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Coimbra Group stands with Barcelona and Turku

The Coimbra Group would like to express its strong solidarity with the citizens of Barcelona and of Turku and our three member universities, the Universities of Barcelona, Turku and Åbo Akademi. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go to the families of the victims.

The Coimbra Group strongly condemns these acts of terror against innocent civilians and stands united in the fight against terrorism.

New Executive Board team

The first meeting of the Executive Board after the annual meeting in Edinburgh took place in Brussels. From right to left, bottom to top: Ludovic Thilly (EB Chair, University of Poitiers), Jürgen Barkhoff (EB Vice-Chair, Trinity College Dublin), Lenka Rovná (Charles University Prague), Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho (University of Coimbra), Daniel Donoghue (Durham University), Johnny Laursen (Aarhus University), Henri Luchian (Treasurer, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi). Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena) attended the meeting virtually. 


Coimbra Group cultural heritage online exhibition

"This online exhibition celebrates shared cultural heritage across the Coimbra Group of European universities.
To coincide with the June 2017 Coimbra Conference, hosted at the University of Edinburgh, this is the first time that Collections from across 35 member institutions have been brought together in this unique collaboration.
Over 70 objects have been selected that straddle thousands of miles of the continent and millions of years of its history.(...) These objects highlight the rich cultural diversity and uniqueness of University collections around Europe."
Neil Lebeter, Coimbra Exhibition Curator, Library and University Collections, The University of Edinburgh

Click here to take a virtual visit to this outstanding exhibition.


Founded in 1985 and formally constituted by Charter in 1987, the Coimbra Group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. The Coimbra Group is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefit of its members, internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. It is also the purpose of the Group to influence European educational policy and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience.


The 2018 Coimbra Group Annual Conference will take place in Salamanca, 30 May-1 June, hosted by the University of Salamanca.


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