The Annual EPICUR Forum: an opportunity to connect universities

EPICUR > The Annual EPICUR Forum: an opportunity to connect universities

During 3 days, the EPICUR forum, hosted by The Karlsruhe Institut of Technology (KIT) entirely online, brought together many higher education actors from 8 different universities.
A moment of sharing and exchange of ideas to create bridges between civil society and universities but also to promote exchanges between associations, students and teachers within universities.

The Forum offered 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, and ERASMUS challenge for students to imagine new cocnepts and ideas about the ERASMUS feeling.

Here you can see or review the speeches of the first day:

The Welcome Speech by EPICUR President Michel  Deneken (UNISTRA) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice-President for Innovation and International Affairs at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The Keynote by Prof. Dr. Orestis Terzidis (KIT): Entrepreneurship Education – good practices and future

The Keynote by Maria Vassilakou: Planning the City of Tomorrow – Towards a major Urban Transition.

The Second day was dedicated to Workshops and EPICURtalks on “Experiential Learning and Experimental Teaching and a Keynote on European funds for environmental projects

At the end of the day, Professor Phoebe Koundouri, head of ETC-Climate KIC in Greece, gave a speech on how to develop and finance sustainable development and environmental projects. Here is her Keynote:


Entrepreneurship session

Virtual Start-up Tour – Innovative solutions for European challenges

The virtual tour of the start-up highlighted the contributions of start-ups from partner universities involved in the field of sustainable development and illustrated the entrepreneurial spirit of the EPICUR community. The start-ups presented introductory videos, followed by an in-depth exchange on their respective challenges in the form of an interactive round table.

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.


EPICUR Digital “ERASMUS Feeling” Challenge – Final presentation

During the forum, 4 groups of students from the eight universities reflected on and defined the important factors that contribute to the feeling of Erasmus by capturing small facets. Each group presented their solutions by showing a video. The best ideas were rewarded with various prizes instead of InterRail passes.

The presentation was introduced by Kostis Giannidis, President of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN).

Here is the video:

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