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Workshops and Lectures

During each academic year, the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society, in association with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Israel, organises various workshops and lectures on specific topics related to Europe and to the European Integration project.  These events are aimed at enriching our students, the rest of BGU students, and the general public, with the perspective of experienced and renowned speakers.   

Recent Events 

March 2019, Ambassadors' Forum

At the launch of International Women's Month, we had a great opportunity to host four inspiring women that are holding leading positions as their countries' ambassadors to Israel. The ambassadors shared with us their experience in the political and foreign fields as women, in a panel discussion moderated by Adenauer Division students Almog Nave and Tal Been.

October, 2018, NATO academic course

The Adenaur Division for European Studies was pleased to hold a  condensed weeklong academic course on the topic of NATO and its relations with Israel. As part of the course, the students of the division simulated a NATO sitting regarding a military intervention in Libya’s 2011 revolution. The simulation was chaired and guided by Mrs Avivit Bar-Ilan, whereas the students represented the different countries in the treaty.

October 17th, 2018, New academic year event

On Wednesday the 17th of October, our students and staff gathered together to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. We send our thanks to the “BENGI” pub, and to our wonderful students who participated in this exciting evening.

June 21st, 2018, ICFR Israeli- European Young Diplomats Forum. 

We would like to thank the Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Emanuele Giaufret, and the Embassy team for the wonderful hospitality at the Ambassador's residence on Thursday at a public event to present the conclusions and recommendations of the international research project C3EU on the perceptions of the EU in areas of conflict.
The event was attended by diplomats, policymakers and academics from a variety of countries around the world.

Special thanks to the Israeli Council for Foreign Relations, our partners who came and took part, and to University of Canterbury, New Zealand, which coordinated the project.

June 20th, 2018, Young researchers conference. 

The Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies National Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Ben- Gurion University in the Negev, in collaboration with the research network C3EU held the annual conference for young researchers of European studies in Israel. The Centre chose to collaborate with the international research network under the topic of: "Israel and Europe: Relations and Mutual Perceptions.


The conferences main topics were the relations and conceptions shared by Europe and Israel and it included four fascinating panels led by insightful students.

The different panels were a fruitful platform to discuss the refugee crisis, right-wing populist groups, diplomatic issues and the history and contemporary relations between the EU and Israel.

June 18th, 2018, The future of EU- Israel relations.

The historic relations between the EU and Israel include cooperation in many different fields, but also Differences of opinions on important matters. Where are these relations headed, and what is the influence of these divisions on the continuation of the relations between the two?


This event regarding the future of the EU- Israel relations was with the participation of the head of the EU delegation to Israel, H.E the Ambassador Emmanuel Joffre, Head of the Israeli delegation Ambassador Aharon Leshno- Yaar and EEAS Deputy Secretary General Jean Christophe Belliard.

June 5th, 2018, Croatian Embassy representatives 

We were pleased to host on the campus the representatives of the Croatian Embassy who met with the students of the Adenauer division for the study of European politics and society.

We want to send a special thanks to Ms. Tina Krce and Ms. Marina Sutalo.
It was a wonderful visit!

May 24th, 2018, Jerusalem visit and study tour 

On Thursday, the 24th of May, our students visited Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs where they discussed European relations and developments with the ministries European department.

Later on, they visited the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung & conversed with the heads of the Stiftung in Israel and Ramallah on the complex reality in the region, and the different perceptions and solutions to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Finally, our students and staff were hosted by the European Union’s offices in East Jerusalem to hear from their head of political issues on the EUs role in the conflict, its aspirations and goals.

May 14th, 2018, Round tables with ambassadors. 

As part of the “Europe day” events in Ben- Gurion University, CSEPS hosted European ambassadors who spoke to students about life as ambassadors in a foreign country. This event provided our students with a unique opportunity to hear and learn about interesting experiences from the world of international diplomacy.

April 26, 2018, Lectures on 1968 Germany, and French- EU relations.

The Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies hosted a lecture on the 1968 events in Germany. In this lecture, Dr Silja Behre discussed the memory discourses and memory struggles in Germany.

In addition, as part of the Eurasmus Program, Prof. Frederic Royall from The Limerick University in Ireland lectured to our students about the interesting relations between France and the EU. He presented the complex relations and the way the country represents a founding member of the EU on the one hand, as well as a Eurosceptical player in the citizens popular opinion on the other.

April 17th, 2018, Greece Ambassador and NATO.

The ambassador to Greece visited us and discussed topics regarding NATO as part of a course tought by Mrs Avivit Bar- Ilan.

March 21st, 2018, Beginning of a new semester event- European beers.

On Wednesday, the 21st of March, we celebrated the beginning of a new semester. Our Students and staff enjoyed an interesting lecture about the different European beers and their important role in history.

Januray 11th, Book launch event- Prof. Dani Filc

On Thursday, the 11th of January, we held a book launch event for Professor Dani Filc's book “From Superman to Tintin”. The book discusses the colorful world of comics. It is comprised from rich content that crosses the American made superheroes, and the way comics constitutes a unique space that challenges the difference between “high culture” and “low culture”.

January 8th, 2018, prof. Barthian Verbeek

On Monday, the 8th of January, prof. Barthian Verbeek from the university Redbaum in Nijmegen, Netherlands came to visit BGU campus. He gave a lecture about "Does such a thing as a distinct populist foreign policy exit"?

November 14 2017, Catalonian Journalist, Sal Amrgi

CSEPS was thrilled to host Catalonian Journalist, Mr. Sal Amrgi, who explained the complexity of the Spain-Catalonia relationship and presented an outline of the current issues and opinions related to the conflict.  

November 13 2017- A Panel on the 2017 German elections 

After the surprising and controversial results of the 2017 German elections, CSEPS hosted a panel on the rise of the far right and the implications for Europe. 

March 27 2017, Lecture by Vera Lengsfeld 

In collaboration with the Center for Austrian and German Studies, we hosted former member of Bundestag, Vera Lengsfeld, of the CDU party. We discussed antisemitism all over Europe and in Germany these days and how it changes according to recent events: immigration, instability, and cultural and demographical changes. Lengsfeld gave a detailed discription of the phenomenon and raised interesting questions regarding the place of antisemitism in Europe today and how should we deal with it.

March 22 2017, Lecture by Journalist Eldad Beck

We were honored to host the journalist Eldad Beck at Ben-Gurion University for a fascinating lecture on his new book: "Chancellor: Merkel, Israel and the Jews". We learned about the German leader's journey: from her childhood all the way to becoming the most influential woman in Europe these days. Through a personal story, an Eastern European narrative and interesting anecdotes on the way, we reached a deeper understanding of Merkel's character, relations with the Jewish community and the State of Israel in particular.

December 5, 2016 "Understanding the path towards Spanish and Portuguese Citizenship" 

On December 5, 2016, the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) in cooperation with the Instituto Cervantes held a conference on the new regulations surrounding Spanish and Portuguese citizenship. The first portion of the conference traced the historical and sociological circumstances which led to a policy change in the Iberian Peninsula at this particular time. The second part of the conference provided a more hands on approach, dealing with the procedural and bureaucratic requirements for acquiring these citizenships. Ultimately, the conference aimed to increase awareness of the subject to different stakeholders in Israel. The conference was conducted in Hebrew.


The conference raised many issues and questions on the subject. We are grateful to the guest speakers and participants for their participation in the vibrant discussion which ensued.


The presentations can be accessed using the following links: