Enlight Rise


Full title: Research and innovation agenda with and for society: Leveraging digital innovation for a greener and healthier Europe


Number of partners: 9

Details of coordinator: prof. Stephanie Debette, vice-president for External relations, Université de Bordeaux, President’s Office, Place Pey Berland 35, 33000 Bordeaux, France.

Duration: 36 months (from 1 September 2021 till 31 August 2024)

Project Description

ENLIGHT is a European university Network to promote equitable quality of Life, sustainability and global engagement through Higher education Transformation. It brings together 9 comprehensive, research-intensive, new flagship universities with a strong reputation. ENLIGHT strives to transform the way in which we address global societal challenges by developing new models and methodologies for education and research adapted to the complex sustainability issues facing cities and communities today. ENLIGHT focuses on five flagship challenges: Health & Well-being, Climate change, Energy & Circular Economy, Digital Revolution, and Equity.

With ENLIGHT RISE (Research and Innovation agenda with and for SociEty) we will support ENLIGHT in its R&I dimension, to deploy a comprehensive joint transformation agenda, in synergy with the educational component, in partnership with surrounding ecosystems, and with the overarching goal of serving our societal missions.


The objective of ENLIGHT RISE is to become more competitive and innovative together, leveraging and synergizing our respective strengths and capitalizing on our innovation potential and partnerships with our surrounding ecosystems to jointly promote a greener, healthier, more equitable and sustainable Europe. To reach these goals, ENLIGHT RISE will:

  1. establish a longer term business model for joint R&I actions,
  2. identify strong research synergies with high innovation potential,
  3. enable the sharing of and optimize capacity or digital research infrastructures, while benchmarking and optimizing the societal impact of digital innovation/artificial intelligence
  4. reinforce cooperation and co-creation with the business sector and civil-society,
  5. mainstream and incentivize open science practices and public engagement,
  6. improve the attractiveness of researchers’ careers, and
  7. develop and formalize methods towards an impact-driven R&I agenda.

Role of Ghent University

Ghent University participates in all 9 work packages of the ENLIGHT RISE project.

Ghent University takes the lead of the work package dealing with the creation of synergies towards an ENLIGHT Research & Innovation agenda.

Ghent University will co-lead a work package dealing with the promotion of early career development & the improvement of researcher assessment systems, a second work package dealing with the optimization of Open Science practices, and a third work package dealing with the overall management of the ENLIGHT RISE project and the dissemination and exploitation of the project outcome.

Ghent University will also contribute to the other 5 work packages. These work packages deal with the establishment of a sustainable business model towards a collaborative R&I agenda, the set-up of a roadmap towards shared digital research infrastructures between the 9 ENLIGHT RISE partners, the set-up of a roadmap for an ENLIGHT European Innovation District, the co-creation of R&I actions with society, and an impact assessment of the common ENLIGHT R&I agenda and the identification of the frontiers of such a common R&I agenda.



see the web page on ENLIGHT RISE


Dr. Dirk De Craemer
Department of Research
Phone number: 09 264 30 33