Ulysseus European University unlocking research and innovation potential at COMPASS Conference

COMPASS Conference, hosted by Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences on October 4-5, brought together more than 220 participants from Ulysseus partners and beyond.

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Compass Conference: Transferable Skills for Research and Innovation

In a world where knowledge knows no borders, where innovation drives progress, and where collaboration shapes the future, the COMPASS Conference, hosted by Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences brought together more than 220 participants from around the globe, in a hybrid physical and virtual event, showcasing the incredible power of the Ulysseus European University alliance.

The COMPASS Conference, themed "Transferable Skills for Research and Innovation” provided a unique and invaluable opportunity for researchers, particularly young PhD students, to connect, collaborate, and address pressing research and innovation challenges within the European Union.

A Shared Vision for the Future

Dr. Salla Huttunen, Vice President of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, welcomed the audience emphasizing the importance of transferable skills for researchers—qualities like ethical leadership, resilience, creativity, and curiosity. Dr. Huttunen also highlighted the significance of public engagement and networking, both of which the Compass Conference offered in abundance. This event, with its international reach, was a testament to the immense collaborative potential of the Ulysseus European University alliance.

Dr. Carmen Vargas, Vicerrector of the University of Seville and General Coordinator of Ulysseus, provided a comprehensive overview of the Ulysseus European University's current status and the COMPASS project. This demonstrated the shared vision and commitment of the eight universities within the alliance to drive research and innovation forward-

Atte Jääskeläinen, President of the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, took the stage to deliver a thought-provoking keynote on "Research and Innovation during times of wicked problems." He emphasized that science must become more transdisciplinary than ever in our uncertain times—a principle closely aligned with the collaborative spirit of the Ulysseus European University alliance.

Diverse Research and Skills Enhancement

The COMPASS Conference featured over 80 papers, all aligned with Ulysseus European University's Innovation Hub topics, covering a wide range of critical areas, from sustainable energy to digitalization. These papers showcased the depth and breadth of research potential within the alliance, emphasizing its commitment to addressing the EU's most pressing challenges.

The second day of the conference was dedicated to transferable skills. Seven engaging workshops covered topics such as entrepreneurship, EU project funding, and self-leadership, providing attendees with practical tools and knowledge to excel in their academic journeys and beyond.

A Brighter Future through Collaboration

In closing, the COMPASS Conference served as a compelling reminder of the strength and promise inherent in the Ulysseus European University alliance. It's more than just a network; it's a guiding force behind innovation, collaboration, and a brighter future for researchers across Europe and beyond. 

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COMPASS: Leading Ulysseus to become a European University excellence model through Research and Innovation is a Horizon 2020 project and the flagship for Ulysseus R&I agenda and strategy. This action, which is part of the Science with and for Society programme of Horizon 2020 (SwafS), will facilitate Ulysseus’ transformation process towards becoming a European university through a common R&I strategy that will in turn consolidate its Innovation Ecosystem.


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