Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum
20 + 21 November 2023

It is with great pleasure that we announce the fourth edition of the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum, taking place on Monday, 20 November 2023 and Tuesday, 21 November 2023!

The first day of the Joint Forum will enable dynamic discussions on current topics relevant to higher education in both regions and society as a whole. Renowned experts from Lower Saxony and Scotland as well as partners from industry and politics will be invited to provide a holistic overview of the different perspectives.

The second day is built on individual workshops hosted by selected academics, staff and students. They are encouraged to present their own ideas for successful collaborations, research and exchange aimed at enhancing the cooperation between higher education institutions in Lower Saxony and Scotland.

The Joint Forum is a unique event providing for plenty of opportunity to network, engage in discussions and find new partners across the North Sea.

Further information will follow soon.

Registration opens soon!

Join us for the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2023! The participation in the event is free of charge.


The Joint Forum is a two-day networking event organised by the European Centre for Advanced Studies (ECAS) in partnership with Leuphana University Lüneburg (Leuphana) and the University of Glasgow (UofG). It aims to bring together all members from the different higher education institutions in Lower Saxony and Scotland.

With annual attendance figures of over 300 participants, the Joint Forum has proven to be an event that not only provides the opportunity to intensify existing cooperations but also to establish new ones. Going far beyond the event, these collaborations have contributed to the development of a solid

network between the Lower Saxonian and Scottish higher education institutions also including other actors such as industry and politics.

In the past two years, follow-up activities such as the Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme or the development of the first joint White Paper prove that the academic regions of Lower Saxony and Scotland flourish from the engagement in mutual exchange and share more commonalities than merely both being located at the North Sea.


In times of change and political uncertainty, it is essential to strengthen academic ties through developing joint projects and activities and extending one’s 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, establish new educational programmes, pursue commercial and industrial engagements with other partners and support any other activity enhancing the bond between both regions.

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The participation in the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2023 is free of charge. Registration will be open soon.

How do I register for the Joint Forum 2023?

You may register via ConfTool (link will be published soon) 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.

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

Log in on ConfTool (link will be published soon) 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 your personal information as needed and save the changes 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, 21 November 2023. As long as it is a joint project with a partner from Lower Saxony respectively Scotland, it is up to you to design the format as well as content of the workshop. If you have not found a partner yet, you may also submit 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 interactive discussions 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”.

Are there any template documents for the planning of my workshop?

Yes, we provide you with a few templates, which make it easier for you as well as us to have all the relevant information present. Below you will find the different templates, which we kindly ask you to fill in, in the run-up to the Joint Forum or after you held your workshop:

1. Workshop Proposal (file will be uploaded soon)
2. Workshop Programme (file will be uploaded soon)
3. Workshop Outcome Report (file will be uploaded soon)

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

Log in on ConfTool (link will be published soon) 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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