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As part of the Global CIVIS Days 2021, CIVIS organised a series of events in Brussels, Belgium, open to external participants. Three open sessions were organised:

  • A public conference on the future of higher education in Europe (live-streamed)
  • A showcase of eight Open Lab projects
  • A closing ceremony: (RE)DISCOVER CIVIS

Conference: Building the European University of Tomorrow

The public conference was held at Université libre de Bruxelles on 25 November 2021. The event was a great opportunity to (re)think together about the future of higher education in Europe, in presence of exceptional speakers.

You can watch the live-stream recording in the video below.


  • Paul Magnette, Mayor of Charleroi, President of Parti Socialiste and Professor of Political Science
  • Amaya Mendikoetxea, Rector of the Univerdidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
  • Lucas Portugaels and Julia Chiloeches Torrecuadrada, members of the CIVIS Student Council


Let's stay COVID-Safe at the Global CIVIS Days!

In light of the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Belgian government has adopted new measures to limit the spread of the virus. We will be following these measures fully in order to keep participants as safe as possible. This means:

  • The Covid Safe Ticket is obligatory to attend any sessions in person. Please bring proof of vaccination/negative test/recent recovery and photo ID. 
  • Wearing a mask is obligatory at all times once on the ULB campus.
  • Catering will be cancelled for public sessions.

This is a fast-moving situation, and further adaptations to the programme may be necessary. All registered participants will be informed of any changes by email. We will soon add information about the specific adaptations for each public session below.

Welcome Reception

Owing to the Belgian government's reinforced COVID measures
this session is cancelled.

Wednesday 24 November 2021 | 18.00 CET | The Brussels Parliament

A convivial meeting, a stone's throw from the mythical Grand Place, between all the partners of the alliance present in Brussels within the framework of the Global CIVIS Days and representatives of the Brussels-Capital Region, partner of CIVIS, and of higher education in French-speaking Belgium.

This event is by invitation only. 

CIVIS Open Labs: social solutions where the university meets the city

The event was held online on Friday 26 November 2021. The CIVIS Open Labs shared their projects and how they connect the research, education, and innovation of CIVIS member universities with the knowledge and experience of local partners, creating new ways of approaching and addressing local needs. Speakers shared how these flourishing partnerships are bringing transformative solutions for social issues such as community building, quality of life for senior citizens, circularity, sustainable mobility, urban resilience and development.


Owing to the Belgian government's reinforced COVID measures
this session was cancelled.

Let's celebrate together the closing of the Global CIVIS Days' 2nd edition. 

  • Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of the Higher Education Unit at the European Commission will explore the role of the European universities. 
  • Anne Weyembergh, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Cooperation at Université libre de Bruxelles, will share the latest news on CIVIS.
  • Philippe Delaporte, Vice-Rector for Research at Aix-Marseille Université, will present the perspectives of RIS4CIVIS.

Come and congratulate the winning team of the Creathon who will pitch their inspiring proposition as well as the winner of the photo contest.

This event is open to the public. To attend the event, please register below by 19 November 2021.

Please note that the event will be face-to-face only, it will not be possible to participate online.

Discover the Global CIVIS Days 2021 in pictures