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



To make the Joint Forum the best experience possible, we look forward to welcoming you in Lüneburg face to face.
Yet, ECAS is observing the current developments in light of the coronavirus pandemic very closely. It is our top priority to deal responsibly with this situation and to comply with the administrative orders. If the Joint Forum cannot take place in person due to the current uncertainties, it will be held remotely as an online event. 

We will keep you informed of any changes.


The Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum program will include panels and workshops as well as opportunities for discussions and networking. The event will be surrounded by a science fair, where researchers, organisations and institutions can present their work.

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)
Science Fair (Whole Day)


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


In the coming weeks and months, the speakers who will contribute to the Joint Forum 2020 will be presented here.



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.
Please find the Open Call for the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2020 here: Open Call Joint Forum 2020


The Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum is set to take place at 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.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Lüneburg!


DATA PROTECTION | Lower Saxony - Scotland Joint Forum 2020
Data protection is of particular concern to us. Please click here for more information: Data Protection Joint Forum
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.
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.