1st annual EPICUR Forum
09/12/2020 @ 10:00 - 11/12/2020 @ 19:00 CET
https://indico.scc.kit.edu/event/2252/registrations/332/ (Registrations are open until 3 December)
The EPICUR alliance will organise its first Public Forum between 9 and 11 December 2020. The Forum is an opportunity to connect, to share experiences and to develop ideas with all members of the academic community. It will also provide an occasion to discover the – entrepreneurial – ecosystems of the eight universities of the alliance. Hosted by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), this year’s Forum will be a fully virtual event. It aims to bring together students, teachers, researchers, administrative staff and professionals around a broad range of activities dedicated to the themes of « Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development. »
Our Forum is an invitation to local, regional, and European stakeholders as well as the members of its diverse academic communities to explore the EPICUR alliance and its many inspiring projects that lay the foundation for one of the first truly European Universities.
The Forum offers a journey through our European university partners and their communities by offering: a Virtual Start-up Tour, enlightening Panel Discussions, Keynotes on sustainability and entrepreneurship, Workshops, EPICURtalks & Virtual Booths for all interested in the future of teaching and learning, an ERASMUS challenge for students…
– Welcome Speech by Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice-President for Innovation and International Affairs at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Prof. Hirth is responsible for entrepreneurial activities at KIT – one of the two leading German universities in this sector – and will talk about the fact that research, teaching and innovation must interlock directly if we want to be successful, both as a European university and as a society.
– Digital ERASMUS Feeling Challenge
Audience: Students (all study levels) of the EPICUR Universities.
Before challenging students to explore new digital formats to create similar or even identical results during a virtual semester abroad, we have invited students and alumni of all ages to share their ERAMUS experience by sending videos.
During the forum, groups of students from the 8 universities will form teams of 5 to 7. Together they will brainstorm to define the important factors contributing to the Erasmus feeling by capturing small facets. On the last day, each group will have 3 minutes to present a solution by giving a lecture, showing a video, photos or even making a musical presentation of their ideas. The best ideas will be rewarded with various prizes.
This challenge will take place in three steps:
- The kick-off session with the creation of the groups and an introductory speech by Oana Dumitrescu, Director General for Education and Culture at the European Commission.
- The following day, the activity will continue with tutorials and discussions in the morning and an Erasmus quiz in the evening.
- On Friday, the final presentation of the « Erasmus Feeling Challenge » will take place in the presence of Kostis Giannidis, President of the Erasmus Student Network, followed by the award ceremony.
– Keynote by Prof Phoebe Koundouri, Director of the EIT Climate-KIC on Financing environmental projects
Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri will introduce the emergence and requirements of entrepreneurs who tackle the issue of sustainability. She will further discuss the requirements for funding such projects with a link to the SDGs and then give a concrete explanation of how to obtain funding as well as some examples of projects already funded by Climate KIC Greece. There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
– Keynote by Prof. Dr. Orestis Terzidis (KIT): Entrepreneurship Education – good practices and future
Prof. Orestis Terzidis of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will present his thoughts on teaching Entrepreneurship and developing successful entrepreneurial ecosystems around universities.
– Keynote by Maria Vassilakou: Planning the City of Tomorrow – Towards a major Urban Transition.
– Experiential Learning & Experimental Teaching in Digital Settings
Public event. All those interested in Teaching & Learning (Restriction Apply in Part I)
In the current pandemic, digital and blended learning has gained new momentum. This has boosted innovation and creativity among university educators and e-Learning experts at the eight EPICUR partner universities. The EPICUR Forum will offer a two-part event that explores the potentials and challenges of “Experiential Learning and Experimental Teaching in Digital Settings,” offering the opportunity to share and exchange on out-of-the-box ideas about the future of education in European Universities. Framed by two keynotes on the impact of “Digitization in Higher Education” and “Working & Learning 4.0”, the EPICUR team invites you to an interactive and inspiring journey into the future of learning and teaching.
Morning session. Experiential Learning & Experimental Teaching – Part I: « Train the Trainer » – Workshops
Audience: teaching staff, (early career) researchers, administrative university staff, young professionals
The first part, dedicated to “Experiential Learning” offers university lecturers, teachers, study coordinators, and didactic staff from all partners five parallel “train-the-trainer” workshops addressing interculturality, social learning, entrepreneurial education, summer schools and virtual exchanges.
Afternoon session. Experiential Learning & Experimental Teaching – Part II: Virtual Fair & EPICURtalks.
Focusing on “Experimental Teaching,” the second part invites everyone to a Virtual Fair, featuring EPICUR’s newest format “EPICURtalks” as well as virtual booths that give the floor to some of the most innovative and creative teaching formats within the EPICUR alliance.
– Virtual Start-up Tour – Innovative solutions for European challenges
The virtual start-up tour will feature contributions by start-ups from partner universities, involved in the field of sustainable development, showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit of the EPICUR community. Start-Ups will create introductory videos, followed by an in-depth exchange about their respective challenges in the form of an interactive panel discussion.
– Panel Discussion – Entrepreneurial Student Clubs as hotbeds for Start-ups at Universities
The Panel Discussion for Young Entrepreneurs is targeted towards all those who have played with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur. Bringing together young entrepreneurs and student associations to inspire and showcase the diverse experiences that people have made moving from the academic world into the economic sphere. The discussion will also address the challenges and hurdles that young entrepreneurs encounter, what solutions they have found and what support would be needed.