Vladimir Bortun obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (2008) and then a Master’s Degree (2010) in philosophy at the University of Bucharest, and a Master’s Degree in European Studies (2014) at the University of Portsmouth. Currently, he is a second-year PhD researcher with the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth. His research project is on the transnational networking and cooperation among new left parties in Southern Europe since the start of the eurozone crisis, namely Syriza (Greece), Bloco (Portugal) and Podemos (Spain). His research interests include left parties in the EU, party transnational cooperation, history of European integration, left-wing Euroscepticism, history of socialist regimes in Eastern Europe. For the last two years, he has been covering lectures and seminars on some of these subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Lennaert van Heumen
Lennaert van Heumen is a PhD candidate at Radboud University Nijmegen. He was awarded master degrees in Political History and American Studies at the same university. His doctoral research investigates the relationship between European integration and the Atlantic Community in the early Cold War years (1945-1963). It focusses in particular on various American and transatlantic networks that discussed blueprints for supranational cooperation in both communities. He has been active in the HEIRS steering committee since February 2015.
Milan is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth, UK and holds a master’s degree in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven. Before embarking on his PhD, he first gained professional experience as a journalist and in the Brussels lobbying sector. His research focuses on the use of expert networks in the formulation of European Union industrial research funding policies, with a particular focus on the EU’s public private innovation partnerships and joint technology initiatives
Mechthild Roos is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Luxembourg. She holds an MA in European Contemporary History from the same university, and a BA in History and German Linguistics from the Technical University of Dresden. In her research, she studies the formalisation of initially informal procedures in the European Parliament, and the evolution of its powers and competences prior to its first direct elections in 1979, with a special focus on the Parliament’s role in Community social policy. She holds a graduate scholarship from the German Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, and is a Jean Monnet Guest Scholar at Canterbury Christ Church University, in that role mainly working on EU foreign policy, UK-EU relations, and EU social policy.
Sara Venditti is a PhD candidate in the Program Politics: History, Theory, Science at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. She holds a joint MA in Contemporary History from the University of Pisa, Italy, and the École Pratique des Hautes Études of Paris, France. In her research, she investigates European aerospace cooperation, specifically Eurofighter and Ariane, as a prism to study European integration and its transatlantic dimension through comparative and transnational approaches, from 1973 onwards. The core of her doctoral research lies between the histories of European integration, technology, air and space, looking at the technological development and industrial issues as a complementary but absent element of the European integration.