New Beginnings – Status and future of European research funding
Recently, the coordinator of our Horizon 2020 project EPICUR-Research, Michael Zacherle, has been invited by the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts to present EPICUR-Research and A University Partnership for Acceleration of European Universities (aUPaEU) in a workshop where only ten best practice research projects from Baden-Württemberg were selected.

At the event “New Beginnings – The future of European research funding at universities in Baden-Württemberg” on March 8th, experts from science and politics in Stuttgart discussed how they assess participation in the state so far. The scope of the event was to provide impulses for the design of the tenth framework programme. The following questions were at the heart of the workshop: How can European research funding serve the goals of the Green Deal?  How does research funding contribute to Europe’s strategic autonomy and technological sovereignty?  And to what extent does it promote social cohesion?  How can a balance be struck between alignment with key policy goals and knowledge-driven research? 

In addition to the panel discussion, practical examples were presented. EPICUR-Research was one of ten best practice projects presented to the minister and around 200 members of University Rectors, Professors and representatives of government and politics in Stuttgart. Over a lunchtime snack, the event participants were also able to find out about the projects at the “Gallery Walk” stands. The KIT team is glad that EPICUR was able to contribute to this event, presenting our successes with EPICUR-Research!

Photos: Uli Regenscheit