UAS4Europe Conference 2019: what are the future scenarios for applied research in Europe?

Brussels – What are the opportunities offered by current and future European research and innovation programmes for universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Europe? How can they successfully participate? More than 170 participants from 20 European countries came to Brussels on April 2, 2019 for the conference “Beyond Horizons. The Future of Applied Research in Europe” to receive answers to these questions and search opportunities for new partnerships. The conference was organised by EURASHE co-founded European network of universities of applied sciences UAS4Europe, in cooperation with the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR).

Universities of applied sciences (UAS) work in close collaboration with industry and SMEs and making a valuable contribution to job creation and economic growth, especially at regional level. However, there is still a lot of to do when it comes to catching up to do when it comes to benefit from EU research and innovation funds.

The second UAS4Europe Conference in Brussels focused on current and future EU funding opportunities. It was also an occasion to set up new collaborations and exchange good practices on research and innovation activities.

Jean-David Malo, Director of DG RTD on `Open Innovation and Open Science’, highlighted the importance of UAS as the drivers of innovations. He said: ‘Now, more than ever it’s the time to UAS to play an important role in turning European research into impact through the EU programmes’.

UAS representatives and scientists had the opportunity to present their work and concrete project ideas in person. “Blind Brain Dates” was an occasion to create new working contacts and identify potential research topics of common interest. The presentations of posters from all around Europe and exchange of best practices were highly appreciated by the participants.

Challenges and opportunities for UAS

The afternoon session was followed by a debate on the future of applied science in Europe. Mr Bernd Sibler, Bavaria’s State Minister of Science and the Arts, representatives of the European Commission (DG RTD and DG REGIO), members of the European Parliament and representatives of UAS4EUROPE, Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE and Luciana Vaccaro, the Board Member of Innosuisse discussed concrete measures to create better framework conditions for participation of UAS in future EU funding programmes and addressed the importance of the future skills.

‘Technological and digital development as well as the changing nature of the very essential of what is learning and studying lead to the need of different types of skills, and UAS are very well placed to respond to this need’- highlighted Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE.

This was the second biannual Conference organised by UAS4EUROPE since its creation in 2016.


UAS4EUROPE is a joint initiative of EURASHE, UASnet, swissuniversities, Hochschule Bayern e.V. and the Austrian FHK and is committed to a strong position and increased visibility of UAS in the European research landscape. For more information on UAS4EUROPE’s activities, please visit our website: Please direct inquiries to:  



Ms Dovile Sandaraite

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