After a few months of preparation of establishing EUCERS the workshop on 8thNovember 2010 officially inaugurated EUCERS as a research centre at King’s.
The one-day workshop featured presentations by Dr Frank Umbach (Associate Director EUCERS/Centre for European Security Strategies), Andreas Radmacher (RWE Turkey), Hüseyin Bagci (Middle East Technical University in Ankara) and Iulian Chifu (Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning in Bucharest) who discussed Nabucco, the Southern Gas Corridor and the perspectives for Europe and Turkey.
The following panel on EU, NATO and Turkey and the geopolitics of energy included lectures by General Armin Hasenpusch (former Vice President of the German Federal Information Service), Gareth Winrow (Turkey specialist) and Peter Mather (BP plc).
The workshop was followed by a buffet dinner by invitation of the Austrian Embassy in London. Elisabeth Kögler (Minister – Deputy Head of Mission) gave the address to the workshop participants.
Dr Wolfgang Schüssel, former Chancellor of Austria, held the keynote speech on Turkey as an Energy Hub for Europe at the Edmond J Safra Theatre at King’s with a subsequent question and answer session.
EUCERS was officially established with a few words by the Head of Department, Professor Mervyn Frost prior Dr Schüssel’s keynote.