Academic Year Opens on 28 September

28 Sep 2016 18:00






To celebrate the opening of the new academic year 2016-2017, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, kindly invites you to the 2016 Inaugural Lecture taking place on 28 September at 18:00.

We have the honour of having Belgian Secretary of State Philippe de Backer deliver the inaugural speech to mark the beginning of the new academic year and the Jean Monnet Chair of Professor Harri Kalimo. More information about the event will follow soon.

Since 2nd of May 2016, Philippe De Backer (37) joined the Belgian government. He is currently Secretary of State for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and North Sea. Prior to that he was a Member of the European Parliament, at ALDE group.In his first legislature - 2011-2014 - he was full member of the Transport Committee and substitute member on the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee. After the elections of 2014 Philippe became full member of the Industry Research and Energy Committee and substitute member of the Economy and Monetary Affairs committee. Before joining the European Parliament, Philippe worked as Technology Transfer Officer and as Business Analyst, in different venture capital firms specialised in the life-sciences. Philippe holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University (Belgium) and an MBA from Solvay Business School (Belgium). He is married to Marie and has a daughter Sophia.





5:00 PM Pokémon GO hunt in front of M Building
6:00 PM Welcome speech Jean Monnet Chair Harri Kalimo 
6:15 PM Keynote speech Philippe De Backer 
6:45 PM Q&A
7:00 PM Reception

Please register so we'll know you are coming!


The event will take place at the premises of the Institute for European Studies.
Pleinlaan 5
Conference room Rome & Lisbon (floor -1)