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39th Conference
of Rectors and Presidents of European University of Technology

Universities of technology addressing the challenges that planet Earth is facing

17 - 18th September 2021

Université de technologie de Compiègne, France

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39th Conference of Rectors and Presidents of European University of Technology
Online event, hosted by Université de technologie de Compiègne
The global nature of the challenges that our planet is facing demands new approaches of policy, industry, education and research, and the general public.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) the reports of the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), the Paris Agreement 2015 form the framework for action.
The European New Deal defines Europe’s commitment to tackling climate and environmental-related challenges as this generations defining task. Universities have a special role to play in that context.
Borders between disciplinary silos need to be overcome and new structures and initiatives for interdisciplinary cooperation in education and research have to be considered including involving non-academic parties in transdisciplinary arrangements.
Keynote speakers will discuss the Conference topic from different perspectives and leaders of European Universities of Technology will present their institutions’ offers of new targeted curricula, as well as research and innovative activities contributing to sustainable development.
General background of the conference:
Following a joint initiative of the rectors of Vienna University of Technology and RWTH Aachen University, this conference started in 1980 with the aim of establishing a forum for top representatives of leading science and engineering universities in Europe for:
- discussing topics of major common concern, that are not discussed in other fora,
- identifying differences and commonalities of existing solutions to problems of common interest,
- developing new ideas and - if appropriate - preparing recommendations on specific topics, and
- forming a ‘think tank’ for the future development of the universities of technology in Europe.
As an informal grouping, the conference has no formal international or European organisational structure.
Discussions at the 2021 Conference will address issues such as:
The conference topic will give an opportunity to discuss different aspects of the universities’ strategies, approaches, experiences and perspectives regarding addressing the planetary challenges:
- Universities after COVID-19 - Conclusions for university management, education and research;
- Educating contemporary scientists and engineers for sustainable development;
- TUs’ contributions to mastering energy transition and coping with climate change;
- How to organize interdisciplinary cooperation in education and research;
- Integrating social sciences and humanities in engineering teaching and research;
- From interdisciplinarity to transdisciplinarity research including civil society;
- Reconsidering university structures – examples of good practices in teaching and research;
- Opportunities for high risk/high gain research;
- TUs’ roles in developing public awareness and understanding of global challenges.
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Day 1, September 17th, 2021
13:30 - 13:40

Welcome by the host
Christophe Guy, President, University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC)

13:40 - 13:50

Official Opening
Daniel Leca, Vice president Hauts-de-France region, in charge of university, research, innovation and Europe

13:50 - 14:00

Introducing the Conference
Manfred Horvat, Conference Coordinator, TU Wien, Austria

14:00 - 14:15

UTC addressing Grand Challenges
Christophe Guy, President, University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC)

14:15 - 15:15

Keynote Speeches
Chair: Manfred Horvat, Conference Coordinator, TU Wien, Austria

14:15 - 14:45

Respecting the limits of planet earth and the needs for supporting sustainability
Janez Potocnik, Member of the Club of Rome; Co-Chair, United Nations International Resource Panel (UNEP); former European Commissioner for Environment (2010-2014) and for Science and Research (2004-2010) (confirmed)

14:45 - 15:15

The “European Green Deal” as challenge and opportunity for Europe’s engineering community
Peter Droell, Director Prosperity, Directorate-General Research and Innovation, European Commission (confirmed)

15:15 - 15:50
Break
15:50 - 17:30

Keynote Speeches (continued)

15:50 - 16:10

Transdisciplinarity in assessing technologies for sustainability
Ulrike Felt, head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies and of the Research Platform on Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice, University of Vienna, Austria (confirmed)

16:10 - 16:30

Industry’s contributions addressing the global warming challenge
Jean Louis Chaussade, Industrialist, President of the UTC University Board, France (confirmed)

16:30 - 16:50

Sustainability: a fundamental re-calibration of the diagnosis and the solutions. Impact on university research and education programs
Leo Van Broeck, former Flemish Government Architect, CEO at BOGDAN & VAN BROECK, Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium

16:50 - 17:10

Engineering ethics and responsible innovation
Jeroen van den Hoven, Professor of Ethics and Technology, TU, Delft, The Netherlands (confirmed)

17:10 - 17:30

Final discussion and round up

Day 2, September 18th, 2021
09:00 - 10:30

Session 1
Chair: Sabine Seidler, Rector, TU Wien, Austria – Host of crp2022

09:00 - 09:15

TU Braunschweig, Germany
Vice-President Peter Hecker

09:15 - 09:30

Cartagena University of Technology, Spain
Vice-Rector Faculty & Institutional Promotion Luis Javier Lozano Blanco

