ActEU Kick Off Meeting 28th March 2023, Brussels |

The first meeting of all ACTEU partners took place on 28th March in the premises of Fondation Universitaire! TEPSA organized the internal meeting, where organizational topics as well as first content-related topics were discussed.

The kick-off was opened by Michael Kaeding (University Duisburg-Essen/coordinator) and Daniela Braun (University Saarland, scientific lead) with welcoming words. After remarks by Julie Baleriaux (Policy Officer at the European Commission) and Paloma Martin (Project Advisor at the Research Executive Agency at the European Commission) all relevant organizational matters and administrative issues were discussed (Liesa Döpcke, University Duisburg-Essen). Together, the most relevant aspects of ActEU were reiterated: What are the key objectives?  What are the milestones and deliverables for the first year? (Michael Kaeding, University Duisburg-Essen)

In the second part of the day, the focus was on the contents of WP 1 ‘Providing an infrastructure to assess the decline of political trust and legitimacy’ and the question ‚How do we plan to collect, integrate and apply the ActEU multi-methods approach?‘ (Alex Hartland & Daniela Braun, University Saarland). An overview of the research design of the focus group (Kristina Weissenbach), the public opinion survey (Ann-Kathrin Reinl University Gent) and web-scraping (Daniel Gayo-Avello, Universidad de Oviedo) was given. Afterwards all members of the consortium gave their input to improve the design.

It was a pleasure to welcome all consortiums members in Brussels and we are looking forward to the first steps of the project!

You can read the event’s agenda here.

Conference hall ActEU