Second Education and Innovation Summit “Nurturing Europe’s talents, shaping the future”

The  Second Education and Innovation Summit “Nurturing Europe’s talents, shaping the future”  will be held on 27 June 2023. The hybrid event – held online and in Brussels - will bring together key players working in education and innovation to share best practices, discuss challenges and progress towards objectives in the European Strategy for Universities and the new European innovation Agenda, as well as inspire further actions to be taken!

Vice-President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas will be opening the Summit with a keynote speech and the Director-General of DG EAC, Themis Christophidou, will close the event. 

There will also be a specific UBC breakout session from 14h-15h30 (CET). During this session, panellists will discuss how to foster links between academia and the private sector. The main discussion points are

  • how higher education institutions have developed a portfolio that includes common and new initiatives to match skills offer and demand of the labour market
  • how to retain talent in the regions
  • how to link education, business creation and innovation

The session will also introduce the revised HEInnovate self-reflection tool (action under the European Strategy for Universities) and the Education and Innovation Practice Community (under the New European Innovation Agenda).

Moderator: Dr Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer ‐ Lead Analyst, Higher Education Policy, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills Policy Implementation and Advice Division

Panel members

  • Pieter de Jong ‐ EU Representative Wetsus & WaterCampus Leeuwarden at Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology
  • Sol Villar ‐ Senior VP Organisation & HR, Atlantic Copper SLU
  • Bárbara Coelho Gabriel ‐ Vice-Director for Internationalisation at the Department for Mechanical Engineering, Universidade Aveiro
  • Karel Haegeman ‐ Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre Sevilla


Registrations are still open, and as it is a hybrid event you can choose to attend in person or virtually:

For more information, check out the Education and Innovation Summit dedicated website:  

  • Event
27 Jun 2023