From the 7th until the 10th of February, the University of Cadiz hosted the SEA-EU 2.0 Kick-off meeting which was designed in the format of a consortium week, with meetings and events for all the governing bodies of the Alliance.
SEA-EU FOR ALL, within the framework of the European Universities Initiative (EUI) of the Erasmus + programme, will work over the next few years to make progress in defining the legal status of the consortium with a view to achieving it by 2026, in the definition and accreditation of joint degrees, in improving multilingualism, as well as strengthening mobility and exchanges of staff, students and teaching and research transfer, among others.
Nearly a hundred participants in person
This week’s programme (Kick-off meeting), with the face-to-face participation of around one hundred people, was structured in a multitude of meetings and gatherings to share the results obtained in the first stage, to meet the members of the new partner universities, to plan the next steps and the long-term challenges of the Alliance.
To this end, the conferences have been divided into specialised and interdisciplinary forums, with the attendance of government teams, technicians, academic staff, researchers, PAS and students (coordinated by the Student Council of the UCA), as well as spokespersons from partner institutions such as the town councils and port authorities of the province of Cadiz.
Within the projects nested in the European consortium, reSEArch-EU has also played a key role in this meeting, where technical and executive working sessions have been held to report on their progress, and new proposals for the future such as the ERA Talent, ETI and WIDERA projects; in relation to Open Science and data management banks in research, the construction of competences and tools available in R&D and Education and the development of future visions for a SEA-EU research agenda.
SEA-EU 2.0 in figures:
The European University of the Seas SEA-EU has 103,366 undergraduate, 43,805 master’s and 6,280 doctoral students, more than 10,500 teaching and research staff and 7,700 administrative and service staff. It coordinates 64 Erasmus + and 70 H2020 projects, participates in 135 Erasmus + and 179 H2020 projects. In addition, it has 75 associate members including city councils, port authorities, companies, research centres, NGOs and other organisations such as GEOMAR, IFREMER and CSIC.
It is also a member of the international networks European Universities Association (EUA), Baltic Science Network, Eurpean Marine Board (EMB); EU Polar Cluster-IFQM TETHYS, CoNISMa, Euromarine, WASAA Compostela Group; UArctic and CEI-Mar.