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Hi Anette and Sandra! What are your roles within STARS EU?

As chairman and vice chairman of Research and Education Board (FUN), we ensure that the quality assurance match what is required for students and researchers at University West to maintain and develop the quality of education and research.

We have also developed a draft for a report "Milestone 9: List of STARS EU research needs to be developed" in "Work Package 4 - STARS EU Knowledge and Challenge Lab". This report will be finished in June.

In addition, as a professors, we can identify areas of education and research where we can become stronger within this alliance.

What different working groups are you both a part of?

Well, we belong to several different groups. Within the Curriculum Lab we work to establish a joint internal quality assurance strategy.

The Challenge Lab works with two things. We are developing the STARS EU Agenda for Research Solutions, but also support STARS EU research teams with a focus on the Thematic Interest Groups (TIG:s).

Within the Sustainable Model group we monitor, review, and develop the long-term strategy of STARS EU, including the roadmap for implementation.

Challenge Lab, that sounds exciting. What is the purpose of the lab?
The purpose of the Challenge Lab is to organize knowledge-creating and challenge-based research solutions and a research community in collaboration with external stakeholders. We want to establish the STARS Research Solutions Agenda for European Universities to ensure the contribution of research to the green and digital transitions, with a focus on regional and European priorities.

How do you see STARS EU from the perspective of your role as a researcher? How do you think the research that will be produced within the framework of the European Universities will be able to make a difference? 

In our roles as researchers, we see that STARS EU can identify societal problems that we can solve across borders, both from different perspectives on subject areas and based on the strengths and challenges that we have identified together. For example, in the field of Healthy Aging, the idea is that the projects will result in health throughout life.

To identify the need for research solutions in our regions, it is important to further identify and prioritize relevant partners (R&I Teams, industry, and varioussectors). A clear focus on research collaboration is needed here. That the TIG:s for Sustainable Industry as well as Inclusion and Social Justice have recently been established will help us reach that goal.

The TIG:s that have already been established are Healthy Aging, Energy Transition, Digital Transformation, Circular Economy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Living Spaces, and finally Arts and Creative Industries.

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