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NEWSLETTER
February 2017



IES Workpackage Leader in new H2020 project 'MINDb4ACT'

The Institute for European Studies (IES) is a beneficiary and Workpackage Leader of the project “MINDb4ACT: Mapping, IdentifyiNg and Developing skills and opportunities in operating environments to co-create innovative, ethical and effective ACTions to tackle radicalization leading to violent extremism” funded by the EU’s H2020 programme (consortium leader: the Elcano Royal Institute). MINDb4ACT has the objective to improve the current EU counter-violent extremism policies and to generate new ones.
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Esther Marijnen successfully defends PhD thesis

The IES closed off the year 2016 with another successful PhD defence. On Friday 16 December, Esther Marijnen defended her PhD thesis entitled 'Beyond Rebels and Gorillas: The Multi-Scalar Politics of Conservation and Conflict in the Virunga National Park, DR Congo'. Her promoter was Prof. Dr. Patrick Stouthuysen. The doctoral committee consisted as well of Prof. Dr. Koen Vlassenroot (UGent) and Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer. The IES would like to congratulate Esther on this wonderful achievement! 
 

PILC students attend CJEU landmark case hearing

The students of the IES’s advanced LL.M. Programme in international and European law (”PILC”) have recently made their annual field trip to the Court of Justice of the EU. They were given an introductory briefing to the Case 589/15 P (Anagnostakis v. Commission) by Référendaire Luca Prete, who also gives guest lectures in the PILC Programme. In the hearing itself, the members of the Court engaged in a very active exchange of thoughts, led by the PILC group’s host, President Koen Lenaerts, as well Judge Allan Rosas and the Advocate General. 

Claire Dupont joins EEA Scientific Committee

Dr Claire Dupont was appointed as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA) for a four-year term. The EEA is an agency of the EU and aims to provide sound, independent information on the environment to those developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy and to the general public. The tasks of the Scientific Committee include providing advice and/or opinion on any scientific matter in the areas of work undertaken by the EEA.
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Ilke Adam presents research insights in Flemish Parliament

On 2 February IES Research professor Ilke Adam gave a presentation in the informal hearing on homosexuality and religion in the Flemish Parliament. She presented her insights, mainly based on the research she conducted with ULB Colleague Corinne Torrekens on Belgian Turcs and Belgian Maroccans, and the ongoing research on African Belgians, both funded by the King Boudewijn Foundation.

Workshop on US-EU Relations in Times of Uncertainty

From December 12-13, IES hosted a workshop entitled “US-EU Relations in Times of Uncertainty: Crises and Transatlantic Relations,” which featured guest editors Marianne Riddervold (University of Oslo, Norway) and Akasemi Newsome (University of California, Berkeley), who attempted to account for how transatlantic relations have been impacted by the crises currently faced by the EU. Central to each participating paper’s examination of these relations were questions pertaining to whether the EU states have become more unified or fragmented in their position on the US, as well as the extent to which US and EU relations have strengthened or weakened in different areas.

A science diplomacy approach for Belgium

In December 2016, the seminar on “A Science Diplomacy approach for Belgium?!” brought together experts and practitioners with an interest in science, innovation, international cooperation and diplomacy with a view to discussing existing science diplomacy practices and approaches around the world, and to reflecting on a science diplomacy strategy for Belgium. 
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Upcoming events


 
Webinar on EuroMaster

Webinar (6 February 2017, 1PM 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)! 

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Webinar on LLM in International and European Law

Webinar (7 February 2017, 1 PM 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)! 
Belonging to the West: Geopolitical Discourse and Foreign policy in Modern Greece

Research Colloquium  (14 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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