EUF Open Space

Supporting changemakers in European higher education
28th – 31st May 2024 | Murcia, Spain

EUF Open Space

7th Edition

The Open Space is a 4-day event powered by the EUF Project Manager and Advisor Community that gives participants the opportunity to find out more about EU funding opportunities, present and discuss past and ongoing project activities and achieved results, and exchange ideas about how to work towards institutional priorities such as sustainability, various formats of mobility, internationalisation, among others, with the aim for tackling challenges with concrete solutions and joint projects.

The lively and creative environment of the event offers multiple networking and best-practice sharing opportunities among higher education staff working (or aiming to work) on EU projects.

Open Space, Split, 2023

Take the first step to your Erasmus+ project.

Meet your European colleagues at the 7th Edition of the EUF Open Space!


Online introduction session

Introduction to the OS concept and getting to know the participants & facilitators

Day 1

Morning  – arrival and free time

From 13.00 onwards – registration and welcome coffee with participants


  • Welcome and introduction by the host institution
  • Introduction to the Erasmus+ Project Results in the Spotlight
  • Change-maker sessions on driving change within the institution (several rounds of parallel sessions)

Day 2


  • Keynote: Policies and trends shaping Higher Education 2030 and the role of Erasmus+ projects in paving the way towards these ambitious goals
  • Scoping the changer-maker ideas (several rounds of parallel sessions)


Parallel sessions in several rounds. Final selection of topics will be aligned with the interest of participants:

  • Impact – how to successfully define and measure qualitative and quantitative indicators
  • Workplan Management – typical pitfalls and how to implement a successful project management environment
  • Quality assurance – designing an adequate quality assurance and control plan for your project
  • Dissemination – the guiding questions towards building a solid dissemination plan
  • Leading international project teams – key aspects to succeed and maintain high motivation level throughout project lifetime

Parallel information sessions about Erasmus+ KA2 calls

  • Cooperation Partnerships
  • Innovation Alliances
  • Capacity Building in Higher Education
  • Teacher Academies

Guided tour of old town and dinner

Day 3


  • Designing concrete scenarios for the changer-maker ideas (several rounds of parallel sessions)
  • Key criteria for a successful application – an insight by Erasmus+ project evaluators


  • Erasmus+ Project Results in the Spotlight: poster presentations based on the voting results
  • Visit to Cartagena

Day 4


  • From ideas to actual impact – pathway to making a change in Higher Education
  • Presentation of change-maker parallel session outcomes
  • Open Space take-aways:  what are the next steps?

Informal networking (optional) and farewell!

Venue & Host

The University of Murcia (UMU) is an international institution and with its student population of approximately 38,000, it is the largest university in the Region of Murcia. The UMU is a comprehensive state university offering 60 degree qualifications – five of them dual degrees – 72 masters degrees and 36 PhD qualifications in Fine Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Health Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences and Law.

Founded in 1272 AD, the University of Murcia is the third oldest university in Spain, and the thirteenth oldest in the world.

The UMU has a strong presence in the local and regional community and plays a very important role not only in research and teaching, but also in the society itself, acting as an essential social engine and as a strategic bridge for every teaching and research activity, as well as for any investment to be carried out in the Mediterranean coast.



Facultad de Letras
Campus de la Merced
C/ Santo Cristo, 1
Planta Baja
30001 Murcia



There are 2 airports close to Murcia: Alicante-El Altet and Corvera-Murcia. Alicante has a greater number of international flights compared to Corvera, and offers more connections with Madrid and Barcelona.

A taxi shuttle can be hired if needed to pick you up from Alicante or Corvera airport (from Alicante airport, 70€ per ride; from Murcia-Corvera airport, 35€ per ride). Maximum: 4 people per ride.


Trains come to Murcia del Carmen Train Station, as well as AVE service from Madrid. You can easily find a taxi at the main entrance of the train station to get to the hotel.

Local transportation


Uber is available in Murcia. Use your phone’s app!

