Deadline for applications: Friday 20 April 2018 @ 12pm CEST
Friends of Europe is looking for motivated junior researchers or final year MA/PhD students to facilitate discussions during its 2018 flagship online brainstorm, Debating Security Plus (DS+), which takes place 19–20 June 2018.
During the brainstorm, junior moderators interact virtually with VIP speakers from all around the world and with thousands of experts from the international security community. Junior moderators will be mentioned by name in the final DS+ report, which will be presented to high-level experts at our launch event in Brussels. The report will also be distributed in electronic and print copies to thousands of security stakeholders and decision-makers globally.
Last year’s online brainstorm thrashed out innovative solutions and recommendations to some of the world’s most pressing security challenges ranging from creating a global cyber convention to developing coordinated foresight capabilities in climate security. These recommendations aim to inform the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, as well as the policies of national governments and other international institutions as they shape their approaches to peace, security and defence challenges.
What is DS+?
DS+ is a massive online brainstorm organised by Friends of Europe on 19–20 June. It gathers several thousand participants from across the world to interact virtually to develop concrete and innovative policy recommendations to global security challenges.
What does it mean to be a junior moderator?
We are looking for junior researchers and MA or PhD students from around the world specialising in international relations or one of the four DS+ themes, with an excellent written command of English. Each theme will be moderated by senior experts from leading think-tanks in Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Junior moderators work in 3-hour shifts during which they follow the discussions and ask questions to steer the discussion towards concrete recommendations. Their role is to support senior moderators by identifying new and interesting ideas which will feed into top recommendations. In addition to being mentioned by name in the DS+ report, each junior moderator will receive a certificate and a copy of the report upon successful completion of the event.
The themes of DS+ are:
- Countering hybrid threats in the cyber age
- Europe as a global and security actor
- Regional approaches to global migration
- Fraying arms control regimes
- Realigning the crime-terror nexus
As a junior moderator, you will:
- Receive a 60-minute online training by Friends of Europe;
- Facilitate daily 3-hour shifts from 19–20 June, in pre-determined time slots;
- Write a short, bullet-point summary at the end of every shift to be shared with senior moderators.
How to volunteer?
To apply, please send your CV and tell us which two topics you would like to help moderate, highlighting 5 questions that you think must urgently be answered for each topic (in bullet-point form) to Alexandra Gerasimcikova (email@example.com).