New TEPSA project: FEUTURE – The Future of EU-Turkey Relations. Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios


The new TEPSA project “FEUTURE – The Future of EU-Turkey Relations. Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios” was officially launched on 1 April 2016.

FEUTURE is a TEPSA project on EU-Turkey relations that will last for three years (from 1 April 2016 till 30 March 2019). TEPSA is currently exploring how its member institutes can be involved in some phases of the project as well.

Thanks to its broad consortium made up of renowned research institutes across Europe and beyond, FEUTURE sets out to explore fully different options for further EU-Turkey cooperation in the next decade, including analysis of the challenges and opportunities connected with further integration of Turkey with the EU. To do so, FEUTURE applies a comprehensive research approach with the following three main objectives:

  1. Mapping the dynamics of the EU-Turkey relationship in terms of their underlying historical narratives and thematic key drivers.
  2. Testing and substantiating the most likely scenario(s) for the future and assessing the implications (challenges and opportunities) these may have on the EU and Turkey, as well as the neighbourhood and the global scene.
  3. Drawing policy recommendations for the EU and Turkey on the basis of a strong evidence-based foundation in the future trajectory of EU-Turkey relations.

The consortium will be lead by TEPSA Chairperson Prof. W. Wessels (University of Cologne) as coordinator and Dr. Nathalie Tocci (IAI), as scientific coordinator, with Dr. Funda Tekin as project director.

Open call for applications: 5-day PONT Career Skills Training in Brussels


In the framework of the PONT project, TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) is organizing a Career Skills Training to guide recent graduates from Master’s programmes, PhD students and young researchers into the practicalities of working life and to introduce them to the Brussels arena. 20 young professionals will take part in the training to identify and acquire skills needed in the field of EU policy-making, including work for the European institutions and think-tanks. Interactive sessions with EU practitioners, researchers, trainers and academics as well as personal feedback on individual presentations will enable young researchers to improve their drafting and communication skills, including the communication of research findings to policy-makers, thereby increasing participants’ employability.

The career skills training will take place on 17-21 October 2016 and will be coordinated by Prof. Hanna Ojanen, Jean Monnet Professor at the University of Tampere.

All career skills training participants will also be offered the opportunity to take part in TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conference, a biannual flagship event promoting expert discussion of the main issues of the current EU agenda.

Full participation to all elements of the five-day programme in Brussels is compulsory. Participants of the Career Skills Training will receive a certificate of attendance after the successful completion of the training.

Training venue: Fondation Universitaire, Rue d’Egmont 11, Brussels and working visits in Brussels based institutions.

Participation fee: € 200 for applicants coming from or having graduated from TEPSA member institutes and € 400 for applicants coming from non-TEPSA member institutes. This fee includes all training materials, access to all programme components as well as lunch during the training.

Travel reimbursement: TEPSA reimburses travel costs up to EUR 250. All other expenses, like accommodation, are to be covered by other sources or by the participants themselves.

Deadline for applications: 20 June 2016.

More information on the training and application procedure can be found here: PONT training October 2016 Call Final