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Welcome to the blog of the White Rose Brussels Office's European Public Affairs Director, Dr Phil Holliday, who is capturing his thoughts and activities of running a university representative office in Brussels.
28th May 2018
Towards a European Education Area by 2025: the rise of the ‘European Universities’ Initiative

Towards a European Education Area by 2025: the rise of the ‘European Universities’ Initiative

In September 2017 French President, Emmanuel Macron, delivered a speech about the future of Europe that harnesses real ‘sovereignty, unity and democracy’, with specific priorities (amongst others) named as security cooperation, the environment, a digital union, and education. This speech has been received in various ways, with many heralding Macron for trying to reignite a ‘European Spirit’ and boost overall EU morale. Yet, some also saw it as an exercise of wishful thinking, with those sceptical of the European project stepping further back from this pro-European rhetoric.

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15th May 2018
The Multiannual Financial Framework – a look into the future of Research and Innovation funding beyond 2020

The Multiannual Financial Framework – a look into the future of Research and Innovation funding beyond 2020

‘Everyone said they want more research – it’s happening’ Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Commission President at the unveiling of the proposal. On May 1st, the EU Commission published its proposal for a ‘modern budget for a Union that protects, empowers and defends’, that would come into effect on January 1st, 2021 where it will be the […]

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29th March 2018
The European Open Science Cloud – the future of Open Access research

The European Open Science Cloud – the future of Open Access research

The Internet has fundamentally changed the practical and economic realities of distributing scientific knowledge and cultural heritage. Open Access (OA) allows new approaches to scholarly publishing. The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) aims to provide Europe’s 1.7 million researchers and 70 million students and professionals in science and technology with easy access to other researchers’ […]

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6th March 2018
Latest Information on Mission-Oriented Challenges in the Future Framework Programme

Latest Information on Mission-Oriented Challenges in the Future Framework Programme

Mission-Oriented Challenges have been a much talked about but little understood element of the next framework programme. The latest report, ‘Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation in the EU’ was published by the Commission last week, giving the clearest indication yet of exactly what Missions will look like. The report is by Mariana Mazzucato, an academic at […]

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15th December 2017
What will the successor framework programme to Horizon 2020 look like?

What will the successor framework programme to Horizon 2020 look like?

As the final three year work programmes for Horizon 2020 have been published (excluding an update on the work programmes in 2019 for the final year of calls), all attention in Brussels has turned towards what will follow on from Horizon 2020, the Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, colloquially referred to as FP9, although I am certain that it will follow the same trend as the current FP and be given a snazzy name.

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11th December 2017
A White Rose Brussels Event: What on earth can the past of Eastern Africa tell us about future sustainability?

A White Rose Brussels Event: What on earth can the past of Eastern Africa tell us about future sustainability?

On December 7 2017, the White Rose Brussels Office hosted an event which showcased the role Archeology can play in informing EU agricultural development policy. The policy brief and interactive discussion presented insights from University of York EU-funded research projects, situating them in the broader context of EU agricultural development policy. Speaking at the event […]

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5th October 2017
Sheffield University scientist part of Nobel Prize winning team

Sheffield University scientist part of Nobel Prize winning team

Dr Ed Daw from the University of Sheffield’s department of Physics and Astronomy is part of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) Scientific Collaboration that made the Nobel Prize winning discovery. The very first observation of Gravitational Waves, which was first theorised by Albert Einstein more than a century ago, was announced in February of […]

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3rd October 2017
Arrival of our new Interns

Arrival of our new Interns

The White Rose Brussels office is delighted to welcome our three new Interns Tom, Rohan and Joe. The interns have been spending the last four weeks in Yorkshire working with and meeting our key partners across the three universities and learning the relevant skills and information for their roles.   The interns will spend the […]

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