Outlook 2017


On November 16, BME hosts a CELSA Round Table Discussion on embedding universities and innovation ecosystems in society and on how universities can co-create and strengthen regional innovation through involvement of civil society.

On December 7, (lunch to lunch), CELSA in collaboration with Vision2020 will organize an information and brokerage event on Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for 2018-2019, in the area of

- Health living and care,

- Treating and Preventing Disease,

- ICT for health,

- Clinical development and regulatory issues

The meeting will take place in Brussels.


Past Activities


On May 12, CELSA will organise a training meeting for technology transfer officers and innovation policy makers of the CELSA partners. The meeting will focus on ways to encourage collaboration with industry, on patenting & licensing, and on the creation of spin-offs, as well as allow for networking and exchange of practice. The event will be hosted by KU Leuven. More info.

International Horizon2020 Health conference in Ljubljana


University of Ljubljana and KU Leuven, in collaboration with Vision2020, co-organised the International Horizon2020 Health Conference in Ljubljana on October 20-21 2016.


Researchers from all CELSA members were invited. The meeting successfully attempted to match researchers from the different institutions and participating SMEs, and to explore collaboration in six different topics for the upcoming Horizon2020 Health topics, including rare diseases, e-health, chronic diseases, health economics, translational research in regenerative medicine.


Dr. Saša Jenko, Head of Sector ‘Fighting Infectious Diseases and Advancing Public Health’ at DG Research (European Commission), explained the different Horizon2020 topics and its policy background. The research support staff of KU Leuven and University of Ljubljana explained the rules of participation to Horizon2020 and provided general advice on how to setup consortia and top quality applications. Four potential consortia were built as a result of this match making event.


International Conference in Leuven on the Refugee Crisis


On June 21, 3 of the CELSA partners (Charles University, KU Leuven, University of Ljubljana) organised an international conference in Leuven on the Refugee Crisis and the EU Responses to it.

An inventory of the available literature on asylum seekers was presented, followed by the results of a survey amongst academic experts in the field in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Slovakia.

Dr. Saša Jenko, scientific officer at the Health directorate of DG Research (European Commission), explaining the different Horizon2020 Health topics for the upcoming Health call for proposals, during the Horizon2020 Health conference’s plenary session, University of Ljubljana, October 2016

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