Research University

The coexistence of research and higher education is a prerequisite of modern universities and their cooperation. Research is aimed as an interaction of basic research, applications and innovation. Sustainable innovation systems can only be built when research and innovation (R&I) – based on excellent research – address the societal, technological and nevertheless ethical challenges, as well as equally tackle the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the European Green Deal.

This part of the ATHENA website offers a roadmap with an overview of the existing R&I  efforts of member institutions, highlighting outstanding research potential and existing cooperation. In a dynamic manner and based on the ATHENA Cooperation Model for R&D partnership with the industry and public sector, student participation in research and ongoing ATHENA research initiatives are presented.

Research Impact

ATHENA’s R&I impact assessment should be well balanced within three areas: impact on business and the public sector, impact on teaching and societal impact. Focusing on just one aspect or just on immediate economic results would be insufficient and even detrimental.

Recommended reading: How to define research impact (ERC President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, 2018).