How does the spread of ideas affect political, social, and economic processes within the European Union – and what role does the EU play in promoting ideas outside its boundaries? The research college will take up its work at the start of the winter semester 2008/2009. Research will be conducted by scholars of Freie Universität from the disciplines of political science, sociology, history, law, and economics. At least ten doctoral students, postdocs, and visiting scholars will study the role of Europe as a promoter and recipient of ideas. The research college team will be headed by professors Dr. Tanja A. Börzel and Dr. Thomas Risse, both of the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science of Freie Universität Berlin.