The world is now more connected and more global than ever before and the needs of our society are changing accordingly. New technologies are arising and with them new challenges that can only be faced with synergic alliances between different societal actors. European university alliances are now emerging as a means to embody collaborative efforts and provide solutions to our future problems.
TORCH is the research arm of CHARM, a university alliance that aims to explore new venues for the university of the future with a focus on pressing issues: climate change, sustainability, gender gap, inclusion and equity. How do we intend to address these topics that are in the policy agenda of all countries? We aim to provide a flexible and useful channel by not only transferring scientific knowledge from University to society, but also by involving societal partners. To construct this new future we envision, universities have to enable civil engagement, promote citizen science and establish a positive dialogue with stakeholders. This is the mission of TORCH. And as a starting point, in our alliance, we will coalesce forces to address three main impending sustainability global challenges: WATER, FOOD and HEALTH.
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This episode of the CHARM-EU Podcast introduces the path towards the TORCH Common Science Agenda and how six research challenges have been selected to be developed further as pilot studies.
The first ever presential meeting of the CHARM-EU Alliances’ TORCH project was held at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) between the 20th and 22nd of June. Representatives of the current and future partner universities reflected on the work done so far and discussed future strategies as well as concrete next steps.
Aiming to make scientific results known and accessible to the widest possible range of society, ELTE’s Center for Innovation has recently launched a new initiative to inform the press about the latest innovation projects connected to the university.