TEPSA EU@Work Seminar on Digital Policies, October 26-29

The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) invited 20 Master students and graduates to take part in a 4-day seminar. The seminar, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, offered these attendees an opportunity to gain first-hand insights from researchers, EU practitioners, policymakers and officials on digital policies.

By attending this seminar, participants:

  • Acquired and deepened knowledge on EU digital policies touching topics such as the digital single market, data
    protection, and cyberwarfare, gaining valuable insights into the practicalities of policy-making in Brussels;
  • Met high-level professionals from EU institutions and think-tanks and learn from their experiences;
  • Met and exchanged views with students from different disciplinary and national backgrounds;
  • Improved analytical and argumentation skills;
  • Enhanced employability.

The seminar was a 4-day event. It was held in Brussels from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 October 2021. A certificate was issued to all participants following their full attendance at the seminar.

The four days were devoted to attending expert lectures, panel debates, and meeting practitioners from key EU institutions, think-tanks, and civil society organisations, with the objective of complementing the insights gained during the lectures. Participants also had the opportunity to attend a networking and career event.

Throughout the seminar, dedicated sessions for analysis and discussion in the group were provided in order to allow participants to critically reflect on the insights gained during the lectures and online meetings. 

The seminar was organised by TEPSA under the academic lead of Andrea Garcia Rodríguez, Researcher and Project Manger at the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB). Speakers will include: 

  • Veronique Ciminà, Legal Officer, EU Data Protection Supervisor,
  • Ania Helseth, Strategic Policy Manager for EU Affairs, Facebook,
  • Nad’a Kovalčíková, Senior Analyst, EU Institute for Security Studies,
  • David Lopes Antunes, Programme Manager Cyber Defence, European Defence Agency,
  • Anne van Heijst, Policy Adviser to MEP Bart Groothuis,
  • Dr Trisha Meyer, Director Research Center for Digitalisation Democracy and Innovation, Brussels School of Governance.

Participants were selected by a review committee according to applications received before 1 September 2021. If you missed your chance to join us at the EU@Work Seminar on Digital Policies, be sure to follow us on Twitter to not miss any future opportunities at TEPSA! Applications were open to both EU and non-EU citizens.