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The Stiftung Europa-Kolleg-Hamburg and the Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Dr. Eva Gabriele Heidbreder as this year’s scholar-in-residence. Prof. Heidbreder, an outstanding political scientist and expert in the field of governance in the European multi-level system, is in particular responsible for the international conference “The European Union Evolving: Entry, Exit and Exclusion”.

Eva Heidbreder holds the Chair of “Governance in the European Multilevel System” and a Jean Monnet Chair at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. Her academic career has taken her, among others, to the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf and as a visiting professor at various renowned German universities. Her research interests include EU policy-making, the institutional development of the EU, the involvement of civil society in EU processes, and the shape of the EU in the member states. Current projects focus on member-state EU policymaking and the impact of the Russian war against Ukraine on EU policies.

As part of the Scholar-in-Residence Program funded by the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research, Equality and Districts, Professor Heidbreder is hosting the conference “The European Union Evolving: Entry, Exit and Exclusion” at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg (November 16-17, 2023). The conference will bring together relevant European researchers from all over Europe to take a critical academic stock of the development of the EU as a political system, especially with regard to upcoming accessions and recent exits as well as dominant political problem areas.

An integral part of the conference is a pre-workshop for early career researchers (November 15, 2023). The workshop offers doctoral candidates and postdocs from Hamburg and Magdeburg a platform for presenting their research, discussing it with established experts and networking and exchanging ideas in the field.

The appointment of Prof. Dr. Heidbreder as scholar-in-residence underlines the efforts of the Europa-Kolleg-Hamburg and the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung to attract leading experts in their respective fields and thus promote academic research and teaching in the field of European studies. Ms Heidbreder succeeds Kiran Klaus Patel, Professor of European History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and expert on the history of the European Union, who was appointed scholar-in-residence in the first program year 2021.