The Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students is awarded annually to a Master degree candidate of a Coimbra Group University, in any academic discipline, who, having previously undertaken an Erasmus exchange with another Coimbra Group University has in the opinion of the selection committee best demonstrated the added value of that exchange to their Master degree work. The Prize awarded is of the value of €5,000.

Eligible candidates will have obtained their Master degree during the twelve months preceding the application submission deadlineApplications should be sent to the Coimbra Group representative of the candidate’s university (see list of representatives below) at the latest by 30 November 2019.

The individual Coimbra Group Universities will forward their choice of candidate (a maximum of three candidates) to the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group by 31 January 2020. The decision of the selection committee to be established by the Executive Board will be communicated at the end of March 2020 and at the General Assembly in Montpellier on 12 June 2020.

Below you will find the Regulations governing the Prize, a list of contact persons at individual Coimbra Group Universities, and the template to accompany the applications.


Arenberg-CG prize representatives 2020

Template to accompany applications

University of Coimbra, 9-13 July 2018

The University of Coimbra warmly invites you to the UCoimbra International Week 2018, which will be held between 9th and 13th of July.

The programme will focus on the internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions and therefore applications from staff working with this issue are particularly welcome, even if not based at an international office.

Online applications are available at this link

Application deadline: 31 March 2018

Selection results: 19 April 2018

Preliminary programme

The fee includes: welcome kit and working materials, 4 lunches, welcome dinner and the social activities included in the programme.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the University of Coimbra at the email address

University of Groningen, 9-13 April 2018

The University of Groningen is pleased to announce their Erasmus plus Staff week. The 5-day programme will focus on 2 themes:

• Internationalization at Home

•The Green University (sustainability).

Policy & staff members relating to these themes are welcome.


Registration for the staff week is open till February 15th.  Candidates may register their interest in the programme through the online form.

More information

For more information please consult the website ( or get in touch with the Erasmus+ Staff Week coordinator Mrs Anja de Vries (

Åbo Akademi University, 8-9 March 2018

The Coimbra Group and Åbo Akademi University are delighted to invite you to the interdisciplinary conference “Interfacing Minorities: Creative Hybridity and Unexpected Environments”, to take place at Åbo Akademi University on 8 and 9 March 2018.

As part of Åbo Akademi University’s Centennial celebrations, the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology and the Minority Research Profile will be hosting the interdisciplinary conference in collaboration with the Coimbra Group working group in Social Sciences and Humanities. Thematically, the emphasis of the Conference will be on positive outcomes, innovations, and solutions arising from the creative friction experienced by minority groups coming into contact with similarly positioned and larger communities.

Please fill in the registration form at  Registration deadline extended until 26 January 2018

For further information about the Conference, please see:

For further information, please contact Harriet Klåvus at Åbo Akademi University (

Conference programme

by Taivo Raud
Head of Research Policy Department, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and as of the 1st of January 2018, Head of the Research Department of the University of Tartu

Estonia assumed the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time in history in the second half of 2017. For the Presidency, we had two priorities in the field of research and innovation first was building the stronger case for increased investments in R&I, and the second to start the discussion on how to rationalize the EU research funding landscape.

On the 1st of December EU research ministers adopted Council Conclusions on the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 and with key messages for the next research and innovation Framework Programme (FP9). These conclusions confirm the crucial importance of research and innovation in ensuring economic growth and tackling societal challenges, and call for increased investments across Europe. Ministers underlined that cooperation, excellence, impact and openness are the fundamental principles of the FP9 to deliver on its strategic objectives.


The EU expenditure on R&D has grown marginally over recent years, representing 2.03% in 2016 and the EU remains at a considerable distance from its headline target of investing 3% of GDP per year in R&D. Almost 90% of public R&D investments are done at national level and 10% at EU level. This is why during our Presidency we focused not only on the EU budget, but also on national efforts to increase R&D investments. In the context of the debates on the future of the EU and national budgets, we need to be better at arguing for why we need to invest in R&D more than we have so far, as there is plenty of evidence that R&D has high positive impact on the economy and society.

