logo UGentOn 17 and 18 November Ghent University hosts the VIth U4 Rectors' Meeting. During the annual symposium the rectors decide upon the strategy and agenda of the coming U4 year. To this end the four academic clusters and the 5th cluster institional management present their work-in-progress and future actions.
Major achievements of the last year have been a.o. the approval and implementation of the U4 DAAD project, the closing of the first cycle of the Academic Leadership programme, the successful Winter School 'Antiquity' in Palermo, and the second blossoming Summer School 'Ageing Brain' in Ghent.

Within the margin of the rectors' meeting several clusters and working groups take the opportunity to meet and discuss further actions.

ResEffFrom 13 to 14 November 2013, the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen will host the first International Conference on Resource Efficiency in Interorganizational Networks (ResEff).

Renewable raw materials are becoming increasingly important as an alternative resource in industrial networks. Consequently, research for methods improving the efficient use of renewable resources in production processes with by-products is crucial. The aim of the research is cascade utilization, and thus the multiple utilization of a raw material before its conversion into energy.

The conference brings together interdisciplinary researchers developing strategies and solution concepts for efficient resource utilization.

aula kleinSome 50 social scientists from the U4 network universities (comprising professors, postdocs and PhD students from Gent, Groningen, Göttingen and Uppsala) gathered in Göttingen for a conference on 12-14 October 2012. In what was termed a "bazaar conference" (focusing more on existing research than a single topic) they looked for common research interests and seeked to establish areas for future cooperation.

U4 LogoOn 7 and 8 October Groningen hosts the Vth Rectors' Meeting. During this two-day meeting all clusters and working groups will present their work-in-progress and their future ambitions to the gathered rectors.

This year's meeting welcomes a new U4 rector: Eva Äkesson from Uppsala University. Well-known are Rector Paul van Cauwenberge (Ghent University), President Ulrike Beisiegel (Georg-August Universität Göttingen), and President Sibrand Poppema (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).

The aim of the rectors' meeting is to focus on the line of policy for 2013 and to present the U4 roadmap for the coming year.

aula kleinThe goal of the conference is to foster cooperation between individual researchers, groups, and institutes across the U4 universities.

The joint conference is labelled "bazaar". This means that participants are invited to show what they have "on offer" - what it is that they focus on in their research - and shop around in order to meet new contacts in their field of study.

The conference topic "Global governance and regulation" is meant to be interpreted broadly. As a theme it mainly relates to social sciences, law and economics, but also other approaches are most welcome!