Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum
23 + 24 November 2020

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It is with great pleasure that we announce that the first Lower-Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum has been a full success.

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 universities and the wish to further collaborate. The momentum of the Joint Forum will be further deepened with the Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme (to commence in 2021) and the joint projects, in furtherance of the workshops. Especially regarding the latter, we are still waiting for feedback from the workshop hosts to be able to publish a more detailed report on prospective projects, which we will get until mid-December.

We are happy to see that the starting point of our annual Joint Forum was so well received, and we are already looking forward to the upcoming projects and conferences to come.

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.


Join us for the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2020! The participation in the event is free of charge.
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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.


Please find the programme in the slideshows below or download it here: Joint Forum 2020 Programme




  • Judith Crämer (Moderator)
    Senior Academic Coordinator, European Centre of Advanced Studies
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Philipp Terhechte
    Academic Director European Centre of Advanced Studies and Vice President, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Rachel Sandison
    Vice Principal for External Relations, University of Glasgow
  • Prof. Dr. Sascha Spoun
    President, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Sir Prof. Anton Muscatelli
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow
  • David McAllister
    Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Björn Thümler
    Minster for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony
  • Zedlira Kelmendi
    Alumna, Leuphana University Lüneburg

PANEL I - Research: "Challenges, Tensions and Opportunities with Respect to Funding"

Cross-border research collaboration is facing unprecedented challenges, impacting on the ability of researchers across the globe, including those in Lower Saxony and Scotland, to work together. Added to the challenge of the changing relationship the UK has with the EU and its Member States, there are now restrictions and practical challenges arising from the global pandemic, the anticipated economic and budgetary impact of that pandemic and the need to reduce the carbon footprint of every institution.

The evidence is clear that cross-border collaboration leads to research outputs with greater impact, allows challenges to be addressed that can’t be undertaken on a national level, creates substantial efficiency gains by developing collective solutions
to key societal challenges and facilitates both enhanced researcher development and career progression.

Any crisis or substantial change also provides opportunities. The recent lockdown has demonstrated how adaptable researchers can be and their ability to still collaborate using electronic means when face to face meeting isn’t possible. The enforced changes have led to researchers exploring new collaborators, new funders and in many cases new areas of research It is essential that such opportunities are fully exploited in order for cross-border collaboration to further enhance its impact. The EU is about to launch Horizon Europe, the new 7 year research funding programme. It is not clear yet whether UK organisations will get funding directly from the EU, but we do know UK organisations will regularly participate in project and it will play a major role in shaping the research landscape. Engagement will be important for researchers in Lower Saxony and Scotland

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.

Peter Hecker


Peter Hecker is Professor of Flight Guidance at TU Braunschweig. His research is focussed on developing technologies, systems and procedures for a safe, efficient and environmental friendly air transport system. Since 2018 he is Vice President for Research and Early Career Scientists.

Bridgette Wessels


Bridgette Wessels focuses broadly on the research of social and cultural change in the digital age and the dynamics of social inequalities in digital societies. For instance, she has undertaken research projects on social exclusion and digital divides, financial exclusion and the e-economy, social media and political inequality, health inequalities and telehealth, welfare services and (digital) identity, regional/digital journalism and participatory democracy, and e-policing, ethnicity and communities. She also focuses on cultural participation in the digital age. Debates about the ‘Fourth Industrial’ are framing her research on work, smart publics and 5G.

William Cushley (Moderator)


Professor William Cushley – (Bill) – is Assistant Vice-Principal International at the University of Glasgow, where he is also Professor of Molecular Immunology and serves as Co-Director of the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research with Professor Simon Anderson of the University of the West Indies. He served as Dean for Global Engagement for South and South-East Asia and Australasia until July 2019, and his work encompassed furthering research and staff exchanges across all disciplines with University partners, and developing links with commercial bodies and the research institute sector.
His research interests focus on human B lymphocyte development in health and disease. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the prestigious Babraham Institute in Cambridge and Chair of the Life Sciences & Medicine Panel for the quinquennial REF-style
review of Research Institutes in Portugal. He is currently Chair of the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP), which provides independent scientific advice to UK Ministers and the Devolved Administrations on the use of Plant Protection Products.

