EU-LISTCO’s Midterm Conference was hosted by Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, from September 25 to September 26.
The conference provided an opportunity for EU-LISTCO’s consortium partners to enhance knowledge exchange through discussions on the methodological innovations and empirical findings of the project. It was organized around thematic sessions suggested by each Work Package (WP) with presentations by researchers at partner institutions.
Secondly, the Midterm Conference aimed at encouraging and strengthening rigorous collaboration for the upcoming months of the project. Individual and cross-WP meetings were organized to provide a discussion platform for addressing the scientific progress and prospective division of labor as well as organizing collaborative efforts among different WPs. Additionally, separate sessions were held on dissemination activities, ethics code, organization, and management.
Finally, a public event panel on preventing tipping points of violent conflict and governance breakdown was organized with the participation of Prof. Tanja A. Börzel (FUB), Prof. Thomas Risse (FUB), Prof. Ahmet İçduygu (Koç Ü.), Prof. Akif Kireçci (ASBÜ) and Assoc. Prof. Saime Özçürümez (Bilkent Ü.). The audience consisted of representatives from the EU Delegation in Turkey, Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Red Crescent, several civil society organizations and think tanks, as well as scholars and students from different universities in Turkey.