Why Research in Internationalization Matters

As a part of The Hamburg Forum for Global Science and Policy, Universität Hamburg and the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) invite you to our conference „Why Research in Internationalization Matters“ on 16 and 17 May 2023 in Hamburg.

Volatile geopolitical dynamics, combined with the global COVID-19 pandemic, have forced and are forcing universities and research institutions as well as policymakers to re-adjust much of what was previously thought of as ‘standard’ in research. The new normal is that there is no normal: The post-pandemic landscape of higher education and its governance, and, thusly, research, looks very different than it did in 2019. Research on these new challenges facing the internationalization of research is as of yet not sufficiently explored. Why Research in Internationalization Matters is initiating a new discourse with international and internationally oriented researchers, leaders, and research managers to examine these questions.

Kick-off: 16 May, 6-8 pm (CEST) (hybrid)

Podium discussion “Resilient Research in a Complex World Order” with Maria Leptin, President of the European Research Council, Angela Ittel, President of the Technische Universität Braunschweig, and Hauke Heekeren, President of Universität Hamburg

Guiding questions:
– In a multipolar world, what principles should guide international scientific cooperation in the future?
– How are recent events re-shaping the research funding landscape?
– How are these changes affecting researcher mobility and institutional strategy?

Day 2: 17 May, 9 am-5 pm (CEST) (on-site)

Keynotes by Rudolf Stichweh and other experts followed by workshops from the perspective of individual-based research; small research groups (with the ECR point of view); and large-scale research groups

Guiding questions:
– What are success factors and pitfalls for successful international collaboration?
– How much governance is needed? And from what level?
– What support structures including financial are necessary?
– Matching so-called research excellence and research potential: how can we create equal footing in international collaboration between the Global North and South?

We are looking forward to delving into this often overlooked, but crucial area of research with you.


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