19/10/2021 to 20/10/2021

EUniWell EUniWell campuses & digital EUniWell-Event

Our first year of working and studying together under pandemic conditions, that is, mostly digitally and from home, has shaped and shifted our idea of well-being, and has led us to consider how we want to create, advance and foster well-being, now and in future. Instead of returning “back to normal”, how can we do better, take greater care of ourselves, others and our environment? What opportunities do we see? What can we look forward to?

The graphic shows a visual of space in the EUniWell colour gradient from pink to light blue. The words '#FestiWell - Discover the EUniverse from 19 to 20 October 2021' can be read in the foreground. The logo of the European University for Well-Being, EUniWell, can be seen in the upper left corner.

Under the headline “Taking Well-Being Forward”, FestiWell will highlight research and education, values and actions to create, advance and foster well-being. Over the course of two days you will be able to gain valuable insights into the EUniWell community, join in the conversation on well-being, the celebration of the first year of EUniWell, and discover opportunities to get involved!

The FestiWell programme will:

  • Explore what well-being can mean for us at the EUniWell partner universities and beyond. 
  • Be a celebration of what has been achieved so far, showcasing ways for students and staff to join in in taking EUniWell forward in the years to come.
  • Highlight ways our universities contribute to well-being through research and education, as well as through their values and actions beyond laboratories and lecture halls.

This knowledge exchange will enable you to learn about and take part in new and existing key initiatives, mobility opportunities, and research areas of EUniWell. You will also have the opportunity to get to know EUniWell staff and students from the comfort of your own sofa - in online chats and break-out sessions - or during campus conversations, visit insightful talks and join in with a number of cultural events. Student initiatives and student life on our EUniWell university campuses are also waiting to be discovered.


Day 1: 19 October (all times in CEST)

  • 10:00 – 11:30­­ 


    Keynote lecture: “What is well-being?”

    Speaker: Ibrahima Thioub, former rector of University Cheick Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal (FR-EN)

    Reflections on well-being

    Speakers: EUniWell Vice-Rectors and students

    Organised by University of Cologne and University of Birmingham

  • 11:30 – 12:15

    Launch of 3rd EUniWell Seed Fund Call 

    The EUniWell Seed Fund Programme aims to bring together researchers, students, educators and administrators from our 7 universities in establishing innovative well-being related projects. During this session, laureates from the first two editions will share their experience on the initiatives developed to promote well-being on a European scale. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more on the application modalities and to start networking with potential partners!

    Organised by University of Nantes

  • 12:15 – 12:30

    Active Screen Break

  • 12:30 – 13:30

    EUniWell Research Spotlight

    Academics share research outcomes in 4 key areas:

    Health; Individual and Social Well-being; Environment, Urbanity and Well-being; and Teacher Education.

    Organised by Leiden University and University of Florence

  • 13:30 – 14:00

    Screen Break

  • 14:00 – 14:50

    Dimensions of Sustainability

    This panel discussion aims to identify possible answers to the question: 

    How can we work together to ensure that current and future generations can live together with well-being? 

    Organised by University of Cologne

  • 14:50 – 15:00 

    Active Screen Break

  • 14:30 – 17:30

    Mini COP26 

    The Mini Cop26 event will engage students and academics in exploring tangible solutions to global challenges that are currently holding back economic, social and environmental well-being.

    Organised by University of Florence and University of Birmingham

  • 15:00 – 15:50

    “Behind the Seen”

    Join the Learning and Engagement team at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts to delve deeper into the story behind one of our paintings. Go beyond what you see to explore how the artists’ own experiences have shaped the piece. Later we’ll get creative with an arty exercise.  

    Organised by University of Birmingham

  • 15:50 – 16:00

    Active Screen Break

  • 16:00 – 16:50

    Mindful Walking

    Go walking. A guided walk outside.

    Organised by Leiden University

  • 17:00 – 19:00


    Cook dinner with us! 

    Organised by University of Cologne

Day 2: 20 October (all times in CEST)

  • 10:00 – 11:00­­ 

    Spotlight on Mobility Opportunities

    Introduction of mobility opportunities within EUniWell with experiences from students who have studied abroad at the EUniWell campuses.

    Organised by Linnaeus University

  • 11:00 – 11:50

    Introduction to Open Education Resources

    An opportunity for teachers and academics to get to know the principles and benefits of Open Education

    Organised by University of Birmingham

  • 11:50 – 12:00

    Active Screen Break

  • 12:00 – 13:15

    FEAST: FestiWell Entrepreneurial Alumni Student Talk

    During this session, students with an appetite for entrepreneurship meet a high-profile entrepreneur alumnus: an inspirational talk will be served as main dish, and exchange as dessert! 

    Organised by University of Nantes

  • 13:30 – 14:00

    Screen Break

  • 13:00 – 14:00

    Open Lecture Series

    Inaugural lecture of the well-being research lecture series 

    Keynote lecture: Restoring vision

    Speaker: Prof. Botond Roska, Director of the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel

    Organised by Semmelweis University

  • 14:00 – 15:00 

    Make Music Matter

    A collaborative project for youth about music, creativity, well-being and belief in the future. Participants will create their own music productions through the story and with the music of Swedish world-famous music producer Avicii.

    Organised by Linnaeus University

  • 15:00 – 16:00 

    Introduction to EUniWell Conference on Environmental Humanities

    Inaugural lecture of the EuniWell Conference 

    Key-note by Kate Rigby, University of Bath Spa

    Organised by University of Nantes

  • 16:00 – 16:30


    Reflections on FestiWell events

    Speakers: EUniWell Vice-Rectors and students

    Organised by Linnaeus University, University of Florence, Semmelweis University


All FestiWell events will be free of charge!

Registration will open soon.

Speakers and moderators

To be announced.