Kaleidoskoop winners announced at sTARTUp Day pitching marathon

3 days 6 hours ago
14.12.2017

On December 8, the sTARTUp Day international business festival was held in AHHAA science centre. On its four stages, one of which was UT IdeaLab pitching stage, business ideas were presented and teams competed. The event brought together a total of 2600 visitors.

On IdeaLab stage, 62 teams from Estonia and other countries presented their business ideas. Each had 2-3 minutes to explain their business idea to the audience, point out its novelty, users of the product and the amount of money needed by the team to develop the idea further. Seven competitions took place – Kaleidoskoop finals, the final round of STARTER programme, Prototron TOP 10, EstLat-Accelerate, Cocoon, Est-Fin Pitch Match Startup Wise Guys TOP 10 and sTARTUp Pitching.

Kaleidoskoop winner was Decomer Technology, who received tickets to the European Innovation Academy in Portugal as an award. Decomer Technology develops bioprotein-based bioplastics, which they currently use for packaging honey. Bioplastic dissolves in hot tea water and is not harmful to health, therefore it is an eco-friendly and convenient alternative to sugar. The University of Tartu prize went to the team Edible, who go to Oulu Polar Bear Pitching, where they have to pitch in an ice hole. Edible is a student company that produces edible and biodegradable eating utensils. Tartu City Government’s monetary prize was granted to the team Seniorship, who plans to offer traineeship and retraining opportunities for the elderly.

Four teams previously selected in Tallinn and two selected on the same day in Tartu (incl. Decomer Technology and Espuro, who also competed in Kaleidoskoop finals) made it to the final round of STARTER, which also culminated in presentation of awards. The international jury decided that the best STARTER team was Decomer Technology, who got an opportunity to pitch on sTARTUp Day main stage with five best teams, and tickets to the Arctic15 business festival.

“Before sTARTUp Day we were very excited and although we were quite confident, it was impossible to predict the jury’s decision in such a tough competition, so we held our breath until the announcement. Emotions were running high after winning the first prize, the possibility to participate in the EIA programme in Portugal is awesome and gives a great boost to our startup. The further victory and tickets to Arctic 15, as well as the opportunity to pitch on the main stage added to our enthusiasm and it was nice that our idea was successful with so many people,” said Mart Salumäe, co-founder of Decomer Technology.

According to IdeaLab manager Maret Ahonen, this was the largest ever pitching marathon in Tartu. “You do not have many possibilities in Estonia to present your business ideas to such a large international audience. Therefore, in a way, all who pitched were winners. Besides, there were so many interesting events during the day. sTARTUp Day was an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences and make new contacts,” said Ahonen.

STARTER programme is supported by the European Social Fund.

The EstLat-Accelerate project is supported by the Estonian-Latvian cross-border programme 20142020. The programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Contact: Maret Ahonen, Manager of UT IdeaLab, 522 5910, maret.ahonen [ät] ut.ee

Category: Entrepreneurship
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Merger agreement of Tartu Observatory and the University of Tartu signed

4 days 6 hours ago
13.12.2017

Minister of education and research Mailis Reps and rector of the University of Tartu Volli Kalm signed the merger agreement of Tartu Observatory and the University of Tartu today, on 13 December. Tõravere-based Tartu Observatory will operate as an institute in the Faculty of Science and Technology as of 1 January 2018.

Minister Mailis Reps said that the rearrangement of the network of research institutions helps to ensure the stability and quality of research and development activities. “Being a part of the university gives more stability and the merger means additional development opportunities in cooperation with other faculties and partners of the university,” said Reps.

Vice rector for research of the University of Tartu Kristjan Vassil said that the university and the observatory have always had common research projects and the merger of the two institutions will definitely contribute to substantive integration. “In the course of pre-merger preparations we have been assured that both parties will benefit from this cooperation,” said Vassil. 

“What the general public knows best is the student satellite project ESTCube, in which our students and researchers together with the observatory’s researchers successfully conducted Estonia’s first ever space mission for testing space technologies. Currently, ESTCube-2 is being prepared,” said Vassil and added that Tõravere is called the centre for Estonian space studies for a reason.

Director of Tartu Observatory Anu Reinart also pointed out other areas of activity besides astronomy and space technology. “A good example of close cooperation with the university is the so-called environmental observatory for remote sensing of vegetation, atmosphere, water bodies etc.,” Reinart explained, adding that the merger of the two institutions will offer numerous opportunities for better integration of research and studies. 

Reinart also mentioned business cooperation. “I believe that together with the University of Tartu, we can offer better opportunities for collaboration with Estonian enterprises in developing high-tech equipment. Tartu Observatory is steadily moving towards becoming the research and higher education centre in the area of remote sensing and space technology in the Nordic and Baltic region,” she said.

The merger is supported by the ASTRA programme.

Category: UniversityPress release
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

sTARTUp Day 2017 business festival starts in Tartu

1 week 3 days ago
07.12.2017

On Thursday, the 7th of December, the biggest business festival in the Baltics takes off with over 2500 attendees from 27 countries.

The sTARTUp Day 2017 business festival is happening only for the 2nd time, but just as last year, the event has been sold out. The theme of this year’s event “From Zero To Hero” focuses on how to work oneself to the top with limited resources. During the opening day there will be numerous side-events around the city of Tartu: trainings and seminars on production, education, biotechnology, business and export topics.

 

On Friday, the 8th of December, the main festival day at Science Centre AHHAA takes place from morning until evening. Over 100 keynote speaker will step on the 4 stages of sTARTUp Day during the festival day. In addition, numerous seminars, training and pitching competitions will take place at the venue. As a big finale, the Best Early Stage Startup-up of Estonia will be announced on the main stage, who will receive investment and recognition as the most promising startup to watch.

