Circle U. National Conference

Join us for the second Circle U. National conference, taking place on 28 and 29 November. Together with our local and national network we will be focusing on how European university alliances can contribute to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.


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Please register by 14 November to let us know you will attend.



Important Information



The European Green Deal is at the core of the European Commission’s strategic and political actions for the near future and is Europe’s answer to the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. In the wake of climate change the European Commission has set out to commit to transforming the European Union profoundly into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy without greenhouse gases in 2050. The aim is also to protect the health of people and nature - in Europe and beyond.

A transformation of this scale can only work with mobilizing the sectors of education, research and innovation. The European Commission must therefore address sustainability and climate change awareness as something that also plays a major role in schools, universities and lifelong learning. In this context, the European Commission assigns the European university alliances, like Circle U., an important role in this process - as a laboratory to anchor the Green Deal in the academic landscape in Europe.

The European University Alliance Circle U. (Aarhus Universitet, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, King’s College London, Université de Paris Cité, Univerzitet Beogradu, Université Catholique de Louvain, Universitetet i Oslo, Università di Pisa, Universität Wien) has pledged itself to this challenge from the very start. The topics of sustainability, climate change and global health are deeply embedded in every aspect of the alliance. Academics, students and partners from civil society come together in innovative formats to help implementing the SDGs and to catalyze change by transforming the European areas of research, education and innovation.

In 2022, Circle U. pursues its mission through a variety of events, workshops, seminars and by mobilizing students, staff and faculty alike. The Circle U. National Conference invites about a hundred local, national and international intellectuals from politics, higher education and civil society to join this mission and reflect on what we have achieved so far as a European alliance.
For two days, we will discuss the potential impact of European University Alliances, in particular their role in Europe’s plan for a Green Deal.

Is the Green Deal an opportunity or a threat for Higher Education? How is a corresponding change in awareness reflected in research and teaching? What does this mean for the natural and life sciences, what for the humanities? What does a higher education policy strategy for introducing the Green Deal look like in terms of content and organization - for politics, university management, academics and students? What can we learn from each other? What can we learn from an extra-European perspective?

The Circle U. National Conference in Berlin invites you to discuss these issues with representatives of the nine Circle U. Alliance universities and prominent thinkers from international and European politics and society.



27 November Circle U. Christmas Lecture
28 November National Conference
29 November Roundtable discussions between European alliance members, policy makers and funding organizations

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Please register by 14 November to let us know you will attend.




27 November 2022

National Conference Eve
Tieranatomisches Theater, Philippstr. 13

18:00 Christmas Lectures + Reception Glühwein (Mulled Wine) & Pretzels

28 November 2022

Circle U. Work Package Meetings
Humboldt-Universität, Main Building, Unter den Linden 6

09:00-12:30 Meetings of Circle U. Work Packages and Circle U. Student Union
12:30-14:00 Joint Lunch

National Conference

14:30 Welcome and Registration
15:00 Address of Welcome (hybrid)
15:20-15:50 Keynote (hybrid)
15:50-16:50 Public Debate: Green Deal – What is a Green Deal at University Good for? (hybrid)
16:50-17:15 Coffee Break
17:15-17:30 Impulse: IVAC "Anthropocene Landscapes" (hybrid)
17:30-18:45 World Café: Climate Change in the University Classroom? Education for Sustainable Development
  Plenary Session: Open Discussion (hybrid)
  Conclusion & Outlook (hybrid)
Followed by Reception with Buffet & Live Music

29 November 2022

National Conference – Workshops in Closed Session (by separate invitation only)
Humboldt-Universität, Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, Senate Hall

09:15-09:30 Address of Welcome
09:30-11:00 Workshop 1: Research & Innovation in the European University Alliances
09:30-11:00 Workshop 2: Public Engagement in the European University Alliances
11:00-11:30 Farewell Reception


Important Information

Hybrid Elements
The Christmas lecture on 27 November as well as the address of welcome, keynote and public debate on 28 November will be accessible online. The online audience will be able to take part in the debate.

Getting here
In the spirit of sustainability, we recommend you use Berlin’s public transport to travel to the university (U-Bahn station Unter den Linden; S- and U-Bahn station Friedrichstraße).

Plan your trip within Berlin

Getting in touch
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
International Department
Unter den Linden 6
10117 Berlin

Corona disclaimer
This Circle U. National Conference takes place in accordance with the city of Berlin’s hygiene regulations. Changes in our programme may occur due to the current situation and will be communicated in a timely manner.


Here is a list of hotels within walking distance to the main building of Humboldt University. Apart from that, there are also many other accommmodation options nearby.

Arcotel John F
(7 min walk to Humboldt University)

Classic Hotel Hackescher Markt
(12 min walk to Humboldt University)

Leonardo Hotel Berlin Mitte
(13 min walk to Humboldt University)

Hotel Albrechtshof
(16 min walk to Humboldt University)