FASoS Research

Opportunity to apply for China Scholarship Council PhD students

Colleagues interested in integrating a Chinese PhD student within his/her research or project at FASoS are invited to submit a proposal before 15 September 2019.

Maastricht University and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) collaborate to provide high quality research training to qualified students from Chinese universities and research institutions.


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Extension deadline seven 4-year PhD positions

Seven LIMES PhD positions have been re-opened with an application deadline of 30 September 2019.

The following LIMES vacancies have been re-opened for application:


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Grant for a team of UCM and FASOS researchers

In June 2018 a team of FASoS and UCM researchers (Prof. Roberta Haar (UCM), Dr. Gergana Noutcheva (FASoS), Dr. Petar Petrov (FASoS) and Prof. Sophie Vanhoonacker (FASoS)) was awarded a competitive grant from Maastricht Working On Europe. The grant will support the production of original research on the EU-NATO security and defence relationship as NATO commemorates its 70th anniversary.


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Media Art Histories Emerging Researchers Award for Linnea Semmerling

The Media Art History conference series has been bringing together researchers, artists, and scientists on interdisciplinary topics for over 14 years. This year, the conference convened in Aalborg, Denmark, under the title of RE:SOUND.

FASoS PhD Candidate Linnea Semmerling was awarded the Media Art Histories Emerging Researcher Award for her paper ‘Rehearsing Sensory Repertoires: Sound Art Curating at Alternative Art Spaces 1980s-2000s’.

Memory Studies Association conference attracts 1500 scholars

Aline Sierp organised the third annual conference of the Memory Studies Association of which she is the Co-Founder and Co-President. The conference took place in Madrid from 25-28 June and attracted over 1500 scholars and practitioners from five different continents. The conference made the front page of Spanish national newspaper El Pais twice and was reported on by 60 different media outlets.

BA ES student Jeanine de Bruin and Patrick Bijsmans present at EARLI19

BA ES student Jeanine de Bruin and FASoS staff member Patrick Bijsmans presented their ongoing research project with Afke Groen during the 18th Biannual EARLI Conference, from 12 to 16 August 2019 in Aachen (Germany). Jeanine delivered the actual presentation, entitled ‘The role of social support in students’ transition to university. The case of Problem-Based Learning’, during this high-level teaching and learning conference.


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Get involved and develop a PREMIUM project

Last year FASoS staff members succesfully mentored various PREMIUM projects, in which FASoS students – together with students from FPN, FHML, LAW and SBE – solved challenges for a variety of clients, such as Videopower, South Limburg Tourist Board, Brightlands or the City of Maastricht.

If you have an idea for a project for this year, contact Ike Kamphof (FASoS Premium co-ordinator).


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UM coordinates new Jean Monnet Research Network on Single Market Integration

Aneta Spendzharova, Anna Herranz Surrallés, Johan Adriaensen and Sophie Vanhoonacker were successful in securing €300.000 of EU funding to establish a new Jean Monnet Research Network. The Network aims to reVitalise the study of EU Single Market Integration in a turbulent age (VISTA). It brings together a diverse group of academic partners (Universities of Frankfurt, Bristol, Tartu and Kyiv) and two think tanks (IAI-Rome & CEPS- Brussels).


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Results from KNAW committee chaired by Wiebe Bijker sent to parliament

Wiebe Bijker chaired a KNAW committee to investigate possibilities of decreasing the number of animal experiments in fundamental neurosciences. This report, together with a watered-down ‘inventory’ on the basis of the committee’s report by the KNAW Board, was presented to ministers C.J. Schouten (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) and I.K. van Engelshoven (Education, Culture and Science).

On 4 July, they sent a letter with their response, the report and the inventory to parliament.

12th International Conference on History of Chemistry in Maastricht

This year the 12th International Conference on History of Chemistry, co-organised by Ernst Homburg (chair), Cyrus Mody and Geert Somsen, was held in Maastricht from 29 July to 2 August 2019. It is a biennial conference which aims to bring together and facilitate communication between historically interested chemists, chemistry educators and historians of chemistry from all over Europe and beyond.


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