News and events


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

Social Data Science Student Hackathon 2022

Central European University, a member of CIVICA, is organizing a 48-hour online social data science student hackathon between November 11-13, 2022. Teams of 1-3 undergraduate students who are interested in both social issues and programming are welcome to apply. They will provide a data set at the kickoff that participants can use to create infographics or develop a machine learning pipeline to solve a given problem. Register to join here.

Digital Trade Integration: a new global dataset for 21st century trade policy

Hosted by the European Institute and CIVICA  this inter-disciplinary panel discussion brings together researchers, policy-makers and private sector representatives to discuss the challenges that countries face in developing 21st century trade policies. Register for the event here.

Apply to the Safer Tomorrow: Security Starts with YOU(TH) Student Challenge

Following the Madrid NATO Summit 2022, the IE University Center for the Governance of Change (CGC) is launching the student challenge "Safer Tomorrow: Security starts with YOU(TH)". Students interested in defense, security or international relations are invited to submit their papers on the interconnection between emerging tech and international security. IE is a member of CIVICA.  Apply by November 13.

CIVICA Research Hackathon: Societies in Transition, Crises of Earth

Join the next in a series of collaborative online events which focuses on the interlocking environmental crises of the Earth. Led by the Stockholm School of Economics and London School of Economics, this event will present participants with the opportunity to engage with environmental crises of wildfires and drought in Europe. This event will be online on 22-24 November 2022. Apply as an individual or team here.

Apply to join the European Student Assembly in Strasbourg

 More than 200 students will meet in Strasbourg in spring 2023. to discuss current issues and produce a collection of recommendations on ten pressing topics, including the future of EU higher education, sustainable energy and cities, mental health and digital transition. Apply to join by 4 December 2022.

Meet your CIVICA Student Ambassadors at LSE

Congratulations and welcome to our CIVICA Student Ambassadors for AY22/23 - Isabel Mangum and Elžbieta Janušauskaitė. Read more about the new Student Ambassadors here.

CIVICA Research Conference 1-2 September, CEU, Budapest


The Conference will bring together faculty and researchers from CIVICA member universities, and all are welcome to attend. Registration is required for both online and in-person participation. Deadline: 15 August 2022.

CIVICA universities support initiatives on Ukraine

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Explore the initiatives and activities in solidarity with Ukraine, launched and supported by the CIVICA member universities.

CIVICA unveils vision for 2030, welcomes two new members

CIVICA infographic

As an alliance of leading European universities, CIVICA will step up efforts to shape the university of the future. Read more

CIVICA podcast Over to Europe 

Over To Europe Season 2: a podcast of the CIVICA community

Catch up with seasons 1 and 2 of Over to Europe.

More CIVICA news and events

Past news and events

CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series 

These seminars show how data science can be applied to a variety of social contexts, from AI to vaccines, social media, feminism, public cameras and beyond. 

Find out more about the seminar series, watch a video introduction with LSE's Dr Erica Thompson, and catch up on event recordings. 

Securitising the Green Deal? The challenges of aligning EU climate and security policy

Join the next Tours d'Europe public lecture on 2 May 2022. Hosted by the Hertie School, online and in person, researchers and experts discuss the European Green Deal and the impact of the new geopolitical challenges on climate action. Find out more

Standing with Ukraine

CIVICA stands with the communities impacted by the Russian government’s attack on Ukraine. Read the full statement from CIVICA.

CIVICA Tours d'Europe lecture series: Fake News and Democracy. Empowering People When Confronted with Misinformation

5-6.30pm CET, Thursday 17 March
Hosted by SNSPA, online and open to the CIVICA community and the public
Find out more and register

LSE Research Showcase

This series of short online talks by LSE academics is open to the whole CIVICA community. Browse the programme and register to attend.

CIVICA Conference: Europe and the New Global Challenges

5-6.30pm CET, Tuesday 15 March 2022
Online and open to the CIVICA community and the public
Find out more and register 

As a key player in an unstable global landscape, Europe is currently facing daunting challenges. Speakers will draw on their experiences at the forefront of societal challenges to discuss how our societies can take action in the present to be better prepared for the future.

LSE PhD researcher Louise Marie Hurel S Dias spoke at the conference. Find out more about her research on the nexus between security and technology.

CIVICA Research: Collaborative Hackathon on Data-Driven Technologies for Social Sciences

The hackathon is taking place online at 2-5pm CET on Thursday 16 December 2021. It is open to all LSE students, PhDs, faculty and staff. Read a summary by LSE's Ken Benoit.

Celebrate CIVICA's second birthday!

Read about the achievements and milestones of our first two years.

Drop in to the LSE Research Showcase autumn 2021

Our online coffee break series is a chance for the CIVICA community to hear from LSE researchers about their latest work.

Tours d'Europe online public lecture

Climate Change and the EU at 5.30pm CET on Thursday 28 October 2021. Prior to the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Sciences Po will host a conversation between students, researchers and contributors from all over Europe on the impact of climate change on local communities. 

CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series - back for the new academic year

Catch up with events in the series so far:

6 October 2021 - "Framing A Protest: Determinants and Effects of Visual Frames" with Professor Michelle Torres

22 September 2021 - "Understanding Beautiful Places and Wellbeing with AI" with Professor Suzy Moat

8 September 2021 - "Incentives and COVID-19 vaccination uptake" with Professor Macartan Humphreys

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.

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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