Professors from the University of Hong Kong come for a research stay at the University of Deusto

From 4 to 14 June 2019, the experts on European issues Stefan Auer and Nicole Scicluna were on a research visit to the University of Deusto. 

On the one hand, Stefan Auer is Associate Professor of European Studies and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Hong Kong. His main research projects focus on Central European liberal nationalism, solidarity and democracy in Europe and the crisis of the European project. In addition, Professor Nicole Scicluna received her PhD in International Relations from La Trobe University (Australia) in 2013. Her teaching and research interests include European integration, EU law and policy, and the relationship between international law and international relations. 

Moreover, the two professors have met with the EDISPe team (Social Development, Economy and Innovation for People), as well as with the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law, to see the possibilities of future collaboration in research and teaching.

Eurgetxo Association organizes a conference on European Elections and EU Social Policy

On 6 June 2019 a talk-debate was held at the Romo Kultur Etxea presented by Laura Gómez, professor of European Union Economics at the University of Deusto, “European Elections and EU Social Policy”. The talk was organised by the Eurgetxo group, whose main objectives are to promote knowledge of the EU and its Institutions, to publicise the benefits of belonging to the EU and to disseminate the need to belong to a united and respectful Europe.

After the conference given by Professor Gómez on the social pillar and European social policy, with special emphasis on possible changes after the elections held from 23 to 26 May, a dialogue took place between the president of the Eurgetxo association, Iñaki Bustamante, and the citizens present who, for over an hour, raised their doubts and opinions about the European Union and its future. 


On 29 April 2019, the seminar “Asylum policies of the European Union: External and internal dimensions” was held at the University of Deusto. Joana Abrisketa Uriarte, professor of international law at the University of Deusto and main researcher of the EURASYLUM team, presented the convergences between the external and internal dimensions within the framework of asylum policies in the European Union. 

In this seminar, which is financed by the Ministry of Innovation and Competitiveness, several lecturers and researchers from different universities (Pompeu Fabra University, ICADE, Carlos III of Madrid, the University of Cádiz, Nijmejen, Queen Mary University of London, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Glasgow, the University of Caledonia and the University of Deusto) came together to analyse the challenges of asylum in the European Union from the different existing perspectives.

The main theme of the seminar was the discussion of the coherence of asylum policies and human rights. Also, due to the failure of the proposal to renew the asylum system in 2016, this project aims to send asylum recommendations to the major institutions of the European Union for a future reform proposal.

Publication of the book “Citizens’ Reflections on the EU ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections”

On 12 April 2019, the book “Dialogues with the citizens: Elections to the European Parliament in 2019” was presented for the first time at the Ignacio Aldecoa Cultural Centre (Vitoria-Gasteiz), with the participation of professors from the Jean Monnet EUCLIPE Chair and the University of Deusto, such as Professor Laura Gómez.  

In its pages, the book first reflects on Europe and then focuses on the 2019 European Parliament elections and deals with European policies (sustainability, security and equality). 

Through this publication, which brings together the work of 28 Basque researchers, the aim is to disseminate the main issues being dealt with by the EU, with the main aim of bringing Europe closer to Basque society and thus encouraging the participation of Basque people in the future of Europe. 

The University of Deusto hosts the international training course “Implementing a national research impact strategy” in collaboration with AESIS

The University of Deusto has hosted the international training course “Implementing a National Research Impact Strategy” in collaboration with Advancing & Evaluating the Societal Impact Strategy (AESIS) network. The course has been organised in the context of Deusto’s Master Plan “Social Impact of Research” and has taken place on 3 to 5 April 2019 in Bilbao. The aim of the training course has been to provide insights on how to set up a research strategy in such a way that it strengthens its societal impact. The European Union perspective and social impact at EU level have been key issues of the course. 

Experts from different countries leading the innovation in research funding approaches have shared their experiences. Among them, professor from Brunel University, Leiden university, King’s College, York University, among others. Likewise, representatives of Ministries (Spanish, Polish…) and public or private agencies promoting social impact of research (as the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance or the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development). The Jean Monnet EUCLIPE Chair has been one of the participants of the University of Deusto.