An innovative series of lunchtime seminars in Brussels that gives academics a forum in which to present their ideas and to make an impact with the people that matter.

The series presents speakers who challenge conventional wisdom in the policy-making world. The speakers have an academic expertise and the Arena offers the invited speakers the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on research-in-progress from a broad, multidisciplinary audience of mainly Brussels-based practitioners of EU policy making, with an interest in policy-relevant research.

UACES, with its partners, provides a venue, an audience and a bursary of up to 500 GBP for speakers selected in the open call of members which we hold twice a year.


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The UACES Arena seminars are kindly hosted by Edelman The Centre and are organised in cooperation with the University of Kent, Brussels.

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Upcoming and previous Arena seminars

Arena seminars held between September 2012 - August 2015 were supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

5 December 2016, Money Can’t Buy Me Love”: Countering Euroscepticism through Currency Reform by Russel Foster, King's College London

17 June 2015, Small is Beautiful, Increasing Democracy in Europe at the Local Level by Ben Duke (Keele University)

2 June 2015, Hard Choices: Increase Counter-Terrorism Surveillance Powers or Risk Further Terrorist Attacks by David Lowe (Secretariat of The Commission for Development & Cooperation at European Parliament)

20 January 2015, An EU without Britain: a Lesser or Stronger Europe? by Tim Oliver (The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)

3 December 2014, Finally Found What They Were Looking For?: Why European Populists Support Putin’s Russia And What This Means for Democracy in Europe by Angelos Chryssogelos (University of Limerick)

24 September 2014, The normalization of the European Commission by Anchrit Wille (Leiden University)

21 May 2014, Power Shift? The EU's pivot to Asia by Reuben Wong (National University of Singapore)

17 December 2013, Incoherent, Ineffective and Unrealistic? Integrating the Western Balkans into the EU by Soeren Keil (Canterbury Christ Church University)

4 December 2013, Same aims, different approaches? Recent EU and US free trade agreements in Asia by Maria Garcia (University of Nottingham)

8 October 2013, Why Nobody Falls in Love with a Common Market: The Unequal Effectiveness of Cross-border Interactions in Fostering European Identity by Theresa Kuhn (Freie Universität Berlin)

4 June 2013, Constructive Bilateralism and the EU: Building a 'Smart' Common Foreign and Security Policy by Maxine David (University of Surrey), Jackie Gower (King's College London) and Hiski Haukkala (University of Tampere)

14 May 2013, Conferring a Legal Status on Illegal Immigrants in the EU as part of a Common EU Migration Policy by Alan Desmond (University College Cork)

4 December 2012, The Politics of Fracking in Europe: Shale Gas and Risk Regulation in Europe and the Role of the EU by Francis McGowan (University of Sussex)

6 June 2012, 'En attendant Godot' or the EU Law Limits to Integration Conditions for Migrants by Diego Acosta Arcarazo (University of Sheffield)

10 May 2012, The Cinema of the EU: European Identity and Universality by Mariana Liz (King's College London)

8 December 2011, The New Euroscepticism: Sources, Patterns and Implications by Dr Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey)

7 November 2011, The International Dimension of the EU Financial Transaction Tax: The EU as a Global Robin Hood? by Dr Bart van Vooren (University of Copenhagen)

30 June 2011, Facing EU policy failures in the Middle East - the new Arab Awakening by Dr Francesco Cavatorta (Dublin City University) and Dr Michelle Pace (University of Birmingham)

21 April 2011, The best of intentions: are EU biofuels policies on the right road? by Prof Rob Ackrill (Nottingham Trent University) and Dr Adrian Kay (Australian National University)

10 December 2010, The EU in Israeli Eyes - Public, Elite, Civil Society & Media Perceptions by Dr Sharon Pardo (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

10 November 2010, EU Sports Policy after the Lisbon Treaty by Dr Borja Garcia (Loughborough University)

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