The Estonian Presidency conference, titled ‘European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society’, demonstrated the value of top-level research as one of the main engines of growth to create jobs, educate professionals and provide solutions for global issues. At the conference The Tallinn Call for Action was launched outlining the roles of politicians, funders, researchers and the media in strengthening societal impact of R&D, increasing investment in research and building trust between research and society.

The EU research ministers emphasised in the Council Conclusions the necessity to prioritise research and innovation across all relevant EU policies and programmes, including significant funds for the next EU R&D&I Framework Programme (FP9), without prejudice to the next MFF [Multiannual Financial Framework]. Complying with the ambitious priorities requires also member states to increase their R&D investments at national level.


R&I partnerships (1) are an important element of EU R&I policy, establishing long-term cooperation and joint vision in addressing common challenges, and leveraging private and public investments. However, the European R&I funding landscape has become too complex, also due to the increasing number of R&I partnership instruments and initiatives in the FP, which represent already 25% of the total Horizon 2020 budget. In a situation where we argue that Horizon 2020 suffers from underfunding, and needs more funding, we need to be more strategic in how we select new partnerships and take new commitments.

The goal of our Presidency was to lead the discussion on how to create a strategic approach to EU R&I partnerships to ensure increased coherence with priorities and openness to newcomers. EU research ministers agreed that R&I partnerships in the FP should be implemented based on the principles of EU added value, transparency, openness, impact, leverage effect, long-term financial commitment of all the involved parties, flexibility, coherence and complementarity with EU, national and regional initiatives. Now work continues on how to translate these principles into criteria for selecting, implementing and phasing out EU R&I partnerships.

Based on the discussions we have had during the Estonian Presidency, we can expect that intense and passionate debates on the future of FP9 continue over the up-coming years. We wish the best of luck for the incoming Bulgarian and Austrian Presidencies.

(1) Including P2P-s, PPP-s, EIT-KICs, FET Flagships.

The Coimbra Group is organizing the First Coimbra Group High-Level Workshop on “Lifelong Learning and Employability”, taking place next 24 January 2018 (14h-18h30) in the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU (Brussels).

This event aims at bringing Rectors from the Coimbra Group Universities together with European Higher Education Experts and Policymakers to discuss how comprehensive, research-intensive universities can contribute constructively to the Higher Education modernisation agenda on Lifelong Learning and Employability.

by Patrick Prendergast
Provost & President Trinity College Dublin

Ego Mundi Civis Esse Cupio – ‘I long to be a citizen of the world’. This very Renaissance sentiment, as expressed by Erasmus in the 16th century, has been turning round in my mind ever since I first heard it. I used it in my inaugural address, when I was elected Provost in 2011, to encapsulate what I wished for our students.

The ‘internationalisation of the curriculum’ was the theme of the recent highlevel Coimbra Group Seminar, which Trinity College Dublin hosted on 13th and 14th of November. That we were convening in the 30th anniversary year of the foundation of the Erasmus Programme added impetus to discussion. There was great cause for celebration because student and staff mobility has been transformed over the past three decades – not just in Europe but globally, and our universities are feeling the benefits.

When the Erasmus Programme was created in the late 1980s it was a symbol of European enthusiasm for the breaking down of borders. But now the borders are going up again. Today groups across Europe are rejecting principles of free movement. In some cases, their opposition strikes at the heart of the European project; in other cases, they are raising justifiable concerns. All vital initiatives need constant monitoring or, to put it another way, ‘the price of peace is eternal vigilance’ (first coined by a Trinity graduate, John Philpot Curran, in 1790).

So, let’s listen to those who warn about the unintended consequences of globalisation, but let’s also be vigilant in defending the liberty of free movement and speak up for the benefits it brings in higher education. There should be no returning to borders, ivory towers, silo-ed disciplines, protectionism and parochialism, nor indeed an entrenched nationalism that emphasizes differences ahead of our common humanity. Countries or universities that try will suffer the fate of all those who seek to turn the clock back: atrophy and corrosion.