 

The City of Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas is feeling proud that sTARTUp Day has emerged to be one of the business cards of Tartu as a top entrepreneurship centre, though having emerged just a year ago. “All development organisations work on the mutual goal of creating an attractive environment for businesses and start-ups in Tartu, enabling the innovative ideas to establish into successful business models. Our efforts are assured as 13 of the TOP 30 ideas of the TV program Ajujaht came from Tartu or Tartu county,” Klaas adds.

 

“The massive event that has sTARTUp Day become, started from just a modest idea by the University of Tartu of merging all the small events into one. Seeing the international success now, 2 years later, we can say that we succeeded,” Erik Puura, the Vice Rector for Development of the University of Tartu, is now certain.

 

sTARTUp Day 2017 is organized by the University of Tartu, City of Tartu and the local startup community. The festiva’ls Gold sponsor in Swedbank Estonia, Silver sponsors are Elisa and Pipedrive, Bronze sponsor Contriber. Project is supported by European Regional Development Fund.

 

More information, as well as the link to a live feed, can be found on the festival website.

 

Contact: Marelle Ellen, sTARTUp Day 2017 Head of Marketing & PR, +372 52 690 71, marelle.ellen [ät] startupday.ee

Category: EntrepreneurshipPress release
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Kaleidoskoop’s top 10 prepare for sTARTUp Day

1 week 6 days ago
04.12.2017

On Thursday Nov 30, UT IdeaLab student project and business idea competition Kaleidoskoop took place. 43 teams partook in the competition and the top 10 were selected to the next round - Kaleidoskoop Finals at sTARTUp Day on the UT IdeaLab pitching stage.

This semester’s competition included ideas from a wide area of topics, a large number of which included apps or websites.

This semester’s TOP 10 are:

ANNY - A device, that helps disc golf players to locate lost discs quickly and therefore saves time, money and nerves.
Decomer Technology OÜ - Biodegradable bioprotein polymer films. The first product is water-soluble honey packages.
Edible - Cutlery that is edible and biodegradable.
Espuro - An air purifier, smart connected product, that not only purifies the air with reliable and latest technologies, but also adds humidity to the air.
IamDead - Website that organises your social medial profiles when you die.
Juice³ - We make natural cubed Juice concentrate.
Russó - Change everyday fashion for men by creating special bow ties and briefcases.
Seniorship - Seniorship is a web platform that offers internships for people aged 50+ and brings them together with companies.
SILK - A an app which collects information about sales from different clothing shops.
StartLegal - A chatbot that helps people to get access to legal help and receive legal advice.

“We are very excited to participate in the biggest business festival in Estonia, and are definitely looking forward to it!” said Hugo Palm, the creator of Juice³ after making it to the top 10. Another finalist, the founder of Decomer Technology OÜ Mart Salume, added that their team feels confident, but they understand that competition is tough and it’s not going to be an easy ride.

Out of the 43 teams that participated in Kaleidoskoop’s first round, 16 were teams of the STARTER program, based in Tartu, Pärnu and Narva. The best 10 teams will get to Kaleidoskoop finals at sTARTUp Day where they can pitch their ideas on the UT IdeaLab's pitching stage. There will we 3 major awards - ticket to European Innovation Academy, world’s largest extreme entrepreneurship program in Portugal, a chance to pitch in Polar Bear Pitching, an event held in Oulu which puts competitors in extreme contitions, in ice cold water, and a financial award from the city of Tartu.

“We are very happy that the first round of Kaleidoskoop has become an attractive event fro teams with different backgrounds. We had competitors from high schools, UT-s different courses as well as from out STARTER program, and the ideas included both web solutions as well as physical products. The common nominator for the teams was the desire to show themselves, get feedback on the work they’ve done and the chance to present their idea at the international sTARTUp Day,” said Maret Ahnonen, Manager of UT IdeaLab.

Kaleidoskoop is the last event in the autumn semester’s program and Idealab is now ready to prepare for spring 2018. Right before Estonia’s 100th birthday, on February 22th, an inspiration event called „Idea Storm: 100 ideas, that will change the world“ is once again held. Dozens of experienced mentors are expected to join close to 300 participants to discuss finding solutions to problematic situations in many areas. The groups created, along with their ideas, are given the chance to grow through the STARTER Basic program in spring.  

For students, Idealab is hosting the Student Startup Camp in collaboration with Garage48. The camp will be held during the winter break in early February and has previously brought over 100 students together, all with the goal to develop an idea to a prototype in just five days.

The STARTER programme and Kaleidoskoop are supported by the European Social Fund.

Contact: Maret Ahonen, Manager of UT IdeaLab, +372 522 5910, maret.ahonen [ät] ut.ee

Category: Entrepreneurship
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

University of Tartu is celebrating 98th birthday of Estonian-language university

2 weeks 2 days ago
01.12.2017

Friday, December 1 2017 marks the 98th birthday of the Estonia’s national university in Tartu. To celebrate the event, several events take place during the week-long celebrations – honorary doctorates and doctorates are conferred, the University’s honorary member named and the laurate of The University of Tartu Award for Contribution to Estonian National Identity named.

The celebrations started at the Pärnu college on Tuesday Nov 28. In Tartu, the events start a day later, on Wednesday Nov 29. The varied program includes a suitable event for all UT students, alumni as well as the general public.

The Rector of the University Volli Kalm emphasizes the importance of the national university in his address: “The country and society of Estonia lives in the wait of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, just as the University of Tartu prepares for the 100th birthday of the Estonian university, higher education and clerisy. For a small nation, a national university and own-language higher education is a great privilege. The entire university feels the opportunities and responsibilities this privilege includes. We call upon all Estonians and our charitable partners to support the national university’s mission.” In the preparation for the 100th anniversary celebrations, all can contribute to the cause through fundraising campaigns, among others means.

