It is with great pleasure that we announce that the first Lower-Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum has been a full success.

On the first day of the Joint Forum, Monday, 23 November 2020, 162 participants from different institutions joined the welcoming addresses as well as panel discussions. They were joining mainly from the UK (Scotland) and Germany (Lower Saxony), but there were also participants from France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Spain and even South Africa. On the second day, Tuesday, 24 November 2020, the 23 workshops from researchers in Scotland and Lower Saxony even attracted a total number of 274 participants (some of which took part in various workshop sessions). This shows the great interest in the partnerships between Lower Saxonian and Scottish universities and the wish to further collaborate. The momentum of the Joint Forum will be further deepened with the Lower Saxony – Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme (to commence in 2021) and the joint projects, in furtherance of the workshops. Especially regarding the latter, we are still waiting for feedback from the workshop hosts to be able to publish a more detailed report on prospective projects, which we will get until mid-December.

We are happy to see that the starting point of our annual Joint Forum was so well received, and we are already looking forward to the upcoming projects and conferences to come.