With our undergraduate curriculum, we should be educating students for the world they will face – which is not the one we faced. This means preparing them for the changing workplace and more flexible career paths, and it means inculcating a sense of civic and environmental responsibility towards the world, people and resources. Most of us in the Coimbra Group have in place curricula which are working well for us and our students. But in this period of transformative global change, all curricula need to be renewed. Ways of learning are changing fundamentally – tweaks and adjustments to teaching and assessment are not enough.

In Trinity, we are in the middle of a renewal of the undergraduate curriculum which we’re calling the Trinity Education Project. We will implement the first changes in the next academic year. It hasn’t been easy – Trinity is a university with 425 years of venerable traditions and no major change can be implemented without the assent of the Fellows, of whom there are about 250. But the whole university has been involved in the Project and in debating why curricular renewal is necessary, and there is now significant buy-in.

With the changes, we are making to the curriculum, we are saying that we expect the world to continue developing in a way that makes it beneficial for our graduates to be creative, entrepreneurial, flexible, adaptive, multi-lingual, well-travelled, communicative and socially responsible. We are saying that we do not expect narrow, rigid, protectionist mindsets to flourish.

That is our gamble on the future, if you like. But because education is a weapon to change the world, we are also influencing the future: our graduates will help to create and shape the world they live in.

University of Padova, 1 December 2017

The Heritage Working Group met in Padova on 30th November-1st December 2017. The working group members discussed topics related to University collections, from the organizational forms of the museums, to problems connected to restoration and new strategies of communication to the wider public.

On 1st December, a special session, open to the public, was devoted to “Current trends in Research and Teaching with Academic Collections”.

Conference programme

From the Doctoral Studies WG

A tradition in the Fall: the Nobel Prizes. Once more, women are not represented in the list of Nobel Prize winners. This is also becoming a tradition, but we should not get used to it. We should reflect on what is happening to women in Science in 2017, because it is hard to believe that after more than 100 years of recognition to scientists there are only 18 women that have done a good job, against the astonishing number of 581 male pairs.

This year nine persons have been recognized in Science: Medicine, Physics and Chemistry. None of them is a woman. None of the last year was a woman either. We know that female researchers had been considered as potential candidates: Emmanuelle Charpentier (expert in microbiology, genetics and biochemistry), Jennifer Doudna (expert in chemistry and molecular and cell biology), Yuan Chang (virologist and pathologist), Sandra M Faber (astrophysicist)… etc. All of them are associated with important discoveries in Science. However, we are unable to confirm either whether they were in the list of nominees or not, because another tradition of the Nobel Prize is to keep this information secret for many years; too many years to compensate for the hard work of these women.

The scientific community should be ashamed for not finding a solution for this lack of visibility. There are female researchers, very good female researchers. Why are they not acknowledged in any of the high-level competitions? Is it normal that, after more than 100 years of Nobel Prize, 96,99% of the awardees are male?

Many studies have demonstrated with numbers that some of the fields of Science, such as Health Sciences and Life Sciences, are overwhelmed with women. Where is the work of these women recognized? The name for this is surely discrimination. If the Scientific community agrees that we need female role models to change the scientific world, we need to promote those names to make the new generations see that this is not just a man’s world anymore. Or, at least, it should not be.

The Doctoral Studies Working Group in its last meeting in Turku decided to stand up against the continuous lack of female researchers recognized with the Nobel Prize and prompt those that are responsible for the judgment to consider the situation that clearly indicates gender discrimination in the results.

By Sir Timothy O’Shea
Principal University of Edinburgh

These are interesting times in Higher Education and Brexit, of course, poses a variety of new challenges for universities.

The University of Edinburgh is, and always will be, a truly global university. We are one of the most internationally collaborative research universities in the UK with almost 55 per cent of our research output published with international co-authors. Collaborative research partnerships drive our institutions worldwide and we must ensure that our institutes continue to benefit from EU research programmes. In the past 10 years, 30 per cent of our research outputs were co-authored with EEA partners. This is achieved in part through our participation in the EU’s Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation. We have engaged in more than 300 large European collaborative research projects, 12 per cent as leading partner, contributing to the EU’s policy priorities in the areas of energy, ICT, high performance computing and health research.

