COST Action ENTER Workshop: Academic Practices for Early Career Researchers

The coordinator of the Early Career Investigator Network (ECIN) of COST Action ENTER, Dr Anna-Sophie Maass organised a workshop titled ‘Academic Practices for Early Career Researchers’ at the University of Aarhus on 12 November 2019.

The purpose of this one-day workshop was two-fold. On the one hand, it introduced early career investigators to guidelines helping to facilitate their teaching, research and publication as well as administrative tasks. The participants and the workshop organiser thank Professor Knud Erik Jørgensen for having taken his time to provide helpful advice on generating publications.

On the other hand, the interactive nature of this workshop allowed for an exchange of experience of different challenges ECIs are facing throughout and after the PhD. In this way, the workshop addressed some strategies to be used in seeking to address these challenges.

One of the conclusions reached during this workshop was that the main challenge for academics, regardless whether they are still during their PhD candidature, doing a post-doc or currently holding an academic post is to strike an appropriate balance between teaching commitment, research, administrative tasks and training as well as maintaining a social life. A more detailed report on the workshop will be published in due course.

Apply for an ITC Conference Grant! Deadline: 15 December

Apply now for an ITC Conference Grant!

ITC Conference Grants are aimed at supporting Early Career Investigator and PhD students from Participating ITC to attend related conferences, events or conduct activities on the topic of the Action that are not organised by the COST Action.

COST Action ENTER has published a call for applications. Deadline is 15 December 2019. More information here.

STSM to Riga, Latvia – some first impressions by Dr. Maria Diacon

Currently Dr. Maria Diacon from Tiraspol State University, Chișinău, Moldova, is on a short term scientific mission to the University of Latvia, Rīga, Latvia.

Here’s first impressions from her:

“My first Short Term Scientific Mission is in Riga, Latvia. It is my huge honor to be here on these days when the Latvian people celebrate their national day, on 18 of November. Wish them prosperity, stability and a great destiny in European family. ”

COST Action ENTER wishes her full success during her scientific stay in Latvia.

WG 2 Perceptions: Scientific article “What’s next for the European coal heartland? Exploring the future of coal as presented in German, Polish and Czech press” published

Working Group 2 members published an article in Energy Research & Social Science: “What’s next for the European coal heartland? Exploring the future of coal as presented in German, Polish and Czech press“. Read the full article here:

COST Action ENTER winter training school in Aarhus

COST Action ENTER winter training school in Aarhus – led by Prof. Dr. Natalia Chaban and Ass. Prof. Dr. Jan Osicka – is still going on in Aarhus. We are proud to have brought together 23 trainees from 17 countries. Our very intense four-day-training school will end today. Here are some impressions of our work.



COST Action ENTER events in Aarhus

Three COST Action ENTER events are currently going on in Aarhus, Denmark, resp. ended very recently:

  • Working Group 1 Workshop: Theorizing New Realities – EU foreign policy facing new challenges (organized by Prof. Dr. Knud Erik Jørgensen and Dr F. Asli Ergul Jorgensen)
  • Winter Training School: Images of Europe at Times of Global Challenges: Perceptions of EU (foreign) policy making inside and outside Europe – Theoretical, Methodological and Empirical Reflections (organized by Prof. Dr. Natalia Chaban and Ass. Prof. Dr. Jan Osicka)
  • Early Career Workshop: Academic Practices for Early Career Researchers (organized by Prof. Dr. Natalia Chaban and Dr. Anna-Sophie Maass)

All events include very intensive discussions. We will update you soon with more details on events.

Below are some impressions from the Working Group 1 Workshop.


Communication in EU External Energy Policy: Lessons from the Bilateral Energy Dialogues with Brazil, India, China and South Africa

First COST Action ENTER Policy Brief published

The first COST Action ENTER Policy Brief has been published. Learn here more on “Communication in EU External Energy Policy: Lessons from the Bilateral Energy Dialogues with Brazil, India, China and South Africa”.

COST Action ENTER Short Term Scientific Mission grant: Dr. Defne Günay at Ghent University

During her STSM at the Ghent University EU Center Dr. Günay gained several skills and expanded her knowledge on how EU foreign policy can be studied. In her research, she analyzes what drives the EU’s external climate change policy towards Egypt. What the European Union does in its southern neighborhood has received a lot of attention since 2010 in the context of the Arab uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, the ongoing Syrian civil war and the refugee flows out of Syria. Consequently, security, stability and migration in the EU’s neighborhood policy towards the southern Mediterranean have been at the heart of much scholarly analyses overshadowing the so-called low politics issues like climate change. Dr. Günay addresses this gap in her research and analyzes what the EU does to combat climate change in its bilateral relations with Egypt. As the EU aims to become a leading actor in the global climate change regime through its climate change policies and climate change diplomacy, it is important to analyze whether and how the EU translates this ambition to its relations with Egypt, one of the EU’s southern Mediterranean neighbors. During her stay at the Ghent University’s EU Center, Dr. Günay had the opportunity to get feedback on her research through an internal seminar where she presented her preliminary findings. Dr. Günay learned new databases that could be employed in her research and how to use them effectively as part of this skill transfer at the Center. Furthermore, Dr. Günay had the opportunity to interview EU officials in Brussels and discuss her findings with the researchers at the Center. While Dr. Günay was conducting interviews in Brussels, she also attended a meeting of Mediterranean Energy Regulators Association (MEDREG), which was very relevant for the climate change and energy policies in the EU and Mediterranean countries. In that meeting, Dr. Günay gained more knowledge on the recent developments in energy regulations around the Mediterranean region.

COST Action ENTER members at renowned EISA’s Pan-European Conference

COST Action ENTER Working Group 1 “New Realities” was at renowned EISA’s 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations “A Century of Show and Tell: The Seen and Unseen of IR” which was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on September 11-14, 2019. Working Group 1 “New Realities” organized the Section 14 “European Foreign Policy Facing New Realities” for this conference and extended its networks of discussion and collaboration through its 8 panels and 1 roundtable.

From left to right, Prof Ben O’Loughlin, Prof Alister Miskimmon, Prof Patrick Müller and Prof Natalia Chaban

COST Action ENTER members participate at prestigious annual UACES conference

Members of the Jean Monnet Network “Crisis, Conflict and Critical Diplomacy: EU perceptions in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine” (C3EU) (2015-2018, presented final results of their research at the prestigious annual UACES conference in Lisbon, Portugal (1-4 September 2019).  Papers by C3EU partners Patrick Müller, Alister Miskimmon, Ben O’Loughlin, Natalia Chaban, Michèle Knodt and Šarūnas Liekis — all current members of the COST Action ENTER that studies EU foreign policy — were a part of the UACES 2019 Panel “Understanding EU crisis diplomacy in the European Neighbourhood: Strategic Narratives and Perceptions of the EU in Ukraine, Israel and Palestine”. The Panel showcased Special Issue with a high-impact European Security journal.  Special Issue “Perceptions and Narratives of EU Crisis Diplomacy” with European Security (Volume 28, Issue 2, 2019, co-edited by Natalia Chaban, Alister Miskimmon and Ben O’Loughlin) is now published first online:

From left to right, Prof Ben O’Loughlin, Prof Alister Miskimmon, Prof Patrick Müller and Prof Natalia Chaban