News & Events

ENLIGHT Lecture 'SARS-CoV-2: New virus, new detection protocols' (1 July 2020)

On Wednesday 1st July 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm (CET) we have organized the public ENLIGHT lecture 'SARS-CoV-2: New virus, new detection protocols'. The full video is published on https://youtu.be/FkEuuQzt8o4

With Tomas Szemes and Amanda Sierra, two renowned scientists from our partner institutions Comenius University Bratislava (Slovakia) and University of the Basque Country (Spain), we have shed light on the development of fast, secure and cheap SARS-CoV-2 detection protocols that allow the public health system the continuous screening of new infections in order to fight the current health crisis.

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Online Seminar ‘Universities and the COVID-19 Crisis' (Galway, 11 June 2020)

NUI Galway will host an online seminar to address the issues faced by universities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The seminar, ‘Universities and the COVID-19 Crisis: Problems, Prospects and Pathways’, will take place on Thursday, 11 June at 5.30 pm (CET) (https://mooreinstitute.ie/event/universities-and-the-covid-19-crisis-problems-prospects-and-pathways/).

Immense challenges face universities as a result of COVID-19. Teaching missions have been complicated by the move to online instruction, with uncertainties about whether campus opening will be possible, requirements around social distancing, and how to engage new and existing students. The financial position of institutions is under threat due to reliance on international students to fund the system and reduced income generally. At the same time, universities are a source of vital research on the pandemic as society as a whole looks for a solution and plans for the future.

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Conference on Social Responsibility in Challenging Times (Tartu, 25-27 Nov. 2020)

The Social Sciences, Economics and Law (SSEL) Cluster Conference on "Social Responsibility in Challenging Times" is organised from 25 to 27 November 2020 in Tartu in the premises of the University of Tartu. The conference aims to bring together researchers and PhD students from the ENLIGHT universities (Basque Country, Bordeaux, Comenius Bratislava, Galway, Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Tartu, and Uppsala).

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Joint ENLIGHT Rectors' Message (27 May 2020)

Dear ENLIGHT community, dear ENLIGHT partners,

We hereby express our strong commitment to jointly addressing the major global challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic is generating.

The causes and consequences of the pandemic relate to the five global challenges that ENLIGHT has engaged to address. Our health and well-being is being affected or jeopardized in an unprecedented way. Artificial intelligence and digital solutions play a key role in the crisis response. The disruption of the global economy resulting from the pandemic may increase polarization in our societies. Finally, the pandemic is not without impact on environmental emergencies such as climate change or energy use and circularity, and lessons learned from the economic shutdown give opportunities for reflection.

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ENLIGHT seminar 'International education: impact of COVID19 pandemic' (27 May 2020)

A dedicated Coronavirus/Covid-19 news section collects relevant news, calls and international updates from the ENLIGHT partner universities in response to the coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic.

See https://enlight-eu.org/index.php/university-about-us/news-events/covid-19

On 27 May 2020 ENLIGHT organizes an online seminar for experts and coordinators in international education and mobility of the nine partner universities to exchange and discuss their strategies and practices of dealing with the global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus.

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Call for Participation | Workshop 'Russia: what kind of power?' (Tartu, 30 Nov. 2020)

The workshop 'Russia: What kind of Power' is organized by the Ghent University Russia Platform and the University of Tartu. It seeks to offer a platform for interdisciplinary discussions around different conceptualizations of power in the domestic and foreign relations of contemporary Russia.

Given the multiple research questions that the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis have opened up in relation to Russia’s power, the call for papers now also welcomes papers that deal with topics relating to the effects and implications of the current pandemic and crisis for Russia’s power, such as the new understanding of hybrid threats, Russian ‘health diplomacy’, disintegrative trends in the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union, COVID-19’s impact on the situation in eastern Ukraine, domestic decentralization within Russia and the new situation for Russophone communities in the Baltic states.

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Corona/Covid-19 research per ENLIGHT university

A dedicated Coronavirus/Covid-19 news section collects relevant news, calls and international updates from the ENLIGHT partner universities in response to the coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic.

See https://enlight-eu.org/index.php/university-about-us/news-events/covid-19

Each ENLIGHT university plays its role at best in tackling the global COVID-19 pandemic and is engaged in dedicated research.

For the purpose of sharing information among partners and other interested readers, we invite you to consult each partner's COVID-19 research web pages for updates and suggest a list of several others that you may wish to consult.

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COVID-19: on average only 6% of actual SARS-CoV-2 infections detected worldwide (Göttingen)

Actual number of infections may already have reached several tens of millions

The number of confirmed cases for the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 officially issued by countries and widely commented on by national and international media outlets dramatically understates the true number of infections, a recent report from the University of Göttingen suggests. Dr Christian Bommer and Professor Sebastian Vollmer from Göttingen University have used estimates of COVID-19 mortality and time until death from a recent study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases to test the quality of official case records. Their data shows that countries have only discovered on average about 6% of coronavirus infections and the true number of infected people worldwide may already have reached several tens of millions. Their study is available online at www.uni-goettingen.de/vollmer.

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Digital and international in Life Sciences (Göttingen)

With its new project “liveSciences3” the University of Göttingen, starting with the life sciences, seeks to improve the international experience of its student through extended and improved digital study offers.

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Covid Med Supply exchange platform (NUI Galway)

Prof. Derek O’Keeffe, affiliated to the University Hospital Galway and Professor for Medical Device Technology at NUI Galway has developed a platform for exchange of medical equipment to fight Covid-19: https://covidmedsupply.org/

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