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 and Tuesday, 21 November 2023!

The Joint Forum 2023 is your gateway to a transformative experience at the crossroads of academia, innovation, and collaboration. This year, hosted by the prestigious Leibniz University Hannover, in partnership with the European Centre for Advanced Studies as well as Leuphana University Lüneburg and the University of Glasgow, this dynamic two-day hybrid event promises to be a beacon of knowledge exchange and networking.

Why attend?


Connect with academics, staff and students from renowned higher education institutions, politicians and experts from industry in both regions.


Explore avenues for interdisciplinary cooperation and initiate research partnerships.


Gain insights from experts, discover innovative projects, and expand your knowledge horizon.


Participate in discussions, exchange ideas, and be part of shaping the future of academia.

DAY I: Expert Insights

On Monday, 20 November 2023, the Joint Forum commences with a stimulating panel discussion on sustainability and reducing waste in the fashion industry led by renowned experts from industry, politics and academia. Together, we will delve into pressing contemporary issues relevant not only to Lower Saxony and Scotland but also globally. Engage in thought-provoking conversations, gain fresh perspectives, and connect with visionaries driving change providing you a best practice example of successful cross-regional cooperation.

DAY II: Tandem Workshops 

Tuesday, 21 November 2023, is dedicated to workshops led by the beneficiaries of the Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme. Immerse yourself in these hands-on sessions where innovative projects take centre stage. Explore cutting-edge research, learn from experts, and discover opportunities for future collaborations.



leibniz university hannover

The spirit of Leibniz – as one of the nine leading Institutes of Technology in Germany, Leibniz University Hannover is aware of its responsibility in seeking sustainable, peaceful, and responsible solutions to the key issues of tomorrow. Its expertise for this stems from a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from engineering and natural sciences to architecture and environmental planning, from law and economics to social sciences and humanities.

Secure your spot at the Joint Forum!

Participation 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. Please register here.

How do I register for the Joint Forum 2023?

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.

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