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Research and Innovation for Cities and Citizens
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RI4C2 bloc marque
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RI4C2 - Research & Innovation For Cities & Citizens

The seven universities composing the European Universities Alliance “EC2U” are again joining forces to extend the activities of the EC2U Alliance to the Research and Innovation fields. The project is funded under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 "Science with & for Society" call.

In this project, the seven partners have the joint overall objective to create a shared Pan-European Knowledge Ecosystem (PEKE). The project will develop a process that involves a gradual and adaptative transformation of all aspects of the Research & Innovation (R&I) missions at the participant universities. This will include developing a research and innovation agenda and platform, offering workshops on the topic of people empowerment, and investigating which factors promote the development of a functioning knowledge ecosystem.

The EC2U Innovation Sphere

The University of Jena is spearheading activities in the field of innovation. "In our work package ‘Innovation Sphere‘, we want to create offerings to further bring together the spheres of science, business and urban society," explains Dr. Dana Strauß of JenaVersum. There is a network of the research and transfer institutions of the European partners, discussing the conditions for innovation to succeed and publishing them in a joint "cookbook for innovation”. A university- and city-wide makeathon on the topic of "Reinvent the Future" is taking place on 6-7 May, where all interested parties can work in teams and contribute to practical solutions.


RI4C2 Workpackages and Activities

RI4C2 is divided into eight work packages (WP):

  • WP1 “Transformation management”, Leitung: Universität Poitiers
  • WP2 “EC2U R&I agenda”, Leitung: Universität Salamanca
  • WP3 “EC2U People empowerment”, Leitung: Universität Coimbra
  • WP4 “EC2U R&I platforms”, Leitung: Universität Pavia
  • WP5 “EC2U Innovation sphere”, Leitung: Universität Jena
  • WP6 “EC2U Knowledge ecosystems”, Leitung: Universität Iasi
  • WP7 “Open EC2U”, Leitung: Universität Turku
  • WP8 “Transformation dissemination”, Leitung: Universität Poitiers

More information and news are available on the RI4C2 website: link

Feel free to get in touch with us! We look forward to your feedback and further ideas. And we will be happy to support you in establishing individual contacts with the EC2U partner universities and finding potential project partners. We are always interested in connecting the EC2U universities and cities on various levels.

Graphic Recording von einer RI4C2 Projektvorstellung am 7. April 2022
Graphic Recording von einer RI4C2 Projektvorstellung am 7. April 2022
Illustration: Blanche Illustrates
  1. Hillinger, Claudia, Dr RI4C2 Project Leader Internationales Büro +49 3641 9-401500

    Universitätshauptgebäude, Room 2.66
    Fürstengraben 1
    07743 Jena

    Dr. Claudia Hillinger
    Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
  2. Strauß, Dana, Dr RI4C2 Innovation Sphere Präsidialamt +49 3641 9-401006

    Room 003
    Zwätzengasse 3
    07743 Jena

    To websiteExternal link Dana Strauss
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  3. Roderfeld, Eleonore RI4C2 Project Coordinator Internationales Büro +49 3641 9-401572

    JenTower, Room 3.13
    Leutragraben 1
    07743 Jena

    Eleonore Roderfeld
    Image: Eleonore Roderfeld
  4. Meyer, Sophia-Marie RI4C2 Project Assistant Internationales Büro +49 3641 9-401570

    JenTower, Room 3.13
    Leutragraben 1
    07743 Jena