Horizon 2020 is the largest ever EU research and innovation programme, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020). The UK’s status as a full participating member of the H2020 Programme has not changed as a result of the referendum. Edinburgh is the largest recipient of Horizon 2020 funding in Scotland and received the 7th largest share of Horizon 2020 funds among all participating higher education institutions. Since the referendum, Edinburgh’s research applications to H2020 have increased by 22 per cent and we are currently involved in 91 H2020 projects with a value of €77.6m.
UK Universities must continue to encourage their staff to apply for European research grants and to be a part of multi-country collaborations to ensure that our research making a difference on a global scale.

Much has been made of EU student and staff numbers in the UK following the referendum, yet at Edinburgh EU student and staff numbers have remained buoyant in the wake of last year’s vote. Our total numbers of staff from other EU member states has grown by around 250 since the Brexit referendum. We have the second largest number of European students of any UK university, the largest number in Scotland and our EU student recruitment continues to be strong, with increased numbers joining us this September.

We all need to inform debate and lead discussions, and membership of groups such as LERU and Coimbra Group will facilitate this. Indeed, the recently published Coimbra Group paper on the development of the next European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation emphasises the importance of a robust and comprehensive future programme to maintain and strengthen the position of the EU as an effective and competitive knowledge economy.

Brexit does indeed pose challenges and so far, we have been able to meet these challenges, but we must all keep a clear focus. Edinburgh’s priorities will be to work with partner universities across the world to influence our governments, to ensure the terms of Brexit support us in continuing to encourage mobility, to recruit brilliant students and staff, and to participate in EU programmes, all of which will deliver benefits for the world’s economic, intellectual, cultural and social wellbeing.

The Coimbra Group Executive Board follows the political development in Catalonia with great concern, in particular with respect to the situation of Higher Education and Research Institutions, the University of Barcelona being a long-standing and valued member of the Coimbra Group of Universities. Hoping for a collaborative, reasoned solution to the overall situation, the Coimbra Group Executive Board would like to stress the importance of the continued functioning of the Higher Education and Research Institutions in accordance with the Magna Charta of the European Universities and academic freedom.

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, 6-10 November 2017

From 6 to 10 November 2017 the International Office of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena invites staff from international partner universites to the first International Staff Training Week.

The point is to compare notes on the experiences in the students and staff mobility with the focus on Partner Countries (KA 107).

The main topics are:

  • Quality assurance of the selection procedures
  • Questions of recognition of study achievements
  • Finances

The topic of the week is “Best Practice under different Perspectives”. The goal is to collect best practice examples by using presentations and discussions. At the end of the week, they will be summarized in a compendium/guide.

For more information check the event’s website and programme.

The Coimbra Group has published its policy paper

Coimbra Group contribution to the development of the next European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, FP9

The paper emphasises the importance of a robust and comprehensive future Framework Programme to maintain and strengthen the position of the EU as an effective and competitive knowledge economy. Researchers and innovators are key actors in the knowledge economy and it is imperative that a modernised EU budget ensures and intensifies support of research and innovation. The ninth Framework programme must have excellence at its heart, be international and include the full spectrum of research disciplines and fields. Closer links between the higher education and the research and innovation programmes must be developed and strengthened to ensure knowledge transfer to and from new generations of researchers and innovators.

By Dorothy Kelly, Henri Luchian and Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho

The Coimbra Group participated actively at the annual conference of the European Association for International Educational Education (EAIE), which took place in Seville in September.

With over 6,000 participants from 95 countries, EAIE 2017 was an opportunity to engage with a wide audience in topics of importance to the higher education international community and in which the Coimbra Group has played a leading role.

The first of these is the Erasmus+ programme. The Coimbra Group organised two sessions on key aspects of the Erasmus + programmes that attracted considerable interest.

The session on “International credit mobility: a critical analysis” was organised by the Coimbra Group’s Academic Exchange and Mobility Working Group and Dorothy Kelly (University of Granada),  Olivier Vincent (University of Geneva, Chair of the WG), Sara Pittarello (University of Padova, Vice Chair of the WG) and Raimonda Markevičienė (Vilnius University). The session analysed the strengths and weaknesses of the new programme, known as KA107 that allows mobility between European universities and universities from all over the world.

