Celebrating knowledge, collaboration, and research mobility: Highlights from #ErasmusDays 2023


The annual #ErasmusDays took place recently: During this week of action, the whole of Europe celebrated the Erasmus+ programme, an exchange programme supported by the European Union. GSI and FAIR also took part in the events.

ErasmusDays 2023 brought together an impressive array of participants, including students, researchers, and representatives from esteemed institutions such as Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt University of Technology, Unite! - Network of Universities of Innovation, Technology, and Engineering, and European Universities of Technology (EUT+). The primary objective of this gathering was to foster stronger collaboration, co-innovation, and knowledge exchange within the realm of science and technology. The event was inaugurated with the welcome speech by Professor Paolo Giubellino the Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI.

"In the spirit of ErasmusDays, we are not merely connecting students, researchers, and institutions; we are forging bridges of knowledge, understanding, and international cooperation that leads to a brighter, more interconnected world. The power of education and mobility surpasses borders and enriches us all. Let's embrace this transformative journey together," said Professor Paolo Giubellino.

The event was witnessed by the presence of inspirational speakers who shared their wisdom and experiences, leaving an indelible mark on all attendees. The speakers included including five Erasmus+ alumni, five mentors and two coordinators of large European University Networks. Additionally, the day offered exclusive tours of the FAIR Construction Site and the GSI campus, granting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the knowledge driving high-end research and innovation at FAIR and GSI.

One of the highlights of #ErasmusDays 2023 was a thought-provoking discussion on the issue of sustainability in mobility. This conversation featured a diverse range of perspectives, including those of Erasmus+ students, FAIR/GSI mentors, Darmstadt University of Applied Science professors, and representatives from student organizations within the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). The multifaceted discussion underscored the pressing importance of sustainable mobility in today's world. The participants in the panel unanimously agreed that more attention to this topic has to be given on all levels. Mere awareness campaigns will not be helpful in the long run.

Sincere thanks went out to all the participants and attendees who contributed to making this event a resounding success. There was also an appeal to continue working together, fueled by the knowledge and inspiration gathered at #ErasmusDays to build a brighter and more sustainable future through education and mobility. (BP)

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