September 2016
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Prof. Dr. Christian Kaunert

September 2016 marks the arrival of Prof. Dr. Christian Kaunert as the new IES Academic Director and Professor of European Politics. Prof. Kaunert was previously Professor of International Politics, as well as Director of the European Institute for Security and Justice at the University of Dundee, which, like the IES, is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Prior to that, he researched and taught at various international universities (Barcelona, Paris, Florence, Moscow, Cairo, etc.). 

Join our Academic Year opening event on 28 September!

On Wednesday 28 September at 6:00PM the IES celebrates the opening of the Academic Year. We have the honour of having Belgian Secretary of State Philippe De Backer deliver the inaugural speech on the topic of the digital economy, the digital single market and privacy. More information about this event will become available soon on this page of our website, but you can already register via this link: 
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Professor Harri Kalimo nominated
Jean Monnet Chair

The IES will host for the next three years a new Jean Monnet Chair, as IES professor Harri Kalimo was nominated for the post on the theme of “rECOnciliation”.
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Upcoming events

The interface between EU competition law and regulation: challenges and new developments

This Policy Forum aims to address substantive and procedural developments as well as contentious aspects that surface in the context of the interrelationship between market regulation and EU competition law.
The event will take place on 13 October, starting with the lunch at 12:00.

Copyright in the era of big data

24 October 2016, 18:00-19:30. The event will take place on
The Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings, the Institute for European Studies and Vesalius College at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Institute for German Studies / Literary and Media Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen invite you to an evening lecture with Prof. Michael Madison (University of Pittsburgh) on copyright in the era of big data.
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Want to join our research team? Here’s your chance!

The IES is inviting applications for a full-time doctoral researcher or substantial part-time postdoctoral researcher (up to 75%) in its Environment and Sustainable Development cluster. The researcher will work on issues of international (and European) climate governance from 1 December 2016 (or as soon as possible thereafter). Financing of the post is ensured through external funding for up to three years until the end of 2019 (pending final project approval). A prolongation is possible depending on successful acquisition of further external projects. Application deadline is 12 October 2016.
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Les goûts et les couleurs...

When opening this newsletter, what probably struck you most are its colours. Indeed, the IES is currently implementing a new visual identity. From now on, blue and orange will be dominant, in line with the new colours of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, of which the IES is an integral part. The roll-out of this new visual identity will be spread over the coming academic year. As they say in French, “Les goûts et les couleurs ne se discutent pas”. But don’t worry: regardless of what you think about our colours, we continue to vouch for academic excellence in European studies!
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IES in the media

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More news from the IES

IES doctoral researcher Ferran Davesa lectured on “(Mis)communication between Europe and its citizens?” at VUB’s Summer School â€œClash! Brussels between the IN and the OUT situation in Belgium and Europe”.
IES Doctoral Researcher Klaudia Majcher spoke at the symposium “Online platforms, Big Data and privacy: What role for competition policy?” hosted by SMIT and BCCP.

Klaudia also spoke at the 11th annual ASCOLA conference on “The Role(s) of Innovation in Competition Analysis”.
IES Research Professor Marie Lamensch spoke at the The Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium.
During the spring semester of 2016 Assistant Director Alexander Mattelaer went on academic leave from the IES to join Harvard University and the National Defense University as a visiting fellow. Having been selected for a prestigious Fulbright Schuman scholarship, Alexander put this short sabbatical to good use to complete a research project on transatlantic relations and defence planning.
From 25 to 30 July, Luis Simon and Alexander Mattelaer were invited as guest speakers during the Global Model NATO Summit, a global engagement initiative allowing student participants to simulate NATO's practice of consensus decision-making.
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