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“In October 2017, the Warwick Brussels Office hosted an event I organized together with a University of Southampton colleague, Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta. The seminar aimed to create the space to share our research, facilitate conversations with various stakeholders, and gain feedback on a number of policy proposals we made in the context of our project Rethinking EU Equality Law. The event was successful and very well attended, and I cannot praise enough the organisational and networking assistance we got from the Brussels Office, especially from Xenia Tsitiridou, the Brussels-based office manager, and from Denise Hewlett who is based at Warwick. Xenia Tsitiridou not only put in a lot of effort to ensure the event ran smoothly on the day, she also took the time to map out relevant audiences to more effectively promote the event among them in the preceding weeks. She even helped us liaise with a local journalist to create video record of the event. Throughout the whole process, she was prompt, professional, proactive, and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend the Warwick Brussels Office for events that aim to engage with EU policy makers and civil society organizations. They have the on-the-ground intelligence and the know-how that is indispensible to an effective policy-impact event". Dr Ania Zbyszewska, Warwick School of Law
“Warwick’s representative in Brussels, Xenia Tsitiridou, organised a great programme of ‘one-to-one’ meetings with senior Commission officials and NGOs for me in April 2017. Over two days, I met Cabinet members from the Research & Innovation and Education Directorates General (DGs) and senior officials from DGs Home and Growth and from the Commission’s Digital Economy and Skills Unit. I also met experts from NGOs and business representatives. As a result, I have developed a much stronger network of contacts in Brussels. I am now planning a follow-up event which will be hosted and organised by Warwick’s Brussels Office to report findings of research on accessing the labour market. The Brussels office and European Engagement Team at Warwick provided expertise and fantastic support which is essential in order to reach key stakeholders in Brussels and organisations with representation across the EU". Dr Jo Angouri, Centre for Applied Linguistics
“I would like to express my deep gratitude to Warwick’s Brussels Office for their professionalism, knowledge and engagement of key audiences related to communication of findings and key research related to my European Research Council Project “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty.” Xenia Tsitiridou is an exceptional administrator with key knowledge and contacts in European institutions. She had excellent motivation to help me as a faculty to do and communicate my research, and arrange meetings with key personalities in the European Parliament and the European Commission. In March 2017 she also developed a highly professional event with policy makers in Brussels in the form of a debate, enabling my further engagements in Brussels. I would like to express also gratitude to Nikki Muckle, Andrew Roadnight and Denise Hewlett, with whom I discussed my plans for engagement, and always found excellent suggestions and support. The Brussels Office is a highly valuable unit at Warwick University". Dr. Maria Koinova, Reader in International Relations at PAIS, and Principal Investigator of the ERC Project “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty"
“In June 2016, the Warwick Brussels Office arranged a full day visit to Brussels by a small group of theme leads on the Energy Research Accelerator (including the University of Warwick) to develop a better understanding of the European energy landscape and explore potential connections. Xenia created a full-day itinerary through her contacts at the Commission and Parliament, including meetings for the group with a Cabinet Member for Energy Commissioner, senior members of DG Research & Innovation and the European Policy Strategy Centre. The organisation was superb with detailed briefings on the meetings and support for security clearance at both Commission and Parliament, transport and hotels. The visit was extremely useful in connecting a major UK energy programme with key players in Brussels and in clarifying the role of the Energy Union and Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan." Professor David Mullins, Theme Lead – Integrated Energy Research Accelerator
“In July 2016 the Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre in conjunction with the Nottingham and Birmingham ESRC DTCs held an event entitled ‘European Futures: Key Themes from Postgraduate Research’ at the Warwick Brussels office. By hosting the event in Brussels, we were able to welcome PhD students from University of Leuven and Free University of Brussels to the event as well as obtaining Daniel Dalton MEP as a keynote speaker. Being based in Brussels additionally enabled us to undertake a tour of the European Parliament as part of the workshop, which provided an excellent opportunity to put into context the European themes under discussion.” Professor Mike Saward, Director - Warwick ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (Social Sciences)
“My Policy Seminar at Warwick’s Brussels Office entitled “Trade and Sustainable Development Chapters in EU Trade Agreements: Can current limitations be overcome?” was a great opportunity to present the findings of my ESRC research current research project on this topic. The combination of my own research contacts and the excellent publicity work of the Brussels Office meant we had a full room of European Commission, European Parliament, business, trade union and civil society representatives to hear our findings. Xenia at the Brussels Office did the publicity and also put together an excellent pack of materials and a very nice drinks reception afterwards which all felt very professional. It was a great way to publicise our research findings.“ Dr James Harrison, School of Law
"The Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat Policy Briefing greatly benefitted from being held at Warwick’s Brussels Office. The European Agenda on Migration not only shapes the ways in which policies are developed across Europe, but is also significant in a wider sense because of the global reach and influence of such policies beyond the EU. The Brussels office provided both the expertise and support required for us to reach key audiences in Brussels early in our project, and to carry out follow up discussions with key players. Due to this, we will be launching our final project report at the Brussels Office in May 2017", Dr Vicki Squire, Department of Politics and International Studies

"The interdisciplinary PAIS and Psychology seminar provided a great forum to discuss my nascent research concerning the cultural and cognitive politics of safe standing in British football grounds. Because of where the Brussels office is located, the event was able to attract practitioners and policymakers from across Europe who were then able to feed in to my work and provide a range of different insights. Although Britain’s future relationship with Europe remains unclear, the Brussels office is essential for anyone looking to engage in an impactful way with research stakeholders from across the EU", Dr David Webber, Department of Politics and International Studies

"The roundtable on Personal Finance and Decision Making was a great opportunity to present the outcomes of my recently-completed ESRC grant with an audience of European policymakers. Many of the current challenges in Europe are the result of human behaviour deviating from economic models of the “rational man”, so a discussion of decision-making biases and why they arise was very topical. I enjoyed several interesting conversations following the event about the potential impact of this kind of work", Dr Adam Sanborn, Department of Psychology

"The Brussels Office organised a fantastic event bringing to together academic staff from PAIS and Psychology. It provided a great opportunity to present my ongoing research on alternative finance and online lending as part of my Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. The discussion with European policymakers was very fruitful because it provided important insights into both the practitioner perspective on the burning issues in alternative finance and the potential impact of my research”. Dr Chris Clarke, Department of Politics and International Studies

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