PLATO’s eleven training partners include several leading European think tanks, two civil society organisations, a consulting firm for trade associations, and the leading online daily news site on EU politics. A career development organisation will assist the PhDs in their individual career planning.
The Brussels-based economic think tank
Bruegel is an independent economic think tank. It contributes to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based and policy-relevant research, analysis and debate. Membership is composed of EU member state governments, leading international corporations and institutions.
Thinking ahead for Europe
CEPS is a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, with an exceptionally strong in-house research capacity and an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world. As the only think tank in Brussels covering all European policy areas, CEPS offers exchanges, provides insights on and potential solutions for EU policy making.
The Hague, The Netherlands
Netherlands Institute of International Relations
Clingendael is a leading Dutch think tank and diplomatic academy on international affairs. The institute provides public and private sector organisations with in-depth analysis of global developments in the fields of EU governance, economic diplomacy, international security and conflict management, with a specific focus on the position and role of the Netherlands.
The global coalition for democracy
Democracy International is an independent NGO working for better democracy in Europe and beyond. The group actively supports democracy initiatives in a number of countries and coordinates transnational campaigns – for electoral and institutional reform, freedom of information, increased participation and direct democracy. Democracy International’s greatest success at the European level to date is the introduction of the European Citizens’ Initiative.
The largest online daily news site covering EU politics
EUobserver is an independent online newspaper which values free thinking and plain speech. It aims to support European democracy by giving people the information they need to hold the EU establishment to account. In addition to news articles, EUobserver publishes series of investigative reports as well as comment pieces and blogs reflecting opinions from across the political spectrum.
A pan-European resource centre on citizens’ rights
ECAS is an international, non-profit organization that provides services to a network of about 150 European NGOs. ECAS empowers citizens to exercise their rights and promotes open and inclusive decision-making through the provision of high quality advice, research and advocacy, as well as capacity-building for civil society organisations.
A research-based think tank
Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin is a research-based think tank with the objective to contribute to a better policy debate on Europe in Germany. It focuses primarily on four core areas of European integration: Economic and Monetary Union; Foreign Relations and Security Policy; EU Institutions and Governance; Digital Europe.
Strategic Communications that reach, engage and influence
KELLEN is Brussels’s longest established association management company and provides services to a wide range of trade associations – from pooling of expertise to setting common industry positions and carrying out regulatory and public affairs campaigns. Kellen reaches out to stakeholders on a sustained basis, and also assists businesses in creating and managing ad-hoc coalitions, and support these coalitions in enhancing their presence in Brussels.
A leading Central European think tank
PISM is a public think tank that conducts research and training in international affairs. PISM is the biggest Polish institution conducting policy-focused research, and prepares analyses and studies for the public administration responsible for shaping and conducting Poland's foreign policy. Since 2010, PISM has been rated amongst the most influential government-affiliated think tanks worldwide in the annual 'Global Go To Think Tank Ranking'.
The German Institute for International and Security Affairs
SWP is an independent, publicly funded scientific establishment that conducts practically oriented research and advises the German parliament and the federal government on foreign and security policy, including aspects related to climate protection and resource scarcity. It serves as a forum for exchange where decision makers meet with SWP researchers for discussions in a confidential atmosphere.
Realising the potential of researchers
Vitae is an international organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of researchers. Its goals are to develop research policy and practice, drive excellence in provision through the development and distribution of high quality learning resources and practice sharing and to actively engage employers in the development of researchers, and provide employability, career and professional placement information for researchers across all sectors.