News from the IES

IES Professor Sebastian Oberthür was appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the HBM4EU project. Co-funded under Horizon 2020, HBM4EU is a joint effort of 28 European countries, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, to coordinate and advance human biomonitoring in Europe. HBM4EU will provide better evidence of the actual exposure of citizens to chemicals and the possible health effects to support policy making. 

On Wednesday 27 September IES Jean Monnet professor Harri Kalimo gave the keynote speech at a dinner, hosted by one of the European Parliament’s leading MEPs in environmental issues, Ms. Sirpa Pietikäinen. Talking to the Association of Environmental journalists, Professor Kalimo elaborated on how implementation should today be prominently addressed in two respects: it is one of the key “enablers”, listed in the Commission’s 7th Environmental Action Programme, and better implementation also figures prominently on the Juncker Commission’s Better Regulation agenda

Senior Associate Richard Lewis attended to annual International Metropolis Conference in the Hague (September 18-22)on behalf of IES bringing together academics, policy makers and non-governmental organizations to discuss migration in the context of a system of global justice. This is a timely topic given the political and human rights issues which much of the world is facing, especially the Middle East.

President of Institute for European Studies, Karel De Gucht has delivered a lecture on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, at the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies in Seoul. During his lecture on ‘The Rise of China and the Future of the Global Economic Order’, Mr. De Gucht touched upon a series of key issues currently facing the global trading regime. He pointed out how trade is increasingly being used as a political tool to create and maintain ‘spheres of influence’ in the world.

The IES has been prominently represented at the 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, organised by the European International Studies Association (EISA) in Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017. IES Academic Director Prof. Christian Kaunert presented three papers. Besides, Prof. Florian Trauner, Dr. Chantal Lavallée, Dr. Jan Claudius Völkel, Dr. Atsuko Higashino and Laura Iozzelli spoke about their current research projects that they conduct at the IES.

Dr Jan Claudius Völkel has delivered a keynote speech on Friday, 8 September 2017, at the opening ceremony of the new academic year at the Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Économiques et Sociales, Université Hassan I de Settat, Morocco. Upon invitation of Prof. Abdeljabbar Arrach, his presentation “The Arab parliaments, the challenges of transformation, and the fight against extremism” discussed the ongoing developments across the Arab world and stressed the importance of political institutions for peaceful transitions.

In July 2017, Prof. Florian Trauner was invited to teach at the International Summer School of Renmin University of China. His course entitled ‘The EU in crisis – understanding current issues in European Politics’ was attended by 28 Chinese and international students.

In the current difficult environment, will the EU be able to protect its citizens while also projecting its values into the world? In what ways has the EU’s international role and standing been subject to change? We invite paper abstracts and panel proposals (deadline 23 October) for the sixth European Union in International Affairs (#EUIA18) conference (16 - 18 May 2018 in Brussels), a multidisciplinary biannual event at which international studies scholars and policy practitioners debate the role of the EU in the turbulent realm of international affairs. In 2018 it will focus on the theme of ‘Protecting and Projecting Europe’.

The Institute for European Studies is proud to announce that on 5 September 2017 IES Associate Lisanne Groen was awarded the prestigious UACES (the academic association for contemporary European Studies) Best PhD Thesis Prize for her thesis (2016) on the effectiveness of the European Union (EU) in multilateral climate change and biodiversity negotiations. The prize is awarded to the PhD thesis that made an original and promising contribution to research in the area of contemporary European studies.

For the third time in its history, the Institute for European Studies has been awarded the title of 'Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence'. Through a project, led by Prof. Dr. Christian Kaunert and Mr Silviu Piros, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence title is ensured for a further three years. Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence are a part of the prestigious Life Long Learning programme of the European Union.