News from the IES

On 26-28 October EDU researcher Alexandra Mihai took part in the EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network) 8th Research Workshop in Oxford ( Adopting an innovative and highly interactive approach, the workshop gathered around 140 researchers from 34 countries in Europe and beyond and provided a forum to discuss their latest research output on the use of technology-enhanced learning. Alexandra facilitated a workshop on the challenges of conducting multi-disciplinary research, bringing together researchers from various backgrounds who shared both their best practice in teaching and their research experience.

On 20-24 October the IES EDU team successfully delivered the first one week teacher training session in the context of the project Euro-entrepreneurship: University Qualifications for the Europeanisation of the Romanian Society.

The training focused both on refreshing and updating the professors’ knowledge about the functioning of the EU and on discussing various active learning methods that can be used in their courses.

On 13-15 October the On 13-15 October the EDU organised the 2014 autumn edition of the intensive training EU in Close-up. The training brought together a group of professionals working in the public, private and non-governmental sector aiming to learn more about the way the EU functions and especially how the latest institutional changes might impact the policy-making process. The EDU trainings offer a mix of lectures from academics and practitioners and more active learning methods such as simulation games, whereby participants gain first hand experience on how the EU works in practice.

Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, a leading human rights lawyer from Bangladesh and alumnus of the IES-VUB PILC programme (now the LLM International & European Law), has been selected as the honoree for the 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, now in its 31st year. The award recognizes his courageous work uncovering the most serious human rights violations in Bangladesh and initiates a partnership to support his efforts to promote and safeguard human rights. Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy will present Mr. Rahman Khan with the 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony in November. Adilur Rahman Khan is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, a former Deputy Attorney General for Bangladesh (October 2001 – May 2007) and a founder and the Secretary of the human rights organisation Odhikar.

Launch Event of the EU think tank Platform Paris 2015




The Institute for European Studies is part of five of the leading EU think tanks active in climate change policy who will come together as part of the TT2015 Platform.

On 15 October, the TT2015 Platform will be launched which brings together five of the leading EU thinks tanks (CEPS, E3G, IDDRI, IES-VUB and SWP), active in the area of climate change policy, in their desire to catalyse and contribute to the debate in the EU on its strategy and positioning in the 2015 negotiations.

Stabilising the financial markets remains a key challenge for the new Commission, which is set out to start its work in November. A reformed financial sector would help in restoring growth and steering the EU out of the economic crisis. A Banking Union with a Single Supervisory Mechanism for banks is a key part of the reform agenda. 
These and other developments in the European internal market and financial services were explored on 23 September at the IES Inaugural Lecture, delivered by a leading authority, Prof. Em. Jonathan Faull, Director General (DG Internal Market and Services).

The event was a great success with a full house of attendees including current and former students of our Advanced Master Programmes.

Daniel Fiott, PhD Researcher at IES, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) (Research Foundation - Flanders). Following a highly competitive selection procedure, the fellowship has been awarded for the completion of Daniel's doctoral work. As a member organisation of the European Research Council, the FWO supports ground-breaking fundamental research at universities of the Flemish Community.

The IES and the Egmont Institute are delighted to announce that videos of their highly successful lecture series, The Future of European Geostrategy, are now online. Europe faces critical internal and external challenges. The lectures sought to enhance the thinking of European policy-makers in the realm of foreign, defence and security policy and strategy by inviting speakers from across Europe and father afield to stimulate the strategic debate in Brussels.

IES Researcher, Irene Wieczorek, has been awarded the Diploma of the Academy of European Law from the European University Institute in Florence for her excellent examination paper this summer.

Congratulations to Irene!