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ENLIGHT Impact Training Empowers Research Support Officers

On 22 and 23 May, the ENLIGHT RISE initiative kicked off its first-ever Research Impact Training, specially designed for Research Support Officers (RSOs) from ENLIGHT partner universities. This new programme aims to help RSOs better understand research impact and build the skills they need to support researchers to make a real difference in our society.

This training fits right into our goal of creating a culture focused on making an impact. By raising awareness and providing the right tools, the programme is set to help RSOs tackle the challenges of research impact, especially when it comes to Horizon Europe project proposals.

Key Goals and Highlights

The training covered five main areas:

  1. Understanding Research Impact
    Igor Campillo and Glória Nunes Rodrigues (UPV/EHU) explained the basics of what research impact is all about.
  2. Understanding the Institutional Impact Context
    Esther de Smet from Ghent University talked about how institutions shape and influence research impact.
  3. Understanding the Impact Journey and Process
    Áine Mhic Thaidhg from University of Galway walked participants through the steps to create impactful research.
  4. Providing Knowledge and Tools for Impact Assessment
    Sarah Morton from Matter of Focus shared practical tools and methods to measure research impact.
  5. Drafting a Horizon Europe Impact Section
    Jakob Kuhs and Tobias Hermans from Ghent University gave tips on how to write strong impact sections for Horizon Europe proposals.

Engaging Sessions and Active Participation

The training had a great turnout, with 15 people attending in person and 20 joining online, showing a strong interest and need for this kind of program within the ENLIGHT network.

Over the two days, participants got involved in interactive sessions, group discussions, and hands-on activities. The in-person sessions in Ghent offered a rich experience, along with social events that helped RSOs network and collaborate.

2024 Impact training Research Support Officers

Looking Ahead

For those who could not make it, we offer plenty of online resources and training materials available on the platform: ENLIGHT Impact Training Resources.

This first Research Impact Training by ENLIGHT is a big step towards giving Research Support Officers the skills and knowledge to drive impactful research. By continuing to invest in these programs, ENLIGHT shows its commitment to promoting research that not only advances academic knowledge but also generates tangible benefits for our society.

Stay tuned for more training sessions and initiatives that will keep building on this foundation, creating a lively and impact-driven research culture across ENLIGHT universities!


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European University Alliances Unite to Create a Joint Community of Practice

European University alliances are teaming up in 'FOR-EU4All'. This project is brings together all 64 European University alliances, including ENLIGHT, to create a collaborative and supportive space where we can share best practices and experiences and reach out to the broader European Higher Education sector.

European University Alliances discuss approaches and tools for impact assessment in Bilbao

ENLIGHT organized a FOREU impact thematic workshop, gathering impact experts of different European University Alliances.  The workshop took place in the context of the ENLIGHT Impact event 2024, hosted by the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, and counted with the participation of CIRCLE U., EC2U, ENGAGE.EU, ENHANCE, ENLIGHT, ERUA, EUPEACE, EUT+, NEUROTECH EU, U!REKA SHIFT, ULYSSEUS, and UNITA.

Impact experts from the 12 European University Alliances shared and discussed methods, approaches and tools for assessing the impact generated by the European Universities Alliances.

Participants at the 2024 mid-year meeting in Bilbao

ENLIGHT fosters efforts to increase systemic cooperation across the alliance

The midyear meeting held in Bilbao was designed as an upholder of areas that need further reinforcement or a more defined vision by key officers and executives.

ENLIGHT - Public Engagement webinar 8: Social Justice at the centre of learning & teaching in Law

The next ENLIGHT Public Engagement webinar 8: Social Justice at the centre of learning & teaching in Law will take place on Thursday 4 July 2024, 12.30-13.30 (CET)

The Legal Clinic for Social Justice of the Law Faculty of the University of the Basque Country has developed innovative ways to learn and teach Law, where students are at the centre. Working with local social stakeholders, (mainly NGOs, and other actors), students get involved in real cases related to social justice and systemic discrimination in the local society.  The session highlights the experiences of clinic students and it explains the transferable theoretical grounds, diverse tools and instruments that the Legal Clinic uses to foster the social function of the university, engage students in critical thinking and work with different actors.


ENLIGHT Students Explore Innovative Teaching Methods and Create 'School of the Future' Podcast in Göttingen

ENLIGHT Lecture Series ‘Tourism and Cultural Economy’ on June 19, 3pm CET

Are you passionate about the dynamic intersection of tourism and cultural heritage? Join us for an enlightening lecture on ‘Tourism and Cultural Economy’, where we will delve into the fascinating world of Material Humanities and explore the rich tapestry of material, visual and textural cultures of science.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with experts, network with like-minded individuals, and deepen your understanding of the tourism and culture economy. Whether you are a professional in the field, a student or simply curious about the subject, this lecture promises to offer valuable perspectives and inspiring ideas.

Three experts from ENLIGHT universities will share their insights from current research:

All members from the ENLIGHT community, external partners and wider public are welcome to join the lecture. You can register and participate in a Zoom Session or tune in on the ENLIGHT Youtube Channel where the lecture will be broadcasted live. Registration for the Zoom Session is possible on the website of the University of Göttingen (

First ENLIGHT Incubator Week on Internationalisation of the Curricula at the University of Göttingen

Between 13 and 17 May 2024 teaching academics, programme directors, study abroad coordinators, academic support staff as well as ENLIGHT project managers met in Göttingen for a week of networking, discussions, and input on curriculum design and teaching formats in the context of international partnerships.

ENLIGHT RISE Online workshop on reforming research(er) assessment

The ENLIGHT-RISE Research Assessment Working Group cordially invites you to join its third and final online workshop on reforming research(er) assessment. Mark your calendar for 21 May 2024 from 10:00 to 13:00 CEST to engage in our enlightening discussions!

Students work on challenges proposed by external experts

Culture as an Advocate of Sustainability

The ENLIGHT BIP course “Connecting cultures: Sustainability, travel, translation and migration” celebrates its onsite week in Vitoria-Gasteiz, at the University of the Basque Country.

4th ENLIGHT RISE and Arqus Alliance Open Science Ambassador Webinar on 10 June 2024

Registration is open for the 4th ENLIGHT RISE and Arqus Alliance Ambassador Webinar Series on Open Science