In the formal ceremony of the birthday of the national university, 5 honorary doctorates and 141 PhD degrees defended within the previous year are conferred. The title of the honorary doctor of the University of Tartu is conferred upon Mihály Hoppál, the Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Honorary Doctor in Folkloristics and Semiotics), Salme Näsi, Professor of the University of Tampere (Honorary Doctor in Economics), Kauko Antti Markku Kaste, Professor Emeritus of the University of Helsinki (Honorary Doctor in Neurology), Eske Willerslev, Professor of the University of Copenhagen (Honorary Doctor in National Sciences) and Vladimir Veksler, Professor of the Paris-Sud University (Honorary Doctor in Pharmacology). The recipient of the UT Contribution to Estonian National Identity award will be announced. This award is granted to recognize individuals who in their creative pursuits have shown outstanding achievements in promoting the national cultural identity of Estonia. The academic lecture “National University in the Digital Society” will be given by Marju Lauristin, the Professor of Social Communication. The ceremony can be viewed on the UTTV website.

This year’s 98th anniversary marks the birth of the Estonian-language University of Tartu in 1919, and is celebrated in three cities – Tartu, Pärnu and Viljandi. The programme includes public lectures, opening of a photo exhibition, the traditional torchlight procession dating back to the first Republic, as well as a ball.

The entire program can be viewed on the University website.

Contact: Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist of the International Cooperation Unit, 737 5685, kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee

Category: University
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

International community discusses the Viking Age in Tartu

2 weeks 4 days ago
29.11.2017

On December 1-3, Tartu hosts the conference Crossing Disciplinary Borders in Viking Age Studies, the 7th Austmarr Symposium, which brings together experts from different parts of the world.

The Austmarr Symposium is a series of international research conferences, which have been arranged annually since 2011, addressing topics of Viking Age and Medieval contacts across the Baltic Sea. Three keynote speakers have been invited: Prof. Jens Peter Schjødt (Aarhus University), who speaks about Odin and pagan Nordic religion, Prof. Anne-Sofie Gräslund (Uppsala University), who speaks about her experience as an archaeologist of interdisciplinary cooperation on Viking Age topics, and Ass. Prof. Henrik Janson (Gothenburg University), who speaks about the dangers of the use of different types of material in the studies of Nordic pagan religion.

This year’s conference brings researchers to Tartu to discuss the problems, challenges and solution in all kinds of interdisciplinary approaches to Viking Age studies, the use of material from different disciplines to shed light on the material from others. Tthere will be a special focus on the problems and possibilities in the combination of archaeological finds and Icelandic written sources as well on the use of archaeological finds and Icelandic texts in the reconstruction of pagan Nordic religion. The Austmarr symposium is organized in rotation, and it now returns to Tartu, where this series of conferences started in 2011.

"This is a perfect opportunity to discuss currently debated issues such as the existence of female Viking warriors and the interpretation of the Salme finds, issues which are much discussed in Estonia too. There will be special sessions at the conference for both these topics, and everybody interested is welcome to listen", the conference organizer Daniel Sävborg says.

The three-day conference is held at the main building of the University of Tartu with 85 registered participants. 40 researchers from Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, UK, USA, Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Italy will present their research within the field. The main organizer is the Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Tartu, Daniel Sävborg.

Contact: Daniel Sävborg, conference organizer, 737 6250, daniel.savborg [ät] ut.ee (in English)
Viivika Voodla, academic affairs specialist, 737 5212, viivika.voodla [ät] ut.ee (in Estonian)

Category: ResearchPress release
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Research focuses on Russia’s role and activity in the European Court of Human Rights

3 weeks 2 days ago
24.11.2017

A new volume "Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: the Strasbourg Effect" has just been published at Cambridge University Press, which sheds a light on how Russia has managed in the European Court of Human Rights during the last nearly 20 years.

The volume has been co-edited by Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law at the University of Tartu, and Wolfgang Bendek, Professor Emeritus of International law at the University of Graz in Austria. Both lawyers and political scientists from the EU countries as well Russia have contributed to the book as authors. The main research question is whether and in what sense we can speak of Russia's human rights-friendly socialization in the Strasbourg system. The secondary focus is also on Russia’s effect on the system.

According to Professor Lauri Mälksoo when Russia became member of the Council of Europe in 1996, the optimistic socialization theory prevailed. The hope was that human rights-friendly institutions, such as the European Court of Human Rights itself, would eventually help new and 'weaker' member states to improve their record. Instead, the story of Russia's 'socialization' has been one of difficulties.

“The writings of Valery Zorkin, the head of the Russian Constitutional Court and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, are quite significant in this sense, and are also studied in the volume. In 2015, the Russian Constitutional Court decided that the country would not implement judgments of the Strasbourg court that it finds would contradict the Russian Constitution. So in the final analysis, the Strasbourg effect has been mixed - it has supported progress in some areas but in other and in some ways foundational aspects has fueled official Russia's opposition to liberal, secular and individual-centered human rights protection system,” the editor Lauri Mälksoo states.

The research informing this book was supported inter alia by the Estonian Research Council (grant IUT20-50) and the European Inter-University Centre (EIUC) in Venice, Italy.

