Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum
23 + 24 November 2020 | Leuphana University Lüneburg

The European Centre for Advanced Studies (ECAS) on behalf of Leuphana University Lüneburg and the University of Glasgow, cordially invites you to the first of many editions of the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum. The Joint Forum is funded by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK)

Please find the invitation here: Invitation Joint Forum 2020


Due to the continued uncertainties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and potential disruption to travel arrangements, ECAS has made the decision to change the format of the event to an online format:

All Joint Forum participants will be invited to take part in the events and workshops on a remote basis, via an online platform.

We hope that this change in format will encourage more colleagues from universities across Scotland and Lower Saxony to participate in the event and that it will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone involved.


In times of change and political uncertainty, it is essential to continue and strengthen cooperation between academic institutions, professors, researchers, and students. ECAS fosters exchange between academics from different countries and advances education and research with a strong focus on interdisciplinarity. In this way, ECAS is emblematic of the European Idea.
As a joint research institution, ECAS provides researchers with a platform to develop and carry out joint research and study programmes and to pursue commercial and industrial engagement of the partners.


The Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum program will include panels and workshops as well as opportunities for discussions and networking.

More detailed information on the program will be published here in the coming months!

Preliminary Schedule:


Opening Speeches (60 Minutes)
Panel I – Study programs & teaching (120 Minutes)
Lunch (60 Minutes)
Panel II – Research (120 Minutes)
Panel III – New transfer of ideas among universities (120 Minutes)


Opening Speeches (60 Minutes)
Panel & Workshop Sessions I (120 Minutes)
Lunch (60 Minutes)
Panel & Workshop Sessions II (120 Minutes)
Panel & Workshop Sessions III (120 Minutes)
Reception / Farewell



Tim Bedford



Professor Tim Bedford is Associate Principal for Research and Innovation and also Professor of Decision and Risk Analysis at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Strathclyde hosts the only Fraunhofer Centre in the UK. Tim is a member of the Board of CESAER, the European Association of Universities of Science and Technology and also Chair of its Task Force on Innovation where TU Braunschweig also participates. He is working closely with colleagues at TU Braunschweig to extend the areas of collaboration in science and technology with Strathclyde, and is particularly interested in ensuring that Scottish researchers are able to continue European research collaboration post-Brexit, in Lower Saxony and elsewhere.

Martin Sauter



Martin Sauter is Professor of Applied Geology at the Centre of Geosciences, and Head of
Department of Applied Geology.
He studied Geology at the University of Tübingen and Hydrogeology at the University of Birmingham, UK. After 5 years of being a consultant he returned to
the University for research into karst modelling and characterisation as well as coupled processes in fractured rock aquifers.
His research focus is on the development of numerical tools (double continuum
model), the quantification of flow processes in the fractured‐porous fractured
unsaturated zone as well as the characterisation of aquifer geometries and
hydraulic parameters. This expertise was applied to the area of characterization of
deep georeservoirs (geothermal, CO 2 storage) by employing tracer experiments.
For 1.5 years Prof. Sauter, together with Prof. Dietrich Borchardt, was in charge of the scientific coordination of the so-called ExxonMobil information and dialogue
process into the assessment of risks involved in shale gas development by
hydraulic fracturing. Further expertise is available in the area of water resources
assessment in arid and semi‐arid areas, infiltration processes in unsaturated
fractured systems.


Neville Wylie



Professor Neville Wylie is Deputy Principal (International) and professor of International History at the University of Stirling. He is also chair of the UniversitiesUK – International Latin America Network. He was previously Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University of Nottingham, where he had particular responsibility for the Americas region. His research explores various aspects of modern warfare and draws on the disciplines of History, International Relations and International Law.

Andrea Dorothea Bührmann



Professor Andrea Dorothea Bührmann is Vice President for Studying, Learning and Equal Opportunities of the University of Göttingen as well as the director of the diversity research institute.
Among a variety of other positions, Professor Buehrmann currently serves as a member of the “Standing Commission on Learning and Studying” of the Lower Saxony Rectors Conference (LHK), as well as one of the founding committee members of the academic network “A Strong Voice for Studying and Learning” at the German Rectors Conference (HRK). In addition, Professor Bührmann is chair of the thematic peer group “Approaches in learning and teaching to promoting equity and
inclusion” at the European University Association (EUA), Brussels and a member of the supervisory board of the “European Center for Constitutional and Human rights” (ECCHR).
Her research explores various aspects of the sociology of diversity and of knowledge, including
aspects of digitization.


Hiltraud Casper-Hehne



Professor Hiltraud Casper-Hehne is Vice President for International Affairs of the University of Göttingen as well as Professor in the Department of Intercultural German Studies. She currently serves as member of the Board of Directors of the European University ENLIGHT  (Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Uppsala, Tartu, Bordeaux, Bilbao, Galway), as a member of the Board of the German Academic Exchange Service, as member of the “Language Advisory Board” of the Goethe Institute and as chair of the Advisory Board of the Academic Confucius Institute Göttingen.

