The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will speak at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the Future of EU Research and Innovation on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 6:00pm. He will give his perspective on the future of research and innovation in Europe. Mr Moedas manages Horizon 2020 the EU Research and Innovation programme. Further information is available here.
“With the discussions on the design of the next framework programme underway, we find ourselves at a critical stage for research and innovation in Europe. Recently, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker launched his White Paper on the future of Europe. Therein he illustrated five scenarios for the future, and in each he noted the integral role of research and innovation. However, these are not without their challenges. Notably, how to create an ecosystem in Europe that is research and innovation-friendly, and how to successfully bring our innovative ideas to market”.
Representatives from Scotland Europa will be visiting the University of Aberdeen on 29 May 2017 to give an update on European funding and provide some general principles for writing grant funding applications to EU bodies. The event is for researchers at the University of Aberdeen and aimed particularly at those who have previous experience of applying to EU funding bodies.
Further information about this event and how to reserve a place is available here.
Explorathon 2016 will take place on the 30th of September with simultaneous events running in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St. Andrews.
It will be the third and largest of the Explorathon events so far, so if you’re inspired by science, or want to be, do have a look to see what’s on offer. Separate programmes of events are now available for each location:
Staff here at the EDC recently attended the EU referendum panel discussion event in the Kings Conference Centre entitled ‘The UK and Europe. In or Out?’ and found it a very good format for exploring and clarifying the issues around the referendum. In the first hour, each of the four panellists, after being introduced, gave a 15 minute speech on a particular aspect of the EU and the UK’s relationship with it. The entire second hour (and a little bit more) was devoted to questions from the audience.
This event was part of The UK in a Changing Europe Initiative which provides and promotes independent research into the complex subject. It is funded by the (ESRC), and based at Kings College, London. Their website has lots of useful facts and figures as well as discussion papers and analysis.
*Please note – due to a high level of interest, this event is in the King’s College Conference Centre and not The Sir Duncan Rice Library as previously advertised*
On the 22nd March there will be an EU referendum panel discussion event in the Kings Conference Centre entitled ‘The UK and Europe. EU in or out’. The chair is Professor Margaret Ross, the University’s vice principal, and the panelists are:
*Please note – due to a high level of interest, this event will now take place in the King’s College Conference Centre.*
On the 22nd March there will be an EU referendum panel discussion event in the Sir Duncan Rice LibraryKings Conference Centre entitled ‘The UK and Europe. EU in or out’. The chair is Professor Margaret Ross, the University’s vice principal, and the panelists are:
Tuesday’s Discussion on the Role of EU sanctions was attended by 37 students of both Law and International Relations. The panellists were: Anthonius W. de Vries (a former sanctions coordinator at the European Commission), Professor Michael Smith – (a Politics and IR lecturer here at Aberdeen), and Dr. Paul James Cardwell (from the University of Sheffield).
Daria Shapovalova, Europe Direct Assistant and research postgraduate student here at Aberdeen summed up the flavour of the speeches like this:
The general feeling that we got from the speeches was that the sanctions [don’t] so much change the behaviour of the target States, but rather serve as a signal of disapproval from the EU and that it is important to be critical of this instrument of foreign policy and apply it only when necessary and with utmost care.
This evening’s panel discussion event on the ‘EU as a Global Actor’ is proving very popular. The booking page is now closed so If you’re hoping to attend and have not yet secured a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to inquire about places.
The objective of the discussion is to provoke students interest in EU foreign policy, with particular focus on the mechanism of sanctions. It has been collaboratively organized by Europe Direct Aberdeen and Elsa (European Law Students’ Association). See our original post for more information.
On the 16th of February the Sir Duncan Rice Library will host an event with the objective of provoking students interest in EU foreign policy, with particular focus on the mechanism of sanctions. It has been collaboratively organized by Europe Direct Aberdeen and Elsa (European Law Students’ Association). Here’s what they have to say about it:
In the recent years the European Union has been gaining strength as a global actor: it has been a participant of the peace processes in Middle East, Ukraine, and Philippines. One of the mechanisms the EU uses to influence the behaviour of various foreign actors is the sanctions regime. The event is aimed at shedding light on the mechanism of the EU sanctions, its difference from other sanctions regimes, and its goals and effectiveness. To achieve that we will discuss the EU sanctions following the crisis in Ukraine; EU’s involvement in Iran sanctions lifting process; and the EU sanctions regimes in Uzbekistan and Myanmar. We will analyse the causes and the objectives of adopting the sanctions; whether those causes and objectives shift over time; and whether we can assess the effectiveness of these restrictive measures.