Monthly Archives: April 2015

Two UK projects shortlisted for the 2015 Natura 2000 Awards

Natura 200 Awards

The Natura 2000 Award 2015 finalists have been announced. Out of 93 applications, 23 projects have been short-listed, two of which are UK projects. They are the Alde-Ore Future for Wildlife and the IUCN UK Peatland Programme. There are five category awards on offer, plus the Citizens’ Award (voted for by the public), to be presented at the ceremony on 21st May, in Brussels.

This will be the second Natura 2000 Awards, and the first one that allows members of the public to vote. If you’d like to get involved, you can vote for a project here and if you’d like to attend the awards ceremony you can register your interest here.

Europe Day 2015

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A new idea for Europe: The Schumann declaration – 1950-2000 by Pascal Fontaine (Cover detail)


The 9th of May is a celebration of peace and unity in Europe.  This date was chosen as it marks the anniversary of the ‘Schuman declaration‘ where the French Foreign Minister laid out his ideas for a new form of cooperation in Europe that would make war between European nations unthinkable.  This declaration is seen as the start of what has become the European Union


To read more about this “A new idea for Europe : the Schuman Declaration, 1950-2000”  by Pascal Fontaine is available in the European Documentation Centre

To mark Europe Day, Europe Direct Aberdeen is having a Dance For Europe Day on the 9th of May between 11am – 2pm at the City’s Central Library. Further details are available at:

EURAXESS guide available from the EU Bookshop – Information on research careers in Europe

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EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion is a pan-European initiative providing access to a range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe. Job vacancies can be searched by country and research area at: A Euraxess Funding Search can be used to search for international funding opportunities, including funding to travel to conferences or to make short research visits. In 2010 the University of Aberdeen was awarded the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badge by the European Commission for its work to implement the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers A brief guide to Euraxess is available from the EU Bookshop:

EU Energy Union event to be held in The Sir Duncan Rice Library

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On the 15th May, #EnergyUnion: What does it mean for Scotland, the UK and Europe? will take place in the David Craig Suite on the top floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. Speakers include Ian Duncan MEP, Lang Banks, Director of WWF, academics and industry experts.

Here is some information from the European Parliament page on the event:

‘A key aim on the agenda of Jean-Claude Juncker’s Commission Presidency is “a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy”. As such, Energy Union has been at the forefront of discussion within the European Parliament. What are the policy implications of these discussions, and how will it make a difference to the everyday lives of people in Scotland?  Ian Duncan MEP will be joined by a panel of distinguished speakers from civil society, academia and industry to discuss // #EnergyUnion: What does it mean for Scotland, the UK and Europe? – Aberdeen, 15th May 2015 the implications of Energy Union for Scotland, the UK and Europe as a whole.

Find out more and register to attend here.

European Union Explained: free copies available

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The European Union Explained is a series of brief publications that explain what the EU does in different policy areas.  Subjects include climate action, energy, environment, food safety, public health, research and innovation, trade and transport.

Copies are available from the free leaflets display next to the EDC Office in the Taylor Library, so come and pick some up!

Electronic copies are available and can be downloaded free of charge from the EU Bookshop: