Category Archives: Events

This page features all our recent and forthcoming events. Make sure you keep up to date with our high level conferences, lectures and workshops, by sending your details to

Student Forum on US Midterm Elections

Our second ACE Students’ Lunchtime Forum was held today, and it consisted of a lively debate between Dr Jorg Mathias and Dr Ian Taylor, with an interesting selection of questions from the student audience.

In case you missed this forum, or would like to re-cap, 1286127_72959188you can download Dr Taylor’s presentation here. Midterm Elections 1982 and 2010

We look forward to seeing you all at the next ACE event. Be sure to check our blog for regular updates on the latest events.

ACE Students’ Forum: US Midterms and Future of the Obama Presidency

1286127_72959188The next ACE students’ forum will be on  Thursday (4 November) from 13.00-13.45 in MB 553.

The topic will be:

No We Can’t? The US Mid-Term Elections and the Future of the Obama Presidency

Speakers will be Ian Taylor (Aston University) and Joerg Mathias (Aston Univeristy), followed by an open discussion.

Student Forum on the Spending Review – a Resounding Success

Our lunchtime Student Forum on the Comprehensive Spending Review was a resounding success, with some 90 students attending the discussion on 21 October. The highlight of the discussion was a presentation by Dr Anneliese Dodds, Lecturer in Public Policy at Aston University. The slides used in the discussion are posted here for those of you who have not managed to attend. Dr Dodds’s presentation was followed by a lively discussion and we look forward to the next set of events.

You can download Dr Dodds’s presentation here: The Comprehensive Spending Review — Autumn 2010(2)

Making Sense of the Comprehensive Spending Review

This Thursday, 21788984_10603133 October, we will be discussing the Comprehensive Spending  Review (CSR), in an informal lunchtime forum.

Introductory statements by Dr Nat Copsey (Politics and International Relations)  and Dr Anneliese Dodds (Sociology and Public Policy), followed by an open discussion. Chair: Professor Simon Green (Politics and International Relations)

The Comprehensive Spending Review, the results of which will be announced on 20 October, is likely to lead to the most far-reaching restructuring of the British state for at least a generation. In this session, which is the first in a new series of student-oriented lunchtime events hosted by the Aston Centre for Europe, colleagues from LSS will provide a first response to the outcome, followed by a chance for general discussion.

All students  and colleagues are welcome to attend – just turn up on the day!

13.00 – 13.45, Thursday, 21 October 2010 in Room G11, Main Building, Aston University

Malcolm Harbour MEP lecture on the European Parliament

Malcolm Harbour MEP
Malcolm Harbour MEP

We are very pleased to announce our first event of the new academic year.

Malcolm Harbour MEP is coming to Aston on 15 October to talk to students about the work of the European Parliament in European governance. His talk is at 14.00h in MB578 and is open to all. There is no need to book, but if your require further information, please email

Prof Anand Menon: Europe, State of the Union

Prof Anand Menon, Europe: State of the Union

As a part of our series of events examining the changing nature of Europe, we will be hosting a public lecture with Prof Anand Menon, entitled ‘Europe: The State of the Union’.

Anand Menon is Professor of West European Politics at the University of Birmingham. He was previously founding Director of the European Research Institute, one of the largest academic institutions devoted to the study of Europe. Prior to this, he taught for ten years at the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College), and has held positions at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Boston University, Columbia University and New York University. He has written widely on many aspects of contemporary European politics, particularly the institutions and policies of the EU and on European security. He is author of Europe: The State of the Union (Atlantic Books 2008) and France, NATO and the Limits of Independence 1981-1997: The Politics of Ambivalence, (Macmillan, 2000). In addition, he has edited 9 books on the European Union, and published widely in the media, including the Financial Times and Wall St Journal. He has worked as a special adviser for the EU Committee of the House of Lords and as speech writer for European Commissioner Neil Kinnock. He is currently preparing the Oxford University Press Handbook of the EU.

Event Details

27 October 2010
4.30pm until 6.00pm
Byng Kendrick Lecture Theatre (G11)
Main Building, Aston University

The event is free and open to all. There is no need to book.
For further information, please email

Welcome to Aston Centre for Europe


Welcome to the Aston Centre for Europe blog!

Aston Centre for Europe has had an exciting year.  We have grown in size, won research and event funding and put on a series of interesting events. Over the last twelve months, we’ve hosted  high level speakers who addressed our audiences on a diverse range of topics.

In December 2009, we started with the first of our series of events funded by the European Commission. We discussed the European parliament with Prof Simon Hix as the keynote speaker, with Gisela Stuart MP, Malcolm Harbour MEP, Phil Bennion (Liberal Democrat MEP candidate), and David Harley (former Deputy Secretary General of the European Parliament and a practitioner fellow of Aston Centre for Europe) taking part in the debate.

In April 2010 we hosted a conference on the Legacies of 1989, another European Commissions funded event, which examined democratic change in Eastern Europe. We were very privileged to hear Sir Christopher Mallaby, former British Ambassador to East Germany, Prof Alan Mayhew (Sussex) and Prof George Kolankiewicz (UCL) who provided a fascinating insight into the twenty years of democratic change in Eastern Europe.

Our final event of the academic year was a high level conference on Green Growth and Sustainability.  The conference was funded by the European Commission and we worked very closely with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. At the conference we heard from Ian Robertson (BMW AG), Peter Vis, (Head of Cabinet to European Commissioner for Climate Action), Fiona Harvey (Financial Times), Prof David Bailey (Coventry University), Naresh Kumar (Rolls Royce), Chris White MP and Paul Tilsley (Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council) amongst many other notable speakers.

In between the larger conferences, we kept busy hosting smaller lectures and guest speakers.  We discussed the Cambodian genocide with Denise Affonco; examined the reasons behind global conflicts with Prof Daniel Chirot (University of Washington); talked about Eand examined the future of the Euro with David Marsh, and discussed population change with Prof Jane Falkingham during the British Science Festival 2010.

Our series of exciting events and lectures continues this year. To make sure you keep up to date with the latest, join our email list by sending us your details to