Forward Agenda 2018/ 2019

Here is the List of Current Planned Events and Acitivites for 2018/ 2019!

Programme: April 2018 to Janaury 2019:

April 17th 2018 – LHE Workshop on Brexit and the Implications for Framework Programme 9, London. Since the result of the vote LHE has been organising regular Brexit themes events. Michael Browne, UCL’s Head of Research and Innovation, will be leading the workshop and looking at the shape of the next programme after Horizon 2020.

May 4th 2018 – Re-scheduled Food Working Group Meeting, London. This meeting will gather academics from member institutions together with Horizon 2020 national contact point for food Ian Holmes, Innovate UK. This meeting will look at the 2019 Calls and plan a showcase event in Brussels to help researchers from among member institutions to broaden their European contacts in the context of funding programmes.

June (date tbc) 2018 - Early Career Researchers Developing your EU funding skills: institutions, lobbying, funding and networks, Brussels. For an Early Career Researcher, building networks and making use of the tools at their disposal is crucial for their development. This two-day mission to Brussels is targeted at newly appointed academics, final year PhD students and those with modest prior experience of working in an EU context. It aims to inform and equip ECRs with knowledge of the European networking and policy environment, to enable them to make the most of the opportunities available. This is even more crucial in the context of Brexit, as ECRs will need to be more aware than ever of how to make EU Research and Innovation programmes work for them.

September (date TBC) 2018 - London Higher Europe Brexit Briefing, London. We have been holding regular briefings for the London Higher Europe Steering Group with key London stakeholders to ensure they are kept up-to-date with the progress of negotiations. Discussions will focus on identifying the main factors which may affect research and innovation, while also providing a broader picture of the Brexit landscape as it stands.

October 25th 2018 - Seminar on European Funding Programmes, London. LHE is in the process of planning a seminar in conjunction with the national contact point for the URBACT III funding stream, part of EU Sutructural Funding. We will seek to combine this with presentations on other funding programmes, such as Interreg North West Europe and the Migration Fund. The seminar will outline what funding is available for projects and how Universities can get involved in the 2018 and 2019 calls.

November 22nd 2018 - Scaling up your EU Project, London. University spin-outs perform a vital function in the economy, but the start ups that are high growth and contribute most to increasing productivity need continuous innovation of product, processes and financing. This workshop will look at how to use new technological developments, innovative business models, and collaborative platforms to scale up EU funded Research Projects.

December (Date TBC) 2018 - University Research Administrators - Developing your EU funding skills: institutions, lobbying, funding and networks, Brussels. Although the UK continues to along the road to Brexit, the UK still remains a full member of the EU and access to EU funds has been guaranteed until the end of the current framework programme in 2020. It has never been more vital for London universities use this time wisely and engage with the Commission, their EU partners and stakeholders. This two-day mission to Brussels is targeted at research administrators and support staff working in an EU context.

January 24th 2019 - Open Access and the European Policy Framework, London. Last year we held a workshop in collaboration with the IPR helpdesk and OpenAire, this workshop will build on the themes already touched on. Specifically this session will look at topics such as the European Open Science Cloud, to be launched in the next year.

February (date TBC) 2019 - 'Meet the Evaluators' Workshop, London. With EU funding being so competitive, every word counts. We will be organising a half-day session where London Higher Europe members can pose their questions to Horizon 2020 proposal evaluators to refine their language and discover a unique angle that could make a proposal successful. 

March (Date TBC) 2019 - Annual London Higher Europe Steering Group Meeting, Brussels. We will be leading our annual delegation of Research Managers to Brussels to discuss future plans and engage with Brussels stakeholders. 

If you have any questions or comments on any of these events, or would like to register, please email