The ECIU University research strategy is aimed at addressing complex research challenges related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11): “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. In the ECIU University research is challenge-based, use-inspired and conducted in deep collaborative teams of universities, NGOs, industry, government, and civil society with the overall goal of driving societal impact.
ECIU University Research Conference aims to move beyond traditional conference structures and embody a challenge-based approach by providing an interactive forum for discussing common challenges, forging partnerships of societal stakeholders, and contributing to the implementation of shared policies to enhance the resilience of cities and society. This event will bring together societal stakeholders to showcase challenge-based research outcomes, share best practices of innovative research approaches, and explore/initiate potential collaborations for common solutions to societal issues.
You will be able to apply to attend the conference, to participate as a main facilitator or co-facilitator of a challenge session, or to present a poster.
You can consult the Call for Challenges and the Call for Posters before filling in the application form at:
If you have any questions about the application form, please contact eciu.university.conference [at] uab.cat
The ECIU University Research Conference will take place on 3-4 October, 2023 in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) premises. It is organized by the ECIU University under the project “ECIU University Research Institute for SMART European Regions” (SMART-ER), which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and the Erasmus+ project “ECIU University” (ECIUn+), and led by a Scientific Committee composed of members from 12 ECIU universities. Scientific Committee Member Artur Silva (University of Aveiro) Audronė Telešienė (Kaunas University of Technology) Begoña Miñarro Vivas (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Carine Budum (Aalborg University) Emma McGrath (Dublin City University) Fernando Vilariño Freire (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Gopalakrishnan Kumar (University of Stavanger) Helena Balogh (Linköping University) Jörg Langwaldt (Tampere University) Maria Huge-Brodin (Linköping University) Maurizio Marchese (University of Trento) Nelson Martins (University of Aveiro) Pádraig Murphy (Dublin City University) Raúl Castaño De la Rosa (Tampere University) Ryan Wakamiya (University of Twente) Sebastien Leveneur (INSA France) Tim Schweisfurth (Hamburg University of Technology) Troels Jacobsen (University of Stavanger) Xavier Gabarrell Durany (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Stakeholders and research community