The Guild of Research Intensive Universities (Guild) aims to give research-intensive universities a clearer and stronger voice in Brussels through a close and constructive dialogue with decision-makers within the European Union (EU).
Uppsala University uses the network to keep up with and participate in policy development at EU level. The vice-chancellor and deputy vice-chancellor are representatives in the Guild's overall steering groups, which meet about 2-4 times a year. In addition, the university is represented in a dozen working groups with expertise in monitoring various aspects of policy development at EU level. Though the working groups, the university is kept informed about topical issues, and given the opportunity to provide input into EU decision-making processes.
The backdrop is that the EU increasingly influences the conditions for the universities' activities. On the one hand, it develops large funding programs for research, innovation and education, with demanding conditions for participation. (Largest is Horizon Europe, with an annual budget of about 13.5 billion euros). On the one hand, national regulations and initiatives are increasingly coordinated through decision-making processes at EU level.
The Guild's Secretariat in Brussels supports and coordinates the working groups and has ongoing dialogues with the EU institutions and other networks in Brussels. The secretariat is headed by Secretary General Jan Palmowski, who previously served as deputy vice-chancellor of Warwick University. In addition, the secretariat has five employees who are specialists in various aspects of research, innovation and education policy at EU level. A board appointed by the members' rectors supervises the work of the secretariat.
- Guild’s vision
- Working groups and more important input
- Uppsala University's representation in the Guild
- Guild’s Secretariat
Contact person at Uppsala University: Johannes Jarlebring.