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Is your research exemplar in planning for and achieving impact? Apply to the ENLIGHT IMPACT AWARDS!

On 1 December, the ENLIGHT University Alliance has launched the call for Impact Awards to recognise and give visibility to research endeavours at ENLIGHT partner universities that are exemplars in planning for and achieving impact. Applications are invited from research teams from ENLIGHT partner universities.

Are you interested in it? Do you want to know more about the ENLIGHT Impact Awards? Please read the call text, and contact your ENLIGHT RISE University Coordinator for further information.

ENLIGHT will concede six Impact Awards, including ideally one award in each of the six ENLIGHT flagship domains. Interested applicants should be nominated by their University through a locally defined internal selection process. Each ENLIGHT partner university is expected to submit at least one, and a maximum of three applications, from its institution to be considered for the ENLIGHT Impact Award.

The representatives of the awarded teams will be identified as ENLIGHT Impact Ambassadors and become members of the ENLIGHT Impact Ambassadors Network.

The ENLIGHT Impact Awards will provide your research team with:

  • Increased visibility to your research impact approach, pathway and project, through the ENLIGHT website, ENLIGHT Repository of Good Practices on Research Impact, ENLIGHT Impact Ambassadors webpage, ENLIGHT social media, international workshops and conferences.
  • Financial support to attend relevant international workshops/ conferences.
  • The possibility of being part of a wide-reaching networking of other ENLIGHT universities impact ambassadors, in close contact with the ENLIGHT impact team and with the possibility of connecting also with other impact networks where ENLIGHT is represented.
  • The possibility of knowledge and good practices sharing and mutual learning.
  • The opportunity to support and influence ENLIGHT impact work.

ENLIGHT and Impact

ENLIGHT is a European University Alliance to promote equitable quality of life, sustainability and global engagement through Higher Education transformation. Impact is at the core of the ENLIGHT mission and, as such, one of its main objectives is to promote a culture of impact within ENLIGHT Universities. In ENLIGHT, we understand impact as the effects of research in the real world. Impact is the changes we can see (demonstrate, measure, capture), beyond academia (in society, economy, environment) which happen because of our research (caused by, contributed to, attributable to).


ENLIGHT Rectors endorse joint Open Sciences principles

On 23 November the 10 ENLIGHT Rectors endorsed joint Open Science principles on the occasion of the ENLIGHT General Meeting in Uppsala. With the joint statement ENLIGHT aims to create a common basis for an Open Science culture.

Call for participation - New Nursing subgroup across ENLIGHT

Academics and researchers from Bordeaux, Ghent, Galway, Groningen, Tartu and Uppsala joined the new Nursing network led by UPV/EHU in a first meeting to set off collaborations across the Alliance. "In Nursing research, multidisciplinarity is one of the keys to improving people's health.",  claimed leader Saloa Unanue. The group includes experts in varied disciplines from vascular access to pediatric nursing, caregivers´ language analysis, neuroscience, midwifery or vulnerable communities´ care implications.  Expressions of interest  by other researchers in the alliance to join this network are welcome, please send your contact details and research interests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ENLIGHT Cancer Days - 1st Edition

On 28 and 29 September 2023, the first ENLIGHT Cancer Days were organised at the University of Bordeaux, on the initiative of the Bordeaux Institute of Oncology. This congress gathered researchers from 5 Universities of ENLIGHT. The scientists from the University of Galway, Ghent, Göttingen and the Basque Country discussed the current academic development in cancer research. These discussions set up a path for possible future collaborative research work among the ENLIGHT’s partners.

ENLIGHT Lecture on “Sustainable Cities/Smart Cities"

Join our online lecture on "Sustainable Cities/Smart Cities" on November 8th at 3 pm CET!

📣 What's new in ENLIGHT 2.O?

ENLIGHT 2.0 kicks off on the 1st of November 2023! Our alliance is committed to keep promoting equitable life, sustainability, and global engagement through impact-driven and challenge-based transformation of higher education. But what is new in ENLIGHT 2.0?

Researchers met in Uppsala to discuss topics on the theme Just Sustainable CIties.

On 16-17 Oct 2024, 20 teachers and researchers from ENLIGHT gathered in Uppsala, Sweden, to explore synergies and educational development opportunities within the thematic area of ‘A Just Sustainable City’. With the first day placing focus on joint learning and discussions around the participants’ respective research field, the second day explored new education formats being realized in the new ENLIGHT project period 2023-2027, and their implications for teaching and research on urban equity.

Participating universities:

  • Comenius University
  • Ghent University
  • University of Bordeaux
  • University of Galway
  • University of Tartu
  • Uppsala University

Revisit the 2023 Teaching and Learning Conference (Bordeaux, 11-13 Oct 2023)

The 2023 Teaching and Learning Conference took place from 11 - 13 October in Bordeaux. The central theme ‘Empowering students for tomorrow’ brought over 200 students, teachers and educational developers together to share and discuss innovative forms of teaching. Participants from all 10 partner universities engaged in workshops, interactive presentations and poster sessions with a stated aim of spreading educational ideas throughout these institutions.

Apply for ENLIGHT courses! Elevate Your Education Beyond Boundaries!

Are you ready to embark on a transformative educational journey across boundaries? ENLIGHT offers a variety of courses to students from all partner institutions. Join us as we redefine education and empower you to shape your future!

Student led projects on sustainability on university campuses celebrated during the ENLIGHT Global Citizenship Award ceremony

By creating a stage to showcase student led initiatives promoting sustainability on university campuses ENLIGHT hope to inspire others to take similar action. Therefore ENLIGHT launched a global call for the presentation of such projects. These projects were presented in online sessions to a jury of students from the ENLIGHT Student Network and from ENLIGHT university Green Offices. The jury selected four projects to be presented with the ENLIGHT Global Citizenship 2023 for their great efforts. The award ceremony was held on October 12 in conjunction with the ENLIGHT Teaching & Learning Award during the ENLIGHT Teaching & Learning Conference in Bordeaux.

ENLIGHT Alumni Network

The second virtual gathering of the ENLIGHT Alumni Professionals Network, held on October 16, 2023, saw representatives from seven of the ten ENLIGHT universities come together online to discuss and deliberate on the crucial theme of Alumni Strategy.

Comenius on ENLIGHT Tour

Between 2 and 6 October 2023, Vice-Rector for International Relations Jozef Tancer from Comenius University (CU) and representatives of a number of Comenius University faculties visited three ENLIGHT partner universities. During their visits CU representatives sought ways of broadening the cooperation among universities.