News from the IES

IES researchers Sebastian Oberthür and Lisanne Groen, both members of the Environment and Sustainable Development cluster, attended the UN climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, that were held from 19 to 23 October 2015.

The 2015 edition of the multidisciplinary conference on Romani Studies organised by the Gypsy Lore Society has been held in Chisinau, Moldova, on September 10-12.

Sebastian Oberthür and Ernesto Roessing presented their study on the ‘Implications of actions to enhance synergies: An independent analysis and report’ to the Standing Committee of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in Bonn on 15 October 2015.

The Institute for European Studies is delighted to announce that Karel De Gucht has been elected by the IES Board to serve as its new President. An eminent figure in the Belgian and European political arenas, De Gucht is most widely known for his former role as EU Commissioner for Trade. Karel De Gucht takes over from Prof. Dr. Em. Bart De Schutter, former VUB rector, who was the president since the Institute’s inception in 2001.

Olof Soebech and Louise Baduel have created a video interview series on societal security and Europe’s future security threats. the videos are published and shared through the EU FP7 project SOURCE website. A total of seven short interviews, complementary and diverse, all address the question on current and future security threats.

On 24 September the IES had the honour of hosting Daniel Dardailler, Director of International Relations at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), for a stimulating expert lecture on the state of global Internet governance, the role and position of W3C, and its efforts to collaborate.

IES Senior Researcher Ilke Adam was invited by the Flemish Green and Socialist parties to present the results of the May 2015 study on the participation and inclusion of Turkish and Moroccan Belgians.

 On 24 September 2015 Acting Academic Director Alexander Mattelaer chaired a panel at the "Countering Hybrid Threats" seminar organised by the European External Action Service and the Luxembourg Presidency.

The UN Climate Conference in Paris is widely expected to provide new momentum to the worldwide fight against climate change by adopting a new global climate agreement. Wishing to underline the importance of the Paris conference in a broader perspective, the VUB set up We Are Paris and officially launched it at the opening of the academic year on 22 September. 

The latest career news from former LLM students

Astrid SCHOMAKER (PILC 1990) was promoted to the post of Director for Strategy at the European Commission's Directorate General (DG) for Environment.