EC – VOX-Pol Lunch Briefing Series

The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence invites you to a series of Lunchtime Briefing Seminars, this autumn in Brussels, each exploring a different aspect of Violent Online Political Extremism

The series is jointly organised by the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence and the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium. The briefings are aimed at an audience of policy makers, security practitioners, academics and graduate students, who want to extend their knowledge of various topics related to violent online political extremism, and to network with specialists on this issue.

The schedule for the seminars can be found below.


October 11th – Luigi Soreca, European Commission
The Role of the EU in Tackling Violent Online Radicalisation Leading to Terrorism

October 18th – Suzette Abbasciano, University of Massachusetts – Lowell
Societal Reactions to the Nice Attack: Online Conversations vs. On-the-Ground Events

October 25th – Paul Gill, University College London
Lone Actors, Extremism and Understanding Online Radicalisation

November 1st – Half Term in Brussels – no seminar

November 8th – Matti Pohjonen, VOX-Pol Research Fellow 2015 – 2016
“Rapefugees Not Welcome Here”: Online Hate Speech, the Refugee Crisis, and Far Right Extremism

November 15th – Elizabeth Pearson, King’s College London
Wilayat Twitter, Gender and the Downside of Suspension

November 22nd – Maura Conway, Dublin City University
Disrupting ‘Islamic State’s’ Online Activity

The Lunch Briefing Series will take place close to Schuman, Brussels on Tuesdays from 1215 to 1400. This will include the presentation, a Q&A session, and a networking lunch. The working language will be English; there will be no interpretation provided.
Register by sending an email from your organisational email account to, to include the following details:
First name
Last Name
Date(s) of sessions you wish to attend

Full logistical details will be provided to those registered.

Please see our Upcoming Events page for more information or email

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