Lunch Briefing Series 2019 hosted by VOX-Pol & EC-REP

This Autumn, the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence invites you to a series of Lunchtime Briefing Seminars, each exploring a different aspect of Violent Online Political Extremism. This is the third lunch briefing series following on from events in 2015 and 2016.

The 2019 Lunch Briefing Series takes place in October and November, and is a joint venture between VOX-Pol and the European Commission Representation in Belgium. It comprises six weekly sessions, featuring a presentation and a Q&A session, followed by a networking lunch.

The briefings are aimed at an audience of policymakers, security practitioners, academics and graduate students, journalists, and civil society stakeholders who want to extend their knowledge of various topics related to violent online political extremism, and to network with specialists on this issue. Given the post-electoral context in Belgium and the increased presence of extremist discourse on social media, this series aims at providing Belgian and European stakeholders with food for thought and action, allowing them to engage in national or local debate.

The Lunch Briefing Series will take place in the European Quarter, Brussels on Tuesdays from 12.00 to 14.00.  Each session will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel. Registration is essential and a link to the registration website is below.


1 October – Preventing online radicalisation – A state of play at EU-level
Hans Das, European Commission, Directorate-general for Migration and Home Affairs, Terrorism and Radicalisation
Venue: Berlaymont, Rue de la Loi 200, 1000 Brussels

8 October – The Radical Right, Extremism, and Disinformation in Europe and North America
Bharath Ganesh, Assistant Professor, University of Groningen
Venue: Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

15 October – An Overview of EU Action on Tackling Disinformation: Belgian Action Against Disinformation and Insights on Alt-right Disinformation Networks in France and Belgium
Alexandre Alaphilippe, Member of the Belgian Expert Group on disinformation and fake news and Executive director of EU DisinfoLab
Venue: Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

22 October – A Snapshot of the Contemporary Syrian Jihadi Online Ecology: Differential Disruption, Community Strength, and Out-linking Practices
Professor Maura Conway, Principal Investigator, VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, and Professor of International Security, Dublin City University
Venue: Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

5 November – Engaging With Online Extremist Material: Experimental Evidence
Zoey Reeve, Vox-Pol Research Fellow, University of Newcastle, and a representative of the Radicalisation Network
Venue: Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

12 November – How Extreme is the Far Right in Europe?
Speaker: Reem Ahmed, Researcher, Institute for Peace and Security Studies, University of Hamburg
Venue: Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

Logistics and registration

The Briefing Series will take place close to Schuman, Brussels on Tuesdays from 12.00 to 14.00. 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.

The first session will take place at the Berlaymont, Rue de la Loi 200, 1000 Brussels
All other sessions will take place at the Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

Registrations are open. As places are limited, we invite you to register here as soon as possible.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any information and assistance you may require.
If you have any questions regarding your registration and logistics, please contact:

We look forward to welcoming you in Brussels.

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