Ever Challenged Union: Exploring Ways Out of the Crises

Queen’s University Belfast, UK - 29-30 June 2015

In the last few years the European Union has been faced with a growing number of crises: a financial and economic crisis, a continuing legitimacy and democratic crisis and a growing external crises with rising tensions between the Ukraine and Russia and a worsening climate crisis. We invite abstract submissions on how this “Ever Challenged Union” may or may not come about: are there ways out the crises? Has the EU changed in answer to these crises and is it on the right path? 

This two-day research conference aims to provide a friendly environment in which postgraduate students can gain experience of presenting research and develop contacts with other researchers in their field. The conference is aimed at research students of all levels and proposals are welcome from students working in the field of European Studies within various disciplines. The research conference offers an ideal introduction to the UACES community.

On this page, you'll find information about the venue, programme, accommodation and how to get to Belfast.

Programme & Papers

A provisional programme is available to view here.


Queen's University Belfast
Graduate Building (previous Library in Lynn Building)
University Square

The recently opened Graduate building is right next to the Lanyon building on university square.

The conference building is immediately to the left of the main Lanyon building but it is still under construction so you will need to enter by going through the main Lanyon building and following the signs to the left hand side. Once you get into the quad it is really well signposted. 

To get to the main building via bus; take the number 8 and there is a bus stop directly outside the building. For the train, it is Botanic train station and when exiting the station turn left, the back entrance to the quad is at the top of that road, you enter via the car park (which is staffed and they will be able to direct from there).


Belfast is a city packed with history and culture; world renowned for its friendly people and warm welcome. Queen’s University’s campus is set in the south of the city next to the Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum and a 15 minutes’ walk from the vibrant city centre. Whatever your interests, there is something for everyone to do from historical sites and architecture to experiencing local hospitality in the many unique restaurants and bars. As a city which combines an acknowledgment of its past with progression and change, it provides an atmospheric fit with the theme of our conference.


Belfast has a variety of hotels and hostels to choose from.

Queen's University has Summer accommodation available at Elms Village from 35 GBP per night without breakfast and 41 GBP with breakfast. To make a reservation email them on accommodation@qub.ac.uk.

There is a Travelodge within easy reach of the venue, with rooms starting from 40 GBP per night:

For other hotels, hostel and B&Bs visit:

UACES is offering accepted paper-givers up to 85 GBP towards the total cost of accommodation.

Please read the terms and conditions before booking your accommodation.

Getting There


Belfast Great Victoria Street is a major railway station serving the city centre, the other main station is Belfast Central.

There are frequent direct trains to Belfast from Dublin and Ireland. Visit www.translink.co.uk to check train and bus times and ticket prices.


Belfast has two airports.

  • Belfast City Airport with flights to major cities in the UK. The Airport Express 600 runs frequent services (every 40 minutes on Sunday) to Belfast Europa Buscentre, it takes 15 minutes and costs 2.50 GBP single ticket.
  • Belfast international Airport has flights to many major UK and European cities. Airport Express 300 runs a frequent services and takes you in 40 minutes to Belfast Europa Buscentre for 7.50 GBP single ticket.


Ulsterbus services operate throughout Northern Ireland. Services arrive and depart at the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station. Travelling time from Dublin to Belfast is approximately 2 hours by bus.

Bus Eireann operates the number 200 service from Dublin to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station. This service departs from Busáras Station in Dublin city centre and has a pick-up point at Dublin Airport.

Please read the terms and conditions before booking your travel.

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Call for Papers

The call for papers closed on 1 April 2015.

Paper-givers who are accepted for the conference have been informed by the end of April 2015. Paper-givers are expected to provide a completed version of the paper (6,000-8,000 words) for publication on the UACES website by 3 June 2015 and present the paper at the conference in Belfast on 29-30 June.


There is funding available for papergivers attending all days of the conference. Please see the terms and conditions for more information.