4 November 2020
09:20 - 13:30

Leading transformation

4 November 2020 | 09:20 - 13:30

German universities are at the forefront of technical research and innovation.

At this one-day virtual academic salon, we will examine how institutions in the country will continue to lead the way as we move into the next era of the digital age. What conditions need to be in place in Germany for AI and machine learning to flourish – and will the benefits of digital transformation be universally enjoyed?

We will also discuss the impact of research and how German research universities can support the country to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as host a masterclass on German university performance in the THE World University Rankings.

Our speakers


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Peter-André Alt
President
German Rectors' Conference
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Phil Baty
Chief knowledge officer
THE
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Ellie Bothwell
Rankings editor
THE
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Thomas Hofmann
President
Technical University of Munich
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Bernd Huber
President
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
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David Matthews
Reporter (Europe)
THE
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Wolfram Ressel
Rector
University of Stuttgart
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Jörg Rocholl
President
European School of Management and Technology
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Jens Schneider
Vice-president
TU Darmstadt
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Ingobert Veith
Director of public policy
Huawei Technologies Deutschland GmbH
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David Wang
Chief representative of the Berlin office
Huawei Technologies

Programme


09:20 - 09:30

Welcome remarks

Speakers
09:30 - 10:00

How can Germany remain at the forefront of innovation in the 21st century?

Chair
Speakers
10:00 - 10:30

Digital futures

Speakers
10:45 - 11:30

Is curiosity-based research becoming extinct in Germany?

Why is it still important to enable blue-sky research? Can industry help to support such research when there is no immediate commercial gain?
Chair
Speakers
11:45 - 12:30

Are universities over-promising when they say research can solve global challenges?

How can universities use and innovate technology to solve our biggest environmental and societal challenges? During this session, experts from across higher education and industry will examine and contribute to rigorous thinking on the opportunities and challenges of science, technology and innovation to address the global challenges.
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Speakers
12:45 - 13:30

Data masterclass: THE World University Rankings 2021

Masterclass on German university performance in the THE World University Rankings 2021 – the trends and movements.
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Virtual platform


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The event will be facilitated by our new immersive virtual events platform. Designed to encourage networking and give you access to more resources at your convenience, our new immersive technology will vastly improve the benefits of attending a virtual event. It enables you to connect with delegates from around the world, access essential content and create new partnerships through this time of global separation.

All you need it a computer with internet access, an up-to-date browser and a microphone. A camera for video transmission is optional. For any technical queries, support will be provided throughout the event via a live help desk and access to the user knowledge base.


Key benefits of the platform

  • Connect with delegates from around the world and arrange video meetings
  • Customise your profile and highlight the topics and collaboration opportunities that interest you
  • Ask experts the questions that are most important to the outlook for your higher education community
  • Access the on-demand content hub containing all session recordings, plus supporting materials

 

Why attend

  • Meet your peers and develop a global network of leaders, experts and decision-makers
  • Hear from thought leaders from across the world, engage in debates, and share ideas
  • Help set the agenda for how the higher education sector may be transformed by this period of crisis
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