News from the IES

As a part of his Jean Monnet Chair rECOncile, IES professor Harri Kalimo has launched a novel type of academic activity at the IES: the virtual reading circle “Virtuosi”. The circle hosts a group of pre- and post-doctoral scholars from universities in different countries –so far Ghent and Antwerp have joined the IES in Belgium, while Turku and Tampere universities participate from Finland, and Fordham from the United States. In addition, IES associates that work in the EU institutions, law firms and national representations take part in the discussions.

Our partner institute UNU-CRIS has launched a Call for Participants regarding its Sixth Doctoral School on Latin, American, European and Comparative Regionalism. The aim of the bilingual (English-Spanish) Doctoral School is to bring together a group of Ph.D. and other young researchers for a series of lectures by leading senior academics and to discuss their research projects in tutorial sessions. The Doctoral School will take place in Quito and will last for one week. Candidates should submit before 30 June 2017.

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A new project, EU-DRONES, has been accepted in H2020 under the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. The IES welcomes postdoc Chantal Lavallée, who obtained an Individual Fellowship for 2 years to join the group of Prof. Christian Kaunert from IES. The objective of this research is to examine how the European Commission is shaping regulatory framework development, production and use of drones considering the diverging interests among actors concerned in Europe (and beyond) where multiple authorities overlap.

IES Senior Researcher Prof. Luk Van Langenhove organises a series of six guest lectures on ‘New Approaches to Diplomacy’ in the context of his VUB course ‘Current Case Studies: Global and Regional Governance’. The guest lecturers will be practitioners and academics who will discuss non-traditional forms of diplomacy such as economic and cultural diplomacy. Lectures take place on Wednesdays from 16:00 – 18:00 and are open to the public. The first lecture is scheduled for 19 April.

On 28 March 2017, within the framework of the Euro Master course on Climate and Energy Governance in the European Union, the IES in collaboration with Carbon Market Watch organised a student debate on European Climate Policy. Four teams of students debated the following two propositions “An emissions trading system (ETS) is an effective instrument to reduce emissions and meet climate goals”, and “A high degree of flexibility to meet the targets is instrumental for cost-effective and ambitious climate action”. The debate was a public event and featured a high level panel consisting of Jakop Dalunde (Member of European Parliament), Christian Holzleitner (Policy Advisor, DG Climate Action, European Commission), Marco Mensink (Director General, The European Chemical Industry Council), and Femke de Jong (EU Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch). Tomas Wyns moderated the discussions.

Within the framework of its involvement in an EU FP7 project on aviation biofuels, the IES in collaboration with Airbus Group, organised a lunchtime debate on bridging the gap between technological development and policy measures in the sustainable aviation fuels sector. 

We are very proud to announce the promotion of Doctor in Law Tran Van Thuy, who successfully defended his PhD thesis on 22 March, with Prof. Dr. Erik Franckx as promotor. The title of his PhD thesis is: “Freedom of Navigation in the Exclusive Economic Zone: the EU Approach with Respect to Ship-Source Pollution”.Dr. Thuy started his research in 2009 when he joined the Institute for European Studies. The IES would like to congratulate Dr. Tran Van Thuy for this great accomplishment!

Nearly ten months after the publication of the "Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals" by the European Commission, the IES organised a Policy Forum on "The implementation of the EU Action Plan on Integration: Feedback from the Member States, Regional and Local Authorities" which provided a first glance at the activities completed, the focus points and the plans for the future of migrant integration in the EU.

The Institute for European Studies (IES), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), is calling for two full-time doctoral researchers in Environment and Sustainable Development (one – 4 years) and Migration and Diversity (one – 4 years) and a pre-Doc researcher (one – 1 year). Prospective PhD candidates are hereby invited to submit project proposals by 30 April 2017.

For more information on the vacancies and related requirements, please click here.

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to zoom in on the IES’ 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 academic publications. Serena D’Agostino, a researcher in our Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster, has published today a blog story on the European Roma Information Office (ERIO)’s website about Romani women activism (click here for English and French versions).