She held a variety of positions focusing on international higher education cooperation in research and teaching as well as strategy development: Member of the Ad-hoc Expert Group “European Universities” of the EU-Commission, member of the HERA-Board (Humanities in the European Research Area), member of the Executive Board of the European University Network COIMBRA, chair of the Association of German as a Foreign Language and chair of the Advisory Board of the German Ministry of Science and Education on developing a China-Strategy.

Christina von Haaren



Professor Christina von Haaren is Vice President International and (designated) Sustainability and Professor of Landscape Planning and Nature Conservation at Leibniz University Hannover. Her research focusses on modelling and planning Ecosystem Services and biodiversity. Recent projects about allocation of renewable energy and considering water demands of habitats in water scarcity assessments.


Manfred Krafczyk



Manfred Krafczyk is Professor for Computational Engineering at TU
Braunschweig. His main research field is the development of kinetic
methods in Computational Fluid Dynamics and High Performance Computing. Presently, he is also acting as Vice President for Digital Affairs and Technology Transfer.



Join us for the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2020! The participation in the event is free of charge.
Please register here until 8 November 2020:

Open Call

Workshop and panel proposals are open to individuals from all disciplines and departments (including institutional and administrative). Their intended outcomes shall be to find (new) partners for current research or cooperation projects, present existing partnerships or further expand these partnerships to other universities and/or disciplines.

Due to the online format of the Joint Forum, we would like to extend the deadline for handing in proposals for workshops by interested researchers, university staff and students from Lower Saxony and Scotland until the 30 September 2020.

Please find the Open Call for the Joint Forum 2020 and a template for workshop proposals here:


The discussions on Day 1 of the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum are going to be streamed from the Central Building of Leuphana University Lüneburg. The building of concrete, glass and steel was designed by Daniel Libeskind together with students of Leuphana University and is considered a milestone in the dynamic and sustainable campus development.
With its architecture, the building is intended to create a contrast to the linear structure of the former barracks. In the context of the history of the campus, the building stands for hope, courage, and a notion of new beginnings. Thus, the Central Building is the perfect location for the Joint Forum to start a new cooperation between Lower Saxony and Scotland.

The Central Building of Leuphana University Lüneburg
(image + information: © www.leuphana.de/universitaet.html)


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. It is supported and financed by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK).

As an expression of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the State Rectors Conference of Lower Saxony (LHK) and the Universities Scotland (US), the Joint Forum 2020 shall build the basis for a yearly returning conference functioning
as a networking platform for researchers, academics, staff and students from both countries. Existing cooperations between universities and higher education institutions shall be deepened and new ones established. It is believed that these

cooperations will go far beyond the conference and a lasting network between universities is established to the benefits of both Lower Saxony and Scotland.

During the conference you may expect to listen to presentations of renown scientists from universities in Scotland and Lower Saxony, young researchers as well as motivated students presenting interesting research as well collaboration ideas on ongoing as well as future joint projects. Next to this, there will be plenty of opportunity to network, engage in discussions and find new partners.

Be it online or in Lüneburg – we are looking forward to seeing you at the Joint Forum 2020!



The participation in the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2020 is free of charge.
Please register at: https://www.conftool.net/joint-forum-2020. Registration is open until 8 November 2020.

How do I register for the Joint Forum 2020?

Visit https://www.conftool.net/joint-forum-2020/ 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 https://www.conftool.net/joint-forum-2020/ 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 and open discussions will be on Tuesday, 24 November 2020. Each one should last for no longer than 120 minutes. Find more information here: https://joint-forum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Invitation-Open-Call.pdf.

How can I submit my proposal for a workshop?

Contributors to workshops and panels are kindly asked to submit a short proposal of 2-3 pages by 30 September 2020. 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 https://www.conftool.net/joint-forum-2020/ 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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How to get to the University?

Lüneburg is located in the north-east of Lower Saxony between Hamburg and Hanover. There are trains between Hamburg and Lüneburg every half hour and between Hanover and Lüneburg every hour. Lüneburg is within the commuter zone for the Hamburg rapid transit system (HVV).
Departing from the Lüneburg train station, two different buses travel to the Scharnhorststraße campus. They each leave every fifteen minutes. You can take either bus 5011 (towards Rettmer/Häcklingen) or bus 5012 (towards Bockelsberg). You need to get off the bus at the Blücherstraße stop. A university shuttle bus, number 5001, runs during the semester from the train station to the Campus.
If you are travelling from the South by car, take the federal highway 7 Hannover-Hamburg. Take the Soltau exit and then state highway 208 to Lüneburg. Approaching from the North, you should take federal highway A 39 and then exit at Lüneburg-Häcklingen.

Please find a map here: Access to the Central Campus