In December 2012, a new cross-European network was established in Berlin, in the field of human rights of children and adolescents: the Children's Rights Erasmus Academic Network (CREAN).
CREAN is coordinated by Freie Universität Berlin and spans across 37 partner universities and academic institutions in 30 countries; the Research Platform Human Rights in the European Context at Vienna University, represented by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, acts as the Austrian counterpart to CREAN.
Among the aims of this academic network are the establishment of a platform for interaction and mutual learning between policy-makers, practitioners and academia in the field of children’s rights, the formation of a European-wide body of promising early career researchers and graduates, the development of academic manuals and other materials and the encouragement of curricula reform and development. For this purpose, three pan-European academic conferences with active BIM participation took place:
- on children’s rights in research processes (Madrid, September 2013),
- on the child’s right to non-discrimination (Vilnius, December 2014)
- on children's rights and the aims of education (final conference, Geneva, July 2015)
Moreover, a summer school was implemented (Braga/Portugal, 2014), a child rights prize for early career researchers was awarded (2015), and two sub-regional networks were established (for the Nordic and the Mediterranean region).