EURASHE 30th Annual Conference: Call for contributions is open

November 2019 – EURASHE has launched a call for contributions for its 30th Annual Conference “Professional Higher Education and sustainable development: creating a change that endures”. The conference is organized together with EURASHE’s member the University of Agribusiness and Rural Development (UARD) and will take place on 20-21 May 2020 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The concept of sustainable development, which is fundamental for the European Union, is based on a large holistic approach to a whole range of interlinked global challenges. The Union, represented by the European Commission has been instrumental for the preparation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in 2015. In 2017 Member States reached the new European Consensus on Development “Our world, our future, our dignity” which set up the framework for the EU response to Agenda 2030. The suitable development will be also in the heart of the political agenda for the next European Commission (2019-2024). The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) plot out a route on how to overcome the challenges we face, and to improve our habitat, our economy and our lives. They will shape all EU internal and external policies and steer the implementation of the next seven-year EU budget.

We expect contributions from practitioners from higher education institutions and relevant stakeholders from the field, including companies, students, national authorities, civil society organisations, NGOs, quality assurance agencies and other organisations, which would correspond to one of the following pillars:

1. PEOPLE: Global demographic growth and demographic shifts, combined with economic, social and environmental changes, offer opportunities for and pose serious challenges to sustainable development. This includes responding adequately to the educational needs of young people, supporting inclusive lifelong learning and equitable quality education to all, tackling discriminations and inequalities, with special attention to those who are in disadvantaged or vulnerable situations.

2. PLANET: Protecting the environment, managing natural resources and tackling climate change. This includes a transition from a linear to a circular bio-economy; sustainability from farm to fork, making innovative, healthy and environment-friendly food production one of our key European trademarks; future-proof energy, buildings and mobility.

3. PROSPERITY: Creating decent jobs for inclusive and sustainable growth. This includes equipping students with the right set of competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) for the fast-changing labour markets, encouraging entrepreneurship, strengthening interaction with the world of work, turning results of research into new marketable products and services.

4. PEACE: Peaceful and inclusive societies, democracy, effective and accountable institutions, rule of law and human rights for all. This includes the development of civic and democratic competences, the role of culture as an enabler for social inclusion, civil empowerment and conflict prevention, the promotion of intercultural dialogue, cooperation and cultural diversity.

5. PARTNERSHIP(S): Joining forces for making greater and faster progress: This includes the whole range of relations and interactions of PHE institutions with external stakeholders, public and private, in particular policymakers and businesses (industry and SMEs), at regional, national and international level.


We welcome three types of contributions:

  Breakout sessions

Good practice examples

  Brilliant failures

Presenting at EURASHE’s Annual conference allows to reach a wide audience and will give you visibility prior to and during the Conference. In addition, one reduced fee will be provided per contribution.

Contributions have to be submitted exclusively online on EURASHE website. The deadline for submission is Friday 31 January, 2020 at 12.00 pm (noon) CET Brussels-time.

More information about the Conference and the Call for contributions here.