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European Information Training

The Cardiff EDC offers high quality, professional and unbiased European information training.

Training room

Ian Thomson, Director of the Cardiff EDC, is one of the most experienced European information trainers and speakers in the world. He has specialised in this area of information for over thirty years and has provided training to thousands of people in that time:

  • students and researchers at Cardiff University and many other academic institutions across Europe
  • professional people across Europe working in the public and private sectors who need to find out about the European Union
  • librarians and other information professionals throughout the world
  • journalists and other media professionals across Europe

In addition, he has spoken at a large number of conferences and seminars.

Ian Thomson is knowledgeable about all aspects of the Institutions, activities and working methods of the European Union - and the information sources that can help you find out about them. He can help you:

  • search efficiently for information on the EU and the wider Europe
  • monitor the activities of the EU Institutions and Agencies
  • contact, communicate with and influence the EU Institutions

Training can take place at your workplace (in-house training) or at the Cardiff EDC. We have access to fully equipped training suites, meeting rooms and refreshment facilities.

In addition, Ian Thomson provides European information training on behalf of other professional organisations at sessions open to the public (see below for details).


Public courses

Forthcoming European information training courses open to the public. Please contact the external organisers for further information and booking:

ASLIB logo

ASLIB: European Union Information
Date: 11 May 2015
Location: London, United Kingdom

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EIPA logo

EIPA: European Information Management - Europe on the Internet - Finding your way through the European Information Jungle
Dates: 23-24 April 2015 / 28-29 September 2015
Location: Maastricht, The Netherlands
Further details:


AALL logo

American Association of Law Libraries: Researching the European Union
Date: 18 July 2015
Location: University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, USA
Further details:



Topics covered

A selection of topics that can be covered in lectures, talks, seminars, discussions and other training formats:

  • The European Union: Why – What – How?
  • Brief introduction to the EU: Key Institutions – Legislative Acts and Judicial Decisions – How policy is made
  • Current challenges facing the European Union
  • The role of Committees in the European Union
  • The role of the United Kingdom in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law (can be adapted to other Member States)
  • Wales and Europe
  • Reporting Europe and the EU
  • The role of information and communication in the governance of the EU
  • EU information on the Internet (can be adapted to your specific subject / policy interests)
  • Recent EU information and communication developments (annual review)
  • The role of Web 2.0, social media and Google in information about the EU
  • Searching for EU information
  • EU legislative and judicial information sources
  • Policy monitoring in the EU
  • The value of the Registers of Documents of the EU Institutions
  • Keeping up-to-date with the EU
  • Contacting the EU Institutions, Agencies and Stakeholders
  • Using European Sources Online for your European information needs



Ian delivered a one day seminar entitled EU Information Sources to members of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians in Dublin. Ian is an excellent speaker and has a wealth of knowledge about EU institutions, processes, policies and information sources. His presentation was insightful, practical and very comprehensive. Ian also customised the presentation for an Irish audience which was very much appreciated.

In relation to the organisation of the seminar, Ian was a pleasure to deal with. He was open to all suggestions and he worked hard to ensure he understood our requirements so that he could adapt the seminar accordingly. The feedback received from the attendees on the day was very positive and we look forward to a return visit from Ian in the near future!

Sheila Gallagher
BIALL Ireland
May 2014


Ian Thomson in Zagreb

Ian Thomson speaking in Zagreb, December 2010

Ian is our favourite speaker and trainer when it comes to EU information. For almost a decade we have been organising a range of EU information workshops and seminars here in Zagreb in order to teach the Croatian public how to find EU related information effectively and efficiently or how to use available sources. 

The huge success of all these events can be attributed to Ian’s excellent training skills supported by his thorough expertise in the field of European information and, equally important, his ability to interact easily with people whose first language is not English. 

Ian’s participation is regularly a guarantee of public interest in such an event – this was the case as well with our most recent seminar in the ‘EU Information Challenges 2010’ cycle held on 3 December 2010 in Zagreb, where all Ian’s lectures provided the audience with an extraordinary opportunity to be updated on the most important recent EU information developments in a concise, clear and easily understandable way. Ian definitely brings quality into EU information training.

Aleksandra Čar
EU i – European Law Information Centre
Faculty of Law – University of Zagreb
January 2011


We were extremely pleased with Ian's professionalism and the high quality of his training session to our senior European public policy staff in Brussels in December 2010. In addition to an extensive knowledge about the range of information sources that can be used to keep track of EU information, Ian is clearly a top expert in the European Union policies, processes and internal politics. 

With decades of experience in Brussels, his friendly and informal manner makes for a tremendous learning opportunity, even for Brussels professionals. Indeed, our Brussels staff is already well informed of the EU and the relevant information sources, but Ian was able to provide additional insights (not to mention highly valuable information sources) that will prove very useful in our day to day work. 

Ian's preparation was extremely thorough and well tailored to both our needs and topics of interest. All the examples that he used during the session were directly relevant to the activities and interests of MSD.

Boris Azaïs
Director of Industrial Policy Europe Canada
Merck Sharp & Dohme
January 2011


What impressed me most about the trainer was his in-depth knowledge of the EU and information about Europe and his enthusiasm and skill at putting it across.

Delegate on the ASLIB EU Information Course
Spring 2009


Further information

If you would like to discuss any aspect of Cardiff EDC Director Ian Thomson providing European information training or speaking at a conference please contact:

Telephone: +44-(0)29-2087-4262