The Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has commissioned a policy report on the transformation of research and innovation at the European universities. Within the assignment, the contractor Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services and its partner Coffey Consulting have organized a workshop entitled Towards a 2030 Vision on the European Universities of the Future. It took place in Brussels on 4 March 2020. The draft policy brief was discussed by representatives of university associations and by research officers.Transformation of universities is an all-encompassing endeavour. Even a subset, i.e., research and innovation at the European universities, contains issues which cannot be resolved uniformly. Namely, European universities have different profiles and are imbedded into national research and innovation systems. Yet, recommendations for groupings of issues can support the European universities to continue the transformation to more become more collaborative, open, transparent and society-responsive research organizations.