Contact: Lauri Mälksoo, editor of the volume, 737 6042, lauri.malksoo [ät] ut.ee

Category: Research
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Inaugural lecture by Peter Hwang “The Rise of Asia and Differences of Management Styles between East and West”

3 weeks 4 days ago
22.11.2017 On November 22 at 16.15, UT Professor of Asian Economy Peter Hwang will deliver his inaugural lecture in the University of Tartu assembly hall. The lecture deals with the rise of Asia and differences in Eastern and Western management styles.  The economic and political capabilities and importance of Asian countries, especially China, has been on the rise in the world.  This forces the current leading countries in the Western world to constantly put in more effort to stay in competition with Asian countries in terms of their rising production capabilities and ability to find innovative solutions.  The lecture will discuss the fast progress of China’s economic rise and the management issues supporting the rise. “In what ways are the management styles different in the East and West?  What influence do they have on the economy, entrepreneurship and business culture in general? How it all connects to a deeper cultural background, differences between Eastern and Western cultures?” says Professor Hwang to describe the topics discussed.  Peter Hwang is from Taiwan, where he started to pursue higher education. He defended his doctoral thesis at Michigan State University, USA, in 1988, and from 1988 to 1999, he worked as associate professor in the City University of New York, in the National Taiwan University and in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Professor Hwang has also been a Dean and Professor for the School of Business of Sampoerna University (Indonesia) and Chairman of the Board for Yangzhou Bulb Group (China). In the spring of 2017, Peter Hwang was elected as Professor of Asian Economy in the University of Tartu. Professor Hwang’s work in Tartu is supported by the University of Tartu’s ASTRA project PER ASPERA and financed by the European Regional Development Fund. All are welcome to the inaugural lecture. Live webcast and later viewing of the recording is available on UTTV.  Additional information: Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist for Protocol, International Cooperation Unit, 511 9188, kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee Category: StudiesPress release
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Hackathon uses data to make an impact on society

1 month 1 week ago
10.11.2017

On Friday, November 10, a 48-hour "Social Impact Data Hack 2017" will begin at the University of Tartu, which explores the possibilities of contributing to society by using big data from various public institutions and private enterprises.

The datathon, organised in cooperation with the UT Institute of Computer Science and the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, aims to identify social problems, raise awareness, untangle myths and fallacies and provide potential solutions to issues in the society by means of data analysis and machine learning. Marlon Dumas, one of the organisers of the event and Professor in Information Systems, explains the focus of the hackathon: “We keep hearing that data is power. Companies use it to gain competitive advantage in all kinds of businesses. Why not use it to benefit society?”

Over 20 social ideas will be pitched at the hackathon. These include, for example, issues of child welfare, monitoring of crowdsourced processes, analysis of court cases data, predicting the election results, and automated discovery of corruption cases. The participants choose among the ideas and start developing them until Sunday when the results are presented and winners announced.

The hackathon brings together about 200 data and computer scientists, journalists, economists, political scientists, as well as other students and experts. Social Impact Data Hack 2017 is supported by the H2020 grant SoBigData research infrastructure.

For more information, please visit the website of the hackathon and the Facebook event.

Additional information: Marlon Dumas, Professor in Information Systems, 56377557, marlon.dumas [ät] ut.ee

Category: International
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

International community discusses cybersecurity in Tartu

1 month 1 week ago
08.11.2017

On  November 8-10, Tartu hosts the Nordic Conference on Secure IT Systems, which brings together experts from different parts of the world.

NordSec is an annual research conference series of the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia), addressing topics of data security. The conference papers are published by the renowned Springer publishing company. Three keynote speakers have been invited: Prof. Aggelos Kiayias of the University of Edinburgh, who speaks about blockchain; Senior Research Fellow Ilya Mironov of Google, whose topic is privacy in machine learning; and Senior Research Fellow Dario Fiore of IMDEA Software Institute, who speaks about authentication of computing. The conference has eighteen subtopics in which authors introduce their research.

This year’s conference brings researchers to Tartu to discuss cybersecurity, cryptography and privacy. The conference is organised in rotation and Estonia is the organiser in every sixth year. “Previously, NordSec has been held in Tartu in 2005 and in Tallinn in 2011. This time it is held in Tartu again, namely because a large community of our cryptography specialists work here,” explains the general chair of the conference, UT Lead Research Fellow of Cryptography Helger Lipmaa.

The three-day conference is held at Dorpat Convention Centre and convenes more than 50 scientists from the USA, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and several other countries. The organising committee is led by UT associate professor Raimundas Matulevičius.

Additional information: Helger Lipmaa, General Chair, 5333 0233, helger.lipmaa [ät] ut.ee

Category: Research
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

21 research institutions signed the research integrity agreement

1 month 1 week ago
07.11.2017

On 1 November, Estonian universities, research institutions, the Estonian Research Council and the Ministry of Education and Research signed the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement.

By joining the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement, the research institutions confirmed that they respect the main values of research and the principles of action described in the text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity finalized in 2017 in cooperation between Estonian research institutions, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, the Estonian Research Council, and the Ministry of Education and Research.

 Professor Margit Sutrop, Head of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, said that we are still at the beginning of a long road ahead. Every research institution retains the right to decide how to raise its members’ awareness of these principles, how to ensure their observance and how to establish procedural rules for dealing with cases of misconduct. “Now, when the document is finally signed, it is necessary to think how research institutions, individually or in cooperation, could help researchers in practice so that they would have the best conditions for doing their work in an ethically appropriate way. The institutions must also be ready to deal with possible cases of misconduct,” Professor Sutrop explained.

As of today, 21 research institutions have signed the the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement and by signing have agreed to follow the code. In addition, the Estonian Research Council and the Ministry of Education and Research also signed the agreement.

 

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement was signed by

Bio-Competence Centre of Healthy Dairy Products LLC

Cybernetica AS

Competence Center of Food and Fermentation Technology

Estonian Academy of Arts

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Estonian Biocentre

Estonian Business School

Estonian Crop Research Institute

Estonian Literary Museum

Estonian National Museum

Estonian University of Life Sciences

Institute of the Estonian Language

National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics

National Institute of Health and Development

Software Technology and Applications Competence Center

Tallinn University

Tallinn University of Technology

The Competence Centre on Health Technologies

Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences

University of Tartu, including Tartu Observatory

Estonian Research Council

Ministry of Education and Research

 

The proposal to sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement was made to all 22 positively evaluated research and development institutions in Estonia. The names of all the signatories will be published alongside the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement on the homepage of the Estonian Research Council. 

