Posted on 12 February 2020
On February 10, 2020, representatives of the members of CIVICA, the European University of the Social Sciences, came to Florence for the first meeting of CIVICA’s work package on doctoral and postdoctoral training. The objective of the work package, led by the EUI, is to create a common European space for early stage researchers, to enable them to benefit from the expertise and the resources at partner universities, and to collaborate across borders.
At the meeting, representatives from the eight partner institutions (Bocconi University (Italy), Central European University (Hungary), European University Institute (European Intergovernmental Organisation [Italy]), Hertie School (Germany), the London School of Economics (United Kingdom), the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania), Sciences Po (France) and the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden)) prepared the ground for the envisioned activities. These include, but are not limited to, the opportunity for Ph.D. researchers within CIVICA to spend a term at a partner university; a virtual Ph.D. clinic to allow early stage researchers to receive advice from faculty across the consortium; a digital platform to allow early stage researchers to learn about ongoing research within the network; co-taught methods and topical seminars; jointly organised summer schools; and teaching opportunities at partner universities. The first activities will begin in the fall of 2020.
CIVICA unites leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences and the humanities to create a broad European inter-university campus that links teaching and learning, research and innovation, and mobilises society at large across cultural, linguistic, and national borders. It will connect 38,000 students coming from across Europe and from all over the world to a community of 7,000 faculty members and some 3,000 administrative staff.