A lively discussion emerged from a packed room. The conclusions were much in line with the points made in the Coimbra Group position paper on Erasmus +: participants welcome the opportunity given by KA107 to engage with partners from all over the world but regret that the good practice developed in the previous Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme, now discontinued, has not been carried over to the new programme. In other words, cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world is now structured on a bilateral basis instead of multilateral consortia, and projects are approved yearly for only two-year periods, instead of the previous four. These aspects, together with reduced scope of activities covered and increased bureaucratic workload, reduce the strategic relevance of KA107 for institutions, for the European Higher Area and for partners outside Europe.

Participants also criticized the unpredictability of the selection process, which is carried out at national, instead of European, level. A significant number of Erasmus National Agencies had representatives in the room, which demonstrates that concern about KA107 and its improvements are not exclusive to higher education institutions, but on the whole shared by both groups of stakeholders.

The recommendations of the Coimbra Group position paper on Erasmus+ proved their relevance in the light of the discussions:

  • Restoring of multilateral KA-107 exchanges (as in EMA2), as opposed to the current bilateral ones, to boost the European-wide (and international) impact of KA-107 both in terms of actual exchanges and in capacity building potential;
  • Four-year contracts in KA-107 to further the universities’ Erasmus+ international strategic planning;
  • As a possible tool for a shift towards such four-year contracts, Erasmus+ could launch a recommendation (not an obligation) for universities from partner countries to run for the Erasmus+ Charter, in annual calls.

Overall, the session demonstrated that there is very widespread interest in overcoming the limitations of KA107 as a tool to promote the role of European Higher Education in the world and the need to continue the discussion in the next EAIE meeting in Geneva in an expanded format.A second session on Erasmus + promoted by the Coimbra Group was “Getting your academics involved: the key to higher quality student mobility”, with Dorothy Kelly, Henri Luchian (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iaşi and Joaquim Carvalho (University of Coimbra). The aim of the session was to reflect on the key role of staff mobility and involvement in assuring the quality of student mobility.  Again, the topic attracted much interest. It quickly became apparent that many institutions are looking for guidance and good practices on how to make the most out academic staff mobility and involvement.

A key issue is the recognition of worktime involved by academic staff. Academics in many countries face a heavy workload that results from the overlap of teaching and tutoring, research, transfer of knowledge, administration and management tasks. A clear recommendation emerges: contribution to internationalisation should be properly taken into consideration in the career development policy of the university. Several ways in which this can be achieved were discussed as well as the importance of providing support services and resources for academic staff involved in international mobility.

The Coimbra Group was the promoter of a third session in an area that, for unfortunate reasons, is attracting increasing institutional attention: “Protocol procedures for emergency situations: student safety and security”, organized by Katarzyna Jurzak (Jagiellonian University Krakow), Isabell Anderson (University of Edinburgh) and Esther Martra (University of Barcelona).  In a world with ever increasing international mobility of students and staff, the need to have clear and efficient protocols to deal with situations involved incoming and outgoing students increases proportionally. The session was an opportunity to report on ongoing work in the Academic Exchange and Mobility Working Group in this area and gather feedback from other institutions.

With three sessions in a major international event the Coimbra Group reaffirmed its commitment to the improvement of the international dimension of higher education and the value of the work being done by its working groups and through it position papers. Many participants that attended the sessions approached our CG colleagues in order to explore further paths of cooperation, making our participation in EAIE 2017 a network a fruitful experience that should be repeated and expanded.