Additional information: Margit Sutrop, Head of centre for Ethics, margit.sutrop [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

University of Tartu celebrates the Day of Gustavus Adolphus

1 month 2 weeks ago
03.11.2017

On Monday, 6 November, the University of Tartu celebrates the Day of Gustavus Adolphus, the King of Sweden and founder of the university of Tartu, and the 385th anniversary of Academia Gustaviana. The programme includes lectures, a Baroque concert and an exhibition.

“The traditional Day of Gustavus Adolphus emphasises the importance of education, aspiration for higher ideals and cooperation. These important principles of the Universitas have remained essentially the same over the centuries,” said Kristina Mullamaa, head of the UT Department of Scandinavian Studies.

At 14:00, the exhibition “Travellers’ portraits” is opened in Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies (Lossi 36).

At 15:00, professor of literature at Uppsala University and director of Uppsala University Library Lars Burman delivers a lecture “From cottages to great palaces. Four careers in the 17th century“. This is followed by a lecture by Kristi Viiding, senior research fellow of Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, “Shaping history through poetry: Friedrich Menius' Latin and German epicedia for Gustavus Adolphus”. The lectures take place at Jakobi 2-114.

At 17:20, flowers are placed at Johan Skytte monument on Toomemägi and at the monument of Gustav II Adolf near the university’s main building.

The day ends with the Baroque music concert, which starts at 18:00 in the assembly hall. The programme “Queen Christina of Sweden and her time. Musical bridges in the 17th-century Europe” is performed by Pirjo Jonas (soprano) and a Baroque music ensemble including Meelis Orgse (baroque viola), Villu Vihermäe (viola da gamba, baroque cello), Kristo Käo (theorbo, baroque quitar). Brilliant music by Corelli, Monteverdi, Purcell, Baltzar and other Baroque composers will be played. The concert is free for all.

Celebrations of the Day of Gustavus Adolphus and the 385th anniversary of Academia Gustaviana are organised by the University of Tartu, UT Department of Scandinavian Studies, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden to Estonia and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia.

Additional information: Kady Sõstar, UT Senior Specialist for Protocol, 511 9188, kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement signed

1 month 2 weeks ago
31.10.2017

On November 1st, at the international symposium in Tallinn (Suur-Ameerika 1), Estonian research institutions and the Estonian Research Council will sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement. The symposium is organised by the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu in cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Education and Research, and the Estonian Research Council.

By joining the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement, the research institutions confirm that they respect the main values of research and the principles of action described in the text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity finalised in 2017 in cooperation between Estonian research institutions, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, the Estonian Research Council, and the Ministry of Education and Research. Every research institution retains the right to decide how to raise its members’ awareness of these principles, how to ensure their observance and how to establish procedural rules for dealing with cases of misconduct.

Before signing the agreement, Estonian research and development institutions finalised the content of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity during a national feedback round. “Lively discussion has shown that different research disciplines and research institutions still have different understandings of what is permitted and what is not,” Professor Margit Sutrop, Head of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, said. “Joint drafting of the document enabled us to compare and to unify these understandings; during the last round of consultations there were more than 100 suggestions for improvement.”

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity differs from the Code of Ethics for Estonian Researchers adopted in 2002, as the current document describes both individual researchers’ and research institutions’ responsibilities. Therefore, it is especially important that the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement is signed namely by research institutions, who recognise their responsibility for ensuring the integrity of research.

As Professor Margit Sutrop said, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission has called the Estonian initiative to conclude the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement between all research institutions exemplary. “Signing the Agreement at the seminar of the Forum of National Ethics Councils taking place in Tallinn is not an accident. Thereby, the European Commission wishes to encourage other European states to follow the Estonian example.”

The proposal to sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement was made to all positively evaluated research and development institutions in Estonia. The names of all the signatories will be published alongside the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement on the homepage of the Estonian Research Council. “Once the document is signed, it is necessary to think how research institutions, individually or in cooperation, could help researchers in practice so that they would have the best conditions for doing their work in an ethically appropriate way. The institutions must also be ready to deal with possible cases of misconduct,” Professor Sutrop explained.

The signing ceremony of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement will take place on 1 November 2017 at the international research integrity symposium Research integrity: individual and collective responsibility in the building of four ministries (Suur-Ameerika 1). The symposium is organised as a part of the 22nd Forum of National Ethics Councils (NEC).

The seminar programme: http://www.eetika.ee/et/workshop-research-integrity-individual-and-collective-responsibility

The full text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity: http://www.eetika.ee/et/estonian-code-conduct-research-integrity

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity has been created as a framework document that provides guidelines to all Estonian research institutions and the researchers working there. The Estonian Research Council initiated the creation of the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity early in 2016 by forming a work group that included representatives from the Ministry of Education and Research, the Estonian Research Council, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, and research institutions. The Estonian Research Council entrusted the drafting of the text to the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, which had already started preparing the research integrity document for the University of Tartu; therefore, the two initiatives were combined.

Additional information:

Professor Margit Sutrop

Head of the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu

margit.sutrop [ät] ut.ee

 

Andres Koppel

Director General of the Estonian Research Council

andres.koppel [ät] etag.ee
 

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement signed

1 month 2 weeks ago
31.10.2017

On November 1st, at the international symposium in Tallinn (Suur-Ameerika 1), Estonian research institutions and the Estonian Research Council will sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement. The symposium is organised by the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu in cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Education and Research, and the Estonian Research Council.

