8 November 2018

19:30                Pre-seminar dinner at La Manufacture


9 November 2018 at Cercle de Lorraine

8:30 – 9:00

Registration opens. Welcome coffee

9:00 – 9:15


Welcome note by ACA


9:15 – 10:15

International Migration & Mobility -

Concepts, Discourses and Realities


Introduction and moderation by Ulrich Grothus, ACA President


Geertrui Lanneau, Senior Regional Labour Migration and Human Development Specialist, International Organisation for Migration: Migration, (higher) education and development 


Prof. Russell King, Professor of Geography, University of Sussex: International Student Mobility: trends and trajectories 

10:15 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 11:45

Academic Migration Networks & Public Diplomacy -

From Student Recruitment to Alumni Engagement



Moderator: Ragnhild Solvi Berg, Senior adviser, DIKU

Pietro De Matteis, European External Action Service Advisor on Public Diplomacy: EU’s public diplomacy initiative & alumni engagement


Mikael Börjesson, Uppsala University: Academic mobility and international migration – A study of the Swedish Institute scholarships


11:50 – 13:10

Parallel Sessions Round 1

Between Brain Gain and Brain Waste


Session 1. Panel discussion

How to better use the capital of international migration?

Moderator: Irma Garam, Research Manager, EDUFI

Adinda van Gaalen, Senior Policy Officer, Nuffic/ PhD candidate Ghent UniversityThe brain drain – brain gain dilemma of international mobility 

Marco Pecoraro, University of Neuchâtel & IMISCOE research group on highly skilled migrants and brain waste: Overeducation of highly skilled immigrants: how can universities, policymakers & employers cooperate more effectively?

Session 2. Poster session

From refugee to international student/researcher - current policies and practices supporting highly skilled refugees


Moderator: Marija Mitić, ACA Policy Officer

Kitty Fehringer, Policy Officer, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission: The Science4Refugees initiative - present and future 

Project leaders of Horizon2020 / Erasmus+ projects focusing on integration of highly skilled refugees

13:10 - 14:15

Lunch break

14:15 – 15:30

Parallel Sessions Round 2

Retaining and Tracking Global Talent



Session 3. Panel discussion

Retaining non-EU talent: latest developments at EU and national level


Moderator: Karla Zimanova, Deputy Director, SAIA

Hélène CalersDG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission: overview of the latest developments in facilitating legal migration and retaining international talent 


Leonardo Ortega, Work in Estonia: National incentives for graduate retention - the case of Estonia


Session 4. Presentation

Graduate tracking – Capturing international mobility in the trajectories of graduates


Moderator: Irina Ferencz, Deputy Director, ACA

Nadia Manzoni, Policy Officer, Higher Education, DG Education and Culture, European Commission: Rationale for the European graduate tracking initiative and expected results 


Martin Unger, Senior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies (HIS): EUROGRADUATE study - state of play and future activities


15:30 – 15:50

Coffee break

15:50 – 16:50

Closing Panel

Linking Research, Policymaking and Practice – the way forward



Moderator: Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA

Claire Herrmann, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Education, Culture, Youth and Sport


Martin Unger, Senior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies (HIS)


Marie Desrousseaux, Human Rights and Solidarity Coordinator, European Students’ Union (ESU)


Prof. Ides Nicaise, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


16:50 - 17:00

Thank you note and end of seminar