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Upcoming Events

  • Coffee chat at Café Charlemagne
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    Maastricht, Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 24, 6211 HE Maastricht, Netherlands
    Schedule a coffee chat with us and learn more about PES!

About the Academic and Social Events Committees

Our Roots

Our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly in our actions. From the moment we started our work in January 2022, we understood that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently and serve the broader student community of Maastricht. We strive to organise events that bring student life in Maastricht to a new height.

Whether you to choose to organise innovative events with outstanding speakers or unforgettable parties - you will be emerged in a close team and meet new people with different backgrounds.

Past Events

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Debate on Nuclear Energy

With Eloquentia

We witnessed and participated in a british style debate in collaboration with Eloquentia. The topic revolved around nuclear power and energy autonomy in the EU.

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On War in Ukraine

With Prof. Dr. Thomas Conzelmann.

We discussed the current situation in Ukraine, what the European Union can or should do in this situation, and how should we deal with Russia. The discussion gave a better - and informed - understanding of the topic that has been dominating the news for weeks.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Conzelmann is Professor of International Relations at Maastricht University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Political Speed-Dating 

A politically controversial date with PES!

We welcomed active and potential PES members to join us for an evening filled with engaging conversations on conroversial topics such as political elections, the morality of veganism or capitalism. 

Our Political Speed-Dating evening is a reoccuring event.

On European Integration

With assistant professor and researcher Ms. Karin van Leeuwen

We hosted Ms. van Leeuwen to give a workshop on EU integration from a historical and legal perspective.

PhD  Prof. Karin van Leeuwen teaches and coordinates various courses on European (integration) history as well as on academic writing skills at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS).  

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A Debate on the Principles of the European Union

A British Parliamentary Style debate

Together with Eloquentia and ECA we debated on the following motion: This house believes that the European Union is above all an economic community, as opposed to a community of shared values.

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On the Stability and Growth

With Olaf Sleijpen

Prof. Sleijpen talked us about the Stability and Growth Pact. More concretely, he presented the (necessary) changes he would propose, and went into analysing the political and economical implications of this.
We also had the chance to actively engage with him about his carrer.


Prof. Olaf Sleijpen is Executive Director at the dutch Central Bank. 


Political Economy Pub Quiz

With SBE lecturer Christian Kerckhoffs.

Do you know how many judicial processes Silvio Berlusconi has faced? Which African country's presidential residence is also named Jubilee House? Or which Chinese city represents the Technological capital of China?

Our Political Economy pubquiz is a reoccuring event.


On Uncertainty in Climate Change

With nobel laureate Lars Peter Hansen

We are honoured to have hosted Professor Lars Peter Hansen (2013 Winner of the Nobel Prize in  Economics) through live-feed from Chicago University. It was a pleasure to listen to his research about “Confronting Uncertainty in Climate Change and its Ramifications” and a great opportunity to discuss students' questions.

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Tipsy Tuesday Party

A PES Party at Cliniq

We sold out our tickets for our first party - Tipsy Tuesday - at Cliniq!

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On NATO and European Defence and Foreign Policy

With Prof. Dr. Roberta Haar.

In March the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has - for the first time ever - activated its Response Forces, which consist of 40.000 soldiers from the NATO countries in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Moreover, Germany made a great shift in its military spending.


Prof. Dr. Roberta Haar is Professor of Foreign Policy Analysis and Transatlantic Relations at University College Maastricht (UCM), where she is also the research director.

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