By joining the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement, the research institutions confirm that they respect the main values of research and the principles of action described in the text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity finalised in 2017 in cooperation between Estonian research institutions, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, the Estonian Research Council, and the Ministry of Education and Research. Every research institution retains the right to decide how to raise its members’ awareness of these principles, how to ensure their observance and how to establish procedural rules for dealing with cases of misconduct.

Before signing the agreement, Estonian research and development institutions finalised the content of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity during a national feedback round. “Lively discussion has shown that different research disciplines and research institutions still have different understandings of what is permitted and what is not,” Professor Margit Sutrop, Head of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, said. “Joint drafting of the document enabled us to compare and to unify these understandings; during the last round of consultations there were more than 100 suggestions for improvement.”

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity differs from the Code of Ethics for Estonian Researchers adopted in 2002, as the current document describes both individual researchers’ and research institutions’ responsibilities. Therefore, it is especially important that the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement is signed namely by research institutions, who recognise their responsibility for ensuring the integrity of research.

As Professor Margit Sutrop said, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission has called the Estonian initiative to conclude the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement between all research institutions exemplary. “Signing the Agreement at the seminar of the Forum of National Ethics Councils taking place in Tallinn is not an accident. Thereby, the European Commission wishes to encourage other European states to follow the Estonian example.”

The proposal to sign the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement was made to all positively evaluated research and development institutions in Estonia. The names of all the signatories will be published alongside the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement on the homepage of the Estonian Research Council. “Once the document is signed, it is necessary to think how research institutions, individually or in cooperation, could help researchers in practice so that they would have the best conditions for doing their work in an ethically appropriate way. The institutions must also be ready to deal with possible cases of misconduct,” Professor Sutrop explained.

The signing ceremony of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Agreement will take place on 1 November 2017 at the international research integrity symposium Research integrity: individual and collective responsibility in the building of four ministries (Suur-Ameerika 1). The symposium is organised as a part of the 22nd Forum of National Ethics Councils (NEC).

The seminar programme: http://www.eetika.ee/et/workshop-research-integrity-individual-and-collective-responsibility

The full text of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity: http://www.eetika.ee/et/estonian-code-conduct-research-integrity

The Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity has been created as a framework document that provides guidelines to all Estonian research institutions and the researchers working there. The Estonian Research Council initiated the creation of the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity early in 2016 by forming a work group that included representatives from the Ministry of Education and Research, the Estonian Research Council, the Estonian Academy of Sciences, and research institutions. The Estonian Research Council entrusted the drafting of the text to the Centre for Ethics at the University of Tartu, which had already started preparing the research integrity document for the University of Tartu; therefore, the two initiatives were combined.

Additional information:

Professor Margit Sutrop

Head of the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu

margit.sutrop [ät] ut.ee

 

Andres Koppel

Director General of the Estonian Research Council

andres.koppel [ät] etag.ee
 

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

International recognition to computer science at the University of Tartu

1 month 2 weeks ago
30.10.2017

The University of Tartu was one of the two Central and Eastern European universities to enter the Times Higher Education Rankings table in computer science. In computer science, UT is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world. Furthermore, the head of Institute of Computer Science Prof. Jaak Vilo was elected as the board member of Informatics Europe.

The British journal Times Higher Education has compiled rankings that are considered the most reputable and influential in the world since 2004. Last week THE published the ranking of the 300 best universities engaged in computer science, in which the first 200 are ranked individually, and the rest are grouped in bands of 50. The University of Tartu was placed in the 201–250 range.

In the current rankings, computer science is the UT’s highest-ranked specialisation. To compile the table, THE employs 13 performance indicators, which describe learning environment, research influence, volume of research, academic reputation, income, innovation and international outlook.

While the University of Tartu has been among the top 500 universities in the overall rankings for several years already, UT computer science reached the THE subject ranking for the first time, being one of the two EU Central and Eastern European universities beside the Warsaw University to have made it to the table. The top three in the table are Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from the USA and the University of Oxford from the United Kingdom.

According to vice rector for research Kristjan Vassil, UT deserves comparison with Western European and North American universities: “The University of Tartu’s place in the computer science ranking is impressive, just after Uppsala University and on the same level with the Universities of Bern, Bergen, Essex and Washington State University. This clearly shows that in IT specialisations, our university is the leader in the region, and globally competitive.”

“A high place in the rankings is a recognition to the people of the UT Institute of Computer Science, but also sets high expectations to future development and investments. In addition to the fundamental IT specialisation, graduates and research studies are also needed in interdisciplinary fields, such as digital transformations, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Reseach groups in these fields have already been formed in the Institute, but a boost is possible only with the involvement of adequate financing and human capital,” Vassil added.

The high level of computer science at UT has also gained attention elsewhere in Europe. Last week the head of the UT Institute of Computer Science Prof. Jaak Vilo was elected the board member of Informatics Europe, the association of institutes of computer science and IT faculties of European universities.

Informatics Europe currently joins 120 European universities to promote high-quality education, research and knowledge transfer in the field of computer science in Europe. From Estonia, the Informatics Europe network includes the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology, who have had long-term intensive cooperation in promoting top-level research and education in computer science.

Prof. Jaak Vilo explained the role and effect of computer science, “Computer science, known under various names in both English and Estonian, is an extremely broad field of science dealing mainly with topics related with computers, networks, information systems and software. Today, computer science has grown into an important and extensive discipline next to physics, mathematics, biology and others. In addition, computer science has an ever-growing impact on all other specialisations – from the phenomena of internet and social media to data acquisition, data management and analysis.”

THE rankings can be found on the Times Higher Education website.

