• Fri

    Conference: “16th Florence Air Forum: Navigating towards the decarbonisation of European aviation”, September 24 (RSCAS-EUI, Italy)

    Florence, Italy

    Based on the established approach of the Florence Transport Forum series, the 16th Florence Air Forum will bring together key aviation stakeholders representing EU and national policymakers, airlines, airports, technology manufacturers, air traffic control, and civil society, among others, for a timely discussion on the necessary EU policy framework to enable the deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels and zero emission aircraft, and furthermore, how the EU framework and approach can be extended onto the global level.

    The 16th Florence Air Forum, jointly organised by the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation and the European Commission’s DG MOVE, will take the 2030 and 2050 perspectives on the progressive decarbonisation of civil aviation in the EU and globally. This, in particular, will involve the examination of the industry’s recently published Destination 2050 roadmap, the ongoing work in the ICAO on establishing a long-term aspirational CO2 goal and the actions planned under the Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy in relation to the European Green Deal.

    Learn more here.

  • Thu

    International Conference: “The European Union and the Governance of Contested Global Spaces”, October 14-15 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    College of Europe, Bruges

    On 14 and 15 October 2021, the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies of the College of Europe, Bruges campus, will organise an international conference to discuss the European Union’s role in the governance of contested global spaces.

    In recent years, several ‘global spaces’ have (re-)emerged as key theatres of political and legal contestation: the Polar regions, the High Seas, the atmosphere (in particular climate change), cyberspace and outer space. The conference will explore the EU’s evolving role in the governance of several of these contested global spaces from both political science and legal perspectives.

     The international conference will be launched on Thursday, 14 October, at 17h00, by the Department’s annual EU Diplomacy Lecture, which will be delivered by the EEAS Ambassador at Large for Climate Diplomacy, Marc VANHEUKELEN, on “EU Climate Diplomacy: Projecting Green Global Leadership”.

     Participation is free of charge. For more details and the registration form for the EU Diplomacy Lecture, please click here (possibility to follow the lecture remotely).

    For more details and the registration form for the International Conference “The European Union and the Governance of Contested Global Spaces”, please click here.

  • Mon

    Training Course: "EU Project Management", November 15-19 (College of Europe, Bruges)

    College of Europe, Bruges

    The EU Project Management training course is a one-week interactive journey along with the life of EU-funded projects, from programming to project design, proposal writing, budgeting, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. High level experienced practitioners lead participants through a curriculum based on the latest project management methodologies.

    Bruges, Belgium
    15-19 November 2021


  • Mon

    Conference: “The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism”, 29 November (IWE CERS, Hungary)

    Hybrid event

    The topic of the conference this year is ‘The changing repertoire of state intervention to promote development in an unfolding new world order’. The SVOC conference will be organized in a hybrid form (depending on the pandemic situation) with both onsite and online sessions. Contributions to SVOC2021 should be related to the general theme of the conference, especially but not exclusively focusing on the following topics:

    1. Enhancing the theoretical framework of Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) research
    2. The (comparative) analysis of contemporary variants of state capitalism
    3. Developmental states in the twenty-first century
    4. Democratisation/re-democratisation and the developmental state;
    5. Is there any convergence to be seen across successful development strategies in the emerging world, or “varietas delectat”?
    6. Post-crisis, alternative trajectories and models of sustainable human development
    7. New perspectives of post-crisis development: focusing on the social component
    8. Consequences of the crisis for changes in the level of democracy/democratisation processes
    9. Environmental considerations in varieties of capitalism
    10. The monetary-fiscal link in state-led intervention

    The keynote speakers will be:

    • Professor Elizabeth THURBON (Scientia Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Sidney)

    Keynote title: Governing for Development in a Crisis-Plagued World: Can We Map a Way Forward?)

    • Professor László BRUSZT (Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of Democracy Institute, Central European University)


    The SVOC2021 conference is organized by the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies and Democracy Institute, Central European University.

    Format: hybrid (with both onsite and online sessions)

    Learn more here.

  • Mon

    Conference: “7th The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC): The changing repertoire of state intervention to promote in an unfolding new world order”, November 29-30 (IWE CERS, Hungary)

    Budapest, Hungary

    The SVOC2021 conference is organized by the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Budapest, Hungary and Democracy Institute of Central European University.

    Entering the third decade of the twenty-first century, both the world economy and economics as a social science face important challenges that call for paradigmatic changes, maybe even for new paradigms. New trends and challenges emerging (or intensifying) globally during the past few years require the reconsideration of national development strategies to adapt to a post-crisis era from a situation in which these realities were not anticipated, let alone could anyone prepare for them. These changes have important consequences for the role states play in actively promoting development and economic growth in the twenty-first century, while also significantly shaping their internal policy responses to these new developments.

    Following the global financial and economic crisis of 2008-9 and, more recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one can observe different types of active state interventions and growing state involvement to revive economic growth and development throughout the world compared to the pre-crises period. Correspondingly, governments must act under new constraints posed (or intensified) by new challenges, which require the reconsideration of the repertoire of developmentalist policies and state interventions. This has led to a renewed interest in the analysis of the role of the state in economic growth and development in general and to a renaissance of comparative capitalism research in particular, with a special focus on the post-crisis varieties of capitalism. Furthermore, this change in the role of the state and governments have important consequences for the state of democracy and democratisation in less developed countries.

    Learn more here.

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