The Centre for European Research (CERGU) is a multidisciplinary, network-based research center at the University of Gothenburg which is organizationally located at the Faculty of Social Sciences. As early as 1992, the early foundations of CERGU were being laid, leading to the formal establishment of the center in 1995. The aim of CERGU is to promote European research at the university-wide level. Currently, basic funding comes from three faculties: The School of Business, Economics and Law, The Faculty of Social Sciences and The Faculty of Arts. CERGU contributes to the university's overall goal of Vision 2020, by being a successful international multidisciplinary research center, which is evident by the positive external evaluations and the ability to attract external research funding. Research done at CERGU also helped the University of Gothenburg to be named one of the Jean Monnet European Centres of Excellence in 1998.
At CERGU, the European research environment is very active and covers everything from Tuesday morning breakfasts to multidisciplinary research seminars and organizing international conferences. All researchers have ample opportunities to present their own research and to learn from others. CERGU can also offer assistance and support in connection with conferences and invited guests.
An important part of the environment at CERGU is regular recruitment of international doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. These are funded by CERGU, but employed within their relevant home departments. Researchers in the CERGU network can choose to place their research projects at CERGU, take part in research application seminars, and receive targeted support from CERGU staff throughout the entire research process. Learn more about current research being done at CERGU here.
CERGU is also responsible for disseminating research results to a wider audience. This is done in several different ways: through various kinds of publications distributed by CERGU; by using social media outlets such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, by organising and attending public events, and through collaboration with other scholars both within and outside academia, in Sweden and internationally.
Completing the overarching idea of a European environment at University of Gothenburg, CERGU also closely collaborates with our sister organisation, the Centre for European Studies (CES), which organizes the successful multidisciplinary master’s programme in European Studies, as well as the student organisation Brännpunkt Europa.
All researchers who are funded by CERGU or who are part of its network are employed by their home departments. CERGU has a steering group with representatives from each faculty, which determines overall goals and long-term strategies. A management team (director, deputy director, research coordinator and administrator) is responsible for the daily operations of CERGU, and the implementation and realization of the decisions of the steering group. A senior advisor offers support and advice to the management team and CERGU-funded researchers. In addition, CERGU has an international advisory board which provides feedback and guidance.
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