Alliance of Universities in Europe: European Universities Linking Society and Technology (EULIST)

The photo shows a globe accompanied by the EULIST logo to the right. The photo shows a globe accompanied by the EULIST logo to the right. The photo shows a globe accompanied by the EULIST logo to the right.

Linking Science and Society – Leibniz University Hannover intends to take up this challenge in cooperation with eight strong partner universities in Europe. The alliance EULIST – European Universities Linking Society and Technology aims to manifest the European experience for all students and university members.

Together with our EULIST partners, we intend to make our vision of a European University a reality – through cooperation in the context of studies, research and administration. Strong partners and close networks ensure our future viability in international competition.



When was EULIST established?

Leibniz University Hannover and seven leading higher education institutions initiated the alliance EULIST – European Universities Linking Society and Technology in 2020. EULIST brings together partners with complementing strengths in technical subjects, humanities and social sciences. Through joint and integrated approaches in social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, we aim to develop new sustainable solutions to major social challenges that we face today and in the future. To achieve this goal, complementary educational opportunities as well as an inter-university campus will be developed in order to bring together teaching staff, students and researchers as well as to promote mobility.

The alliance is currently in the development phase. Various work groups identify connecting factors and exchange ideas in order to establish innovative interdisciplinary fields of action. Please feel free to contribute your ideas!

What are European Universities?

In 2018, the European Commission launched the European Universities initiative in order to modernise higher education in Europe in a comprehensive and sustainable manner. Objectives of the initiative include:

  • Fostering and strengthening the European idea
  • Promoting the performance and competitiveness of the European higher education system by significantly increasing and improving the quality, performance and appeal of universities in Europe
  • Bringing together a new generation of Europeans to promote shared values and a European identity.


Overall objectives of EULIST include:

  • Educating multilingual, socially responsible European citizens, bridging the gap between science and society and bringing them closer together
  • Building an analogue and virtual European inter-university EULIST campus with a strong culture of diversity, inclusion and sustainability
  • Developing innovative, flexible and interactive teaching formats and curricula integrating cutting-edge research closely and sustainably
  • Establishing international teams consisting of students, researchers and regional partners in order to develop sustainable solutions to current social challenges in transnational, interdisciplinary constellations across sectors
  • Building a knowledge and transfer network for collaboration between the involved regions as science locations in order to promote knowledge-oriented research and innovation as well as evidence-based politics.

Initial thematic synergies and key areas have already been identified in the following four Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations:

  • SDG 4 - High-quality education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities 

However, this does not rule out cooperation and joint activities in other thematic fields.


Structure of the EULIST alliance Structure of the EULIST alliance Structure of the EULIST alliance
EULIST governance structure (March 2021)

Prof. Dr. Volker Epping appointed senior chairperson of the Presidents‘ Board of the alliance “EULIST – European Universities Linking Society and Technology”

The network has elected Prof. Dr. Volker Epping, President of LUH, as senior chairperson of the Presidents' Board, the most important decision-making body of the new alliance. Prof. Andreas Boudouvis, Rector of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), has been appointed deputy chairperson. The chairpersons are in charge of managing the network, as well as the Presidents‘ Board.


In order to develop joint activities and projects, work groups in four fields of action have been established. The work groups comprise networking members of all partner universities.

Within Leibniz University Hannover, the work groups are led by members of the Presidential Board. In addition, one coordinator per work group has been appointed as a central point of contact for LUH members, as well as to coordinate internal activities and communication between the partners.

WG Studying and Teaching

Led by: Prof. Dr. Julia Gillen

Coordination: Francesca Cristaldi

WG Research

Led by: Prof. Dr. Holger Blume

Coordination: Stephan Fuchs

WG Outreach, Transfer, Engagement 

Led by: Prof. Dr. Joachim Escher

Coordination: Dr. Martina Venschott

Subgroup contact information:


  • The logo of the alliance comprises the locations of the partners.
  • Further information on how to use the EULIST logo at LUH can be found in the EULIST logo manual.
  • In case of any queries regarding the logo, please contact Communications and Marketing at 
EULIST logo files
EULIST logo manual


In the context of this process, university management encourages students, researchers and administrative staff to contribute their ideas in order to shape the alliance!

Material available for all university members
EULIST coordination office
EULIST coordination office