1st REMIT Conference

New Perspectives for Technology and Multilateralism

Dates: May 16-17, 2024
Location: Leuven University, Belgium

Leuven in the evening by Bert Beckers

We are pleased to announce REMIT’s 1st conference, to take place in Leuven in May 2024!

This year promises to present an unprecedented test for multilateralism, as dictators and unilateralists actively seek to undermine the rules-based international order, while at the same time, technology is becoming increasingly weaponized. In the face of these challenges, there is an urgent need for countries to collaborate on a global scale to ensure a positive interaction between technology and multilateralism. The REMIT project, funded by the EU Horizon Europe programme, aims to address these issues and recommend pathways forward–how can Europe and its partners rejuvenate multilateralism in this evolving landscape?

The inaugural REMIT Conference will explore these and related questions. It will offer fresh perspectives on the intersection of technology and multilateralism. Set to take place in Leuven on May 16-17, the event will bring together policymakers, diplomats, academics, industry leaders, representatives from civil society, and political decision-makers. Limited spaces are available, so register soon to secure your spot!  Multilateralism is not dead—but it does need reviving.

Funded by the EU’s Horizon Europe programme and led by Maastricht University, REMIT represents a groundbreaking initiative that brings together a network of European researchers. The project focuses on articulating a clear understanding of current global dynamics, employing innovative research methodologies, and developing impactful policy recommendations. These efforts are aimed at reinforcing and revitalizing global democratic structures in the face of rapid technological advancements and changing geopolitical landscapes. REMIT is committed to producing high-impact research and policy recommendations, aiming to position the European Union at the forefront of global digital policy and governance.

Themes include, but are not limited to:

  • The intersections of technology with global governance and multilateralism
  • The role of the EU in global governance and technology
  • Security and defence technologies
  • Digital technologies
  • Health and bio technologies
  • The intersection of finance and technology
  • Current geopolitical challenges and threats related to emerging technologies.
Call for Young Researcher Panel: 

Submissions for the Panel are closed.

Call for PhD Special Session: 

Submissions are open specifically to PhD researchers to participate in a special session at the REMIT conference, where PhDs can briefly present their research in terms of contents and research methodologies.  PhDs will benefit from interaction with and guidance from senior researchers, and each other. The PhD session will be held on the afternoon of May 17.

Submission Details:

  • A motivation letter of no longer than 200 words, accompanied by a short bio note of the PhD student must be submitted no later than April 10, 2024.
  • Notifications of acceptance, following the selection process, will be sent by April  26, 2024
  • Selected PhD researchers will be invited to the conference and may request financial support for travel/hotel.

We look forward to your insightful contributions that will fuel discussions and foster collaborations. This conference is not only a venue for sharing cutting-edge research but also a unique opportunity to engage with the leaders shaping the future of global governance in the digital era.

Join us at Leuven University to be a part of this exciting academic event!

The conference participation is free of charge, however pre-registration is compulsory.

To register for the conference, please fill the form below:

Time (CET) Session 
Thursday May 16, 2024 
9:00 Registration 
10:00 Opening
Roberta Haar, Maastricht University, The Netherlands;
Joep Crompvoets, University of Leuven, Belgium 
Keynote plenary 
Keynote: Christian-Marc Lifländer, Head of NATO Cyber & Hybrid Policy Section;
Prof Luc Soete, Maastricht University, The Netherlands 
11:00-12:30 Session 1 The Dynamics of the Multilateral Approaches in the Context of the Two Wars in the EU’s Geopolitical Neighbourhoods 
Moderator: Valentin Naumescu, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania
Speakers: Mihnea Motoc, Principal Adviser, IDEA, European Commission;
Lt.Col. Curtis Cordon, Air, Space and Nuclear Policy Advisor to USA NATO Delegation;
Raluca Moldovan (UBB); 
Andrei Enghis, Policy Officer, European Commission; 
Florina Caloianu (UBB) 
Session 2 Digital Governance between Multi-stakeholderism and Multilateralism 
Moderator: Dennis Redeker, University of Bremen, Germany;  
Speakers: Luca Belli, FGV Law School, Brazil;
Jamal Shahin, Brussels School of Governance/University of Amsterdam/United Nations University-CRIS (Bruges);
Julia Pohle, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany
12:30 Lunch 
14:00-15:30 Session 3  Special issues of journals on geopolitics and technologies 
Moderators: Thomas Christensen, LUISS, Italy;
Katja Creutz, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland  
Speakers: Flavia Lucenti, LUISS Guido Carli University, Italy;
Ville Sinkkonen, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland;
Sophie Vanhoonacker, Maastricht University, Netherlands;
Mahmoud Javadi, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands;
Amber Qiao, Maastricht University, Netherlands;
Catherine Yuk-ping Lo, Maastricht University, Netherlands;
Carolina Polito, LUISS Guido Carli University, Italy
Discussant: Nicholas Thomas, City University of Hong Kong, China
Session 4 Critical and Emerging Technologies between Risk Assessments and Competition Strategies 
Moderator: James Shires, ECCRI, United Kingdom 
Speakers: Alexandra Paulus, SWP, Denmark
Amy Ertan, NATO, Ireland (tbc)
Jakob Bund, ECCRI, Denmark
15:30 Coffee/tea break 
16:00-17:30 Plenary REMIT Stakeholder Advisory Board Debate 
John Shimkus, Former Congressman, USA  
Nicholas David Thomas, City University of Hong Kong, China 
Luca Belli, FGV Law School, Brazil (tbc) 
Mariarosaria Taddeo, University of Oxford, UK
20:00-22:00 Conference dinner (self-paid)
Friday May 17, 2024 
9:00 Keynote plenary 
Bart Preneel, Prof COSIC, KU Leuven
10:00-11:30 Session 5 Regulatory sandboxes with a focus on AI 
Moderator: Triantafyllos Kouloufakos, University of Leuven, Belgium 
Speakers: Filippo Bagni, Legal Officer European Commission; 
Nils Brinker, Senior Cybersecurity Expert at Intcube; 
Katerina Yordanova, IMEC KU Leuven
Session 6 Related initiatives on technology & multilateralism 
Moderator: Paul Timmers, University of Leuven, Belgium 
Speakers: Hylke Dijkstra, Maastricht University, EU Support for Global Governance Transformation (ENSURED Horizon project), Netherlands; 
Maria Grahn-Farley, University of Gothenburg, Human Rights Justification (HRJust Horizon project), Sweden
11:30-12:00 Coffee/tea break 
12:00-13:00 Researchers panel from Call for Contributions (plenary) 
Moderators: Raluca Moldovan, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania;
Jakob Bund, ECCRI, UK 
13:00-14:00 Closing plenary 
Keynote: David Ringrose, Digital Transition & Global Gateway at European External Action Service EEAS, Belgium
Peggy Valcke, University of Leuven/BIPT, Belgium
Closing words
Roberta Haar, Maastricht University, The Netherlands;
Joep Crompvoets Leuven University, Belgium 
15:00-16:30 PhD Special Session 
Moderator: Max Smeets, ECCRI, UK 
Venue description

