I arrived from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where my work was dominated by the buzz of day-to-day political agenda, by media requests, policy-events and short-notice visits. Fiesole felt so different. There is no better place to step-back and reflect about what is really going on in Europe and the world than the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. At the same time, it would be wrong to describe the Centre as disconnected from the policy world. There are so many like-minded academic researchers and policy-fellows who share the desire to analyze EU politics over a thoughtful lunch about Brexit, a morning panel discussion about the elections in Germany, or at the outstanding State of the Union Conference which focuses on Europe, but from a perspective very different to Brussels or the other European capitals. I am incredibly thankful to the RSCAS and Director Brigid Laffan, the EUI and President Renaud Dehousse for hosting me. The year at Schuman was a breath of fresh air.
Henrik Enderlein, Visiting Fellow 2017-2018 (President of the Hertie School of Governance, Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin)
The year I spent as a Fellow at the Schuman Centre, and at the EUI more generally, was very enriching, professionally and personally. The Centre provided an ideal environment to pursue my research on migration. It allowed me to interact with top scholars and highly qualified researchers working on migration issues. It also helped me keep abreast of leading international research and ideas through numerous workshops and conferences in which renowned experts and high-level policy makers participate. I particularly appreciated the Centre’s inter-disciplinary approach and its focus on policy-relevant research, all under the competent and sensitive steering of its Director, Brigid Laffan. My collaboration with the Migration Policy Centre proved particularly rewarding and fruitful. The facilities, including the EUI’s excellent library, are great and the setting in the hills of San Domenico di Fiesole is both beautiful and inspiring. But perhaps the most incredible thing about the Schuman Centre is its combination of excellence with a friendly, informal and very motivating working atmosphere, which actually helps you focus on your research and deliver.
Heliodoro Temprano Arroyo, EU Fellow 2017-18 (Advisor at the international department of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN))
My one-year EU Fellowship at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute, Florence offered a fantastic opportunity to dive deeper into the academic side of the policy I usually cover at the European Commission. The exchange with top researchers from around the world was incredibly invaluable and has imprinted a long lasting impact on me. At the same time one does not run the risk of being stuck in an ivory tower, thanks to the wide range of lectures from EU politicians and policy makers. I very much appreciated this output oriented way of researching as well as the possibility to get an idea of policy fields that I do not usually cover. Finally, it was great to be part of the vibrant EUI community, including the many extracurricular activities. My secrete tip: join the EUI Choir!
Katharina von Schnurbein, EU Fellow 2017-2018 (European Coordinator on combating antisemitism)