29-11-2023 14:00
Academic Freedom - The state of a fundamental value for Europe

Workshops STOA
Library Reading Room (SPINELLI 5 D) and webstreamed (link below).


Moderator: Robert-Jan SMITS, President of the Executive Board of Eindhoven University of Technology

14:00 - 14:05 Opening
· Christian EHLER, MEP and STOA Chair

14:05 - 14:10 Projection of a video 'Why Academic Freedom matters?'

14:10 - 14:20 Introductory remarks
· Roberta METSOLA, President of the European Parliament

14:20 - 14:30 Keynote
· Iliana IVANOVA, EU Commissioner of Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

14:30 - 14:35 Projection of a video 'Threats against academic freedom'

14:35 -14:45 Keynote
· Sabine DÖRING, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

14:45 -15:30 Panel discussion 'Democratic responsibility for Academic Freedom'

· Sabine DÖRING, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
· Ivars IJABS, MEP and STOA Vice-Chair
. Anna PANAGOPOULOU, Director, European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation
· Christian EHLER, MEP and STOA Chair

+ Q&A

---------------------------------------- BREAK OUT SESSIONS ---------------------------------

15:45 -16:30 Break out session 1 'Improving the EP Academic Freedom Monitor' (Room ASP 6D 128)

Interactive session with the participation of:
· Marijk VAN DER WENDE, Professor, Higher Education at Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University
· Mari ELKEN, Associate Professor, Department of Education, University of Oslo
· Barend VAN DER MEULEN, Chair, Institutional Aspects of Higher Education University of Twente
. Daniela CRACIUN, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Policy, University of Twente

Moderator: Peter MAASSEN, Professor, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo

15:45 -16:30 Break out session 2 'European support for Researchers at Risk' (in the Library Reading Room)

· Denise ROCHE, Advocacy Manager, Scholars at Risk Europe
· Claire MOREL, European Commission DG EAC, Head of Unit
· Anton KURAPOV, Assistant Professor, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv / Post-Doc Researcher, Paris Lodron University, Salzburg
· Ferenc HAMMER, Associate Professor, ELTE University, Budapest / Elkana Fellow, The New Institute, Hamburg

Moderator: Robert-Jan SMITS


16:35 -17:20 'Legal protection of academic freedom - the role of the EU'

Academic Freedom as a Fundamental Right - Kurt DEKETELAERE, LERU Secretary General (by video)

Conversation with
· Juliane KOKOTT, Advocate General, European Court of Justice
· Christian EHLER, MEP and STOA Chair

+ Q&A

17:20 - 17:30 Closing remarks
. Christian EHLER, MEP and STOA Chair


The event will be held in English only, without interpretation.