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Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Amsterdam Centre for European Studies - ACES

ACES has been awarded a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence grant from the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. The Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence play a key role in reaching out to students from faculties who wouldn't otherwise engage in issues pertaining to the EU as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.

With this grant, ACES will organise Summer Schools for Master and PhD students, Annual Conferences, Practitioner Engagement Series, briefings for journalists (in cooperation with the Representation of the EC in the Netherlands), study trips to Brussels for students and our Visions of Europe lecture series.

  • Visions of Europe Lecture Series

    The Visions of Europe lecture series brings prominent European policy makers and academics to Amsterdam to address urgent European and global issues. Each lecture highlights a different theme, like Brexit, Spanish Elections,  the rise of populism in Italy, that is discussed by a keynote speaker with a Q&A at the end of the keynote. The lecture series is organised in collaboration with SPUI25 and reaches a diverse public audience also from outside the university circles.

    Find out more about the Visions of Europe lecture series.

  • Practitioner Engagement Series

    A Practitioner Engagement Event is a seminar on a topic with a distinct European dimension, involving renowned academics and experienced practitioners from the EU policy field as well as from civil society. Previous speakers include, Toivo Klaar, currently the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, and Alexandros Yannis, an EU official currently working in Brussels as Senior Advisor in the Strategic Planning Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union.

  • Annual Conferences

    Differentiated Integration: Promise, Pitfalls and Alternative Pathways for the European Union

    1-2 October 2020 Online Conference

    This conference will examine the development of differentiated integration within the EU from an empirical and a normative perspective, focusing on both its promises and its pitfalls. Speakers will cover both internal and external dimensions of differentiation across a range of policy fields, linking academic research to current political debates about the future of European integration. The conference will also consider alternative pathways to accommodating national diversity within the EU such as experimentalist governance and flexible implementation of European rules and policies.

    Mobilizing Cities: Urban Geopolitics in Europe and the Mediterranean


    In numerous European cities, a variety of protest movements have been taking to the streets, using the urban arena to contest economic, social and political precarity. How can we understand such new forms of urban mobilization in a comparative perspective? And what do they mean for city administrations, for civil society groups, for urban citizens themselves, all of whom are becoming new political subjects?

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