Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum
22 + 23 November 2021

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the second edition of the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum, taking place on Monday, 22 November 2021 and Tuesday, 23 November 2021 as an online conference.

During the first day of the Joint Forum, we will discuss the topic of “Partnerships with Universities: Collaborative Research and Positive Impacts for Society” in an interesting panel composed of renown experts. Nowadays, it is all the more important to create an environment of knowledge exchange between academia and industry and understand policy and practice in ways that serve society.

The second day is devoted to interested and motivated academics, staff and students, who will host their own workshop on any topic they deem relevant, presenting research as well collaboration ideas on ongoing as well as future joint projects between higher education institutions in Lower Saxony and Scotland.

Next to this, there will be plenty of opportunity to network, engage in discussions and find new partners.

The European Centre for Advanced Studies (ECAS) in cooperation with Leuphana University Lüneburg and the University of Glasgow, cordially invites you to the second Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum.

Please find the invitation here:
Joint Forum Invitation

If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please find more information here:
Open Call
Template Workshop Proposal


Join us for the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2021! The participation in the event is free of charge.

Please register here:


In times of change and political uncertainty, it is essential to strengthen the cooperation between higher education institutions, academics, staff, and students. It is ECAS’s goal to facilitate exchange and advance education as well as research with a strong focus on interdisciplinarity. In this way, ECAS is emblematic of the European Idea.

ECAS is a joint and independent research institute of Leuphana University Lüneburg and the University of Glasgow, which provides academics, staff and students with a platform to develop and carry out joint research, develop new study programmes and pursue commercial and industrial engagement with other partners.








James Conroy is Professor of Religious and Philosophical Education (Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith) and Dean of Global Engagement for Europe at the University of Glasgow.

Jörg Philipp Terhechte
E terhechte@ecas-academia.org


Jörg Philipp Terhechte is Professor of Public, European and International Law at and Vice President of Leuphana University Lüneburg.

PANEL DISCUSSION - Partnerships with Universities: Collaborative Research and Positive Impacts for Society

The corona pandemic has taken over the life of universities in Lower Saxony and Scotland for a considerable amount of time to adapt to these new and challenging circumstances and ensure the continued sharing of knowledge with students while at the same time generating new knowledge. It is exactly this transfer of knowledge which is at the core of academia.

The sharing or transfer of knowledge does not only happen within universities, but similarly outside of universities through the establishment of partnerships with different stakeholders and in particular industrial partners. It is these forms of collaborative engagements which drive initiatives such as the Green Deal of the European Union or more generally green technology, the blue economy as well as the creative economy.

Therefore, this panel shall focus on these collaborative partnerships and how they contribute to creating a greener, better and fairer society in particular through the joint creation and exchange of knowledge on a multidisciplinary and multistakeholder level. Thus, it shall be explored what role universities play in the creation of knowledge to the benefit of society and the impact research
has in driving policy, this is e.g. the case in the creative economy or more so the creative and cultural sectors where knowledge exchange is contributing to positive shifts of attitudes and practices towards a more economic, socially and environmentally sustainable future both at the individual and the societal level. Moreover, it is similarly important to look at existing relationships as well as emerging partnerships between industry and academia and how both may benefit from each other, e.g. by creating a truly blue economy or with regard to green technology.

Conclusively, it is these common interests as well as collaborations for the common good which require the transfer of knowledge beyond universities in order to generate knowledge to the benefit of academia, industry and ultimately, society at large.









INFORMATION SESSION - Support & Funding Opportunities for Joint Lower Saxonian-Scottish Projects












Detailed information on the timetable will follow soon.

Workshop Sessions



Due to the current circumstances, also the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2021 will be held completely online.
Originally, it was set to take place in 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.

We hope to welcome you in Lüneburg next year!


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.

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 is a yearly returning conference functioning
as a networking platform for researchers, academics, staff and students from both regions. Existing cooperations between 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 higher education institutions is established to the benefits of both Lower Saxony and Scotland.

In 2020 the first edition of the Joint Forum took place and proved to be a full success in bringing academics staff and students from higher education institutions in Lower Saxony and Scotland together.

On the first day of the Joint Forum, Monday, 23 November 2020, 162 participants from different institutions joined the welcoming addresses as well as panel discussions. They were joining mainly from the UK (Scotland) and Germany (Lower Saxony), but there were also participants from France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Spain and even South Africa. On the second day, Tuesday, 24 November 2020, the 23 workshops from researchers in Scotland and Lower Saxony even attracted a total number of 274 participants (some of which took part in various workshop sessions). This shows the great interest in the partnerships between Lower Saxonian and Scottish higher education institutions and the wish to further collaborate.

In light of the positive feedback, we are in the same line happy to announce that the “Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme” has been launched and is now open for applications. To find out more visit our website https://ecas-academia.org/tandem-fellowship-programme/.



The participation in the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2020 is free of charge.
Please register at: https://www.conftool.net/joint-forum-2021/register.php

How do I register for the Joint Forum 2021?

Visit https://www.conftool.net/joint-forum-2021 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-2021 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, 23 November 2021. Each one should last for no longer than 120 minutes. Find more information here: Open Call

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 19 September 2021. 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-2021/ 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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