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Find out about CIVICA news and opportunities across the alliance, from events to collaborative initiatives and more. 


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Awards from the first CIVICA Call for Research Proposals have been announced

Faculty and (post-doctoral) researchers at CIVICA universities (Bocconi, CEU, EUI, Hertie, LSE, Sciences Po, SNSPA, SSE) were invited to submit proposals for new collaborative research projects under one of CIVICA’s four core themes: Societies in Transition, Crises of Earth; Democracy in the 21st Century; Europe Revisited; Data-Driven Technologies for Social Sciences.  

Of the 27 applications 11 were selected for funding for research and knowledge exchange activities that will bring CIVICA partners together under their thematic priorities. LSE is participating in nine of the awarded projects and leading one project.

LSE PI Professor Tomila Lankina said of the award:

“My collaborators Guido Alfani and Mattia Fochesato at Bocconi University, Giovanni Angioni at LSE and Alexander Libman at the Freie Universität in Berlin and I are delighted to have been awarded the Civica grant for our project “The Long Shadow of Educational, Skills, and Professional Inequities in Time and in Space: Implications for Polarization and Support for Populism in Europe.” We are thrilled at the opportunity that the new Civica initiative has given us: to build bridges across academic institutions and across the disciplines and sub-specialisms of political science, economic history, and historical political economy. Drawing on data and archival material from historical contexts as diverse as Tzarist Russia, medieval and present-day Italy, we are eager to contribute to academic debate and policy on the drivers of inequality and political polarization, and the long-term social consequences of historical shocks like famines and epidemics.” 

Professor Simon Hix, Pro-Director for Research at LSE and CIVICA Permanent Design Team Member said:

“I am delighted this first funding call was such a success for LSE, and for CIVICA as a whole. The fact that so many LSE colleagues came forward with research proposals with colleagues from across our alliance partners demonstrates how valuable CIVICA is for the research environment at the School.” 

Find out more about the awarded projects.

Past news and events

Data Science Summer School

9-30 July 2021, Zoom
Participation is free; registration required by Friday 25 June

The Data Science Summer School is a series of one-day workshops with hands-on labs on data science methods and applications currently employed by industry, government, and civil society to address the world's most complex challenges.

Organised by the Hertie School Data Science Lab from July 9 to 30, the Data Science Summer School is open to all researchers, faculty, students and administrative team members from across CIVICA.

All courses are online and free, fully sponsored by the generous support of the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence and Stifterverband!

Registrations are open until 25 June, and priority will be given to members of the CIVICA network, in the limit of available seats. Browse courses and register>>

Research Meets Politics: a Franco-German response to the climate crisis?

Tuesday 15 June 2021, 1.30 - 5pm (CET)

Simultaneously interpreted into English, French and German

By 2050, Europe wants to be the first climate-neutral continent. How can Germany and France contribute to an ambitious climate policy and jointly pave the European way towards climate neutrality? These questions will be discussed by Svenja Schulze (German Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety), Maja Göpel (The New Institute), François Gemenne (Sciences Po), Thierry Philipponnat (Finance Watch), among others. The Franco-German Dialogue is organised by the Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School in cooperation with Science Po and CIVICA. Prior registration is required.

CIVICA conference: Digitalisation and the Future of Higher Education 

5.15-6.45pm CET, Thursday 3 June 2021

How can we build on current innovations to pave the way for more resilient, sustainable and adaptable approaches to education in the post-COVID world?

In this online CIVICA conference, policymakers, theorists, practitioners and students will come together to reflect on the impact of the digital transformation on the present and future of universities. 

Drawing on experiences with digitalisation in academia at local, national or European level, participants will explore the potential of recent innovations to advance education and discuss concrete steps to implement this vision. 

The conference is open to the entire CIVICA community and the public at large. The audience will have the opportunity to engage in the debate.


  • Isidro Laso Ballesteros, Cabinet Expert, European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
  • Mark Hallerberg, Acting President, Hertie School
  • Vanessa Scherrer, Vice President for International Affairs, Sciences Po
  • Anke Hassel, Professor of Public Policy, Hertie School
  • Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education, LSE
  • Hilda Hardell, third-year bachelor student, Stockholm School of Economics
  • Leonardo Caporarello, Professor of Practice of Organizational Behavior, Delegate Rector for E-Learning, Director of BUILT Center for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, Bocconi University
  • Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration Romania (SNSPA)

Chair: Annika Zorn, Director of PhD Programmes & Digital Learning, Hertie School

The Art of Quantitative Editing

4pm CEST, Wednesday 2 June 2021

Join us in session 7 of the CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series as Dr Laura Bronner guides us through her experience of working as a quantitative editor at FiveThirtyEight. How does she use her expertise to evaluate the data and code from research and articles to inform the audience of FiveThirtyEight? 

Not only Erasmus, making ourselves heard in Europe 

Young people have more to offer than taking part in exchange programmes! Three key themes are on the agenda: climate change, online gender-based violence and youth political participation.

Hosted by European University Institute online, this event will be in both English and Italian.

CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series Session 6

Professor Chris Bail, Duke University, discussed extremists and combatting online polarisation in "Breaking the Social Media Prism" on Wednesday 19 May 2021.

CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series Session 5

Join Using public video cameras to detect racial distancing on city streets, with Dr Melissa Sands, on Wednesday 5 May 2021.

CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series Session 4

How to detect Fake News before it it written with Dr Preslav Nakov and colleagues at the Qatar Computing Research Institute. Join us at 4pm CET on Wednesday 21 April 2021 on Zoom.

Over to Europe podcast episode 5: Social sciences vs societal challenges

In this episode we explore the role and impact of the social sciences. We talk to experts Simon Hix (Pro-Director for Research and Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, LSE) and Carsten Schneider (Professor in the Political Science Department, CEU) about the development of the social sciences as a discipline, their key role in solving societal issues, and about CIVICA's research agenda.

Listen: Youtube | Spotify | Apple podcasts

CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series Session 3

Find out more and register to attend "Negotiating with AI: Fairness in the Labor Market" with Christo Wilson from Northeastern University. Join us at 4pm CET on Wednesday 7 April 2021 on Zoom.

Growth and Welfare in Advanced Capitalist Economies

How have growth regimes evolved? Join this CIVICA webinar at 5pm CET on Monday 29 March featuring Waltraud Schelkle from LSE's European Institute. Find out more and register for this webinar.

CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series Session 2

Find out more and register to attend the seminar on tracking COVID-19 with speaker John Burn-Murdoch of the Financial Times. Join us at 4pm CET on Wednesday 24 March 2021 on Zoom.

Data Analytics and the Battle Against the Pandemic

The next "Tours d'Europe" online public lecture is hosted by Bocconi at 5pm CET on Thursday 18 March. Speaker presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion. Find out more and register for this event.

Democracy in the Time of Pandemic

Watch the video of the inaugural event in the CIVICA public lecture series "Tours d'Europe", featuring LSE's Andres Velasco, which took place on 15 February 2021. Find out more about this event.

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