Informatics Europe

www.informatics-europe.org

Additional information: Jaak Vilo, UT Head of the Institute of Computer Science, 504 9365, jaak.vilo [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

Category: Press release
Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

International recognition to computer science at the University of Tartu

1 month 2 weeks ago
30.10.2017

The University of Tartu was one of the two Central and Eastern European universities to enter the Times Higher Education Rankings table in computer science. In computer science, UT is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world. Furthermore, the head of Institute of Computer Science Prof. Jaak Vilo was elected as the board member of Informatics Europe.

The British journal Times Higher Education has compiled rankings that are considered the most reputable and influential in the world since 2004. Last week THE published the ranking of the 300 best universities engaged in computer science, in which the first 200 are ranked individually, and the rest are grouped in bands of 50. The University of Tartu was placed in the 201–250 range.

In the current rankings, computer science is the UT’s highest-ranked specialisation. To compile the table, THE employs 13 performance indicators, which describe learning environment, research influence, volume of research, academic reputation, income, innovation and international outlook.

While the University of Tartu has been among the top 500 universities in the overall rankings for several years already, UT computer science reached the THE subject ranking for the first time, being one of the two EU Central and Eastern European universities beside the Warsaw University to have made it to the table. The top three in the table are Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from the USA and the University of Oxford from the United Kingdom.

According to vice rector for research Kristjan Vassil, UT deserves comparison with Western European and North American universities: “The University of Tartu’s place in the computer science ranking is impressive, just after Uppsala University and on the same level with the Universities of Bern, Bergen, Essex and Washington State University. This clearly shows that in IT specialisations, our university is the leader in the region, and globally competitive.”

“A high place in the rankings is a recognition to the people of the UT Institute of Computer Science, but also sets high expectations to future development and investments. In addition to the fundamental IT specialisation, graduates and research studies are also needed in interdisciplinary fields, such as digital transformations, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Reseach groups in these fields have already been formed in the Institute, but a boost is possible only with the involvement of adequate financing and human capital,” Vassil added.

The high level of computer science at UT has also gained attention elsewhere in Europe. Last week the head of the UT Institute of Computer Science Prof. Jaak Vilo was elected the board member of Informatics Europe, the association of institutes of computer science and IT faculties of European universities.

Informatics Europe currently joins 120 European universities to promote high-quality education, research and knowledge transfer in the field of computer science in Europe. From Estonia, the Informatics Europe network includes the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology, who have had long-term intensive cooperation in promoting top-level research and education in computer science.

Prof. Jaak Vilo explained the role and effect of computer science, “Computer science, known under various names in both English and Estonian, is an extremely broad field of science dealing mainly with topics related with computers, networks, information systems and software. Today, computer science has grown into an important and extensive discipline next to physics, mathematics, biology and others. In addition, computer science has an ever-growing impact on all other specialisations – from the phenomena of internet and social media to data acquisition, data management and analysis.”

THE rankings can be found on the Times Higher Education website.

Informatics Europe

www.informatics-europe.org

Additional information: Jaak Vilo, UT Head of the Institute of Computer Science, 504 9365, jaak.vilo [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Inaugural lecture by Iñaki Sandoval “Color Palette: Influences of Impressionism in Jazz Harmony”

1 month 3 weeks ago
24.10.2017

On 26 October at 16:15, UT Professor of Jazz Music Iñaki Sandoval will deliver his inaugural lecture on the influences of Impressionism in jazz harmony. The lecture is in English and is held in the assembly hall of the University of Tartu.

Impressionist music follows the same concept as employed by Impressionist paintings, giving just an “impression” of the figure represented, with no sound being more important that the other and without specifically outlining its characteristics. Harmony in jazz music is typically based on a prevailing vertical approach, i.e. tonality. However, as taken from French Impressionism, harmony can also be approached in a horizontal or modal manner, considering primarily the mode and scale instead of the guide tones. 

Present-day jazz musicians regularly incorporate classical music concepts, including elements of Impressionism, in their music and the stylistic division lines across genres have become blurred over time. This primary characteristic defines jazz music as an all-encompassing art form that combines a variety of music resources to develop a creative and often spontaneous musical expression. Jazz musicians who are well-known for their Impressionistic approach include, for example, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. 

“The lecture focuses on the influences of Impressionism, which developed both in painting and music, on jazz music, and especially jazz harmony. In addition, jazz music has been influenced by many 20th-century styles,” said Professor Iñaki Sandoval about the theme of the lecture. “The lecture is suitable for everyone. In the lecture I describe works of art, paintings, and compare them to pieces of jazz music. I also play a few examples on the piano.”

Iñaki Sandoval is Professor of Jazz Music and Director of Viljandi Culture Academy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Tartu. He has formerly served as the director of the jazz department and the dean of graduate studies at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, Spain.  He is a pianist and composer, with bachelor’s degrees in both classical and jazz piano performance, master’s degree in jazz piano performance and PhD in Art History and Musicology. Over the last two decades, he has developed a brilliant artistic career, performing all over the world, collaborating and recording with internationally acclaimed musicians. He has published five albums as a leader and is preparing for the upcoming publication of “Estonian Trilogy”, a collection of three studio albums, which will be released in 2018.

Additional information: Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist for Protocol in UT International Cooperation Unit, 511 9188, kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

Category: Press release
Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Inaugural lecture by Iñaki Sandoval “Color Palette: Influences of Impressionism in Jazz Harmony”

1 month 3 weeks ago
24.10.2017

On 26 October at 16:15, UT Professor of Jazz Music Iñaki Sandoval will deliver his inaugural lecture on the influences of Impressionism in jazz harmony. The lecture is in English and is held in the assembly hall of the University of Tartu.

Impressionist music follows the same concept as employed by Impressionist paintings, giving just an “impression” of the figure represented, with no sound being more important that the other and without specifically outlining its characteristics. Harmony in jazz music is typically based on a prevailing vertical approach, i.e. tonality. However, as taken from French Impressionism, harmony can also be approached in a horizontal or modal manner, considering primarily the mode and scale instead of the guide tones. 

