Jakob Schuchardt

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Jakob Schuchardt supports the team of Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding at the Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration and European Union Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) as research assistant. While studying Political Science in Duisburg on a Bachelor level, he completed an internship at the German Bundestag and worked as a tutor for methods and statistics, teaching other Bachelor students. After completing his B.A. at the UDE in summer 2018, Mr. Schuchardt has now started his master’s degree in Social Science (focus on methods and statistics) at the Ruhr-University in Bochum.

Within SEnECA, Mr. Schuchardt engages in the process of the project’s dissemination and awareness-raising and is responsible for the technical maintenance of the website. Furthermore, he supports the UDE team in their role as project lead.

Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding

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Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding is Professor for European Integration and European Union Politics at the Department of Political Science of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany (since 2012). He holds an ad personam Jean Monnet chair. Furthermore, he is a Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht and a Member of the Flying Faculty at the College of Europe in Bruges. Moreover, he is the Chairman of TEPSA (Trans European Policy Accosiation) and Deputy Dean at the Department of Social Science of the University of Duisburg-Essen. His academic research covers books and articles on non-voters at elections in multilevel-governance-structures, European elections, the micromanagement of European Institutions, transposition of EU legislation, norms and values in Member States, forms of classic and alternative forms of EU decision-making (delegated acts and comitology) and the Europeanisation of political systems.

As from 1 January 2018, his Duisburg-Essen team and him will lead SEnECA in cooperation with Katrin Böttger from the IEP in Berlin. The EU relations to Central Asia are an important element of the changing geopolitical setting the EU is facing currently. Within the next two years, the project will strengthen and energise EU-Central Asia relations by establishing a sustainable, transdisciplinary SEnECA Reserach & Stakeholders Network of the EU-Central Asia relations. Therefore, Prof. Dr. Kaeding wants to contribute to a better understanding – both critical and constructive – of the process of European integration, EU policy-making and its relations with Central Asia following a “blended research” approach and demand-driven policy advice. This work will be based on an inclusive approach to EU policy-makers and stakeholders active in EU-Central Asia relations.

Dr. Maria Gies

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Dr. Maria Gies is an experienced EU project administrator leading UDE’s European Project Office Rhein-Ruhr (EPORR) located at the university’s Science Support Centre. EPORR is UDE’s professional EU project management unit assuring high-quality application and project management services for international projects (Horizon 2020, FP7, INTERREG, COST, ERA Nets, etc.).

Within SEnECA, Dr. Gies is part of the Project Management Office (PMO), together with Berit Schlierkamp. Both have ample experience in the administrative details and procedures of EU projects and have already participated in numerous FP7 projects and recent Horizon2020 projects.

The PMO forms the interface between the coordinators, the project partners and the European Commission and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the project and for ensuring overall coherence in close cooperation with the coordinators. Being the helpdesk for all partners, Dr. Gies advises on questions of financial and administrative nature, monitors the project’s progress and coordinates the reports and deliverables. In a nutshell: “Our aim is to ensure that the project achieves its objectives on time and with the best achievable level of quality, following the smoothest way for all partners.”

Berit Schlierkamp

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Berit Schlierkamp is an experienced EU project administrator leading UDE’s European Project Office Rhein-Ruhr (EPORR) located at the university’s Science Support Centre. EPORR is UDE’s professional EU project management unit assuring high-quality application and project management services for international projects (Horizon 2020, FP7, INTERREG, COST, ERA Nets, etc.).

Within SEnECA, Ms. Schlierkamp is part of the Project Management Office (PMO), together with Dr. Maria Gies. Both have ample experience in the administrative details and procedures of EU projects and have already participated in numerous FP7 projects and recent Horizon2020 projects.

The PMO forms the interface between the coordinators, the project partners and the European Commission and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the project and for ensuring overall coherence in close cooperation with the coordinators. Being the helpdesk for all partners, Ms. Schlierkamp advises on questions of financial and administrative nature, monitors the project’s progress and coordinates the reports and deliverables. In a nutshell: “Our aim is to ensure that the project achieves its objectives on time and with the best achievable level of quality, following the smoothest way for all partners.”

Ann-Kathrin Binot

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Ann-Kathrin Binot is a research assistant at the Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration and European Union Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Rhine-Waal University for Applied Sciences in Kleve and is currently working on her Master Thesis in order to obtain a M.A. in Political Management, Public Policy and Public Administration at the NRW School of Governance at the UDE. She has gained expierence in the international cooperation and in project management through a number of internships at NGOs in and outside Europe.

Within SEnECA, she supports the team of the UDE in their role as a project lead and is responsible for the technical assistance for the project’s website.