Accommodation suggestions

The tourist season in Murcia starts in April, please make sure to book your accommodation in advance! More options are available on, Airbnb or

Rincón de Pepe Hotel

Hesperia Murcia Centro

Churra Hotel

Barceló Murcia 7 Coronas

Cetina Hotels

Sercotel Amistad Murcia


Erasmus+ Staff Mobility

Higher Education staff can use Erasmus+ staff mobility funding to participate in the EUF Open Space 2024. Please contact the responsible person in your institution to find out more about your eligibility. We are able to provide you with an invitation letter if required.

The Organiser

The European University Foundation (EUF) is a network of universities established in 30 countries. It stands for diversity and social fairness in Higher Education and aims to accelerate the modernisation of the European Higher Education Area. The network deploys intensive cooperation and policy experimentation under five key pillars:

  • Digital Higher Education both for governance and provision of education
  • Entrepreneurship and employability skills of graduates
  • Policy innovation at national and European level
  • Active citizenship of students and
  • Quality mobility for all


  • EUF network university – 360 EUR
  • Other institution – 460 EUR
  • Speaker/Contributor – 260 EUR


  • All training sessions
  • 3 lunches
  • Coffee breaks
  • 1 Open Space Dinner
  • Guided tour in Murcia
  • Visit to Cartagena
Registration deadline: 27 March 2024


    No former experience at allI have been involved in the Erasmus+ KA2 project (s) as a partnerI have coordinated at least 1 Erasmus+ KA2 projectI have extensive experience both as a coordinator and partner in Erasmus+ projectsOther, please specify

    During Open Space there will be a possibility to share results achieved in former and/or ongoing Erasmus+ projects. Would you like to participate by sharing your project(s)?


    Billing information

    I am paying my participation fee.My institution is paying my participation fee.I am a staff member from the University of Murcia.


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    This was the first time I have attended an Open Space event, but after the 1st day I was sure that it has to be a “must” in the office activities’ annual calendar, side by side to EAIE Conference or other similar events. It has been a truly enriching experience!
    Open Space participant 2023

    Highly recommended – very well organised in a very beautiful place and very enjoyable, productive and inspiring. Many thanks ;-)
    Open Space participant 2023

    The atmosphere was professional but relaxed at the same time. Friendliness and smiles all around. That’s a great way to work.
    Open Space participant 2023

    I was able to learn a lot in a very short period of time.
    Open Space participant 2018

    Very professional, planned event, very warm welcome and friendly staff during the event, highly competent speakers.
    Open Space participant 2016

    The organisation was excellent. There was a great mastery of all the topics covered and the practical exercises were well thought out. The atmosphere was great too.
    Open Space participant 2023

    The EUF team is available, enthusiatic and nice, the networking opportunity is rich, as well as the professional and personal experience with lots of tips concerning the process of project application.
    Open Space participant 2019

    It is one of the most interesting and useful workshops on internationalisation I’ve ever attended.
    Open Space participant 2018

    Relaxed schedule, very prepared and professional trainers/speakers; interesting, stimulating and informative content.
    Open Space participant 2018

    The venue was wonderful, the lectures and group work were very good and the staff was very helpful. This was of a great benefit to me.
    Open Space participant 2017

    Lovely atmosphere and meeting a lot of new colleagues – superb networking and reaching my goal of learning more about internationalisation at home.
    Open Space participant 2023

    Excellent attention to the organisation, to the well-being of the participants and to the overall content relevance of the workshops. It was very worthwhile!
    Open Space participant 2023

    I felt so challenged and appreciated in the same time during the event. Everything was there to improve skills, to learn more, to get update/first-hand information and to feel supported professionally, socially and personally. These circumstances are perfect to incubate brilliant ideas.
    Open Space participant 2017

    It gives a good overview of the possibilities and we also meet with potential partners. It’s also a hub for ideas to put in place at our university.
    Open Space participant 2019