Ulysseus European University continues its transformation process to becoming a European University excellence model through Research and Innovation. For this occasion, the alliance is hosting in Helsinki the COMPASS Conference: Transferable Skills for Research & Innovation which gathers a total of 220 participants who are attending onsite or online. This event marks one of the key milestones of COMPASS: Leading Ulysseus to become a European University excellence model through Research and Innovation (R&I). This is a Horizon 2020 project and the flagship for Ulysseus R&I agenda and strategy.
This conference is organised by Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences at its Pasila Campus in Helsinki and takes place on October 4-5. Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences is one of the eight partner universities of the Ulysseus alliance and the second most important university of applied sciences in Finland.
The event offers participants an unique an excellent international forum to address key research and innovation challenges that are currently faced in the EU. Additionally, it poses a golden opportunity to foster cooperation and facilitate networking within the research community of Ulysseus and beyond.
Vice President of Haaga-Helia Dr. Salla Huttunen opened the Conference by presenting Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences to a broad international audience. In her speech, she emphasized the importance of transferable skills for researchers, such as ethical leadership, resilience, creativity and curiosity. She also underlined the importance of public engagement and networking for which the Compass Conference offers and excellent scenario for both young and more experienced researchers. The opening speech was followed by a presentation of the current status of Ulysseus European University and the project COMPASS by Dr. Carmen Vargas, Vicerrector of University of Seville and General Coordinator of Ulysseus. Finally, Atte Jääskeläinen, President of the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, did his keynote speech on “Research and Innovation during times of wicked problems”. Here, he highlighted the fact that science needs to be more transdisciplinary than ever due to the uncertainty we are currently living in.
More than 80 papers to analyse and discuss key research and innovation challenges
The COMPASS Conference is structured in two days. The first day is fully dedicated to researchers presenting and sharing their papers either in person or online. A total of 86 papers were shortlisted and will be presented in seven paralel sessions.
All papers are affiliated to the Ulysseus European University Innovation Hub topics which are the following: Sustainable energy, transport, mobility for smart cities; Ageing & wellbeing; Tourism, Arts & Heritage; Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Impact; Digitalization, Robotics and Cybersecurity transforming the future; Applied AI for Business and Education and Socio-ecological sustainability.
Seven workshops to enhance transferable and complementary skills
The second day of the conference is dedicated to enhancing researchers’ transferable and complementary skills through engaging workshops.
These sessions cover topics such as entrepreneurship and intellectual property rights for researchers, self-management and self-leadership, EU project funding, equality in research and development and developing transferrable skills during a PhD, among others.
All workshops are taught by experts in the those fields and aim to equip participants with valuable tools, methodologies, and insights that extend beyond their specific research topics.
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.