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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Q&A with Tamson Pietsch: How are Empires of Scholars built?

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A key concept within the Europe of Knowledge is the ‘fifth freedom’ – free movement of knowledge. In this Q&A, we ask Tamson Pietsch, a historian, to tell us about how scholarly networks are built in the British academic world. Q1: What is Empire of Scholars about? At the start of the twenty-first century we […]

Season’s greetings

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End of August. Time to update one of my all-time favourite football cartoons. If I remember correctly, it dates from 1992, but it never seems to become obsolete. You just have to update the text of the first three panels of the strip with what you see in the television news, and you can be […]

Why informal grass-root collaboration matters for European research?

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For the last 30 years European research landscape has been significantly shaped by the EU Framework Programme. At the same time, informal collaboration among researchers outside externally funded projects remains important for creativity and vitality of European research. Increased role of projects: opportunities and threats Since the early professionalisation of the scientific community in the […]

Introducing the European Research Area CRN

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Hello, hello! We are UACES’s collaborative research network on the European Research Area (welcome to our home). This is our official blog where we discuss all issues concerning the construction of the European knowledge area: from controversies to technical details and thoughtful reflections about current and future developments. This network started as a casual conversation […]

The size of the British opt-outs

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The British government is currently preparing the negotiate further opt-outs of the UK in order to find a new status in the EU that wins the support of the British people. But already the United Kingdom is the country that is most detached from the core of EU integration, most notably of course by staying […]

Winter Games Start Early in Russia

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A chill wind is blowing through Russia’s relations with the USA (again), with references aplenty to Cold War thinking. Listen to most mainstream media coverage (and Twitter) and you would think that President Obama’s decision today to cancel his one to one with President Putin was all about Russia’s decision to offer Snowden asylum. That […]

Bloom in Bongo-Bongo Land: how did he get to be there?

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By sheer coincidence, I was in a position to talk to some UKIP activists yesterday, as the Godfrey Bloom ‘bongo-bongo’ story developed.  I mention this, because a consistent issue for the party (and others) is the charge of media bias (or here, for (lots) more). ‘Let’s get it straight from the horse’s mouth’, was my thinking […]