News & Events

ENLIGHT Network Language and Intercultural Virtual Exchange (ENLIVE)

The Espace Langues, a centre for language learning andintercultural exchange at the University of Bordeaux, invites ENLIGHT students to join our virtual exchange for Spring 2021.

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Illicit Trade online Winter School (Groningen, 25-29 January 2021)

After a series of highly successful summer schools, ITG offers an online winter school from 25-29 January 2021. The winter school includes academic and practical learning about illicit finance, trafficking, and trade, and expert examination into strategies and practices about how to combat illicit trade.

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1st Göttingen Call for Applications in ENLIGHT

To support joint activities between the nine ENLIGHT universities in the area of education and research, the University of Göttingen will fund with support of the DAAD and BMBF different mobility schemes for affiliates of the University of Göttingen and its ENLIGHT partners, as well as resources for the organisation and implementation of learning formats and other events that are part of the ENLIGHT portfolio.

Please note that only researchers, staff and PhD students from the University of Göttingen (incl. University Medical Center Göttingen) can apply.

Deadline for application is 15. February 2021. Calls will be published twice a year, a second call will be launched in May 2021.

All proposed projects must be thematically linked to one of the ENLIGHT challenges or other ENLIGHT focus areas. The integration of a minimum of three ENLIGHT partners in the proposal is required.

You can apply for the following funding schemes:  

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ENLIGHT European University Kick-off Week (1-5 March 2021)

Meet ENLIGHT, a new European University Alliance! Nine diverse universities, shaping the education of the future!

ENLIGHT will host a virtual kick-off week with several public sessions: inspiring keynotes, exciting lectures, a roundtable, virtual thematic networking, a cultural session and student perspectives! The ENLIGHT consortium was selected in the frame of “European Universities", the EC’s pilot program for new multilateral networks. ENLIGHT stands for 'European University Network to promote quality of life, sustainability & global engagement through Higher Education Transformation'. It unites nine universities: the Basque Country (ES), Bordeaux (FR), Bratislava (SK), Galway (IE), Göttingen (DE), Groningen (NL), Tartu (EE), Uppsala (SE) and Ghent (BE). Over the next three years ENLIGHT will focus on five themes to pilot new learning formats: climate change, health and well-being, inequality, digital revolution, energy and circularity. In the long term ENLIGHT wants to create an open space between the nine universities for learning, teaching and working together. Save the date!

First EC Webinar 'European Universities - first and second call' (4 November 2020)

The rectors of the European University Alliance ENLIGHT our looking forward to participate in a kick off webinar for rectors of the 24 European Universities Alliances that were selected under the second call of the European University Initiative, which is hosted by the European Commission on 4 November 2020.

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Conference 'United in Diversity – A Europe of Sustainability' (Göttingen, 19 - 20 Nov. 2020)

In light of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of Europe, the University of Göttingen together with help from its partner universities, is organising the Conference 'United in Diversity: A Europe of Sustainability – Challenges and Perspectives' from 19 to 20 November 2020. We want to discuss the challenges of our society towards sustainable development and possible contributions of science to this as well as to show examples of the potential that sustainable dialogue and cooperation between different stakeholders can have.

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Horizon 2020 European Green Deal Call published (18 September 2020)

One of the priorities of the European Commission is to fight the climate crisis and achieve climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. Research and innovation are to accelerate and navigate transformative changes, create solutions and engage citizens in the process. To this end, the Commission is allocating €1 billion under the last and biggest call of Horizon 2020: the Green Deal call is open and published on

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ENLIGHT recognized as a European University (9 July 2020)

The ENLIGHT consortium of 9 European universities was selected in the framework of the second call for "European Universities", the European Commission's pilot program for new multilateral networks. ENLIGHT is one of 24 networks that can focus on an ambitious strategy on educational innovation and receives a start-up funding of 5 M €.

ENLIGHT fully stands for "European university Network to promote equitable quality of Life, sustainability and Global engagement through Higher education Transformation."

The 9 ENLIGHT universities have set as a common goal to fundamentally transform higher education and to empower students (and anyone who wants to learn) with the right knowledge and skills to become engaged professionals and respond to the major, complex societal challenges of the 21st century.

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ENLIGHT Lecture 'Literature, Narrative, and Covid-19' (1 July 2020)

On Wednesday 1st July 2020 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (CET) we have organized the public ENLIGHT lecture 'Literature, Narrative, and Covid-19'. The full video is published on

Storytelling has formed an intrinsic part of the Covid-19 pandemic through journalism and other media, including social media exchanges. This session looked at forms of literary and narrative engagement with plague, disease and crisis from the 19th century to the present day. For this, Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway) was joined by Marysa Demoor, Ghent University (Belgium), Raili Marling (University of Tartu, Estonia) and Stephen Donovan (Uppsala University, Sweden) to discuss in Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year and The Storm, as well as the coverage of epidemics in 19th-century periodicals, and the representation of epidemics as looming but invisible crises in fiction.

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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

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) (

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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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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