Ghent Centre Global StudiesOn June 26 and 27 Ghent University hosts the general conference of the cluster Social Sciences, Economics and Law of the U4 Network.

The highlight of the conference will be Global Studies: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, coordinated by the Ghent Centre for Global Studies. The Ghent Centre for Global Studies welcomes panel and paper proposals (abstract of 500 words) before 15 March.

rectorsOn 17 and 18 November 2013 Ghent University hosted the VIth Rectors'Meeting. On occasion of the annual meeting all four academic clusters, as well as the 5th cluster institutional management presented their work-in-progress and their plans for future actions.

In view of the EU's new MFF, special attention was paid to new education and research opportunities for U4 within Erasmus+ and Horizon2020.

logo UGentOn 17 and 18 November Ghent University hosts the VIth U4 Rectors' Meeting. During the annual symposium the rectors decide upon the strategy and agenda of the coming U4 year. To this end the four academic clusters and the 5th cluster institional management present their work-in-progress and future actions.
Major achievements of the last year have been a.o. the approval and implementation of the U4 DAAD project, the closing of the first cycle of the Academic Leadership programme, the successful Winter School 'Antiquity' in Palermo, and the second blossoming Summer School 'Ageing Brain' in Ghent.

Within the margin of the rectors' meeting several clusters and working groups take the opportunity to meet and discuss further actions.

ResEffFrom 13 to 14 November 2013, the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen will host the first International Conference on Resource Efficiency in Interorganizational Networks (ResEff).

Renewable raw materials are becoming increasingly important as an alternative resource in industrial networks. Consequently, research for methods improving the efficient use of renewable resources in production processes with by-products is crucial. The aim of the research is cascade utilization, and thus the multiple utilization of a raw material before its conversion into energy.

The conference brings together interdisciplinary researchers developing strategies and solution concepts for efficient resource utilization.

aula kleinSome 50 social scientists from the U4 network universities (comprising professors, postdocs and PhD students from Gent, Groningen, Göttingen and Uppsala) gathered in Göttingen for a conference on 12-14 October 2012. In what was termed a "bazaar conference" (focusing more on existing research than a single topic) they looked for common research interests and seeked to establish areas for future cooperation.