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The OPEN Cost Action is holding its first annual conference at the University of Aveiro, Portugal from the 16th to 19th April 2024!

The inaugural conference at the University of Aveiro represents a significant milestone in the efforts of the OPEN Action.

University of Aviero

The OPEN action’s first annual conference at the University of Aveiro represents a significant milestone in the efforts of the OPEN Action to address pressing issues surrounding the openness of European higher education and research in the face of rising nationalisms and geopolitical pressures. By bringing together leading scholars from 40 countries, the conference is a collective step towards converging diverse pan-European and interdisciplinary perspectives on the university in times of geopolitical uncertainty.

With a wide array of insightful keynote speakers, panel discussions, and workshops, attendees can look forward to engaging with the latest advancements and challenges in navigating the complexities of historical and current pressures academic freedom and institutional autonomy. Moreover, ample networking opportunities will enable participants to forge new collaborations, share research findings, and contribute to the advancement of research agendas within the EU and beyond.

For more information about the OPEN Action, please visit www.opencostaction.eu or follow @OPENcostACTION on X and “OPEN. EU COST Action CA22121” on LinkedIn.

Primary highlights at the conference include:

Tuesday 16.

Early Career Scholars Colloquium

The OPEN Action offers an annual "peer-to-peer" research colloquium for early career scholars prior to the annual conference. The colloquium supports the opportunity to share work-in-progress and engage in peer-to-peer feedback.

Thursday 18.

The shifting geopolitics of higher education and research: cross-pressures reconfiguring academic freedom and institutional autonomy

Opening keynote by OPEN Chair, Katja Brøgger and OPEN Vice Chair, Hannah Moscovitz

What if? Exploring possible futures of transnational cooperation for Europe’s universities

Keynote by Thomas Jørgensen and Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik from the European Universities Association.

The Global Geopolitics of Openness in Science: European Universities under internal and external pressure

Keynote by Prof. Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen

Friday 19.

The Migration-Higher Education Nexus and Knowledge Alchemy

Keynote by Prof. Meng-Hsuan Chou, NTU Singapore

The erosion of de facto academic freedom in Europe: underlying factors and policy options

Keynote by Prof. Peter Maassen, University of Oslo