Innovation is key to European network

More than 200 academics and university leaders are attending an event at Edinburgh that seeks to inspire innovation across Europe.

The Coimbra Group Annual Conference & General Assembly – which takes place from 7 - 9 June – will encourage collaboration across a network of 38 European universities.

Delegates will discuss the themes of research, education and outreach and focus on topics including academic exchange, innovation and employability.

The conference marks the start of Edinburgh Principal Sir Timothy O’Shea’s presidency of the Coimbra Group.

Cultural Heritage

National Museums Scotland have partnered with the event organisers to highlight the conference theme – Universities and the Future of Cultural Heritage.

A virtual exhibition of cultural materials supplied by all Coimbra Group members will be online throughout the event.


The Coimbra Group is an association of long-established European universities committed to creating academic and cultural ties.

The network promotes internationalisation, multidisciplinary academic collaboration, research and teaching excellence and service to society.

Founded in 1985, the Coimbra Group aims to influence European educational policy and develop best practice through mutual exchange of experiences.

It is a great honour for the University to host the Coimbra Group conference. We are very pleased to welcome a number of our friends and colleagues from across Europe to Edinburgh to build on our many successful collaborations across a range of disciplines.  The Coimbra Group conference also gives us the opportunity to emphasise that Edinburgh will always remain strongly, and positively, European and international in outlook.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor, the University of Edinburgh



2017 Coimbra Group Annual Conference & General Assembly

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