But, the EAIE conference was also the enabler for an important event relating to our relations with Latin America. The University of Granada promoted a meeting between Coimbra Group universities and Group Montevideo (AUGM) universities, taking advantage of the fact that quite a number of member institutions of both networks were present in Seville. The chair and vice-chair of the Latin America Working Group, Filomena Marques de Carvalho (University of Coimbra) and Miguel Carrera (University of Salamanca) were present, as were the Chair of the Executive Board Ludovic Thilly, and EB member Joaquim Ramos de Carvalho, EB contact for the Working Group, and Catarina Moleiro representing the Coimbra Group Office. A total of 13 Coimbra Group universities from nine different countries, and 14 AUGM universities from five countries, together with AUGM Executive Secretary Álvaro Maglia, participated in the meeting. The event was symbolically held in the same room as the 1992 meeting of the Coimbra Group with Latin American universities which led to the “Granada Declaration” urging the European Commission to set up a joint EU-Latin American programme for higher education, an initiative which was no doubt instrumental in the setting up of the various European higher education programmes which preceded Erasmus+. And of course in the longstanding links between the Coimbra Group and the AUGM, first formalized in 2006.

The programme itself began with short presentations of each network and a review of the eleven years of cooperation, analyzed by Francisco Leita (University of Padova) and Julio Theiler (Universidad del Litoral), both pioneers of our joint activities. The full-day workshop gave ample opportunity to increase future cooperation between the CG and AUGM in areas of common interest. In particular, panels debated potential for cooperation in the fields of summer/winter schools, young researcher (doctoral candidate) conferences, joint academic cooperation projects, mobility of international office staff amongst others. Participants agreed that the attendance of so many member universities from the two networks was a qualitative leap forward in our network to network cooperation, bringing considerable added value to the recently renewed MoU.

All in all, the Seville and Granada events are excellent examples of how the Coimbra Group is deeply involved in key initiatives regarding the internationalisation of higher education, through the dissemination of the work produced by its Working Groups and the relevance of its position papers.

13-14 November 2017, Trinity College Dublin

This event will bring together Rectors and Vice-Rectors of the 39 Coimbra Group universities as well as representatives of key stakeholders in higher education policy and in industry.

The Dublin seminar continues the annual tradition of Coimbra Group high-level policy seminars addressing issues of key concerns in, alternately, education and research policies. Within our alternating biannual structure this year’s seminar has its focus on Education Policy and the chosen topic is “Internationalisation of the Curriculum”.

We will discuss how internationalisation strategies and policies at our universities are and can be reflected in the curriculum, campus life and wider activities of the universities. Aspects discussed at the seminar will include ‘internationalisation at home’ and ‘mobility of minds’, i.e. the embedding of internationalisation in the curriculum for all students; the role of co- and extra-curricular activities; student societies and student life; virtual mobility; managing diversity of learning styles and intellectual approaches; intercultural communication; English as a medium of instruction.

For further information, please contact Ms Anna Quici at the CG Office (


The 29th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition took place from 12–15 September 2017 at the Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre. Around 6000 participants from 95 countries attended the event.

The Coimbra Group representatives participated in a large number to the event and a few of the conference sessions were chaired and organized by CG members, mainly coming from the Academic Exchange and Mobility (AEM) Working Group.

You will find here the presentations for the sessions on:

International Credit Mobility

Protocol Procedures for emergency situations

In September 2016 Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for research, science and innovation, mandated a 12-person high-level expert group led by former WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy to set out a vision on how to maximise the impact of future EU R&I programme. The expert group, drawn from academia, industry, and government, was mandated to make recommendations intended to influence the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020 and post-Horizon 2020 FP9. On 3 July 2017, the expert group chaired by Pascal Lamy published its “Lab-Fab-App” report on maximising the impact of EU R&I programme. Read the Coimbra Group’s first response to this report.

A First Response to the Lamy Report

The Coimbra Group has published a first response to the “Lab-Fab-App” report on maximising the impact of EU R&I programme.

In September 2016 Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for research, science and innovation, mandated a 12-person high-level expert group led by former WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy to set out a vision on how to maximise the impact of future EU R&I programme. The expert group, drawn from academia, industry, and government, was mandated to make recommendations intended to influence the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020 and post-Horizon 2020 FP9. On 3 July 2017, the expert group chaired by Pascal Lamy published its “Lab-Fab-App” report on maximising the impact of EU R&I programme. Read the Coimbra Group’s first response to this report.

A First Response to the Lamy Report

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.

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.