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  • The lifecycle of SARS-CoV-2

    18-11-2022

    What happens if a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus enters your lung? This molecular animation visualises how the virus particle can take over the host cell and turns it into a virus factory. Eventually, the host cell produces so many viral particles that it dies and releases numerous new virus particles.

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    ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2022 published

    18-11-2022

    Once again this year, the annual report of the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM offers new insights into the effects on border regions of European and national legislation and policy initiatives. The 2022 Border Impact Report is intended to be a valuable tool for policy makers at regional, national and European level to identify the effects on the border region and cross-border cooperation.

  • Energy transition in border regions hindered by lack of coordination

    18-11-2022

    A lack of coordinated arrangements between neighbouring countries is making it extremely difficult to realise a successful energy transition in the German-Dutch border regions. These are the findings of the annual Cross-border Impact Assessment by the ITEM expertise centre (part of Maastricht University). 

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    The urgency of facilitating working from home by cross-border workers

    08-11-2022

    The ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2021 took a closer look at the tax and social security implications of homeworking by cross-border workers in the homeworking dossier. Together with the Secretariat-General of the Benelux Union, the ITEM Expertise Centre organised the Benelux - ITEM Conference "The Future of Work - Working from Home from a Cross-Border Perspective" on Thursday 13 October 2022 in Brussels.

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    Cross-border cooperation is at the heart of the European energy challenge

    08-11-2022

    “We can only solve the energy crisis together, COVID-19 taught us this. We should not close borders like we did in that crisis, we should focus on true cooperation.” With those words, Dr. Tobias Traupel from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, summarized the essence of the HNP & ITEM Side Event on the acceleration of the energy transition through cross-border cooperation. We should not need a crisis however, to realize this, according to Dutch MEP Bas Eickhout: “Regional authorities understand this much better than national governments: if we want to do better, we have to work together.”

  • Welcome

    M-EPLI is happy to welcome a new PhD researcher, Iris Xu

    04-11-2022

    M-EPLI is happy to welcome a new PhD researcher, Iris Xu. Iris studied the marketisation of Dutch higher education institutions in China for her MA Thesis. She will join M-EPLI as of 1 December 2022 to carry out research on the effectiveness and acceptability of personalised law in privacy protection for social media users in China, the EU, and the US. Coming from an interdisciplinary background, Iris received her Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and psychology from Lafayette College and her Master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. Her research will incorporate interdisciplinary methods, including doctrinal legal research, experiments, and interviews, to comprehensively understand the potentiality of personalised law in privacy protection and to understand the boundary of it within the legal frameworks of different regions and from the perspectives of individuals.

  • New Research Data Management and General Data Protection Regulation workflow

    01-11-2022

    Can I share my research data with colleagues at other institutions? Where can I store my data? How long do I have to preserve the data after I finish my research and where? What should I think about if I want to have interviews transcribed by an external party? These are possible questions that come to mind when you start your research.

  • Drones and the law

    26-10-2022

    They can do it already: deliver pizzas and medicines, inspect windows for cleanliness, monitor crowds. And all that autonomously, without a human driver. But how do you ensure that drones comply with laws and regulations? Professor of Private Law and technology expert Gijs van Dijck translates legal rules such that drones can understand and implement them.

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    Maastricht University starts new research line on cellular agriculture

    25-10-2022

    Thanks to a strong financial impulse from the National Growth Fund, Maastricht University, as one of the partners in a national consortium, is starting a new line of research in the field of cellular agriculture.

  • Resilience important quality of healthy elderly

    17-10-2022

    Professor Hilde Verbeek shares her opinion on healty ageing

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