SMILE Final Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion

Barcelona (ES), Thursday 16 November 2023

Diversity in modern society – Making inclusion a central strategy in our universities

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In our multi-cultural societies, there is a richness of ideas, preferences, customs and viewpoints. This offers endless possibilities for learning and growth. However, sometimes political and economic factors overshadow the opportunities that diversity brings with it. Universities can play a crucial role in countering this trend, and ensuring that such opportunities are recognised and that the potential of diversity is fully realised. But, are universities prepared to go ‘that extra mile’ towards diversity and inclusion?

We invite you to explore diversity and inclusion in higher education (HE) during our forthcoming SMILE Final Symposium in November!

The SMILE Symposium, organised by eucen with the project consortium, will be followed by the 2023 eucen Autumn Seminar. These events aim to give visibility to the way universities are (or should be) addressing diversity and inclusion, and celebrate the growing importance and relevance of the third mission of universities and the role that lifelong learning (LLL) plays in this context.

You are invited to submit an abstract of your work in the area of diversity and inclusion in HE. Follow this link to the Call for Contributions. The authors of the strongest abstracts will be invited to present their work in Barcelona. They will also have the chance to be recognised in the SMILE Awards on Diversity 2023!

Do not miss the opportunity to present your work on diversity and inclusion, and for your contributions to diversity and inclusion to be recognised at the international level!


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The Fundació Solidaritat Universitat de Barcelona will be hosting this event in their premises:

Campus UB de Sants
carrer Melcior de Palau, 140
08014 Barcelona

The venue is very easy to reach by train “Renfe” (stop: Sants Estació), Metro (stop: Sants Estació for L3 and L5) and many buses (27, 78, 109, 115, D40, H10, V5, V7). 





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Participation in the SMILE Symposium is free, however, all participants are required to register in advance. Follow this link to fill in the registration form.

To ensure that the event can be held in the most sustainable manner and to avoid any unnecessary food waste, please inform us by email at if your plans change and you wish to cancel your participation. We thank you in advance for your collaboration. 

Let’s make a better world together!


08:45 Registration  
09:15 Welcome to the University of Barcelona Montse PUIG – University of Barcelona (TBC)
09:30 Presentation
The SMILE project in a nutshell
Carme ROYO – eucen (BE)
09:45 Panel
The three SMILE pillars: Singularity and intersectionality
Lilian NWANZE – Maynooth University (IE)
10:30 Coffee break  
11:00 Parallel sessions (3 groups)
Selected cases of diversity and inclusion in HEIs will present their work
Carmel BORG – University of Malta (MT)
Camilla FITZSIMONS – Maynooth University (IE)
Kia LUNDQVIST – University of Turku (FI)
11:50 Summary from the Parallel sessions by the moderators  
12:00 SMILE Awards 2023 on diversity and inclusion in higher education  
12:30 World Café – Explore the SMILE tools
– Resources and literature
– Audit model
– CPD courses
– Policy Recommendations
Camilla FITZSIMONS – Maynooth University (IE)
Carme ROYO – eucen (BE)
13:30 Lunch  

After lunch the SMILE Final Symposium will merge with the 2023 eucen Autumn Seminar to create synergies. If you are interested in diversity and inclusion, you might want to extend your stay and register for the 2023 eucen Autumn Seminar as well. Follow this link to do so.


15:00 Opening and Welcome to the new arriving participants
Summary of the SMILE Symposium morning session:
Getting into the diversity and inclusion mood!
Beate HÖRR – JGU (DE)
15:20 Dialogue between researcher and practitioner
How does theory compares to reality at diversity and inclusion level?
How can research help practice and how can practice feed research? Different perspectives to a same challenge.
Presenters TBC
16:30 Open floor for discussion, questions and comments  
17:00 Closing of the day
17:15 Networking Cocktail  
20:00 Dinner (restaurant to be confirmed)  

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Event organised by eucen in collaboration with Fundació Solidaritat UB and University of Barcelona on behalf of the full SMILE consortium


Scientific committee

    • Camilla FITZSIMONS, Maynooth University (IE)

    • Carmel BORG, University of Malta (MT)

    • Kia LUNDQVIST, University of Turku (FI)

Organising committee

    • Carme ROYO, eucen

    • Montse BELTRAN, eucen

    • Cati JEREZ, Funcació Solidaritat UB (ES)
    • Angels CERDÀ, Funcació Solidaritat UB (ES)

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