Publish Date: 21.04.2021

Category: News from the University

The EUTOPIA Learning Community “Europe in the World” offers students from partner Universities the possibility to access live 2 online lectures from the course Governance and Public Policies: Challenges and opportunities in the European Union delivered by the Faculty of Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in collaboration with the Jean Monnet Chair on EU Governance and the Barcelona Center for European Studies.

Based at UPF, the Barcelona Center for European Studies (BACES), together with the Jean Monnet Chair on EU Governance, are aimed at fostering the study of and innovative teaching and research on the EU by promoting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary understandings of the Union’s politics, economics and law.

About the two lectures

Both lectures are included in the course Governance and Public Policies: Challenges and opportunities in the European Union, a course for 3th and 4th years undergraduate students taught by Prof. Andrea Noferini. The main objective of the course is to broaden and deepen the knowledge about the international dimension of the EU as well as some of EU internal policies.

Lecture 1 – Wednesday, 5th of May from 9,30 to 11.00 a.m.

  • The future of the common security and defense policy: the EU as a global military actor
    Professor LUIS SIMON, IR Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Director of the Elcano Brussels Office

Lecture 2 – Wednesday, 19th of May from 9,30 to 11.00 a.m.

  • Jobs, economic growth and investment – The EU Horizon Programme
    Dr. INGA ULNICANE, Research Fellow and DE Montfort University, UK


Participation to the two lectures

Students will not be enrolled in the course and will not have access to course materials but will be able to listen to and interact with the lecturers and other students.

Students at EUTOPIA partner Universities can participate in both live online lectures of the course.

  • For enrolling in lecture 1, students must apply by 30th of April at the latest;
  • For enrolling in lectures 2, students must apply by 15th of May at the latest.

Application can be sent to UL contact point for the “Europe in the World” Learning Community, Mojmir Mrak:

The host University (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) makes the Collaborate link available to the EUTOPIA network for each individual lecture. Students should always register for these lectures with their full names and attend lectures on time.


About the lecturers

LUIS SIMÓN is research professor at the Institute for European Studies and director of the Brussels office of the Elcano Royal Institute. His current research interests include the evolution of U.S. geostrategy and its impact upon the transatlantic relationship; European geopolitics and security; the future of NATO; and changing geostrategic dynamics in Asia and their implications for Europe. Luis is a frequent lecturer on geopolitical and strategic affairs at several universities and defence colleges, and his research has appeared in prestigious journals, such as Security Studies, International Affairs, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Geopolitics, Survival, Orbis or The RUSI Journal. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Baltic Defence College, and a member of the editorial board of Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly. Luis holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of London, and a Masters degree from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

INGA ULNICANE has more than 10 years of international and interdisciplinary experience of teaching, research and engagement in particular in the field of science, technology and innovation policy and governance. Her scientific publications and policy reports focus on topics such as international research collaboration, Grand societal challenges, European Research Area and higher education. Her teaching experience includes developing and teaching courses on public policy, regulatory policy, knowledge-based society and EU governance in a number of universities. She has contributed to a range of international research projects. Her recent work focuses on governance of Artificial Intelligence, dual use research, research infrastructure, and Responsible Research and Innovation and ethics in the EU-funded Human Brain Project.