and provide expertise in order to develop innovative solutions and new collaboration across the U!REKA consortium. There are six thematic categories for inspiration.

You can participate in workshop by registering and sending your proposal abstract using the collaboration registration form on the event website.

• U!REKA call for sharing good practices in e-learning and e-teaching

A response to the need to adapt to learning and teaching remotely. This online round table on good e-pedagogy practices offers a platform for sharing your good methods and techniques in distance teaching and studying.

You can participate in the online round table by registering and sending your abstract by using the e-learning registration form on the event website.

You will be informed about whether your idea has been selected for the workshops and/or roundtable after the conference registration closes.

Eight interactive online sessions for you to choose from

In addition to the two U!REKA calls for proposals, the conference programme includes conversational sessions on:

• Presenting recent U!REKA activities: diving in with the Steering committee, the U!REKA Lab: Urban Commons, the Research support group, the Mobility working group and the Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) network

• Discussing higher education networking in Brussels with the Helsinki EU office

• Case examples of open innovation ecosystems for a broader discussion on the topic

• Virtual cafés hosted by Metropolia Innovation Hubs

View the full programme in more detail on the event website:

Share your ideas via VIIMA

The online tool VIIMA helps U!REKA members to connect around ideas and discuss them ahead of the conference. Register as a user to boost our networking, by:

• using your Office365 account (if your institution uses O365 email accounts)

• or by clicking “login with a VIIMA account” on the website to create a new user account

Access to the platform has been restricted to certain (partner) email domains. If you are unable to log in, please contact

The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) consists of a vibrant partnership of eight urban-focused higher education institutions (HEIs) across Europe: the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; Edinburgh Napier University; HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts; Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences; Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki; Oslo Metropolitan University; VSB – Technical University of Ostrava; and Politécnico de Lisboa.

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