PANEL II - Study Programmes and Teaching: "Covid-19 as a Game Changer?"

The Covid-19 pandemic radically altered the approach of universities to teaching and learning. It became an urgent imperative to “move online” creating particular und unexpected challenges for lecturers, students and administrators alike. The change from a face-to-face university to an online mode of learning and teaching not only brings challenges, but can become a game changer for the future of higher education. In this session, we would like to discuss, debate and explore avenues of how COVID-19 triggered new experiences, applied technologies and practices, which may shape the future of learning and teaching at universities. Can we envision new types of international study programmes which draw on the globally distributed skills of teachers and students orchestrated online? What new forms of virtual partnerships across institutional boundaries can we imagine to deliver more personalized educational services for a more inclusive society? Since online teaching requires a more explicit learning design, what does this mean for our pedagogical approaches. In how far do the roles of students and teachers as well as their interaction change? How can teachers become better facilitators of learning, social interaction, and reflection with the support of online tools and resources? Furthermore, new forms of assessment become possible by using online tools with personalized feedback. How can we design these new forms of assessment that go beyond the typical face-to-face oral or written exams? In the end, during this panel session we would like to better understand how the post-COVID 19 era may be shaped by more effective, efficient and enjoyable learning scenarios that are facilitated by new technologies available to teachers and students.

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.

Markus Reihlen


Markus Reihlen is Professor of Strategic Management at Leuphana University of
Lüneburg. From 2010 to 2012 he was Graduate School Dean of Studies and from 2012 until 2020 Vice President responsible for Leuphana Graduate School, Young
Academics and Entrepreneurship. Before joining Leuphana, he held various visiting professor and guest researcher positions, including the University of St. Gallen, the University of Mannheim, the University of Technology Aachen, the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Oxford, the Copenhagen Business School, and McGill University. He has received awards in research and teaching, including eight Best Paper Awards from the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Marketing, and the Gold Star Teaching Award from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In his research, he focuses on strategies, organizational, and managerial practices
of firms related to such topics as internationalization, corporate and digital
entrepreneurship, and organizational failure. He is also interested in the
philosophical and methodological foundations of management studies. Together with Dennis Schoeneborn (Copenhagen Business School) he currently edits the epistemology section of the Springer Handbook of the Philosophy of Management.
Together with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues from Leuphana, Prof. Reihlen
acquired a large research fund from the EU and the State of Lower Saxony to
study digital entrepreneurship of regional small and medium-sized businesses.

Cassie Hague


Cassie Hague is an analyst at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation at the OECD. She works on the fostering creativity and critical thinking in Higher Education and Teacher Education project, which works with a network of 26 institutions in 14 countries to develop pedagogical approaches and resources to support the integration of creativity and critical
thinking with subject teaching across a range of Higher Education

Ibadat Dhillon


lbadat Dhillon is a technical officer inthe Department of HealthWorkforce at the
World Health Organization. lbadat’s work has focused on human resources
for health and health systems at the national and global levels. He has
previously served as a health advisor for the Danish government, the Irish government, and the United States Center for Disease Control and

Moira Fischbacher-Smith


Moira Fischbacher-Smith is Professor of Public Management and Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching) at the University of Glasgow. She leads the University’s strategy and policy development for learning and teaching, has responsibility for teaching quality, and works with colleagues across the University to support student and staff development in relation to teaching and learning. Moira is also on the Project Board that is developing a new Learning and Teaching Hub on the University's main campus and leads the work on refurbishing teaching spaces on campus. Moira has also led on the University’s response to Covid-19 in terms of moving to online and blended learning.

James Conroy (Moderator)


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

PANEL III - New Transfer Ideas among Universities and Wider Society

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.


