Student Union Goettingen 2015 smallIn October 2015 the U4 Network students' representatives and their delegations met in Göttingen. They discussed about issues of student participation, how much influence they have in decisions around and in the university policies. The internationalization of the universities and integration of refugees was a big part of the sessions. Furthermore they talked about mental health among students and equality issues. The sessions include group discussions and presentation from each delegation. A topic was also the accreditation of bachelor and master programs especially with double or joint degrees or the quality of education in general.

The students from Uppsala, Ghent and Groningen had the opportunity to visit the historical prison called "Karzer" in the University of Göttingen and where shown around the city center from a tour guide. The first day ended with a nice dinner at the Planea restaurant in Göttingen with a beautiful view over the historical astronomical observatory.

The two days were full of input to create an output to advise the rectors meeting which followed in the beginning of November in Uppsala.



postmortem2015On occasion of the Ghent exhibition 'Post Mortem' the U4 collections and museums organised a two-day workshop in Ghent on 22 and 23 October to focus on how the different U4 partners cope with specimen of human origin in their museum collections.

In museum collections, such as archaeological and ethnographic collections, medical collections, ... objects of human origin are collected. Whether and how these collections can be unlocked to an audience, is subject to a lot of ethical debate.

With the prospect of the opening of the University Museum in Ghent, aiming at a wide and external audience, these ethical questions become more actual. What to do e.g. with anatomically objects coming from people whose body is ceded to the science? Can those objects be exhibited to a museum visitor? And also within the university context, the subject is of topical interest. Ethics and philosophy departments, spend a great deal of research on this theme.

In the period from October 15 to November 20, 2015 the Ghent University Museums organized an exhibition about dealing with death and the dead body by artists and scientists.



Making Unmaking Religion 2015 smallFrom 8 to 10 October 2015 a total of 31 participants from various disciplines focusing on Religious Studies and related fields from the U4 universities of Groningen, Goettingen, Ghent and Uppsala met with other guest for the first U4 Capacity building meeting to explore common perspectives in interdisciplinary cooperation. The invited participants will work as multipliers of their home institution for the new established U4 network Religous Studies.

The aims of the meeting were:



aula kleinFrom 7 to 9 October 2015, twenty scholars from nine universities took part in the interdisciplinary conference 'Scriptural Interpretation at the Interface between Education und Religion' hosted by the Department of New Testament Studies at the University of Göttingen and held at Mariaspring.

Over almost two decades, scholars in biblical and religious studies from the universities of Durham, Göttingen and Groningen have met every second year in order to jointly explore 'Themes in Biblical Narrative' (TBN). Now, this well-established partnership has been put on an even broader basis.



Peer Review Session 2015The Peer Review 'Research infrastructures' took place from 1 to 2 October 2015 at the University of Göttingen. The participants had different professional backgrounds and positions, e.g. heads of university library, IT, research, information and communication technology, infrastructure and facility management departments. Due to this variety it was possible to get a whole range of inputs, information, ideas and insights. It was not the research content that was featured in this two-day session, but the frameworks and conditions which enable research and its further development.

The peer review was divided into four sessions with individual topics. The first session was focusing on 'Experimental Infrastructure', where the structures and research facilities of each of the partners were presented.



Medical Law 2015 smallFrom 29 September till 1 October 2015 the first U4 Workshop on Medical Law was hosted by the Centre for Medical Law of the University of Göttingen.

20 professors, postdocs and PhD students from the law faculties of the Universities of Uppsala, Groningen and Göttingen presented their research projects in order to identify common research questions and to discuss them from different points of view. The subjects of discussion ranged from issues of reproductive medicine to ethical problems of biobanks and medical research to different concepts of protection of adults with mental disorders, doctoral confidentiality and supervision of public healthcare.



bennIn museum collections, such as archaeological and ethnographic collections, medical collections, ... specimen of human origin are collected. Whether and how these collections can be unlocked to an audience, is subject to a lot of ethical questions.

With the opening of the University Museum in Ghent, which focuses on a wide and external audiences, these ethical questions become more actual. What to do e.g. with anatomically objects coming from people whose body is ceded to the science? Can those objects be exhibited to a museum visitor? Also within the university context, ethics and philosophy departments, spend a great deal of research on this theme. So it is for sure an actual subject within a university perspective.

In the period from October 15 to November 20, 2015 the Ghent University Museums organize an exhibition about dealing with death and the dead body by artists and scientists. This exhibition will take place in the former Forensic Institute in the 'Rommelaere' complex. The intention is that the exhibition will be taboo-breaking, and to provide a platform for the social debate.



U4 Student Union Uppsala 2015 smallDuring two, for the season unusually cold, days in May 18 Students met in Uppsala to discuss issues related to education and the student life. The purpose and future of the Student Network was also on the agenda.

The students had two intensive days with presentations and group discussions. One of the most interesting group discussions was about quality systems in education and how to evaluate courses.

A presentation of the Uppsala project "Active student participation" was followed by group discussions about student representation in the democracy process within the university and student participation in education.

The student delegates had the opportunity to visit the student nations in Uppsala. Following that, topics such as how to welcome new students and policy around student hazing and alcohol were discussed.

The visitors also had the opportunity to join a guided tour of the Botanical Garden, the University Library and the University Main Building. The meeting ended with a traditional Swedish gasque, a special sort of dinner party for students.

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aula kleinThis workshop will take place at the University of Göttingen from 12 to 14 November 2015 and aims to bring together scholars whose work analyzes transnational cultural, intellectual and political mechanisms that promote inclusion and exclusion on the local, national, and European level.

Building on our existing U4 Research Network on Cultural Mechanisms of Inclusion and Exclusion in Contemporary Europe (CMIECE), we seek additional partners with whom to exchange ideas and develop larger-scale collaborative research structures (including but not limited to funding applications).



Tysk smallOn 23 and 24 April, the Cluster Meeting for Science and Technology was held in Uppsala. All U4 universities were represented, and more than forty persons took part in the presentations and the discussions about opportunities for future development of the work within the U4 framework.

A broad spectrum of research and education was covered, as well as opportunities for funding through Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. "This has been a very productive meeting, where several areas of cooperation both within research and education have been identified. There will be a number of actions taken as a direct result of this meeting", says cluster chair Johan Tysk, vice rector of the disciplinary domain of science and technology at Uppsala University.