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In-house lawyer joins the EUI

The EUI now has an in-house lawyer, who will support both the academic departments and administrative services. Polyxeni Melidou began her new job as legal advisor on 7 January, after almost four years at the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA) in Brussels. Although she is formally attached to the Personnel Service, Melidou says she […]

Buildings expert joins the EUI

The Real Estate and Facilities Service (formerly the Logistics Service) has hired Walter Pugliese, a mechanical engineer, for the new position of Buildings Expert. The position entails the management of all of the EUI’s 14 sites, and includes acting as the EUI’s go-between in dealings with local and national authorities, builders and providers on business […]

EUI members begin charity sponsorship

Following a successful charity appeal in December, the EUI will begin sponsoring a Cambodian child. Members of the EUI raised over €300, which will support seven-year-old Srey Pi through the Italian charity CIFA. Srey Pi lives in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh with her parents, a driver and an egg-seller, and has ambitions to be […]

Active EUI: Cineclub

The director of a film charting 150 years of the Italian nation will come to the EUI later this month, as part of a collaboration between the Cineclub and the Department of History and Civilisation. Enrico Cerasuolo, director of ‘From Garibaldi to Berlusconi – 150 Years of Italian History’, will attend a screening of the […]

Fraternité 2020 promotes European exchange programmes

A group of EUI researchers are campaigning for greater investment in EU exchange programmes, such as the Erasmus student exchange programme and the European Voluntary Service. Markus Gastinger, Jeroen Moes and Axelle Reiter – all current or recent researchers within the Department of Political and Social Sciences – are part of the Europe-wide Fraternité 2020 […]

Counselling service offers de-stress sessions and library

As it enters its eight year, the EUI Counselling and Wellbeing Service is expanding to offer de-stress labs and a library. The team began running the labs for researchers last year, in two three-hour sessions, which in January were extended to staff. “We wanted to explain how to handle stress in different ways,” says counsellor […]

In Memoriam – Albert Hirschman

Albert Hirschman, a celebrated economist who also spent time as a soldier, an interpreter and an insurgent, died on 10 December at the age of 97. He was presented with a EUI degree honoris causa in 2002. Hirschman’s early interest in economics took him from Berlin, where he was born on 7 April 1915, to […]

In Memoriam – Luigi Spaventa

Luigi Spaventa, economist and former Research Council member, died on 6 January aged 78 after a long illness. Spaventa was Professor Emeritus at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he studied in the 1950s, and member of the EUI’s Research Council from 1981 to 1988. Born in Rome on 5 March 1934, Spaventa left the […]

EUI launches Volunteer Connection

The EUI has initiated a programme to create links between researchers and associations looking for volunteers. Organised by Anna Coda Nunziante, assistant at the Department of History and Civilization, EUI Volunteer Connection aims to match researchers’ skills with opportunities in Florence. “I thought it would be interesting because people say that the EUI is isolated […]