CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences has received funding to strengthen its research dimension from the EU’s programme Horizon 2020, under the chapter “Science with and for Society.” The activities funded under this call aim to establish “CIVICA Research,” a joint long-term research and innovation environment.
As leaders of the prominent European higher education institutions making up CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences, we know that the social sciences will play a vital role in understanding current and future challenges, and in providing the ideas and expertise that will help the world overcome them.
Aurélien Krejbich from Sciences Po is since 1 February 2020 the first Executive Director of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences. Krejbich has been involved in CIVICA since its early beginnings. In his previous role as Director of the Centre for Europe in Sciences Po’s International Affairs Division, he worked on consolidating bilateral ties with some of the future partners in the alliance. In this interview, he reflects on CIVICA’s journey and the next stage of growth.
Following a bachelor’s at Bocconi, Martina Bo, 23, is currently in the second year of a double degree master’s program run by Bocconi and Sciences Po, two members of CIVICA. Her international outlook and enthusiasm for the European ideals made her a natural student ambassador for the CIVICA alliance. In this interview, Martina talks to us about her role, her experience as a truly European student and the benefits of cooperation across the continent.
Community engagement is an important part of any university’s relationship-building activities, and CIVICA is no different. Civic initiatives are overseen by a project group (Work Package 7 or simply WP7), comprising representatives from all eight institutions and led by CEU. CEU’s Dean of Students Chrys Margaritidis spoke to us about the role he envisions for WP7, the initiatives that WP7 plans to launch and why community engagement is vital.
Educated in London and Florence, Professor Simon Hix believes CIVICA is a natural alliance of social sciences in Europe. In this interview, he sets out his hopes for the alliance in terms of educational exchanges, student support and research environment, pinpoints the big challenges ahead, and sets out the urgent need for social science expertise across the world. And he’d love to see democracy re-imagined, with more online elections across Britain and Europe.
Alumni from the Hertie School and the CIVICA university network are invited to apply for 10 stipends to an alumni conference on Rebuilding Europe: EU recovery after COVID-19 from 8 – 10 October 2020 in Brussels. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the conference will focus on recovery of the European Union after COVID-19 and on strengthening the CIVICA network.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the European University Institute launched a competitive selection to promote and fund new research across the humanities and social sciences. The selected projects draw on EUI expertise to address some of the most urgent societal challenges connected to the COVID-19 crisis, such as democracy, human rights, the social contract, e-learning, gender inequality, migration, and public trust.
The LSE COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is supporting new research to address the challenges we face, both in terms of limiting the social and economic effects of the pandemic and helping to shape a better post-COVID-19 world. Awarded projects will draw on social science research and expertise to tackle the effects of the pandemic on, among others, public finances, fake news, liberal norms, divided societies, self-employment, and well-being.
CEU's start up incubator iLab made pledges to 13 winning teams of the pan-European EUvsVirus Hackathon to include them in its first-ever online incubation program starting in September 2020. Hosted by the European Commission, the Hackathon connected civil society, innovators, partners, and investors across Europe to develop innovative solutions for Coronavirus-related challenges. CEU iLab participated very actively in the Hackathon as organisers, screening and mentoring projects.
In an online webinar organised on 13 May 2020 by Sciences Po, professors and researchers Waltraud Schelke (LSE), Anke Hassel (Hertie School), Anton Hemerijck (European University Institute) and Bruno Palier (LIEPP Sciences Po) discussed the role and expectations of welfare states before and after the COVID crisis.
What are possible and desirable scenarios for the future of the European Union? Waltraud Schelkle, Professor of Political Economy at The London School of Economics and Political Science, was the first to answer this question in the new Future of Europe lecture series of the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School, organised in the frame of CIVICA.
On 8 May 2020, the European University Institute held a special online edition of its annual The State of the Union Conference, focused on the social, economic and global ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference featured contributions from EUI faculty, experts, policymakers, business and opinion leaders, journalists and representatives of the civil society.
On 27 April 2020, researchers Anke Hassel (Hertie School) and Bruno Palier (Sciences Po) presented in an online webinar their analyses of the labour market consequences and of the social policy decisions taken in Germany, France and Europe at large in response to the pandemic. (Photos: Anke Hessel © Hertie School / Bruno Palier © Sciences Po)
The Laboratory for Coronavirus Crisis Research draws faculty from all eight departments at Bocconi and is the university’s broadest multi-disciplinary research initiative ever. It aims to understand the spread of the COVID-19 and analyse its numerous social, health care, financial and legal implications.
On 4 March 2020, Hertie School President Henrik Enderlein participated in a round table with representatives from the other German universities selected in the European Commission’s European University Initiative, organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). (Photo by Malik_Braun / Flickr)
Alumni from the Hertie School and the CIVICA alliance are invited to apply for 25 stipends to a workshop on "The Future of Work: AI, Data Science and Digital Transformation" organised by the Hertie School in May, 2020. The stipends, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), also include a session on strengthening the CIVICA alliance.
On 10 February 2020, representatives of the universities in the CIVICA alliance got together at the European University Institute in Florence to discuss the creation of a common European space which enables early stage researchers to benefit from the expertise and the resources at partner universities and to collaborate across borders.
January - February 2020
Following the first CIVICA Presidential Meeting held in Paris on 18 July 2019, the CIVICA Managing Team came together for the first time on 3 October 3 2019. The meeting marks the starting point for the joint project, that will include an ambitious array of activities at all levels of higher education (BA, MA and PhD). During the pilot phase, the focus will lie on four key challenges: Challenges to Democracy in the XXIst Century; Societies in Transition and Crises of Earth; Europe Revisited; and Data Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences. (Photo © Thomas Arrivé / Sciences Po)