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


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

Please register here:

If you cannot participate in the Zoom Webinar on Monday, 22 November, you will find the livestream of the panel discussions 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.


Please download the timetables here: Day 1 | Day 2


Welcoming Addresses

1 pm GMT / 2 pm CET

Judith Crämer



Judith Crämer is Senior Academic Coordinator at the European Centre for Advanced Studies. She has studied European and International Law at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. During her studies she also went to study abroad in Madrid, Spain and Toulouse, France. In her career she has already worked at the University of Passau as programme coordinator for a European Law programme as well as Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Andrea Nolan



Professor Andrea Nolan is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University.
Andrea graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She served as Convenor of Universities Scotland from 2016 to 2020 and currently chairs its International Committee. Andrea serves on a range of Boards and groups contributing to the development of higher education.

James Conroy



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



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

Angela Ittel



Psychologist and Professor Dr. Angela Ittel is President of the Technische Universität Braunschweig since July 1, 2021. From 2014 to 2021 she has acted as full-time Vice President of Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, and was initially responsible for the departments of Internationalization and Teacher Education. Since 2018, she was responsible for the departments of Strategic Development, Junior Scholars, and Teacher Education and has led and successfully implemented several extensive strategy processes including the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder. She is an active member of numerous external university committees, including the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, as a member of the board), the German Rectors’ Conference and the TU9.


Panel Discussion: Partnerships with Universities: Collaborative Research and Positive Impacts for Society

1:45 pm GMT / 2:45 pm CET

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.

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.

Stuart Patrick



Stuart Patrick is Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, committed to the business success of Chamber members and championing the economic growth of the Glasgow city region.
Stuart joined the Chamber in 2009 having previously spent 17 years at Scottish Enterprise specialising in urban economic development and the transformation of Glasgow where he led
Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, has an MBA from Strathclyde University and an accountancy degree from Glasgow University.
He is a member of the Glasgow Economic Leadership board, the Glasgow City Regional Partnership and the Glasgow Partnership for Economic Growth, is chair of the Wise Group, chair of Glasgow City of Science and Innovation and sits on the boards of British Chambers of Commerce, Clyde Gateway, City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Science Centre.
He was appointed a CBE in June 2019 for services to business and the Glasgow economy.

Rebekah Widdowfield



Rebekah Widdowfield is Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy and has spent much of her career working at the interface of policy and research. Having worked in academia for a number of years, Rebekah joined the Scottish Government to pursue a more applied research career. She became a senior civil servant in 2008 serving as Head of Rural and
Environmental Science and Analysis and Chief Researcher before becoming Head of Higher Education and Science. Rebekah supported a number of strategic advances during her time in Government including helping establish the Centre of Expertise on Climate Change, ClimateXChange.

Andreas Poensgen



Andreas Poensgen is a founder of Turgot Ventures AG (2009). In his function as Managing Partner he is mainly responsible for overseeing investments in innovative businesses and the working jointly with founders on developing the respective businesses. His particular interests lies in supporting growth trajectories of innovative start ups and small/medium sized companies. He has experience in cooperating with universities. Past experience include 20 years strategy consultancy (BCG) and investment banking.

James McCallum



Professor James McCallum, based in Dubai , has almost 40 years of Upstream Energy experience in operating and supplying solutions to the industry’s most demanding of technical resource challenges. He is a serial creator of companies that have changed the way the energy industry and clients can access talent and deliver the most demanding of projects. In 1988, James was a founder of Keltec, an industry-leading supplier of Drilling specialists. Global Marine Integrated Services was next in 1992 taking on the full project turnkey scope of the most demanding of drilling projects as well as participating in the industry’s first government energy think tank Pilot. On successfully exiting GMIS IN 2002, James spent three years advising the Scottish government on its Renewable Energy Strategy and Policy, which remains to this day and was followed in 2005 by James co-founding the globally recognised upstream technical management consultancy Senergy Group which was successfully sold to Lloyds Register Group in 2013. In 2018 James co-founded Xergy to build an industry leading work automation software platform aimed at assisting the Energy sector with its digital transformation and to help accelerate an efficient , effective Energy Transition.

Paul Drews



Information Session: Support & Funding Opportunities for Joint Lower Saxonian-Scottish Projects

4 pm GMT / 5 pm CET

Judith Crämer



Judith Crämer is Senior Academic Coordinator at the European Centre for Advanced Studies. She has studied European and International Law at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. During her studies she also went to study abroad in Madrid, Spain and Toulouse, France. In her career she has already worked at the University of Passau as programme coordinator for a European Law programme as well as Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Ramona Tax



Ramona Tax is Senior Programme Coordinator at the European Centre for Advanced Studies. She studied law at the University of Erlangen – Nuremberg and completed her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Nuremberg, specializing in the field of European and International Law. Before joining the ECAS team she worked for an international law firm in the field of EU competition and international trade law, both in Brussels and in Munich.

Marcus Beiner



Marcus Beiner is Head of the Unit “Europe, International Affairs” and Deputy Head of the Division “Research, Innovation, Europe” at the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. His professional experience include research and university management positions at the RWTH Aachen University, the Volkswagen Foundation (research funding agengy) and the University of Bremen. Marcus Beiner holds a PhD in Philosophy.

Joe Galloway



Joe Galloway has been involved in research support for 20 years, with a background in funder engagement, bidding successfully for research funding, contracts and financial management. He is responsible for managing the Overseas Team within the University of Glasgow, which covers EU research funding and engaging with research funders and collaborators across the globe.  Joe was responsible for creating and implementing the University of Glasgow’s strategy for increased return and engagement with the European Union. The successful implementation of this plan led to a 300% increase in the value of awards to Glasgow.

Andreas Hebbelmann



Andreas Hebbelmann is Head of Research Services and European Office at Technische Universität Braunschweig, where he focuses on national and international research funding support for scientists. He is also involved in the programming of the new EU structural funds period in Lower Saxony.

Closing Addresses

5:15 pm GMT / 6:15 pm CET

Christoph Kleineberg



Christoph Kleineberg is the Managing Director of ECAS. Prior to this position, he was coordinating the international and digital programmes at Leuphana Professional School. His mission has always been to build bridges and facilitate international (academic) cooperation.


On the second day of the Joint Forum, there will be 5 workshop sessions. Each session includes up to 3 different workshops, starting at 10 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm (CET).

Please find the schedule here: Joint Forum Workshop Timetable


Session I

10 am CET:
Future Challenges for Marine and Coastal Science in Scotland and Lower Saxony
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1 pm CET:
From the Physics of Light to Quantum Devices
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3.30 pm CET:
Innovative Tools and Methods for the Sustainable Development of European Maritime Regions
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Session II

10 am CET:
BioCharCrust – Application of Biocrust Inoculum and Biochar for Soil Bioremediation
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1 pm CET:
Genome Enabled Biology and Contemporary Agriculture
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Session III

10 am CET:
USE-LESS: Designing a Sustainable Future for Fashion
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1 pm CET:
Sustainability in History, Policy and Practice
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3.30 pm CET:
Impact Investing in International Real Estate Markets
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Session IV

10 am CET:
International Perspectives on Child Protection in Interagency Cooperation
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1 pm CET:
University-School Partnerships in Initial Teacher Education: Further Insights from Lüneburg and Glasgow
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Session V

1 pm CET:
Campus Necrologies
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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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