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Coimbra Group Annual Conference 2024

Welcome to the Coimbra Group Annual Conference and General Assembly, hosted by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University on 4-7 June 2024 in Turku, Finland. The topic of the Annual Conference is Research and Education – Most Impactful Together


This event is targeted for the academic and administrative staff of Coimbra Group universities. You can sign up for the conference by using the link below. Deadline for the registration is Wednesday, 1 May.

After the sign up, you will receive a personal confirmation including the event's details and your own registration choices. If you wish to make changes later on, you can edit your information or contact Aboa Events at

On the conference website you will find more information of the programme, practicalities, as well as a list of the conference hotels with special prices for participants. 

We strongly encourage you to make the hotel reservation well in advance as there are many events happening in Turku around the time of the conference.

Event locations: Arken, Aurum and Logomo.



Tuesday, 4 June

Coimbra Group Executive Board Meeting

Location: The Main Building of the University of Turku 

Meeting Room: Joutsen & Oterma. All times local time.

14:00–18:00 Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, 5 June

Meeting of the Coimbra Group Executive Board, Coimbra Group Representatives and Working Group Chairs, Working Group meetings, Working Group meetings or workshops/ Inter-working group meetings

Location: Arken  (Tehtaankatu 2) 

Meeting Rooms will be updated later. All times local time.

9:00–10:00 Meeting of the Coimbra Group Executive Board, Coimbra Group Representatives and Working Group Chairs

10:15–13:00 Working Groups meetings

13:00–14:00 LUNCH (Arken)

14:00–15:00 Working Groups meetings and group photo

Parallel sessions

  • 15:00–17:00 Working Groups meetings 
  • 15:00–17:00 Inter-Working Groups Meeting on Artificial Intelligence (upon nomination by each WG)
  • 15:00–17:00 “Decolonizing the University”, Inter-Working Groups Workshop (open to all)
  • 15:00–17:00 "Good Practices in Science Communication", Inter-Working Groups Workshop (open to all)

17:15–18:15 Meeting of the Coimbra Group Executive Board, Coimbra Group Representatives and Working Group Chairs

19–20:30 Evening Reception 

Thursday, 6 June

Public Conference: Research and Education – Most Impactful Together

Location: Logomo (Junakatu 9)

Meeting Rooms will be updated later. All times local time. Please note that changes are possible.

9:00–12:00 Public Conference: Research and Education – Most Impactful Together

9:00–9:30 Opening of the Conference

9:30–10:00 Keynote speech

10:00–10:30 Commenting speeches

10:30–11:00 Coffee break

11:00–12:00 Panel Session

12:00 Group Photo

12:15–13:15 Lunch (Logomo)

13:30–14:00 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Final

14:00–15:00 Open Session on the European Universities Alliances: “Synergies between education and research: what can we learn from the Alliances?”

15:00–15:30 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Results Announcement

15:30–16:00 Coffee Break

16:00–18:00 Parallel Meetings

  • Closed Rector Meeting 
  • Working Groups Meetings/ Inter-Working Groups Meetings


  • Erasmus Student Network Meeting with Coimbra Group Universities 

19:00 Buses leave from hotels (tba)

20:00 Gala Dinner 

Location: Ruissalon Telakka, Lindblom Hall (Hevoskarintie 23)

Friday, 7 June

General Assembly 

Location: Aurum (Henrikinkatu 2)

Auditorio Argentum. 

9:00–11:00 General Assembly

11:15–11:45 Open Session – Inspiring examples of communities of practice in higher education in Turku/Åbo

(partly parallel: 11:15–12:15 Executive Board meeting)

12:00–13:00 Farwell Lunch: Arken (Tehtaankatu 2)

13:00 Cultural Programme (choose one)

Visit to the Cathedral 

Visit to Paimio Sanatorium

Visit to Kurjenrahka National Park


Saturday, 8 June

Cruise to Naantali with Steam Ship Ukko-Pekka

Meeting Point: Linnankatu 40

11:00–13:00 Cruise from Turku to Naantali, Guided tour in English (1h)

Free time in Naantali

You can read more about the cruise here

Returning back to Turku with Föli Bus (Public transportation) 

Download the full programme here

The full programme will be updated here. 



For questions and information concerning registration, please contact:

Aboa Congress & Event:

For other questions concerning conference arrangements, please contact the organising team:

Coimbra Group at a glance

Founded in 1985 and formally constituted by Charter in 1987, the Coimbra Group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. The Coimbra Group is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefit of its members,

internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. It is also the purpose of the Group to influence European educational and research policy and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience.

>>Read more on the Coimbra Group website