aula kleinSome 50 social scientists from the U4 network universities (comprising professors, postdocs and PhD students from Gent, Groningen, Göttingen and Uppsala) gathered in Göttingen for a conference on 12-14 October 2012. In what was termed a "bazaar conference" (focusing more on existing research than a single topic) they looked for common research interests and seeked to establish areas for future cooperation.

In total 35 presentations were given over the three days, ranging from market regulation, europeanisation, and governance to analyses of political institutions and legal matters. In addition, participants learned about each others' work and discussed shared areas of interest.

Three themes where plans for future cooperation among some participants have already emerged are "Financial Market Regulation", "Energy and environment" and "Politics, privacy and information".

The Social Sciences, Economics and Law cluster intends to continue the successful format in order to intensify cooperation next year in Groningen [or Gent], then in combination with panels on the new areas of cooperation.

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