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High Level Roundtable: Next Generation Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves across the globe and disrupted societies, governments and the economy. Sectors like healthcare and education have come under unprecedented pressure to respond and deliver under the most challenging conditions.
As governments work on building back better, future-proof societies, the post-COVID-19 world represents the perfect opportunity to rethink and reset previous environments, working methods and systems.
What are the lessons-learnt in healthcare and education from the two-year long fight with COVID-19? How can we rethink traditional education and healthcare systems under the prism of open innovation and the living-labs methodology? And how can member-state and European Union policies enable this transition?

To answer these questions, three European Union-funded projects Schools as Living Labs, which Ecsite is part of, VITALISE and LOOP team up to convene the High-Level Roundtable on Next Generation Europe: How Co-Creation Can be an Answer to Europe’s Biggest Challenges.


The debate will be guided by examples of current European actions in the field of Education and Health. On the one hand, the Schools As Living Labs approach will be presented. This approach promotes the involvement of students in the co-creation of innovative solutions to everyday life problems in cooperation with the local community, with significant benefits in terms of developing 21st-century skills. Existing innovative approaches will also be explored to provide the necessary support for the professional and social development of teachers in this new landscape. On the other hand, examples of Living Lab infrastructures conducting human-centred research and innovation projects in the health field will be discussed.

The High-Level Roundtable is aimed at policy makers, as well as any interested member of the research and innovation ecosystem. It seeks to inform about the potential of adopting the Living Lab approach for supporting the school of tomorrow, developing health innovation, and, promoting sustainability and resilience in modern societies with citizens as active co-creators of solutions. At the same time, participating policy makers will have the opportunity to highlight current and planned policies for Education, Health, Sustainability, Research, and Innovation, which can be supported and further developed through synergies with the Living Lab initiatives.


  • Date and time: 8 July, 10.00-12.00 EET
  • Welcoming coffee from 09h30 and followed by a networking lunch
  • Location: Hybrid event
    Cotsen Hall, American School of Classical Studies, Anapiron Polemou 9, 10676 Athens, Greece
    Live broadcasted on Youtube, the link will be provided to the participants after their registration
  • Registration: Please register here

The event is co-organised by the European think tank and policy network The Lisbon Council, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums Ecsite, the European Network of Living Laboratories ENoLL, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Institute of Education Policy, in the framework of the European projects Schools as Living Labs, VITALISE and LOOP.


  • open schooling
  • education policies
  • living lab
  • open innovation
  • health
  • co-creation
  • 21st century skills



Schools as living labs

The SALL project aims to open-up schools to their local communities by transforming them in Living Labs. In this way, SALL proposes a new framework for schools across Europe to approach their science education programmes, in order to make STEM teaching more relevant, systemic and inclusive for their students, collaborating with their local ecosystems and research centres, and with the active support and involvement of science centres and museums in this process.