Past Activities

PhD Academy 16–19th April 2018 in Prague

The PhD Academy will allow participants to gain hands-on experience in developing interdisciplinary/intersectoral collaboration and in skills that are useful in their academic career and beyond.

Through this learning process, the students will acquire professional skills that can be used in a wide variety of situations, among which how to influence decision-making, communicate ideas, values and opinions more effectively. They will also get insight and appreciation of their own and other disciplines and become better professionals.

Level of students and suitable fields of study

PhD researchers from different disciplines are encouraged to apply; candidates should be in an advanced stage of the doctoral program and be highly motivated to work intensively on this project in an international and interdisciplinary team. Open to candidates from all the CELSA Member Institutions.


Applicants must submit a letter of motivation – which should include a brief description of the candidate’s PhD research project, a curriculum vitae and a photo. All should be sent to email till the end of March.


There is no registration fee, students must book their own hotel and travel.

Outlook 2017

On November 16, BME hosts a CELSA Round Table Discussion on embedding universities and innovation ecosystems in society and on how universities can co-create and strengthen regional innovation through involvement of civil society.

On December 7, (lunch to lunch), CELSA in collaboration with Vision2020 will organize an information and brokerage event on Horizon 2020 funding opportunities for 2018-2019, in the area of

- Health living and care,

- Treating and Preventing Disease,

- ICT for health,

- Clinical development and regulatory issues

The meeting will take place in Brussels.

Outlook Spring 2017

On May 12, CELSA will organise a training meeting for technology transfer officers and innovation policy makers of the CELSA partners. The meeting will focus on ways to encourage collaboration with industry, on patenting & licensing, and on the creation of spin-offs, as well as allow for networking and exchange of practice. The event will be hosted by KU Leuven. More info.

International Horizon2020 Health conference in Ljubljana

University of Ljubljana and KU Leuven, in collaboration with Vision2020, co-organised the International Horizon2020 Health Conference in Ljubljana on October 20-21 2016.

Researchers from all CELSA members were invited. The meeting successfully attempted to match researchers from the different institutions and participating SMEs, and to explore collaboration in six different topics for the upcoming Horizon2020 Health topics, including rare diseases, e-health, chronic diseases, health economics, translational research in regenerative medicine.

Dr. Saša Jenko, Head of Sector ‘Fighting Infectious Diseases and Advancing Public Health’ at DG Research (European Commission), explained the different Horizon2020 topics and its policy background. The research support staff of KU Leuven and University of Ljubljana explained the rules of participation to Horizon2020 and provided general advice on how to setup consortia and top quality applications. Four potential consortia were built as a result of this match making event.

Dr. Saša Jenko, scientific officer at the Health directorate of DG Research (European Commission), explaining the different Horizon2020 Health topics for the upcoming Health call for proposals, during the Horizon2020 Health conference’s plenary session, University of Ljubljana, October 2016

International Conference in Leuven on the Refugee Crisis

On June 21, 3 of the CELSA partners (Charles University, KU Leuven, University of Ljubljana) organised an international conference in Leuven on the Refugee Crisis and the EU Responses to it.

An inventory of the available literature on asylum seekers was presented, followed by the results of a survey amongst academic experts in the field in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Slovakia.