VIADUCT First Annual Conference, Brussels, 26-27 April 2018

The First Annual Conference of the Erasmus+/Jean Monnet Academic Network “VIADUCT – Enhancing Visibility of the Academic Dialogue on EU-Turkey Cooperation” took place in Brussels on 26-27 April 2018, in the framework of the First Viaduct Week.

The conference was co-organised by the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the Centre for Turkey and EU-Studies (CETEUS) of the University of Cologne. The conference’s purpose was to bring together academics, practitioners, policy makers and civil society representatives to discuss several cross-cutting issues within the broad theme of EU-Turkey relations (Power, Resources, People, Teaching EU-Turkey Relations), including in the context of the ongoing debate on the future of European integration. It gathered 28 VIADUCT partners (of which 13 TEPSA members) who are leading scholars from the EU and beyond, including Turkey and the EU neighbourhood, as well as several external participants.

On the first day, after a plenary session that discussed the current state of play of EU-Turkey relations and the relevance of the VIADUCT network, participants split in four parallel working groups to discuss the cross-cutting issues in an informal setting. The second day opened with a keynote speech/policy debate with Patrick Paquet, Deputy Head of Turkey Unit at European Commission DG NEAR and and featured a roundtable discussion on EU-Turkey Relations in the context of the EU’s Future.


A detailed report of the conference can be downloaded here.


Conference Programme: 


Thursday, 26 April 2018

15:00 Start First Annual Conference
15:00 – 16:00 Opening Session

Senem Aydin-Düzgit, Sabanci University

Funda Tekin, University of Cologne

Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne


16:15 – 18:15 Working Groups

Parallel working groups to discuss EU-Turkey relations and address the network’s cross-sectorial issues.


Group 1 – POWER

Chair: Atila Eralp, Middle East Technical University



Chair: Johannes Pollak, Webster University Vienna


Group 3 – PEOPLE

Chair: Ebru Turhan, Turkish-German University



Chair: Tomáš Weiss, Charles University Prague


 18:30  Flying Dinner and Award Ceremony
Friday, 27 April 2018
09:00 – 10:45 Keynote Speech

Patrick Paquet, Deputy Head of Turkey Unit, DG NEAR

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Round Table

EU-Turkey Relations in the Context of the EU’s Future


Chair: Frank Schimmelfennig, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Short input:

Karlis Bukovskis, Latvian Institute of International Affairs

Lucia Mokrá, Comenius University Bratislava

Valentin Petroussenko, Plovdiv University

Bahri Yilmaz, Sabanci University


12:30 – 13:30 Concluding Remarks and Exchange of Results
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch