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Join the CIVICA Conference "Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education" on 3 June from 5:00pm CET to hear from Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (keynote) and a line-up of policymakers, theorists, practitioners and students from our alliance. Online & open to all.
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CIVICA European Week
CIVICA European Week 2021: Learning through projects and interaction

Both a stand-alone learning event and a central element of the newly-launched CIVICA Engage Track for undegraduates, the first CIVICA European Week will be hosted by Stockholm School of Economics on 8-11 June in a hybrid format. About 40 bachelor students from CIVICA members Stockholm School of Economics, Bocconi University, London School of Economics, and Sciences Po will work in virtual groups with organisations engaged in promoting financial literacy to solve a specific challenge.

"As part of the CIVICA mission, we believe that students should learn about European communities that are not part of their regular contact network, and the students will be given that chance here”, says Thomas Lavelle, SSE faculty and member of the European Week's organising team.

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CIVICA x Premier CampusCIVICA students and PhDs open international perspectives to Sciences Po high school students
[Pre-pandemic photo] 

As part of our alliance's civic engagement activities, student and PhD representatives from CIVICA universities participated in online discussions with French high schoolers from Sciences Po’s Premier Campus programme. 

The exchanges represented a first encounter with social sciences at a European scale for the French high schoolers, as they prepare to submit their university applications. Meeting CIVICA students and PhDs helped them learn more about international opportunities and programmes available to them, all while practising their English.

Testimonials from the participants>>
CIVICA student initiativesCIVICA student initiatives celebrate important milestones

Throughout the current academic year, the student-led futurEU competition encouraged CIVICA students and PhD researchers to team up and propose policy solutions on EU reform. 

39 teams made up of 122 students from seven CIVICA universities submitted policy briefs on the competition’s topic. Eights briefs were selected for the oral rounds and presented in front of a jury of experts during the semi-finals. The best two teams went on to the Final Round on 15 April. The winners are a mixed team of master's students (Hertie School & Sciences Po), whose proposal on EU treaty reform focused on the Committee of the Regions. Watch a replay of the final>>

Another year-long student initiative, the Report on the Future of Europe, brought together approx. 40 students from CIVICA, the University of Geneva and ESADE to reflect on crucial questions about Europe's future and propose their vision for a way forward. Guided by two academic mentors from Bocconi University and the University of Geneva, the participants engaged in a series of meetings and writing sessions, and finalised their written report at the beginning of April. 

The report will be presented to high-profile figures from European institutions and academia at the Centenary Event of the foreign sections of the Société des Membres de la Légion d'Honneur (the high patron of this project). 
Call for research proposals CIVICA's first call for research proposals: 27 projects submitted

Marking the launch of CIVICA Research, our alliance's first call for research proposals invited faculty and (postdoctoral) researchers from the alliance to team up for new collaborative research projects under one of CIVICA's four focus areas.

27 project proposals were submitted in response to the call. Most projects bring together three CIVICA partners, with the biggest project involving six partners. The projects selected for funding will be announced on 19 May.

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Opportunities for the CIVICA communities

  • [PhD / postdoc] Join an online CIVICA PhD panel on Organisations and leadership in urban governance, on 5 May 12-2pm CET. Doctoral researchers will present their work on the past, present, and future of urban governance in the EU and beyond, and discuss it with senior academics from across the network. Register>>

  • [PhD / postdoc / researchers / faculty] The editors of the Journal of International Relations and Development invite CIVICA alliance members to propose a forum to reflect on the “Europe Revisited” theme. The journal is co-edited by Xymena Kurowska (CEU, head of CIVICA's theme group Europe Revisited). Deadline for proposals: 15 June 2021. Read more>>

  • [researchers / faculty] CIVICA researchers are invited to contribute to a special issue of the journal Politics and Governance on "Gender and Illiberalism in Post-Communist Europe." The thematic issue is edited by Matthijs Bogaards (CEU, head of CIVICA's theme group Democracy in the 21st Century) and Andrea Pető (CEU). Deadline to submit abstracts: 15 July. Read more>>
Opportunities from CIVICA universities
  • [MA / PhD / postdoc / faculty] CIVICA graduate students & professionals interested in digital transformation can apply for the online "School on Internet Governance, Digital Policies and Innovation" co-organised by CIVICA partner SNSPA on 31 May - 11 June 2021. Deadline to apply: 30 April. Read more>>

  • [PhD / postdoc / early-career scholars] CIVICA graduate and early-career scholars researching the intersections of gender, work/family, and social policy are invited to share their work-in-progress at a one-day workshop on 25 August 2021. The workshop is co-organised by PhD candidates at LSE and the University of Cambridge. Deadline to submit abstracts: 17 May. Read more>>

  • [faculty] CEU Summer University 2022 invites CIVICA faculty to design and run a summer course in collaboration with CEU faculty members. Courses can be in the social sciences and humanities, across a wide spectrum of disciplines. The target audience is BA, MA and PhD students, junior faculty and researchers, and professionals. Read more>>


Hertie School and Sciences Po student publications team up

Hertie School and Sciences Po student publications team up for joint articles 

Student-led publications Governance Post and Paris Globalist are collaborating to expand the publications’ respective networks, grow their readership and interact with different audiences. The students have a shared editorial vision: with the news dominated by COVID-19, "our idea was to ask our writers if there was anything in their direct environment that deserved more attention," says Michiel Bartelds, Paris Globalist’s Editor-in-Chief (Sciences Po).

