SUB Goettingen Paulinerkirche smallThe U4 Social Sciences, Economics and Law (SSEL) Conference on 'Current Challenges for a Sustainable Future' is organized from 21 to 23 November 2018 in Göttingen in the congress center Pauliner Church and aims to bring together researchers and PhD students from the participating universities (Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen and Uppsala).

The conference theme Current Challenges for a Sustainable Future operates on many levels in society. It involves challenges emerging from different aspects of the evolving patterns concerning institutions and governance, legal systems, sustainable policies, social inclusion, environmental innovations, jobs of the future, automation, migration, human rights, climate change, global value chains, among others.

The conference will host a number of sessions organized into panels focused on specific topics. A draft programme is available (SSEL_Programme_2018_draft.pdf).



taiwanstudies-2018In the framework of the U4 Taiwan Studies network a 2nd workshop was hosted by Groningen on 31 May and 1 June 2018, focusing on the theme: 'EU foreign policy and the response from East Asia'.

The workshop was centered around four main topics: (1) political developments and EU-East Asia Relations, (2) governing economic relations between the EU and East Asia, (3) normative power Europe and East Asia, and (4) the EU and China: policies and normative stance.



sustainable-energy-2018Within the cluster for Science and Technology a 2nd U4 Summer School for PhD students in the cycle 'Energy, Sustainability and Society' will take place at Uppsala University from 28 till 30 August 2018 on the theme: 'Materials for sustainable energy applications'.

The course focuses on current materials research and technology development in areas of key importance for sustainable energy. Invited lecturers from research and industry will provide an overview of the state of the art as well as key questions in their fields of expertise.



Staff Visit Uppsala Gtttingen 2018 smallIn late April, the Faculty Office for Humanities and Social Sciences, Uppsala University, visited Göttingen University. The aim of the visit, which was initiated by Uppsala but generously planned and arranged by the Göttingen hosts, was to contribute to the Uppsala office's continuous work for enhanced internationalization and quality.

During two intensive days of inspiring meetings and discussions between the two U4 partners, the Uppsala office had the opportunity to meet with various representatives and offices of Göttingen University, particularly related to the humanities, social sciences, theology and teacher education.



cessmir-2018The Ghent Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) organizes from 17 till 19 September 2018  in Ghent the first CESSMIR conference on Needs and Care Practices for Refugees and Migrants.

CESSMIR invites scholars, policy makers and practitioners to discuss their perspectives and experiences on the compelling needs of different groups of refugees, migrants and newcomers in a global perspective and the diverse ways to address these needs. We hereby want to focus on interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and transnational perspectives.