Hochschule für Politik München/TUM School of Governance at the 56th Munich Security Conference - February 2020

The John McCain Dissertation Award was awarded for the second time at the Munich Security Conference 2020. Honoring the significant contributions of John McCain to strengthening transatlantic ties, the award was established to recognize exceptional academic achievements in the field of political science, with an emphasis on the transatlantic relationship. The McCain Award Ceremony took place on Friday evening of the first conference day in a traditional Munich institution, the Käfer Schenke. Among the distinguished guests were Cindy McCain, US Senators Lindsey O. Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt, dean of the TUM School of Governance.

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New Publication on the European Central Bank - February 2020

The European Central Bank (ECB) emerged from the sovereign debt crisis as one of the most powerful supranational institutions. Against this background, this article explains how and why the ECB became empowered during the euro area crisis. Building on the delegation, governor’s dilemma, and epistemic community approaches, we argue that the ECB ability to play a strong role in this empowerment process and to convince member states to entrust it with more competences was the outcome of a combination of three factors: limited cohesiveness within the collective principal (Eurogroup); a fiduciary relationship characterized by broad discretion and independence on the trustee side (ECB); and strong specialization with the ECB acting as epistemic entrepreneur. We illustrate our argument with two cases: the Trichet letters exemplify an autonomous emergency empowerment and the introduction of the single supervisory mechanism demonstrates ECB influence on institutional design decisions in negotiating processes.

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New Research Project - January 2020

China's social credit system (SCS) is a system supported by artificial intelligence that aims to improve moral behavior, financial reliability and social control. It is one of the most significant examples of radical digital innovation and the largest attempt to use social engineering. Its impact extends beyond China, as it affects foreign companies and individuals operating in China - including those from Germany and Bavaria. Against this background, this interdisciplinary project examines the opportunities and risks arising from China's digital transformation (through its SCS) and the impact it has on Germany and the Bavarian government, its companies and society. In doing so, we draw on the team's expertise regarding the technical structure of the SCS from an IT perspective, the cooperation and competition between Chinese and foreign companies from an economic perspective, and the effects of the SCS on global governance and diffusion processes from a political science perspective.

Project participants:

  • Prof. Dr. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt, Technical University of Munich, Chair of European and Global Governance, Hochschule für Politik München
  • Prof. Dr. Doris Fischer, China Business and Economics, University of Würzburg
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Großklags, Technical University of Munich, Chair for Cyber Trust

Funded by the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt). 

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Bavaria's European Minister Dr. Florian Herrmann presented the Bavarian European Medal to Prof. Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt and twelve other distinguished personalities. Conceição-Heldt is Professor of European and Global Governance at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Reform Rector of the Hochschule für Politik (HfP) and Dean of the TUM School of Governance. Since 1990, the "Medal for Special Services to the Free State of Bavaria in Europe and the World" has been awarded to people who have rendered outstanding services to the Free State of Bavaria in a united Europe or contributed to Bavaria's international reputation in the world. "If creativity, innovation and intellectual dynamism are our raw materials of the 21st century, your work at the Hochschule für Politik and the TUM School of Governance will be one of our greatest sources of future success," said Minister of State Herrmann in praising Prof. Conceição-Heldt's achievements. The political scientist thinks and works in a European and transatlantic network and ensures that science remains attractive and relevant in a digitalized world full of acceleration and new trends. Prof. Conceição Herdt's research interests include European integration and the causes and consequences of the delegation of powers to international organizations. She has held the Chair of European and Global Governance since 1 July 2016. On this date, she also took up her post as Reform Rector of the Hochschule für Politik. In 2014, the Bavarian Parliament transferred the sponsorship of the HfP to the TUM, which was completely restructured in the following years. Prof. Conceição-Heldt's research and teaching at the HfP focuses on political changes in times of profound technological and social change.

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Hochschule für Politik München/TUM School of Governance at the 55th Munich Security Conference

In the presence of US Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense von der Leyen, Prime Minister Söder, President of the Landtag of Bavaria Ilse Aigner, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger and Cindy McCain, the Munich Security Conference remembered the late US Senator John McCain. McCain’s life's work will be honored with the newly established John McCain Dissertation Award, which will be awarded up to two doctoral theses each year for outstanding scientific contributions in the field of political science, with a focus on transatlantic relations. This year's two winners were selected by an international jury chaired by the Reform Rector of the Hochschule für Politik München, Prof. da Conceição-Heldt.

Prof. Dr. da Conceição-Heldt joins the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network

The World Economic Forum’s Expert Network has nominated Prof. Dr. Conceição-Heldt as an expert in the area of “European Union”. The network brings together close to 5,500 leading experts from academia, business, government, international organizations, civil society, the arts, and the media committed to improving the state of the world by helping to shape the global agenda. The Expert Network is designed to promote interdisciplinary and innovative thinking about the future, challenge conventional wisdom, and develop new ideas related to industry, regional and global agendas.

Chairwoman of the John McCain Dissertation Award Jury - December 2018

The Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, has assigned Prof. Dr. da Conceição-Heldt to chair an international jury in charge of the awarding of the John McCain Dissertation Award. This prize is awarded annually at the Munich Security Conference for up to two doctoral theses based on outstanding scientific contributions in the field of transatlantic relations with a focus on foreign and security policy.

Member of the World Portuguese Network (Portugese Disapora Council) - December 2018

Prof. Dr. da Conceição-Heldt has been appointed a member of the World Portuguese Network (Portugese Disapora Council) - a network under the patronage of the Portuguese President and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Membership in this network is reserved for the 100 most influential Portuguese living abroad (a total of 5 million) from science, business, culture and civil society.

Munich Politics Network - November 2018

In November 2018, Prof. Dr. da Conceição-Heldt officially opened the inaugural event of the Munich Politics Network. The newly founded platform aims to create a global network and forum for scientists, decision-makers, politicians, business representatives and representatives of civil society to discuss current disruptions in politics and technology at an annual conference and to seek answers to the new challenges they pose. The inaugural event took place in cooperation with the World Economic Forum and the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).

Sustainable Development in Africa - November 2018

As part of the Sustainable Development in Africa Symposium, Prof. Dr. da Conceição-Heldt moderated a round table. The participants Prof. Dr. Hofmann (TUM Vice President); Dr. Nathalie von Siemens (Siemens Foundation, Member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG); Prof. Dr. Chiheb Bouden (University of Tunis El Manar); Prof. Francis Kéré (TUM); Prof. Noël Gbaguidi (UNESCO Chair of Human Rights, National University of Benin); and Roland Polte (Executive Board Member and Head of Human Resources of the DRÄXLMAIER Group) discussed the topic "Challenges of Governance and Education".