The EUCE at UAlberta involves participants from a number of units across the university including the Departments of Political Science, History, Sociology, and Anthropology the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, the School in Cortona, Italy (Faculty of Arts), the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative and the Canadian Circumpolar Institute.
These units within the U of A bring world-leading research on the Arctic, Energy and the Environment, strong ties with EU member state governments through the Wirth Institute, and strong linkages with German research institutions in science and engineering (Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative).
The EUCE at UAlberta is also collaborating with the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) to benefit from its strong ties with both German industry and the German government. The GCCIR will bring its valuable industry and government networks to the outreach activities, particularly on energy and the environment.
These rich partnerships will deepen and increase the visbility of EU related outreach, teaching and research at the University of Alberta.
The EUCE at UAlberta generates multidisciplinary collaboration from the following partners:
- Canadian Circumpolar Institute (natural and social science)
The CCI is an interdisciplinary unit of the VP Research Office that promotes and supports northern and polar research at the University of Alberta. The Institute serves faculty, students, residents of circumpolar regions, government, industry and the general public. In partnership with EUCE, CCI will help facilitate the Arctic-focused activities and outreach programs of the Centre. It will contribute by highlighting policy-relevant issues relevant to Canada-EU relations in relation to the Arctic, and help strengthen the EUCE network in the North.
- Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (science and engineering)
The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI) is an independent research partnership between the University of Alberta (UAlberta) and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. The university’s largest international research collaboration to date merges scientific and technical expertise to develop innovative solutions for today’s key challenges in energy and the environment, terrestrial ecosystem and resource informatics, and infectious disease research. Launched in 2009, the initiative in the area of energy and environment (HAI-E&E) has acquired extensive experience in a wide range of research, public outreach and academic exchange activities, and will provide support to the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) at UAlberta through its advisory board involvement. Joint activities and projects involving HAI-E&E and EUCE are currently in the planning for 2014, and are aimed at strengthening UAlberta’s ties with the research community in the European Union member states.
- Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies (humanities)
The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies is one of the leading centers for Central European Studies in North America, and the only such institution in Canada. Its mandate is to sponsor and encourage scholarship on Central European subjects across the broad range of disciplines within the University of Alberta Faculty of Arts and to raise the profile of Central Europe and Central European Studies in Canada.