Research and Engagement for the European Reform University Alliance

Started in November 2021, the Research component of the European Reform University Alliance – Re:ERUA – aims at developing the research trajectory of the ERUA.

In this page you will find our activities and results to rethink research and innovation from the perspective of responsible R&I and inclusive societal engagement.

This project is funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme.

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Responsible Research and Innovation

Catalogue of approaches in social innovation and co-creation

How can academic research engage society? How do researchers understand and strive for social impact through engaging society in their research projects? 

Open Science Activities​

Re:ERUA pursues Open Science-related efforts in the context of ERUA by seizing synergies within the alliance to the end of enhancing Open Science- related efforts within the alliance.

Open Science Ambassadors

Collaboration Opportunities for ERUA Researchers

National, European and international funding opportunities and training courses

ERUA Research Portal (Coming Soon)

The ERUA Research Portal is an platform where you may find information on Research unit, Researchers, , scientific fields.

Find Collaborators

This Ad Board is where any ERUA researcher can post “collaborator wanted” ads for the research projects they are developing or planning to develop.

Gendered Innovation Training and Mentoring Programme

Publications and Resources

Mapping Innovation and Societal Engagement

This report is a research-based deliverable (WP3) in Re:ERUA project aiming to foster societal engagement though Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within the European Reform University Alliance (ERUA). Taking the inspiration from existing EU guidelines and the field of RRI, while focusing also on societal engagement and social innovation, it is contributing to the aim of ‘Science with and for Society’ objective of the European Commissions’ Horizon 2020 program.

The finding of the report shows the aim of balancing economic gains and social concerns through RRI is not simple. Subsequently, RRI should also include a democratic and regenerative approach prioritizing social innovation, besides investigating how infrastructure in scientific institutions can support matters of care.

This research-based report contributes to both RRI definitions and to recent discussions of alternative excellence in ERUA by bringing in researchers’ perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds, which inform how ethical concerns and methodologies are developed in their research practices. Also, the analysis concludes that responsibility should be balanced in infrastructural measures to ensure that the connection between outputs of research and its methodological processes are stringent, such as including work conditions, early career staff and stakeholder knowledge sharing and network support. These contributions are central to the strengthening of a reform identity in the alliance.

We believe that we thus provide an approach to responsible research that acknowledges relationality and interdependency, contributing to a (re-)conceptualization of certain aspects of RRI that more explicitly focus on bridging between economic interests and social concerns. This happens amidst calls to transition from understanding of research as efficiency-based indicators and quantifiable outputs towards the creation of responsible and reflective relations with research participants, be it human or more-than-human.

Authors: WP3 team: Assoc. Prof. Katia Dupret, assist. prof. Jennifer Eschweiler, PhD. Anna Umantseva, Student Ronja Hyldkrog – Roskilde University

Dupret et al. 2022. Mapping Innovation and societal engagement – RRI through a care ethics approach


Organising the ERUA Open Science Meet-Ups

Since January 2022, staff in the Re:ERUA project of the Open Science team have been running the international Open Science Meet-Ups. This format, held in English on Zoom, provides a space for relaxed exchange on Open Science-related topics. Members of all ERUA universities – and beyond – are very welcome to attend.

In this context, a publication – in Open Access, of course – has been released, which bundles our experiences in organising and running the events and also addresses “lessons learned”.

Heber, M. (2023). Organizing the ERUA Open Science Meet-Ups: Methods, Experiences and Lessons from the First Ten Months.

Here, you will discover comprehensive information about our ongoing efforts in mapping activities and gain insights into the research units and equipment across our alliance.
All the following information will be integrated into the ERUA research portal as soon as possible.
Mapping Activities Efforts – Research Units and Equipment
Explore the extensive list of research units within the 5 re:ERUA University alliance and delve into the state-of-the-art equipment housed within these units: 
Research & Innovation (Infra)Structures, Resources and Networks

Action Plan and Procedures for Equipment Sharing Implementation
Beyond showcasing our research units and their equipment, this page is a valuable resource for understanding our action plan and procedures for implementing and sharing equipment across the alliance:
Existing infrastructures and resources sharing assessment and action plan

Following this action plan, we have developed guidelines on infrastructure sharing procedures:
Guidelines on Infrastructure Sharing

Re:ERUA News