Below you will find the conference locations and a map illustrating them in relation to Leuven city, the central central station, and the Faculty Club. Clicking on the room names or searching the conference venue aulas and rooms in Google, will lead you to a precise description of their location.

Walking from one side of the city (Faculty Club) to another (Train Station) takes somewhere between 25 and 45 minutes at regular pace. 

Thursday’s aula: 
AV00.17 (Auditoriacomplex, Parkstraat 49, 3000 Leuven)
Thursday’s meeting rooms: 
SW02.05 & SW02.07 (Social sciences campus, Parkstraat 45, 3000 Leuven)
Friday’s aula:
AV03.12 (Auditoriacomplex, Parkstraat 49, 3000 Leuven)
Friday’s meeting room:
M01.E50 Zaal Couvreur (Centre AGORA, Edward van Evenstraat 4, 3000 Leuven)

Travel

Leuven is centrally located in Belgium, close to Brussels and Brussels Airport Zaventem. Travelling into the city from these locations will take between 15 minutes and 1 hour, depending on traffic and service conditions.

Cars are increasingly being phased out of the city and finding parking spots is not always easy. You may prefer travelling by train. There are regular and speedy train services from Brussels and from Brussels Airport Zaventem to Leuven. The conference venue is a 20 minute walk from the train station. The Belgian train service provider and Google Maps offer accurate and realtime route planner services on these websites:

https://www.belgiantrain.be/en

https://www.google.com/maps

Leuven taxi services:

Taxi Jenny / +32 (0)16 26 10 10 / www.taxijenny.be

Leuvense Taxi Maatschappij / +32 (0)495 222 000 / www.taxi-leuven.be

Brussels taxi services:

Taxis Verts / +32 (0)2 349 49 49 / www.taxisverts.be

Autolux / +32 (0)2 512 31 23 / www.taxisautolux.be

Uber is available in Brussels.

Accommodation

You are strongly encouraged to book as soon as possible since there is a lot of demand for hotel rooms in Leuven and Brussels around this time.

Please see below for a selection of hotels at accessible locations in Leuven and Brussels (Airport). Accommodation near Brussels North or Central Stations is a very good option considering availability and train connections to Leuven (keep in mind that Brussels train stations are not safe at night). Quality hotel rooms in Leuven are selling out fast. Platform websites like Booking.com offer a good overview of options.

Park Inn Leuven by Radisson (quality hotel close to Leuven train station)
https://www.radissonhotels.com/nl-nl/hotels/park-inn-leuven

Ibis budget Leuven Centrum (budget hotel with good comfort close to Leuven’s centre)
https://all.accor.com/hotel/6682/index.en.shtml

Hotel De Pastorij Leuven (quaint economy hotel in Leuven’s city centre)
https://depastorij.com/

Irish College Leuven (Dormitory-style budget hotel on university premises)
https://reservations.cubilis.eu/be/the-leuven-institute-for-ireland-in-europe-leuven?Language=en-GB

Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre (large, quality hotel near Brussels North Station)
https://www.thonhotels.com/our-hotels/belgium/brussel/thon-hotel-eu/

9Hotel Sablon (Priceworthy quality hotel in the trendy Sablon area)
https://www.9-hotel-sablon-brussels.be/en/page/rooms.6118.html

NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe (quality hotel near Brussels Central Station)
https://www.nh-hotels.com/en/hotel/nh-brussels-carrefour-de-l-europe

Hilton Grand Place (4 star hotel 10 minutes from Brussels Central Station)
https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/brugrhi-hilton-brussels-grand-place/

Warwick Brussels (4 star hotel 10 minutes from Brussels Central Station)
https://www.warwickhotels.com/warwick-brussels

Sheraton Brussels Airport (4 star hotel next to Brussels Airport)
https://www.sheratonbrusselsairport.be/