Forum 1 | Elixir of life for science and Europe: Scientific exchange and mobility in Europe post-Brexit and post-COVID

Wednesday, 23/06/2021, 4 pm - 5.30 pm


The best ideas and the greatest knowledge come about when people come together and exchange ideas. Both science and Europe thrive on this principle. The increase in the budget of the Erasmus+ programme by 80 % acknowledges the great significance of mobility and exchange. The European Universities Initiative, too, reinforces learning with each other and from each other and makes joint European university campuses, Europe-wide studying and European knowledge-creation teams possible.

At the same time, the COVID crisis has had a highly detrimental effect on scientific exchange within Europe as well as with the world outside Europe and has given a massive boost to the use of digital communication routes beyond national boundaries. Brexit and the departure of the United Kingdom from the Erasmus programme confront exchange and mobility in Europe with new challenges. In our workshop, we want to discuss the outlook for scientific exchange and mobility in a post-Brexit and post-COVID Europe.


Please registrate until the 18th of June. We will send you the login for the video conference (Zoom) on June 21.*



Lena Bülow


Hiroshimastraße 17
10785 Berlin – Tiergarten
Haus 1


16:00 - 16:10

Welcome by

  • Dr Martin Pfafferott, Head of Education and Science, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Professor Julia von Blumenthal, President of the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
16:10 - 17:00


  • Dr Kai Sicks, Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service
  • Dr Uta Staiger, Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe), University College London
  • N.N., European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture (invited)
17:00 - 17:30

Discussion with the online audience

Moderated by: Professor Julia von Blumenthal, President of the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)


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