Upcoming Events

18 Jan 2019 - 12:00       Other
This Policy Forum features an input by Mr. Badara A. Joof, the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) of The Gambia and Prof. Dr Faqir Muhammad Anjum, the Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia (UTG). Minister Joof will present his country’s perspective on the linkages between development cooperation and higher education. The Gambia is a country undergoing a major transformation. After the reign of former president Yahya Jammeh (1994- 2016), the 2016 elections propelled coalition candidate Adama Barrow to power. After 52 years, it was Gambia’s first change of government through the ballot box. What are the opportunities in the New Gambia? How is the new government overcoming development challenges relating not only to education but also migration? What can The Gambia learn from European higher educational systems? How can the EU’s development cooperation support these developments? This Policy Forum provides a rare opportunity to engage directly with senior representatives of the new government of The Gambia.
23 Jan 2019 - 12:00       Other
Venue: Pleinlaan 5, room 2.03, 2nd floor Abstract: IES PhD researcher Orsolya Gulyas will present a paper she co-authored in 2017 with Nicole Dewandre (JRC, European Commission). The study aimed at unveiling the implicit assumptions underlying the language of EU policymaking by examining how strategic EU policy documents talk about people, economic agents, relations among different entities, and time. It conducted a critical metaphor analysis of EU policy texts from 1985 to 2014, revealing the extent to which EU policymaking, by relentlessly focusing on the ‘competitiveness, growth, and jobs’ narrative, relies on modern conceptual frameworks. The prominence of rationality and causality, at the expense of sense of purpose, reality and meaning, is revealed through the validation of four metaphorical keys. These are (i) SENSITIVE INVERSION, i.e. economic agents are sensitive and humans are functional; (ii) SIZE MATTERS, i.e. big is better than small and one is better than many; (iii) DEFICIT FRAMING, i.e. potential is locked and the present is broken/future is bright; and (iv) SPEED IS OF THE ESSENCE, i.e. the world moves fast and we must hurry up. The research also incorporated a computational approach to the study of more than 6000 EU policy texts from the same period, which will also be discussed in the presentation.
22 Feb 2019 - 08:30       Conference
You are cordially invited to participate in the conference which will be held on Friday 22 February 2019 at the Institute for European Studies, VUB in Brussels. At the outset of the “Drone Age” with the comprehensive commercialisation of drones for leisure activities, and multiple applications for professional as well as business purposes, the European Union (EU) is setting up a new policy framework for drones. The EU’s core objective is to facilitate the safe integration of civil drones into the European airspace from 2019 on. In this context, this timely conference will bring together researchers and stakeholders with different backgrounds to discuss the multi-dimensional implications and issues related to the upcoming “Drone Age”. To register, please fill in the following online form. Questions? Please email us at events@ies.be.
27 Feb 2019 - 09:00       Conference
Interested to hear the final research outcomes and policy recommendations of our project on European Leadership on Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy?