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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.
4th July 2017
White Rose Brussels Events on Brexit, ERC, Food Security and Sustainability

White Rose Brussels Events on Brexit, ERC, Food Security and Sustainability

May and June were busy months for the Brussels office, we held three events in Brussels and one in Yorkshire. Here’s a quick summary of the four events.

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17th May 2017

Photography Competition Winners Announced

The Winners of the White Rose Photography Competition have been announced, having gone through a rigorous selection process. The competition attracted over 150 submissions over three categories including ‘My Yorkshire’, ‘My University’ and ‘My Research’. The photos were judged for their photographic excellence and after trying to determine one overall winner from the ‘My University’ […]

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6th March 2017
Photography Competition!

Photography Competition!

We invite staff, students and alumni at the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York to take part in our photo competition! Prizes – a voucher worth £100 for the winner of each category, £50 for the runner up and £20 for third place. The three categories are: My Yorkshire:  We would like you to show […]

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22nd December 2016
20th Anniversary of the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions programme

20th Anniversary of the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions programme

As most of you will be aware, Horizon 2020, the current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, has reached the mid-point of its 7-year funding cycle and is in the process of being evaluated to improve the final few years of calls. The White Rose Brussels Office will be leading on a joint submission from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, to the interim evaluation.

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30th October 2016
Climate change, IKnowFood and a new network in Brussels

Climate change, IKnowFood and a new network in Brussels

We held the first event of our White Rose series of seminars on the 11th October in the European Parliament. The meeting was entitled “Sustainable solutions for Europe: Meeting the challenges of air quality and climate” and as speakers for the event, we had three eminent scientists from the three universities.

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15th August 2016

Brexit and Two Visitors to the Office

For two months the number of staff in the office has doubled – Naomi Popple, an Ambitious Futures graduate trainee from the University of York came to Brussels for a two month placement before heading back to York to finish her trainee programme and then moving onto her PhD at the University of Leeds.

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2nd May 2016

New Japanese university office in Brussels, EU referendum discussions and TDM and copyright

Waseda University is a private university based in Tokyo, Japan. Waseda hosts the EU institute in Japan and earlier this month, the ULB opened its Asian office in Waseda as well. The opening of the office coincides with 150 years of Belgium-Japan diplomatic relations and also 20 years of collaboration between Waseda and ULB (Universite Libre de Bruxelles).

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11th April 2016
Official office launch and the Dutch Presidency Open Science conference

Official office launch and the Dutch Presidency Open Science conference

Last week we held the official launch event of the White Rose Brussels Office. The launch event was actually two separate events, the first was an evening reception at the British Residence, with speeches from the British Ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose, the vice-chancellor of the University of Leeds, Professor Sir Alan Langlands and myself, followed by networking and canapes. There was a good number of European Commission officials at the event, including Robert Madelin, Policy Advisor on Innovation and a good turnout from alumni of the 3 universities based in Belgium.

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