Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum
21 + 22 November 2022

It is with great pleasure that we announce the third edition of the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum, taking place on Monday, 21 November 2022 and Tuesday, 22 November 2022 as a hybrid conference.

During the first day of the Joint Forum, renowned experts from Lower Saxony and Scotland will be invited to discuss current topics relevant to higher education institutions in both regions as well as partners from industry and politics.

On the second day, our eager academics, staff and students are invited to present their own ideas for successful collaborations, research and exchange between higher education institutions in Lower Saxony and Scotland by hosting their own individual workshop. Please find the Open Call for Workshops and the respective template for your proposal here:

Download Open Call for Workshops | Download Template for Workshop Proposal

Next to this, there will be plenty of opportunity to network, engage in discussions and find new partners. Please find the official invitation here.


Join us for the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2022! The participation in the event is free of charge.


The Joint Forum is a two-day event organised by Leuphana University Lüneburg together with the European Centre for Advanced Studies (ECAS) and the University of Glasgow.

The idea for creating a yearly returning networking platform designed for academics, staff and students and open to other stakeholders from politics and industry originates from the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the State Rectors Conference of Lower Saxony (LHK) and Universities Scotland (US) back in 2019. 

With annual attendance figures of over 300 participants, the Joint Forum has proven to be a valuable event to intensify

existing cooperations and to establish new ones. These cooperations will go far beyond the conference and a solid network between higher education institutions is established to the benefits of both Lower Saxony and Scotland.

Follow-up activities such as the development of the “Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme” in the past two years, prove that the regions of Lower Saxony and Scotland do not only share commonalities such as being located at the North Sea, but most importantly engage in mutual academic exchange. For more information on the Tandem Fellowship Programme, click here.


In times of change and political uncertainty, it is essential to strengthen academic ties through developing joint projects and activities and extending ones networks. It is ECAS’s ambition to facilitate exchange and cooperation as well as advance education and research with a strong focus on interdisciplinarity. In this way, ECAS is emblematic of the European idea.

ECAS is an independent and interdisciplinary research institute jointly run by Leuphana and the UofG. It provides academics, staff and students from Lower Saxony and Scotland with a platform to develop and carry out joint research, develop new educational programmes, pursue commercial and industrial engagement with other partners and supporting any other activity enhancing.


The programme will be published in the upcoming months.


Welcoming Addresses

Michael Matheson



Michael Matheson was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University. Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council. He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Prior to this, he was
a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007. Before being appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mr Matheson was Vice Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee. He also sat on the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, and previously served on the Justice and Enterprise and Culture Committees. Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in November 2014 and reappointed in May 2016. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity in June 2018 and appointed Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport in May 2021.

Panel Discussion “Renewable Energies and Sustainability”

The Glasgow Climate Pact agreed at the 26 th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021 reaffirmed the international commitment to close the gap between existing emission reduction plans and what is required to scale down on emissions, so that the rise in the global average temperature may be limited to 1.5 degrees.

The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 sets legally binding targets to reach net zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. The cities of Glasgow and then Edinburgh set the target to become carbon neutral by 2030. In 2020, the Lower Saxonian state government has included the topic of climate in its constitution.

After setting targets for climate neutrality by 2050, the German Bundestag passed a new edition of the Climate Protection Act in 2021, which sets out the national goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2045, with greenhouse-gas emissions to be reduced by at least 65 percent by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. This is also reflected in the Lower Saxonian Climate Protection Strategy from 2021.

Reaching the net-zero goal requires transformational, whole-system change, and clear pathways to accelerate the transition to clean, affordable and resilient energy systems.

The main objective of the event is to discuss the ongoing energy transformation: the Scottish and Lower Saxony perspectives post-COP26, in the wake of rising energy prices and geopolitical unrest. It shall lay the foundation what may become a strategic energy partnership between both of our regions, extending far beyond the purely academic sphere.

