ENGAGE.EU Annual Conference 2021

Review of the first anniversary of ENGAGE.EU at the University of Mannheim

In November 2020 seven partner universities started their ambition to build “ENGAGE.EU – The European University engaged in Societal Change”. After one year of implementation under the conditions of a pure digital age the first “face-to-face” meeting took place at the University of Mannheim on 21–22 October 2021.

Two successful days of exchange and getting to know each other

It was a great and successful meeting, with around 130 participants coming from all over Europe. More than 100 people also joined the opening ceremony online via live stream. It was the first major event of this young alliance and everyone was happy to get to know each other and exchange ideas with colleagues from the partner universities.

The main focus was on discourse and questions about social challenges: climate change, Euroscepticism, digitalisation and migration were just some of the topics that were eagerly discussed by the participants. On top of that, the ENGAGE.EU members met in internal meetings to consult, clarify strategic issues and focus on the next steps.

It was a great, but also intensive two days with a lot of output. All participants agreed that face-to-face meetings should take place regularly from now on. Especially in our role as host university, we are very happy that the first ENGAGE.EU annual conference was so well received. True to our motto: ENGAGE yourself – Study. Research. Exchange TOGETHER

A detailed summary with picture galleries can be found on ENGAGE.EU


20 October
19:00 – 22:00*Informal get-together

21 October

9:00 – 9:30
9:30 – 10:00

10:00 – 11:00
11:30 – 17:30
19:00 – 22:00

Keynote: Lars-Henrik Paarup Michelsen
Director of the Norwegian Climate Foundation
Panel discussion and presentation of ENGAGE.EU
Meetings of Boards & Task groups
Evening event

22 October

9:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 13.15

Meetings of Boards & Task groups

*All times are in CET 


Prof. Dr. Thomas Fetzer

Prof. Dr. Thomas Fetzer

ENGAGE.EU Coordinator | Vice President for Strategic Planning, Internationalization and Equal Opportunity
University of Mannheim
President's Office Schloss
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
by appointment