Sarah English


Sarah English is an experienced European public affairs and economic development professional, and has been Head of Scotland Europa in Brussels since 2007. Scotland Europa helps our colleagues in Scottish Enterprise and our member organisations to engage and influence at EU-level. Together with the other Scotland House Brussels partners – the Scottish Government and Scottish Development International – we play a significant role in building Scotland’s profile in Europe, supporting effective relationship building, and helping organisations develop their international innovation collaborations to support Scottish economic development. Sarah was born in Glasgow and raised in the Scottish Highlands. She studied Law at the University of Glasgow and European Social Policy at the Universities of Bath and Roskilde, before moving to Brussels to work for Scotland.


Miles Padgett


Miles Padgett holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. He is Principal Investigator of QuantIC , the UK's Centre of excellence for
research, development and innovation in quantum enhanced imaging. This centre
brings together eight Universities with more than 40 industry partners.
During his 5-year term as Vice-Principal for Research (2014-19) he and his team championed how an improved research culture was not an alternative to
excellence but rather what would allow more of us to excel. He is a Fellow the Royal Society, the UK’s National Academy, and has won a various national and international prize including the Rumford Medal of the Royal Society. In 2019 he was also named by Web of Science as globally highly-cited researcher, one of only eight physicists in the UK.

Burkhardt Funk (Moderator)


Burkhardt Funk is Professor of Information Systems at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, where he teaches IS and Data Science. In his research, he focuses on understanding and predicting user behavior in online applications using machine learning. Turning scientific results into practical solutions plays an important role in Burkhardt’s work.


  • Alastair Sim
    Director Universities Scotland

  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang-Uwe Friedrich
    Chairman Landeshochschulkonferenz Niedersachsen


On the second day of the Joint Forum, there will be 8 workshop sessions. Each session includes 3 different workshops, starting at 10 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm (CET).

Please find the schedule here: Joint Forum 2020 Workshop Timetable

Session I

10:00 am: University-School Partnerships in Initial Teacher Education: Insights from Lüneburg and Glasgow
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1:00 pm: Incorporating Digital Environments and Classroom Videos into Pre-Service Teacher Education
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3:30 pm: Improving the Quality of Selecting Applications for University Student Programmes
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Session II
10:00 am: Support Practises as Inclusive Practises? – International Perspectives on Inclusive Practises in Inclusive Classrooms
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1:00 pm: All Inclusive?! – The Concepts, Policies and Systems of Inclusive Education in Lower Saxony and Scotland
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3:30 pm: Re-imagining the Role of Student Placements in a Peri-Covid Environment
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Session III

10:00 am: USE-LESS – Sustainable Strategies for Scotland and Lower Saxony
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1:00 pm: The Belt and Road Initiative and Global Sustainability
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3:30 pm: Towards an Ideal Circular Economy
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Session IV
10:00 am: Epidemics – Then and Now
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1:00 pm: Developing a Computational Ontology from Mixed Data to Understand the Relational Aspects of How Film Audiences Form
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3:30 pm: Conflict Litigation: World Courts as Guardians of Peace?
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Session V
10:00 am: The End of Internationalisation as we Know it? The Managing Role of International Offices and Vice Rectors International
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1:00 pm: Coorperating in Times of Corona and Brexit: The University of Göttingen and her Partners in Scotland
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3:30 pm: The Role of Higher Education and Science as Drivers of Innovative Development Initiatives in Rural Areas of Scotland and Lower Saxony
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Session VI
10:00 am: Live Art Data. New Strategies for Theatre Archiving
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1:00 pm: Digital Research in the Humanities: Content, Collections, Communities
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3:30 pm: Digital Enlightenment
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Session VII
10:00 am: Building Partnerships in Psycholinguistic Research
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1:00 pm: Environmental Hydraulics – Research Challenges and Opportunities in Lower Saxony and Scotland
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Session VIII
10:00 am: Perspectives of Future Research Collaboration: How Can Service Units Support?
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1:00 pm: Early Stage Researchers & Networking
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Session IX
10:00 am: Human Security, Conflict and Cooperation
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Due to the current circumstances, the Lower Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum 2020 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. 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
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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