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The second call for proposals for CIVIS hub 1 activities invites Academics and Researchers from CIVIS member universities to submit a project proposal on climate, environment and energy.

This call aims at developing joint educational and research initiatives among the CIVIS member universities and welcomes the following initiatives:

  • new proposals fulfilling the 3-partner criterion
  • proposals submitted for the first call (see below) but with additional partners to ensure fulfilment of the 3-partner criterion.

The Hub 1 Council received 99 proposals for activities in response to the first call for proposals. Most of these proposals concern activities for which additional partners are needed to meet the 3-partner criterion for CIVIS activities. For this reason, we are now publishing a second call, specifically for activities which meet this criterion.

We welcome proposals for education and research activities. Our objective is to foster synergies among Education and R&I. The activities can, for example, include courses, summer schools, workshops, semesters, project supervision and research exchanges. The proposed activities could include training & research projects with students as well as workshops/meetings of academic staff to develop future joint academic & research activities.

Proposals must be submitted using the template below (see section: application form).

The completed application should be sent to by 1 February 2021.

This list compiles the activities related to climate, environment and energy for which additional partners are needed to meet the 3-partner criterion for CIVIS activities.

We welcome proposals based on two types of initiatives:

  1. activities which are “ready to go” provided that they comply with the “must be fulfilled” criteria below. For these activities we can offer CIVIS branding, networks and support as well as student and staff mobilities.
  2. activities which are at the “planning stage”. These are activities for which planning is needed for a proposal to be formulated for submission to a later call. For these activities we can offer CIVIS networks and support as well as staff mobilities so that members can meet (virtually or physically) to exchange ideas

The following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Activities must involve 3 or more CIVIS partner universities.
  • Activities must be directly relevant to the Hub 1 theme: climate, environment and energy.

The following criteria will be prioritized:

  • Virtual activities (for environmental reasons).
  • Transdisciplinary challenge-based activities.
  • Civic engagement initiatives tied to Open Lab (WP3) activities.
  • Academic initiatives for which Mediterranean/African partners have been identified with assistance from WP5.
  • Academic initiatives which also stimulate research collaboration.

The Hub 1 Council will make final recommendations to the CIVIS Board of Rectors as to which courses and/or activities will make become a part of Hub 1. This Council will be using the criteria outlined above when making its recommendations.

Hub 1 initiatives will be organized into a framework which is partly based on focal challenges defined by Future Earth. This framework encompasses research-oriented education and knowledge-action education pathways that target the following focal challenges:

  • Deliver energy, water, and food for all
  • Decarbonise socio-economic systems to stabilise the climate
  • Safeguard the terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets
  • Increase resilience and promote sustainable transformations
  • Create fundamental knowledge about climate, environment and energy

A challenge-based approach to fuel our civic, impact-driven Alliance

Five major challenges (“Hubs”) of local and global reach lie at the core of our actions: Climate, Environment, Energy; Health; Digital and Technological Transformations; Cities, Territories, Mobilities; Society, Culture, Heritage.

CIVIS Hubs are “academic collaboration spaces” to develop multinational and multi-disciplinary educational and research offers. They will be offering joint degrees, innovative learning practices and blended mobility at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels, multidisciplinary research programs as well as public and/or private partnerships. CIVIS Hubs will remain at the forefront of civic engagement, maintaining the “challenge-based” approach to ensure that the European University remain relevant and useful to society, addressing new challenges as they arise.

CIVIS Hubs will support academics willing to contribute to tackle these challenges together with other European colleagues and involve respective staff, faculty and researchers of the 8 member universities to work in multidisciplinary teams to develop joint degrees, educational programs and research projects, using innovative pedagogies. During the first phase of CIVIS Alliance, Hubs will be on developing a ‘surge’ of collaborations, which will be strategized during the consolidation phase.

The added value of being part of CIVIS Hubs means being included in nests to innovative educational programs linked to research and innovation, address issues from a multidisciplinary and complementary perspective, develop high-level and multidisciplinary research collaborations. CIVIS Hubs will provide you access to a network of motivated lecturers and researchers from CIVIS universities ready to revolutionize the current higher education system and contribute to our societal challenges.

If you need support for finding partners or guidance on CIVIS approach, please contact one of the Hub 1 Council members at your university or the chairperson of the Hub 1 Council.

Hub 1 Council members:


Aix-Marseille université

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

University of Bucharest

Université libre de Bruxelles

Universidad Autonòma de Madrid

Sapienza University of Rome

Stockholm University

University of Tübingen

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