Gioia Falcone



Professor Gioia Falcone is Rankine Chair at the University of Glasgow, where she is Head of the Energy and Sustainability Research Group, Associate Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions and member of the University’s Sustainability Working Group. She is also Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and Guest Professor at TU Berlin. Prof. Falcone is Vice-Chairperson of the Bureau of the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE), Member of its Renewables Sub-Group and its focal point for the UNECE Pathways to Sustainable Energy & Carbon Neutrality Project. She sits on the BEIS (UK Government Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) Energy Working Group, chaired by the Chief Scientific Advisor to BEIS, advising on the development of Technical Screening Criteria in the energy sector for the UK Green Taxonomy. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Geothermal Association (IGA), on the Board of the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) and on the Directorate of Scottish Carbon Capture and Sequestration (SCCS). She is Member of the Net Zero Technology Centre Academic Advisory Panel, of the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) and the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC).
Between 2011 and early 2016, Prof. Falcone held the W3 Endowed Chair and Professorship in Geothermal Energy Systems at Clausthal University of Technology, Germany, where she was Head of the new Department of Geothermal Engineering and Integrated Energy Systems, and Director of the now Institute of Subsurface Energy

Stephen-Mark Williams



Stephen-Mark Williams is Executive Director of ETP. ETP is Scotland’s independent academic research alliance in energy, representing 14 Scottish universities with world-class capability in energy research and innovation. ETP’s mission is to translate excellent research and innovation in the energy sector into impact for Scotland through collaboration, both at home and abroad. ETP targets strategic international collaborative opportunities with key partners, and acts as an initial point of contact for international organisations looking to engage with the Scottish academic research community in the energy sector.

Karen Turner



Karen Turner is Professor and Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde, where she leads a portfolio of work funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), philanthropic organisations and various government and industry bodies. Karen’s main research interests lie in investigating and modelling the economy-wide and macroeconomic consequences of energy policy and industry developments, and considering how these may be effected, and consensus built around policy narratives, to enable the deployment of different decarbonisation solutions. She has published extensively in policy and economics literatures on topics such as making the case for public support of residential energy efficiency programmes and addressing public policy challenges in unlocking value from the deployment of large scale decarbonisation solutions such as electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage. Karen has previously held academic posts at Glasgow and Heriot Watt Universities and is a member of an expert advisory panel on net zero established by the UK National Infrastructure Commission.

Knut Kappenberg



Dr Knut Kappenberg is head of the research service experts team and manager of international affairs at the Energy Research Centre of Lower Saxony (efzn). He has been in leading roles within R&D, innovation, science management and technology transfer for over 25 years. In addition to his native Germany, Knut has worked in Spain managing European research programmes designed to support SMEs, in Ireland where he managed a 60+ members European industry research network and he spent 7 years as Global R&D Manager at a multinational corporation.

David Flynn



David Flynn is a Professor of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) at the University of Glasgow. He has expertise in energy systems, data analysis, sensors, and autonomy. He is a Visiting Professor at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) and the Chair of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Scotland. Professor Flynn’s research interests relate to CPS for complex systems, critical infrastructure and services, and scalable autonomy. His degrees include a BEng (Hons), 1st Class in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2002), an MSc (Distinction) in Microsystems (2003) and a PhD in Microscale Magnetic Components (2007), from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Closing Addresses




The workshop timetable will be published in the upcoming months.

Please find the Open Call for Workshops and the respective template for your proposal here:

Download Open Call for Workshops | Download Template for Workshop Proposal


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The participation in the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2020 is free of charge.
Please register here.

How do I register for the Joint Forum 2022?

You may register via ConfTool and click on “Register new”. Fill in your personal information and go on to the next page by clicking “Submit and begin with participant registration”. At the end of the registration, you have the opportunity to save the registration. If in addition you wish to submit a workshop proposal, you may save it and go on to submitting your proposal.

I am already registered for the event. How do I change my personal information?

Log in on ConfTool and click on “Overview”. There, you can find a box with the headline: “You can select from the following options”. Click on “Edit User Account Details”, edit and save your personal information by clicking “Submit User Data”.

I would like to give a workshop. Where can I find more information?

The workshops will be hosted virtually on Tuesday, 22 November 2022. It is up to you to design the format as well as content of the workshop as long as it is a joint project with a Lower Saxonian or Scottish partner. If you are looking for partners you may also present your idea with an open invitation to potential partners from the other region. Each workshop shall last no longer then 120 minutes and provide plenty of opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas.

How can I submit my proposal for a workshop?

Persons interested in organising a workshop are kindly asked to submit a short proposal of 2-3 pages (deadline will be published soon). In order to submit your proposal, you first need to register for the Joint Forum. Once completed, you click on “Overview”, head on to “Your Submissions” and then click on “Workshop Proposal”.

Unfortunately, I cannot attend the Joint Forum. How do I cancel my application?

Log in on ConfTool and click on “Overview”. There, you can find a box with the headline: “As participant you have the following options”. Click on “Cancel Your Registration for Participation” and confirm by clicking on “Cancel This Registration”.

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