Venue: Edifici Plaça Universitat. University of Barcelona. Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585, 08007 Barcelona.

How to arrive:

All the plenary sessions will be live streamed on the CHARM-EU YouTube Channel. Link coming soon! The break out sessions will be presential.

symbol speech to textSpeech-to-Text Reporters provide real-time captioning. Their expertise is essential to the Conference to cater to the greatest level of attendees' access and participation needs. Inclusion by design means designing the environment from the beginning to the greatest extent of users (preventive) rather than a retrospective approach (fixing the environment afterwards). The hybrid feature is in line with the core values of CHARM-EU. 

During the hybrid sessions (plenary sessions), you can follow the real-time captioning here:

Day 1 | 13 December 2022

Link to the online sessions:

09:00 – 09:30    Registration 

09:30—10:00     Panel session with opening words by student, academic, staff and external actor (hybrid session)    

Presenter: Ander Errasti Lopez

Summary: This interactive panel with different profiles will set the stage of the event and explore the main topic “looking back and looking forward" while debating main challenges and achievements related to EU's political priorities both in terms of European Universities’ educational challenges and sustainability to reconcile humanity with the planet.  

  • Chair: Joan Guàrdia Olmos. Rector. University of Barcelona


  • Olivia Riksen, CHARM-EU Student 
  • Marjanneke Vijge, CHARM-EU Academic Board member, Capstone coordinator, leader of TORCH work package Public Engagement
  • Julien Lorentz, CHARM-EU Manager in the University of Montpellier  
  • Hugo von Meijenfeldt, Senior Sustainability Advisor, UN Global Compact   

10:00 – 10:30    Transformation of the European Education Area under the European Universities Framework: Perspectives from EU (hybrid session) 

Presenter: Ander Errasti Lopez

Summary: This session should frame the event and raise key questions for discussion regarding the role of European Universities in a broader context, particularly regarding the EC policy agenda and how they contribute to shape the future of higher education. 


  • Vanessa, Debiais-Sainton, Head of Unit Higher Education, European Commission (online)
  • Markus González Beilfuss. Undersecretary, Ministry of Universities (online)

10:30 – 11:30    Plenary 1: Building a new European university from scratch: implementation process, commitments, and cross sectoral reforms (hybrid session) 

Presenter: Ander Errasti Lopez   

Summary: The session will start with a 15-minute presentation regarding the outcomes the first CHARM-EU phase. Then, there will be a panel were CHARM-EU partners’ representatives will share their “peer learning” experience from these years and will discuss new priorities, which follows up on the implementation of the new project: CHARM-EIGHT.   

Presentation: Meritxell Chaves, CHARM-EU Alliance Manager


  • Núria Casamitjana. University of Barcelona
  • Padraig Carmody. Director of CHARM-EU at Trinity College Dublin
  • Jan Haarhuis. Utrecht University
  • Ferenc Takó.  Eötvös Loránd University
  • Gilles Subra. University of Montpellier

11:30 – 12:00    Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:30    European Universities best practices and policy reform: Lessons learnt and recommendations for the future of the alliances (hybrid session) 

Presenter: Ander Errasti Lopez   

Summary: Each European University will share its best practices during the first period, framing commitments and follow up actions. Presentations will be followed by a discussion focused on enhancing European Universities partnership and possible questions from the audience.   


  • Antoni Luna. Vice-rector for Internationalization. Pompeu Fabra University. EUTOPIA
  • Hakima Fassi Fihri. Project Officer. Head of Local Office. 4EU+
  • Isabelle Kratz.Secretary General. 4EU+ 
  • Emily Palmer. Secretary General. Una Europa (Online) 
  • Raul Ramos. Vice-Rector for Internationalization Policy. University of Barcelona. CHARM-EU

13:30 – 14:30    Lunch break

14:30 – 15:45    Break out sessions | Main achievements and looking forward  (In-person ONLY) 

Break out Group 1: European Universities best practices and policy reform: Lessons learnt and recommendations for the future of the alliances 

Summary: In this session, we will be sharing the successes and challenges of the pilot CHARM-EU Masters in Global Challenges for Sustainability based on our qualitative and quantitative evaluation process and resources developed by CHARM-EU colleagues.  

Chair: Julien Fremont. Deputy Director of International Relations Head of the Cooperation Unit- Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


  • Jake Byrne, Trinity College Dublin

  • Dimitra Moussa. Utrecht University 

  • Agnes Albert, ELTE 

  • Amanda Sancho EU CONEXUS  

  • Alexandru Aldea EU CONEXUS  

Rapporteur: Silvia Gallagher, Trinity College Dublin  

Break out group 2: European Universities' Governance models and management structures 

Summary: Presentation of the CHARM-EU's governance model: from the project to the implementation of an innovatove model 

Chair: Prof. Dr. Imre HAMAR. ELTE


  • Patrick Caron. University of Montpellier
  • Nuria Casamitjana. University of Barcelona.
  • Frank Miedema. Utrecht University 
Break out group 3: Innovative mobilities as part of the European university alliances design 

Summary: The session aims at focusing on the challenges, solutions, and best practices regarding the organization of short- and long-term physical and blended mobilities as part of joint degree programs within university alliances. The session aims at discussing the feasibility of combining traditional mobility schemes within joint degrees involving different points of view. 

