Alliance4Life will hold a meeting in Tartu

Prestigious Horizon 2020 project Alliance4Life_ACTIONS will held its first physical conference including Community Meeting and Skills Academy in the University of Tartu on April 28-30, 2022. 


Programme of the event (PDF)

Alliance4Life is a bottom-up initiative of twelve leading life science institutions from eleven EU-13 countries that aims at closing the divide in European health research and innovation. Members of the Alliance are progressive research institutions that have the necessary strength to stimulate institutional change.

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Large-scale ESIF investments into the life science infrastructure alone could not close the R&I gap in Europe so far, financial support needs to be complemented by measures on research and innovation strategy at institutional and national levels. Institutions gathered in this Alliance believe that improving governance and managerial practices as well as transforming institutional culture will enhance efficiency and increase return on investment.

Alliance members joined forces to share good practices in 2017 and successfully implemented their first Horizon2020 action during 2018-2019. Currently the Alliance4Life implements its second project. 

The current project focuses on raising the institutional profiles of Alliance4Life´s members to attract and retain international talents and to provide the right operational framework conditions including improved research management.

Alliance4Life intends to become a role model for institutions in less performing regions and to serve as a hub of excellence through close collaboration with renowned European networks established in high performing countries. The alliance contributes also to science policy and to shaping priorities at national and EU levels, especially with insight suggestions on how to increase participation in the Framework Programme, by providing recommendations and feedback on the new ERA and WIDENING programme.

Physical gathering of the Alliance is important

I am glad that covid-19 restrictions have been reduced and the physical gathering of the members of alliance is finally possible. 

The project has reached less than half of its lifetime, several strategical documents are in planning and mapping phase which makes the gathering of the representatives of the partners even more valuable. 

Toivo Maimets, professor of cell biology, the representative of the University of Tartu in the project

Tartu Meeting, organized totally in hybrid-conference format, involves two separate parts:

1) Community Meeting of the Alliance;
2) Skills Academy for early stage researchers, post-doctoral students and doctoral students

Both parts which will be open also to external participants and stakeholders.

The Skills Academy runs through several sessions both on-site and online covering four topics:

 -  Leadership and Coaching Skills in Science;
 - From IP in the labs to IP on the Market;
 - Future of Research Training Using Virtual Reality;
 - Science Communication: Present Your Research Results with Confidence

The topics were selected based on the feedback of the last meeting of the project in Riga in January 2022 and are presented by top-lecturers inside the Alliance and representatives of the partners.

More information about the project and the programme of Tartu event.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 964997. This document reflects the view of Alliance4Life´s consortium and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.


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