X Unite! Dialogue

The X Unite! Dialogue serves as a forum for faculty, staff, students, and decision-makers to connect, collaborate, and deliberate on the progress and sustainable future of the European University.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in various management and working group meetings, including the interactive world café format, introduced for the first time to meet the growing demand for transversal exchange between the working groups. The event will also encompass transversal and plenary sessions, providing a comprehensive overview of the Alliance's communities, focus areas, and ongoing projects.

Programm X Unite! Dialogue

Tuesday, 24 September
09:00-10:00 Registration
Foyer, Darmstadtium
09:30-11:00 Parallel Community Work Meetings
Working rooms, Darmstadtium
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 Parallel Community Work Meetings
Working rooms, Darmstadtium
13:00-14:30 Lunch break
Foyer 3.11 & Foyer 3.12, Darmstadtium
14:30-16:30 Unite! Academic Forum
Senate Hall, Darmstadt Castle
Parallel Community Work Meetings
Working rooms, Darmstadtium
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 Parallel Community Work Meetings
Working rooms, Darmstadtium
19:00- Self-organised community dinner
Wednesday, 25 September
09:00–13:00 II Unite Branding Conference
13:00–14:30 Lunch Break and Poster Session
14:30-16:30 Unite! Governing Platform meeting
Senate Hall, Darmstadt Castle
Transversal Work Meetings: Unite! World Café
Working rooms, Darmstadtium
14:30-14:40 Kick-off session
14:50-15:30 Round I
15:40-16:20 Round II
16:50-17:30 Round III
17:40-18:00 Reflection (Spectrum)
19:00-21:00 Reception & dinner
Foyer, 1st Floor, Darmstadtium
21:00-23:30 Unite! party @Schlosskeller
Schlosskeller, Darmstadt Castle
Thursday, 26 September
09:00-11:45 Parallel Community Work Meetings
Working rooms, Darmstadtium
09:00-19:00 European Day of Languages
Dynamicum, Darmstadtium
12:00-13:30 Plenary Conclusion Session
Ferrum, Darmstadtium
13:30-14:00 Lunch buffet
Foyer 3.11 & Foyer 3.12, Darmstadtium
Start-up & Innovation Day 2024
Spectrum, Darmstadtium
14:00 Welcome remarks and opening programme
16:00-18:00 Farewell actvities
See all the Tours & Visits
18:00 End of the Dialogue

During the X Dialogue in Darmstadt, we aim to cultivate an environment conducive to meaningful collaboration and knowledge sharing, with the overarching goal of advancing the shared objectives of Unite!. Parallel Community Working Meetings will take various forms such as community work meetings, sub-community work meetings, or closed transversal sessions organised with two or more sub-communities. These sessions will be available throughout the working day on Tuesday and Thursday morning.

A full list of all the working meetings will be available soon.

Transversal Working Meetings (Unite! World Café) is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, with predefined time slots. This relatively new yet firmly established workshop format is known for its simplicity, effectiveness, and adaptability in accommodating large and diverse groups of participants who are collectively engaged with a particular topic. Typically, the World Café unfolds across several sequential rounds, during which participants engage in discussions centred around guiding question(s), moderated by the facilitator.

The choice of this workshop format for the X Dialogue in Darmstadt stems from several key considerations. The unprecedented gathering of all Dialogue participants under one roof presents a rare and invaluable opportunity for efficient and meaningful exchange among all communities. This convergence fosters effective networking, aiming to enhance participation levels and bolster motivation across all participants. Simultaneously, it provides a comprehensive snapshot of our current position within the overall project. Moreover, this format not only facilitates effective exchange but also encourages the development of new ideas. Participants are encouraged to offer feedback and collaboratively generate innovative concepts in a relaxed atmosphere devoid of hierarchies or disparities in knowledge. Additionally, the flexibility of this workshop format is noteworthy, as it can be readily tailored to accommodate the diverse needs, aims, and objectives of each community. This adaptability ensures that the Dialogue remains responsive to the evolving dynamics and priorities within the Unite! project landscape.

Every session of the Unite! World Café will consist of 3 sequential runs, overseen by leaders or co-leaders of the respective communities (Cms). Although participation is open to anyone interested in the topic, there is an opportunity to specify three target E+ Communities, including SURE!. The session format is designed to facilitate their feedback on specific topics or initiatives by the host community, and/or to engage in brainstorming about planned activities. To facilitate smooth discussions, it's crucial to formulate 1-3 clear and pertinent questions that address the current topics or issues of the communities, ensuring they are easily understandable even for non-experts. During the sessions, moderators are tasked with ensuring that documentation occurs, utilizing tools such as flipcharts, cardboards, or any other appropriate materials to capture key points and insights. This documentation helps in synthesizing and disseminating the outcomes of the discussions effectively.

Each of 3 sequential run spans a duration of 40 minutes and is structured as follows:

  • Introduction (5 min.): This segment entails the introduction of the topic, goals, processes, and questions. Typically, 1-3 questions are posed, which may remain consistent or vary across sequential runs.
  • Discussion & documentation (30 min.): Participants engage in discussions while utilizing tools – flipcharts, cardboards, etc., for documentation purposes.
  • Wrap-up (5 min.): This phase involves summarizing the outcomes of the discussion, which serve as the foundation for the subsequent group.

After the conclusion of each sequential run, participants rotate and transition to different rooms. Hosts welcome newcomers, recapitulate the discussions thus far, and ensure the resumption of the conversation. Upon completing all three sequential runs, all participants convene for a joint reflection session, during which each (or selected) community designates a rapporteur to present the outcomes of their discussions. This allows for a concise overview of the insights and conclusions reached during the discussions.

A detailed overview and programme of all Unite! World Café sessions will be available soon.

Unite! Award

The Unite! Awards will be presented for the first time to outstanding individuals from all nine partner universities, honouring their remarkable dedication and accomplishments in implementing Unite! ideas within their respective academic institutions. A special ceremony will be organised in the frames of the Plenary Conclusion Session.

Unite! Dialogues are the key format to raise the visibility of Unite! within the member universities and their ecosystems, and to disseminate the Unite! vision among university faculty, staff and students. Previous Dialogues were:

  • 27th-29th February 2024: Graz, hosted by TU Graz  (TUG)
  • 19th -21st September 2023: Wroclaw, hosted by Wrocław University of Science and Technology (Wrocław Tech)
  • 28th-2nd March 2023: Grenoble, hosted by Grenoble INP, Graduate schools of Engineering and Management, Université Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble INP-UGA) 
  • 20th-22nd September 2022: Torino, hosted by Politecnico di Torino (PoliTO)
  • 8th-10th March and 13th -15th June 2022: Stockholm, hosted by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • 29th-30th November and 1st December 2021: Barcelona, hosted by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)
  • 8th-10th March 2021: Grenoble, hosted by Grenoble INP, Graduate schools of Engineering and Management, Université Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble INP-UGA)  
  • 30th September 2020: Lisboa, hosted by Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa)
  • 11th-14th February 2020: Espoo-Helsinki, hosted by Aalto University (Aalto)





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