Category Archives: Events

2017 MacCormick European Lecture


Royal Society Edinburgh

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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”.


Scotland Europa visit for University of Aberdeen Research Staff

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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.

International Women’s Day: Event in Aberdeen


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Europe Direct Aberdeen, in association with the European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh,  will host a panel discussion on gender based violence and consent to mark International Women’s Day.  It will focus on the roles individuals, society and popular culture can play in combating attitudes both about consent and gender based violence.

The panel is made up of speakers from Rape Crisis Grampian, Stella’s Voice and the University of Aberdeen.

This free event will take place at Aberdeen Central Library on the 8th of March at 6pm. Booking is essential and can be done from here.


Explorathon 2016

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Explorathon 2016 programme detail

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:




St. Andrews

Some events will doubtless prove to be very popular, so booking may be required in order to avoid disappointment.

Explorathon is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme

Check out Explorathon’s Twitter and Facebook feeds for more info!

EU Referendum panel discussion event in SDRL *UPDATE* venue change


*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 Library 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:

For more information and to book your free place, click here.

This is part of a series of events entitled ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ that are happening all over the country. Read more about the series here.

Cardiff EDC has produced a very comprehensive ‘Brexit Information Guide’, which collects a wide variety of sources and opinions on the debate. Updated regularly, here’s the latest version.






EDIC and ELSA’s ‘EU as a Global Actor’ Event a Success

Draft poster_EDIC_Eu Global ActorTuesday’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.

The event was organised jointly between Europe Direct Aberdeen and ELSA Aberdeen. If you think you might be interested in future events of this type then have a look at their events pages on Facebook (EDIC & ELSA).

Here are a few photos from the evening:



Popular EU Sanctions Discussion event in SDRL Tonight

Draft poster_EDIC_Eu Global Actor

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  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.



Upcoming Panel Discussion Event in the Sir Duncan Rice Library – EU as a Global Actor: The Role of EU Sanctions in Helping Striving Democracies

Draft poster_EDIC_Eu Global ActorOn 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.


To book your place you can email or go to the Eventbrite booking page.

For more details see the poster above and the EDIC Aberdeen Facebook page.