Chair: Péter Tordai, Deputy director for mobility, ELTE


  • Luca Alexa Erdei. Assistant lecturer, ELTE

  • Harriet Klåvus. Head of International Cooperation, Åbo Akademi

  • Andrius Uždanavičius. Head of Studies’ Quality and Development at Vilnius University;Chair of action line Student Centered Frameworks for Quality Learning Board at ARQUS European Universities Alliance

  • Leticia Díaz Platero. European Projects Manager, SEPIE

  • Marcin Chojnacki, CHARM-EU student delegate

Break out group 4: From Networking to Professional Development – Internal Mainstreaming of Successful Alliance-level Innovations 

Summary: This breakout session will contribute to the debate on how innovation and best practices born within European University Alliances could be mainstreamed in order to support institutional level transformation. 

Chair: Prof. Dr. László ZENTAI. Vice-Rector for Education. ELTE 


  • Prof. Susanne Staude, President of Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences

  • Dr. José García, Director of the Water Research Institute (IdRA) at the University of Barcelona

  • Dr. Jan Haarhuis, Project Manager at Utrecht University and Leader of CHARM-EU’s Teaching and Learning Work Package

  • Dr. Gilles Subra, CHARM-EU Project Manager at the University of Montpellier

Rapporteur: Maria Szulovszky. ELTE 

Break out group 5: Research & Innovation: Building the bridge between research and educational practice  

Summary: The aim of this session is to debate the role that the European university alliances are playing in helping to deliver the bridge between policies as well as showcase the relation between challenge-based learning and programmatic assessment based on the CHARM-EU Case

Chair: Brian Broderick, Trinity College Dublin 


  • Prof. Dr. Jordi Garcia Fernandez. Vicerrector for Research. University of Barcelona 

  • Prof. Dr. Marko Joas. Vicerrector. Åbo Akademi University. 

  • Graciela van Schaik. Master student Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University 

  • Hugo von Mijenfeldt. Senior Sustainability Advisor.UN Global Compact   

Rapporteur: Jaime Llorca, University of Barcelona

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break  

16:15 – 17:00 Keynote: Shaping the future of European Universities   (hybrid session) 

Presenter: Ander Errasti Lopez   

Topic: Shaping a new relationship between science and people: Daniel Innerarity. Philosopher and essayist (online): 

17:00 – 18:00 Cultural Activity  (In-person ONLY) 

18:00 Cocktail reception

Day 2 | 14 December 2022  

Link to the online sessions:

09:00 – 10:30 How can European Universities contribute to the EC Digital Action Plan (hybrid session) 

Presenter: Ander Errasti Lopez     

Chair: Marga Bonmatí Pérez. University of Barcelona 

Summary: This plenary session will showcase examples European university alliances, including experiences on IT infrastructures and interoperability, the future of digitalisation, what can we do and how can we collaborate to achieve the aims of the Digital Action Plan. 


  • CHARM-EU Alliance: Experiences with the virtual learning environment, emerging technologies, and hybrid classrooms in CHARM-EU’s Master’s in Global Challenges for Sustainability
    • Alex Lodder. Utrecht University.Deliverable lead for Virtual Learning Environment 
      and CHARM-EU teaching toolbox. Utrecht university
    • Vanessa Vigano. Educationalist. University of Montpellier
    • Daniel Griffin. Co-lead of the CHARM-EU Emerging Technologies work package. Trinity College Dublin 
  • EuroTeQ alliance: Testing an example of interoperability 
    • Ben Parker. TUe (Online)
  • UNITE! Best practice example: Metacampus from the UNITE! Alliance
    • Jesus Alcober. Engineer and PhD in Telecommunications from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya 
    • Martin Ebner. Head of the Department Educational Technology Graz University of Technology
  • EUNIS-SURF: Towards a European digital ecosystem for education
    • Christien Bok.Board member of EUNIS and employee at SURF   (Online) 

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break  

11:00 – 12:15 Inclusion & Diversity  (hybrid session) 

Presenter: Ander Errasti Lopez      

Summary: CHARM-EU represents an innovative model of 21st-century higher education where accessibility and inclusion have been stepping by step interwoven into its DNA. Inclusion by design means that inclusiveness is strategically mainstreamed into the culture, design, delivery and monitoring of all areas of the Alliance and the CHARM-EU Master's in Global Challenges for Sustainability. CHARM-EU welcomes and shares experiences with colleagues from and UNI(di)VERSITY to address common enablers, challenges and innovative solutions together to create a more inclusive and diverse European Higher Education Area.

Chair: Maria Teresa Sauras Yera. Rector's Delegate for Sustainability at the University of Barcelona


  • Agnes Sarolta Fazekas, Eötvös Loránd University, CHARM-EU 

  • Cathy Jerez Paredero, University of Barcelona, UNI(di)VERSITY 

  • Marcello Scalisi, Director of UNIMED, the Mediterranean Universities Union

Rapporteur:  Linas Cepinskas, Utrecht University, CHARM-EU  

12:15– 13:15 The principles of the New European Bauhaus and the European Universities values:  towards a sustainable and inclusive future   (hybrid session) 

Chair: Maria Teresa Sauras Yera. Rector's Delegate for Sustainability at the University of Barcelona


Welcome words by: Marcos Ros Sempere. Member of the European Parliament (online)

  • Frank Miedema. Utrecht University. CHARM-EU 
  • Pedro Matias. FILMEU Alliance 
  • Anna Ramos. Director. Fundació Mies van der Rohe
  • Julia Miralles de Imperial Pujol. Adviser on Science and University Policy at Barcelona City Council
  • Joanna Post. Team Lead. Adaptation Division. United Nations Climate Change 

13:15 – 14:15 Network Lunch in partnership with UniDiversity   

14:15- 15:30   UniDiversity Workshop (hybrid session)