Recently conducted events

26 May 2021 - 09:00

The European Union in International Affairs, #EUIA21 Conference provides a major forum for academics and policy-makers to debate the role of the EU in the turbulent realm of international affairs. The seventh edition of this event will take place from 26 to 28 May 2021 and focus on the theme ‘Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act’. #EUIA21 will be the single major stopover of the academic conference circuit in Brussels.

Research Colloquium
9 Mar 2021 - 17:00
4 Mar 2021 - 15:30

For a long time, the decarbonisation targets and policies of the EU have been seen as good news for natural gas. However, the introduction of increasingly stringent long-term emissions reduction targets are calling into question the medium-to-long term prospects of such a commodity in Europe, as gas demand is foreseen to stabilise in the EU-27 over the coming decade, to fall abruptly as of 2030. Such a dynamic is likely to affect several natural gas exporters in the EU’s neighbourhood. For these countries, the energy relations with the EU are important on economic, political, social and ideational grounds. The effect of decarbonisation on a key export good entails a significant change in an important aspect in these countries’ bilateral relations with the EU. How does the future look for these countries’ resources as their main customer accelerates its decarbonisation plans? Is Europe’s energy transition likely to trigger a re-orientation in the hydrocarbons exporters’ foreign policy and commercial strategies? And what does this mean for the EU’s energy and climate diplomacy in its Eastern and Southern neighbourhood?

Venue: Online, please register here to attend

Date: 4 March 2021, 14:30 – 16:30

19 Feb 2021 - 10:00

During the workshop, there is plenty of room for a virtual discussion - you are welcome to join! Please register here

Research Colloquium
9 Feb 2021 - 17:00
9 Feb 2021 - 19:00

As two frontrunners in international education, research, and academic services, the Institute for European Studies (IES) and Vesalius College (VeCo) have closely collaborated for many years now. We are excited to share with you that from this February onwards, this collaboration will enter a new phase with a joint new brand: the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG), an alliance between the IES and VeCo.
Make sure to mark Tuesday 9 February from 18h00-19h00 in your calendar and join us on Facebook for our BSoG brand launch that will reveal what this new School is all about!

28 Jan 2021 - 17:00

About this Event

Following the recent publication of a special issue in Regional Studies (2020, Vol 54, No 11) studying immigrant integration policies at the subnational level, this webinar will discuss the drivers and effects of subnational immigrant integration beyond the cases studied in the SI. While the SI has offered inspiring results regarding subnational integration policies in Europe and North America, the aim of this webinar is to adopt a more global outlook by discussing immigrant integration policies ‘worldwide’, i.e. with insights from other geographical areas (Africa, Asia, Latin America).

To discuss the drivers and effects of immigrant integration in less studied countries or regional areas, the webinar will feature experts from different geographical areas.

Research Colloquium
26 Jan 2021 - 17:00
Research Colloquium
15 Dec 2020 - 17:15
11 Dec 2020 - 13:30

This event will take place online, please register here to attend.

12h30: welcome and introduction by Kerstin Henrard
12h.35: Panel discussion with:

  • Catherine Woollard, Director at ECRE
  • Rasha Saba, programme officer at Minority Rights Group International
  • Tena Šimonović Einwalter,  ECRI member in respect of Croatia
  • Amy Weatherburn, scientific researcher FNRS-FRS at ULB, and researcher for the Fundamental Rights Agency multidisciplinary research network, FRANET
  • Els Keytsman, Director at National Human Rights Institution and Equality Body (UNIA)
  • Rita Vanobberghen, Medical doctor and PhD researcher at VUB’s Department of Family Medicine

13h30: Q&A with the audience

8 Dec 2020 - 20:00

Info-session about the Advanced Master in European Integration, organised by the Institute for European Studies (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium.

Research Colloquium
8 Dec 2020 - 17:00
3 Dec 2020 - 15:00

Engagement is necessary to address North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, inter-Korean peace and reconciliation, and human rights issues in North Korea. However, sustained engagement has been elusive in recent years as the United States and the international community have prioritized sanctions and, under President Donald Trump, top-level summits without a proper diplomatic process. In this seminar, three experts with long-term experience of sustained engagement with North Korea will discuss the prospects that diplomacy can resume following the US presidential election. They will also analyse the benefits and challenges that they have encountered in their engagement with Pyongyang.

3 Dec 2020 - 16:00

The responsibilities of online platforms, competition and antitrust rules, the fight against illegal content and disinformation online are at the top of the European Union’s agenda. In a much anticipated legislative package - the Digital Services Act (DSA), the European Commission is expected to propose new rules that will profoundly reshape the future rulebook of internet platforms on these major issues.

Our series of seminars offers an academic perspective on these developments, to unpack the complex underlying issues of this forthcoming legislative package, and discuss its possible implications.

2 Dec 2020 - 19:00


Dr. Noa Milman (Marie Curie Fellow, University of Copenhagen and project researcher 'Protesting the Death of George Floyd in Europe')

Ms. Rachael Moore (Coordinator RainbowHouse Brussels, founder of Rainbow Nation)

Mr. Jeff Kwasi Klein (Project lead and Policy advisor at Each One Teach One Berlin e.V. (EOTO))

Ms. Folashade Ajayi (PhD researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and project researcher 'Protesting the Death of George Floyd in Europe')


When: 2 December 2020, 18:00 – 19:30 

Where: online zoom session, register here

1 Dec 2020 - 10:00

About the Seminar

This launch event in the Seoul Plaza Hotel will discuss the findings of the “Korea Matters for Europe/Europe Matters for Korea” research report published by KF-VUB Korea Chair, East West Center, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP).

The two-hour event will take place on 1 December at 09.00 AM CET/ 17.00 PM KST. It will be a first look at the report which will become publicly available on our website afterwards.

27 Nov 2020 - 11:00


Lavanya Rajamani: Professor of International Environmental Law, University of Oxford,
Karsten Sach: Director General for European and International Policy, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety
Li Shuo: Senior Global Policy Advisor, Greenpeace East Asia,
Byford Tsang, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G,

Moderated by Sebastian Oberthür, Research Professor Environment & Sustainable Development at the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and University of Eastern Finland.

This event will take place online, please register here.