"HERCulES" [Higher Education, Research and Culture in European Societies]#

PAST EVENTS CO-ORGANIZED BY THE ACADEMIA EUROPAEA GROUP "HERCulES" [Higher Education, Research and Culture in European Societies]#





Articles from the event published in European Review, Vol. 23, Supplement S1 (Mobility and Migration in Science) - Mai 2015


  • "Diversification of Higher Education and the Academic profession". (Compagnia di San Paolo). European Review Vol 18 S.1. Open access





Pre- 2000 linked events
  • New challenges for the Academic Profession. May 1996. Rotterdam
  • Interdisciplinarity and the organisation of knowledge in Europe . September 1997. Cambridge (UK)
  • The universal importance of fundamental science. June 1999. Budapest
  • High bandwidth for European Education and Research(info). 1999. November. Uxbridge (HiBeer) (With the ESF)
  • The 'Virtual University'. October 1999, Stockholm

"HERCulES" [Higher Education, Research and Culture in European Societies]#

The Expert Group HERCULES (Higher Education, Research and Culture in European Society) was established in 2004 by the Board of Trustees of the Academia Europaea with a mission to assist and advise the AE Council on issues that are relevant to research and policy in European institutions of higher education and learning, and also to develop activities that relate to aspects and problems of the management, philosophy, and operational activities of those institutions.

The group consists of 12 members, drawn from a variety of disciplines and nominated for a three year period. Over the past 10 years, the group has developed into one of the most active and dynamic groups within the Academia, especially through the preparation and organization since 2005 of a series of 10 international symposia that address important and topical issues and problems of higher education. These are summarized in the newsletter below. Moreover, the outcomes of the in depth and critical analyses of these issues during the conferences have resulted in the publication of ‘Proceedings’. Through the dissemination of these Proceedings volumes, we have made a contribution to the further discussion and reflection about the topics in academic circles, and by doing so potentially to the future development and shaping of higher education in Europe.

Occasionally, the conferences have also led to a formal statement about an issue that, after approval by the Board of Trustees, is published as an official standpoint of the Academia Europaea.

Through these activities, the HERCULES Expert Group provides the AE with an powerful vehicle for promoting the international visibility of the Academia Europaea, and an important lever for the positioning of the Academia in the European higher education space.

Erik de Corte, Leuven

Core members of the group as at October 2016 include:#

Coordinator: Erik de Corte (Education, Leuven, Belgium)

  • Sierd Cloetingh (Earth Sciences – AE President, Utrecht, The Netherlands, S.A.P.L.Cloetingh@uu.nl)
  • Wim Blockmans (History, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, wimblockmans7@gmail.com)
  • Theo D’Haen (Literature, Leuven, Belgium, theo.dhaen@arts.kuleuven.be)
  • Jürgen Enders (Education management, Bath, United Kingdom, j.enders@bath.ac.uk)
  • Lars Engwall (Management sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, lars.engwall@fek.uu.se)
  • Marie Farge (Physics, CNRS, Paris, France, marie.farge@ens.fr)
  • Milena Žic Fuchs (Linguistics, Zagreb, Croatia, mzicfuch@ffzg.hr)
  • Svend Erik Larsen (Literature, Copenhagen, Denmark, litsel@dac.au.dk)
  • Jan Reedijk (Chemistry, Leiden, The Netherlands, reedijk@chem.leidenuniv.nl)
  • Christine Musselin (Social Sciences, Paris, France, c.musselin@cso.cnrs.fr)
  • Peter Scott, (Education, London, United Kingdom, P.Scott@ioe.ac.uk)
  • Britt-Marie Sjöberg (Wenner Gren, Stockholm, Sweden, britt-marie.sjoberg@swgc.org)
  • Bert Weckhuysen, (Chemistry, Utrecht, The Netherlands, b.m.weckhuysen@uu.nl)

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