Present-day jazz musicians regularly incorporate classical music concepts, including elements of Impressionism, in their music and the stylistic division lines across genres have become blurred over time. This primary characteristic defines jazz music as an all-encompassing art form that combines a variety of music resources to develop a creative and often spontaneous musical expression. Jazz musicians who are well-known for their Impressionistic approach include, for example, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. 

“The lecture focuses on the influences of Impressionism, which developed both in painting and music, on jazz music, and especially jazz harmony. In addition, jazz music has been influenced by many 20th-century styles,” said Professor Iñaki Sandoval about the theme of the lecture. “The lecture is suitable for everyone. In the lecture I describe works of art, paintings, and compare them to pieces of jazz music. I also play a few examples on the piano.”

Iñaki Sandoval is Professor of Jazz Music and Director of Viljandi Culture Academy of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Tartu. He has formerly served as the director of the jazz department and the dean of graduate studies at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, Spain.  He is a pianist and composer, with bachelor’s degrees in both classical and jazz piano performance, master’s degree in jazz piano performance and PhD in Art History and Musicology. Over the last two decades, he has developed a brilliant artistic career, performing all over the world, collaborating and recording with internationally acclaimed musicians. He has published five albums as a leader and is preparing for the upcoming publication of “Estonian Trilogy”, a collection of three studio albums, which will be released in 2018.

Additional information: Kady Sõstar, Senior Specialist for Protocol in UT International Cooperation Unit, 511 9188, kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee

Viivika Eljand-Kärp University of Tartu Press Officer Tel: +(372) 737 5683
Mob: +(372) 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
www.ut.ee

 

 

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Viivika Eljand-Kärp (viivikae)

Rectors of the Guild network: universities are the leaders of innovation

2 months ago
16.10.2017

Rectors of the top science universities belonging to the Guild network gathered in Tartu on Oct 13 to discuss how to expand the influence of scientific research and make the contribution of universities more visible to the society.

At the General Assembly, the rectors discussed different opportunities for the universities to support innovation and smart leadership. The rectors found the key elements to be in further developing business relations, supporting the cooperation of different research fields, and providing scientific advice to policymakers. The basis of all this, however, is expanding funding for research and development.

The Rector of the host university, University of Tartu, Volli Kalm said that the goal of the meeting was to agree on the Guild’s strategic objectives in the shaping of European higher education and research, as well as in the communication with the European Parliament, the European Commission and other strategic partners. “We established the network’s priorities of the next three years, emphasizing that the European potential for information is related to a science-based higher education,” Kalm said.

The Guild’s Secretary General Jan Palmowsky said that the General Assembly made key decisions about how the Guild will contribute to current debates about the future of the next European Framework Programme. “It agreed a number of key areas of collaboration among members, and it approved a strategy for the Guild’s future development. The Presidents of the Guild’s universities appreciated both the opportunity to learn more about the achievements of the University of Tartu’s staff in teaching, internationalisation, and research,” Palmowsky summarized.

Before the General Assembly, the rectors participated in a Tallinn conference titled “European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society”, held in conjunction with Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. They also met with Taivo Raud, Head of the Research Division of the Ministry of Education, who introduced the guests to the focuses of Estonia’s science, research and innovation strategy “Teadmistepõhine Eesti” (“Knowledge-based Estonia”).

The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities is a network of universities created in summer 2016. The network is comprised of 19 of the top research-intensive universities in Europe, and has set itself an objective to mold research policies and expand the funding into research and development. Additionally, the cooperation also focuses on innovation and business relations. Even more information about the Guild can be found on its website.

Contact: Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu, +372 737 5601, rektor [ät] ut.ee

Category: UniversityInternational
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)

Rectors of the Guild network: universities are the leaders of innovation

2 months ago
16.10.2017

Rectors of the top science universities belonging to the Guild network gathered in Tartu on Oct 13 to discuss how to expand the influence of scientific research and make the contribution of universities more visible to the society.

At the General Assembly, the rectors discussed different opportunities for the universities to support innovation and smart leadership. The rectors found the key elements to be in further developing business relations, supporting the cooperation of different research fields, and providing scientific advice to policymakers. The basis of all this, however, is expanding funding for research and development.

The Rector of the host university, University of Tartu, Volli Kalm said that the goal of the meeting was to agree on the Guild’s strategic objectives in the shaping of European higher education and research, as well as in the communication with the European Parliament, the European Commission and other strategic partners. “We established the network’s priorities of the next three years, emphasizing that the European potential for information is related to a science-based higher education,” Kalm said.

The Guild’s Secretary General Jan Palmowsky said that the General Assembly made key decisions about how the Guild will contribute to current debates about the future of the next European Framework Programme. “It agreed a number of key areas of collaboration among members, and it approved a strategy for the Guild’s future development. The Presidents of the Guild’s universities appreciated both the opportunity to learn more about the achievements of the University of Tartu’s staff in teaching, internationalisation, and research,” Palmowsky summarized.

Before the General Assembly, the rectors participated in a Tallinn conference titled “European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society”, held in conjunction with Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. They also met with Taivo Raud, Head of the Research Division of the Ministry of Education, who introduced the guests to the focuses of Estonia’s science, research and innovation strategy “Teadmistepõhine Eesti” (“Knowledge-based Estonia”).

The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities is a network of universities created in summer 2016. The network is comprised of 19 of the top research-intensive universities in Europe, and has set itself an objective to mold research policies and expand the funding into research and development. Additionally, the cooperation also focuses on innovation and business relations. Even more information about the Guild can be found on its website.

Contact: Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu, +372 737 5601, rektor [ät] ut.ee

Category: UniversityInternational
Maria Kristiina Prass (b14327)