Institute of Contemporary European Studies (iCES)

The Institute of Contemporary European Studies (iCES) seeks to build research, expertise and contacts throughout Europe in order to contribute to the debate on contemporary Europe and contemporary European Studies.

iCES is organised as a network of activities at the centre of which is the iCES Annual Review. These activities are arranged as an annual cycle of events oriented towards final publication in the iCES Occasional Paper series. This cycle of activity includes:

  • Two major lectures (Jean Monnet Memorial Lecture and the Europe in the World Lecture)
  • iCES conferences, seminars and a guest lecture series covering a wide range of key and emerging European issues
  • Teaching on Europe lectures for students
  • iCES annual European colloquium

In addition to developing links between the EBS partnership network European Business Schools International ( EBSI ), further collaborative work will be undertaken with the European Government Business Relations Council, the Senior European Experts group, Eurointelligence, the Jean Monnet Association and the Robert Schuman Foundation.

The challenges confronting contemporary Europe are wide-ranging: enlargement, climate change, energy, defence, financial integration, security and migration. The overall purpose of iCES is to engage actively in this debate on the construction of Europe in the 21st century and aim in the process to raise the profile of contemporary Europe and contemporary European studies.

May I draw your attention to the summary of our Jean Monnet Lecture held on 6 April 2016 where Herman Van Rompuy, former President of the European Council and Prime Minister of Belgium spoke with Chris Grayling the Leader of the House of Commons and other distinguished visitors (click here to read and download the Occasional paper). This was an appropriate contribution to the current debate and you may find of relevance also the Democratic Accountability in the EU paper from the Senior European Experts on which it was based.

Professor John Drew

Institute of Contemporary European Studies Director

Last updated: 19 July 2016