Bologna Workshop: exploring Europe’s Migration Crisis

More than 20 Europaeum graduates attended a typically topical Graduate Workshop hosted with Bologna University (see the poster here and the programme here), with keynote talks from Oxford Professor, Guy Goodwin Gill, analysing the nature of the current crisis facing Europe, and an analysis by Oxford researcher Martin Ruhs of the obstacles confronting the principle of free movement across the European Union, and Professor Marco Borocetti on legal issues to do with refugees generally and to trafficked victims in particular. As with all Europaeum activities, the event was participatory and engaging, with exciting working groups, and support from the University of Bologna for lunches and coffees. There was also a discussion of the University’s own refugee policy. 

Current flows of refugees into Europe – probably the largest flows since the end of the last world war – have put migration and mobility at the top of Europe’s agenda, raising questions of European and national identity, cultural reconfiguration, relations of centre and periphery in Europe and border controls. The workshop will look at what it means to be a European, what the challenges for welfare are, and what the rise of right wing parties means, and what Europe stands for. Graduates should apply right away. All local costs will be covered (apart from travel). Students had to apply with the usual CV (max. 2 pages), one or two letters of recommendation, a letter of motivation, and a brief abstract of the proposed paper should go to the Europaeum Office. 

Fellowship Programme : Challenging us to act on Climate Change

Project Drawdown, is an innovative new climate change mitigation coalition. This programme is designed to foster the development of a new generation of global leaders working on pragmatic solutions to our climate crisis. Participating students, scientists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers will learn how to describe a realistic future in which the world achieves drawdown – the point at which greenhouse gases in our atmosphere reach their modern day peak and then begin to decline. Fellows will work remotely with Project Drawdown’s research team to develop realistic, solution-specific models, reports, and policy memos projecting the financial and climate impacts of ‘state-of-the-shelf’ solutions deployed at scale over the next thirty years. A small number of competitive, 10-week fellowships are available to exceptional postgraduates, postdoctoral scholars, and young professionals from around the world. To learn more about the fellowships and how to apply, please click here.

Graduates look forward to Brussels policy-making seminar

We have now filled all the places for our next – ninth – special three-day programme of talks, discussions, interviews and visits, involving those at the sharp end of policy- and decision-making in Brussels. Among the themes to be discussed will be democracy in Europe; how the Juncker European Commission Priorities Programme is progressing; responding to the threats of terrorism; and Brexit and its implications, plus the usual series of lively working group debates on democracy inside the EU, Euroscepticism, the Eurozone, Greek and other crises, and the role of Germany inside the EU. The event will run from after lunch on February 22nd through to tea-time on February 24th. As usual, it is organised with our colleagues from the Institute of Political Science within the Catholic University in Lisbon. See here for latest programme.