March 2017
On 25 March 1957, a group of European statesmen gathered in the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the Capitoline Hill for a pivotal moment in modern European history. They agreed to take a major leap forward in expanding economic cooperation to establish the European Economic Community, setting the stage for the development of what we now know as the European Union. During an evening seminar at the occasion of the Rome Treaty’s 60th anniversary, Professor Loukas Tsoukalis will address the most urgent question in European politics today: can the European project be relaunched? Click on the link below to find out more about / register for this event!

Gender & diversity at the IES: Yes we care!

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to zoom in on the IES’s many gender balance & diversity initiatives, as equal opportunities and respect are in the DNA of both the IES and the VUB! Female researchers at the IES have formed a Women’s Writing Group, an informal initiative aimed at bridging the gender gap in academia. Serena D’Agostino, a researcher in our Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster, published a blogpost about Romani women activism on the European Roma Information Office (ERIO)’s website today (click here for English and French versions). And there's more...

Alison Woodward's Tokyo keynote address on gender balance in science


European policy to promote gender balance in science is receiving international attention. Senior Associate Fellow Prof. em. Alison E. Woodward gave a keynote address for the Institute for Global Leadership of Ochanomizu University in Tokyo on February 20. The conference compared European and Asian experiences with contributions from Korea and the Japanese National Science Foundation. 

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New IES / VUB global research spearhead

9 February 2017 marked the official launch of the ‘new’ UNU-CRIS, the Belgian campus of the United Nations University that is now formally embedded into a VUB-UGent consortium. It is set to become a new VUB global research spearhead, with the Institute for European Studies at its vanguard.

Societal security conference in Vienna coming up

What are the emerging challenges to societal security? How are stakeholder interests in societal security evolving? How do these changes translate into challenges to security R & D? What decision-critical knowledge do we need? These highly topical questions and many others will be addressed at the SOURCE conference on societal security in Vienna on 21-22 March. Click on the link below for further information and registration!

IES and EL-CSID at 58th Annual ISA Convention

At the 2017 ISA Convention in Baltimore (23-24 February), IES researchers Sebastian Oberthür, Luis Simon, Joachim Koops, Stephan Klose and associates Katja Biedenkopf, Caterina Carta and Esther Marijnen presented their research on a variety of subjects, ranging from the EU’s climate and environmental policy to European foreign and security affairs. While presenting a total of eleven research papers, they further contributed to a successful conference as chair or discussant in several conference panels and roundtable debates.

Alexander Mattelaer presents views on Brexit to Belgian Federal Parliament

On 31 January assistant professor Alexander Mattelaer presented his views on Brexit to the Foreign Relations Committee of the Belgian Federal Parliament. Speaking after former European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, Alexander argued that Brexit presented a major foreign policy challenge to Belgium and its constitutive regions.

10 years of EU law in Tampere by Harri Kalimo

The Trump election and BREXIT were the hot topics that got a group of sixty international students quickly warmed up in the middle of a snowy Tampere in February. The occasion was the EU law course of IES Jean Monnet Chair Harri Kalimo, for whom this was the 10th anniversary of the course at the University of Tampere, where he is also an adjunct professor (docent).

IES Summer school: 15 March deadline coming up!

The 15 March deadline for early bird discount is fast approaching! Apply for our Summer School on EU Policy Making and spend this summer in Brussels and Vienna. It’s the perfect way to invest in your EU expertise while having fun! For more information check out our dedicated Summer School website!

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Upcoming events

Webinar on EuroMaster in International and European Law

Webinar (27 March 2017, 1 PM CET)

Unique opportunity to get to know the ins and outs of our EuroMaster programme: Ask your questions to a professor and an alumnus (part 1), and/or to students who are actually following the programme this year (part 2)! 
Webinar on LLM European and International Law

Webinar (29 March 2017, 1PM CET)

Unique opportunity to get to know the ins and outs of our LLM programme: Ask your questions to a professor and an alumnus (part 1), and/or to students who are actually following the programme this year (part 2)! 

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Belonging to the West: Geopolitical Discourse and Foreign policy in Modern Greece

Research Colloquium  (14 March 2017, 12:00)

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Sustainable aviations fuels: bridging the gap between technology and policy

Policy Forum (21 March 2017, 12:00)

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The implementation of the EU Action Plan on Integration. Feedback from the Member States, Regional and Local Authorities

Research Colloquium (22 March 2017, 12:00)

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Governing Diversity in Europe: Colour-blind vs. Colour conscious Policymaking in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands

Research Colloquium (28 March 2017, 12:00)

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