Ghent University co-leads European UnILiON network

(11-02-2022) Since the foundation in 2018, Ghent University has been a member of UnILiON, a network where EU Liaison Officers from universities across Europe share intelligence about European research policy. UGent'er Wendy Sonneveld is recently elected co-chair.

Together with l'Université Aix-Marseille (AMU), Ghent University holds the chair for a period of one year, renewable once. Wendy Sonneveld, Senior Policy Advisor EU-Affairs at the EU team of DOZA, will take up the co-chairmanship for Ghent University.

In the role of co-chair, Ghent University becomes even more visible towards the European Institutions and colleagues from other universities. It is a pleasure to be able to use my expertise in a team for the benefit of the network and Ghent University. This mandate supports UGent's role as chairman of CESAER and member of the Board of Directors of EASSH. (Wendy Sonneveld)

Ghent University aims to occupy a leading position in Europe as a university where researchers can excel as much as possible. A network such as UnILiON is crucial to monitor European policy and the associated research funding. By sharing knowledge at an early stage and sparring with other Liaison Officers from universities that are represented in Brussels, Ghent University can respond in a timely manner to research and innovation policy developments.

It is no secret that European policy and the accompanying European developments are often complex matters that require expertise about how the EU works and where the EU wants to go. As UGent, we are even more ambitious and we also provide proactive input on European policy developments and the European Research Area. To realize these Public Affairs ambitions, you need employees who are anchored in Brussels. With our co-chairmanship of UnILiON, we are strengthening that anchoring. (Professor Ignace Lemahieu, Director of Ghent University's Research Department)