Read more and check out the collaborative articles>>
Leonardo Caporarello[Video] Digitalisation and the future of higher education: Interview with Bocconi's Leonardo Caporarello

Starting from concrete experiences with learning innovation at Bocconi University, Professor Leonardo Caporarello examines some of the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation in education, and explains how we can tap into the positive long-term effects of digital tools and practices.

Caporarello will be a panellist at the CIVICA conference on Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education, held online on 3 June 2021 from 5:00pm CET and open to all.

Alina BargaoanuBuilding trust in times of mistrust: Interview with SNSPA's Alina Bârgăoanu

How does the fake news phenomenon affect higher education values? How can universities work to address this issue for the future?

Professor Alina Bârgăoanu, Dean of the College of Communication and Public Relations, SNSPA Romania and disinformation expert, explains how we can begin to understand the fake news phenomenon and look for solutions.

Over to Europe podcastOver to Europe, a podcast of the CIVICA community

The first season of CIVICA's podcast Over to Europe is fully out. Across six episodes, CIVICA students, researchers, faculty and staff discuss ideas and values that are central to living and studying in Europe.

Where does Europe stand today and where is it heading? How can the social sciences help us navigate these uncertain times? How can higher education continue to shape Europe's future? 

Listen and follow: Youtube | SpotifyApple podcasts
News from CIVICA universities
  • The West’s Crisis of Academic Freedom. Central European University's Provost, Liviu Matei, reflects on the crisis of academic freedom in Europe & the world. Read>>

  • Shaping the Post COVID World initiative. LSE continues its discussion of the direction the world could, and should, be taking after the COVID crisis and how social science can lead the way. You can find blogs, podcasts, videos, events and research via the initiative homepage>>

Public events

Data science seminar series5 May 2021 | 4:00-5:00pm CET
Online via Zoom 

Using Public Video Cameras to Detect Racial Distancing on City Streets

Do people consciously or unconsciously avoid others of certain races on city streets? In this session of the CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series, Melissa Sands from the University of California, Merced guides us through her research and how she can answer this question using publicly-available traffic camera feeds in combination with a real-world field experiment.  

Save the date for upcoming seminars: 19 May and 2 June

Registration required | More info>>
Non solo Erasmus – Facciamoci sentire en Europa26 May 2021 | 2:00-5:15pm CET
Online @ EUI

Non solo Erasmus – Facciamoci sentire en Europa*

*Not only Erasmus – making ourselves heard in Europe

The event is centred on the trajectories of youth activists, offering them a platform to share their experience and advice on how to make youth voices heard in the EU.  

An event in the CIVICA Public Lecture Series Tours d'Europe
In Italian, with simultaneous English translation

More information will be available soon in the Events section of our website
Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education3 June 2021 | 5:00-6:30pm CET 

CIVICA Conference:
Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education

Emerging trends shaping education in the post-COVID world

In this online conference, policymakers, theorists, practitioners and students will come together to reflect on the impact of the digital transformation on the present and future of universities. Drawing on experiences with digitalisation in academia at local, national or European level, participants will explore the potential of recent innovations to advance education and discuss concrete steps to implement this vision. 

  • European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (keynote)
  • Mark Hallerberg, Acting President, Hertie School
  • Vanessa Scherrer, Vice President for International Affairs, Sciences Po
  • Anke Hassel, Professor of Public Policy, Hertie School
  • Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education, London School of Economics 
  • Hilda Hardell, third-year bachelor student, Stockholm School of Economics
  • Leonardo Caporarello, Professor of Practice of Organizational Behavior, Delegate Rector for E-Learning, Director of BUILT Center for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, Bocconi University
  • Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration Romania (SNSPA)
Chair: Annika Zorn, Director of PhD Programmes & Digital Learning, Hertie School

Registration required | More info>>
Events from CIVICA universities
  • 6-8 May | European University Institute; online/hybrid
    The State of the Union Conference 2021
    Celebrating its tenth edition, EUI's flagship conference will bring together world leaders, diplomats, policy makers, academics, and civil society representatives to debate and reflect on the theme ‘Europe in a Changing World’ before a global audience. The two-day conference will be complemented by a dedicated youth and civil society event celebrating Europe Day. More info>>

  • April - June
    LSE's summer term programme of public lectures is now online. Attend engaging lectures by Prof Phillipe Aghion, Prof Craig Calhoun, and many others. The full schedule of upcoming lectures is available at this link>>

Media corner

In case you missed our recent public events, you can watch the recordings below.
Democracy in the Time of Pandemic (CIVICA Public Lecture #1) - watch>>
Democracy in the Time of Pandemic
Data Analytics and the Battle Against the Pandemic (CIVICA Public Lecture #2) - watch>>
Data Analytics and the Battle Against the Pandemic
Webinar: Growth and Welfare in Advanced Capitalist Economies - watch>>
Growth and Welfare in Advanced Capitalist Economies
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CIVICA’s members are: Bocconi University (Italy), Central European University (Austria and Hungary), European University Institute (Intergovernmental), Hertie School (Germany), National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania), Sciences Po (France), Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden) and The London School of Economics and Political Sciences (United Kingdom)
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