09:30 - 09:45

Discussion

09:45 - 10:00

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Vice-President of Utilisation Fredrik Hörstedt

10:00 - 10:15

ParisTech - Alliance of Paris Grandes Écoles, France
Christian Lerminiaux, President of ParisTech Governing Committee

10:15 - 10:30

Discussion

10:30 - 11:00
Break
11:00 - 12:45

Session 2
Chair: Christophe Guy, President, University of Technology Compiègne, France – Host of crp2021

11:00 - 11:15

Montan Universitaet Leoben (MUL), Austria
Rector Wilfried Eichlseder

11:15 - 11:30

Cranfield University of Technology, United Kingdom
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Simon Pollard, International and School of Water, Energy and Environment

11:30 - 11:45

Discussion

11:45 - 12:00

NTNU Norwegian University of Technology
Pro-Rector for Innovation Toril Nagelhus Hernes

12:00 - 12:15

European University EU-CONNEXUS, EU
Rector Radu Vacareanu, Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania

12:15 - 12:45

Final discussion

12:45 - 13:30

Closing session
Chair: Manfred Horvat, Conference Coordinator, TU Wien, Austria

12:45 - 12:55

Conference conclusions
Christophe Guy, President, University of Technology Compiègne (UTC)

12:55 - 13:10

Outlook to the 40th Conference in Vienna, 23-24 September 2022
Sabine Seidler, Rector, TU Wien, Austria

13:10 - 13:15

Conference closing
Manfred Horvat, Conference Coordinator, TU Wien Austria

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The following information is provided to assist speakers in the preparation of their presentation and all participants to ensure a technically virtual conference, on Zoom.
Use of zoom

Please note that ZOOM software will be used during this meeting. We provide you with a tutorial to learn how to use zoom. If you are not familiar with this software, we strongly recommend that you test it before the conference. Our team is available now to help you and schedule a test with you under real conditions. To do so, please send an email to loic.jumel@utc.fr

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For a good use of the software, please connect to Zoom using the Google Chrome browser. Then, enter your first and last name as your ZOOM username. A tutorial explaining how to rename yourself is available.

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Please note that all participants are automatically muted when they join the meeting. To ask a question during the Q&A session, simply raise your hand in ZOOM (click here to find out how) and then wait for the moderator to ask you to activate your microphone so that you can ask your question. If you are having technical problems, please use the instant messenger ("chat" button) so that the technical team can help you.

Choose the spoken language

Please choose the audio channel corresponding to the language of your choice. A button called "Simultaneous translation" will be available in the menu at the bottom of your ZOOM window. Just click on it and choose the language. Two options are available: Spanish and French. A tutorial is available to explain how to use interpretation in ZOOM. Downloading the ZOOM application is required in order to access the interpretation service (not available from the browser). Please download the application before the conference and make sure you have the latest update.

Configuration of your devices

We recommend that you, as a speaker, keep your laptop charger plugged in and get headphones with a microphone. This is also recommended when you want to ask a question to ensure that the audience can hear you clearly.

Set up your camera

The best angle to capture your face is at eye level or a little higher. If necessary, add a few pounds under your computer to reach the appropriate height. You should get close to the camera, but not too close. The camera should focus on your face, neck and shoulders. You should also stand in the centre of the frame.

Test your internet speed

If you share your internet connection with other people in your home, please ask them if they can limit their data consumption during your speech. Also, make sure the audience is not looking at a blurry or pixelated image.

Choose a quiet place

Make sure you are in a quiet environment: close the windows, check the acoustics of the room you are in and make sure there is no background noise, barking dogs, etc.

Avoid distractions

Please avoid any distracting objects around you that you might be tempted to play with or touch while talking to the audience, such as keys.

Consider lighting

Ideally, light your face and darken the space behind you: the light source should be in front of you. Natural light is strongly recommended.

Take care of your background

Please take care of your background if you are at home and make sure you minimise distractions for your audience. You can also use a virtual background in the conference colours which you can download here. A tutorial is available on how to change your virtual background.

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Coordinator of the Conference:
Prof. Manfred Horvat
Vienna University of Technology, Austria
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Address:
Université de Technologie de Compiègne
Centre Benjamin Franklin
rue Roger Couttolenc
Direction aux relations internationales - Bâtiment G
60203 Compiègne, France
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