PADEMIA – Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe held its first annual conference in Brussels on 12-13 June 2014. The motivation of PADEMIA is to establish a Europe-wide and sustainable network of 56 academics from 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today.
The conference consisted of parallel thematic workshops organised along the lines of PADEMIA’s research themes. Keynote speeches from external practitioners and EU decision makers further elaborated on the themes of the project. The conference also served as a platform for the partner institutions to meet and discuss the management, activities and timelines of the project. Moreover, it enabled the partners to exchange teaching practices on the subject of parliamentary democracy in Europe, to offer opportunities to make contacts in Brussels, and to enhance collaboration and develop synergies for research and publications.
More information can be found at www.pademia.eu.