European Consortium for Humanities Institutes and Centres
The third ECHIC conference will be held in the new Centre for Advanced Studies, Highfield House, on University Park, Nottingham from March 24th to 26th, 2013.
The European Federation of Academies of Science and Humanities, ALLEA, has produced a ‘roadmap’ showing how it wants to position social sciences and humanities research within the Horizon 2020 programme.
The document was drawn up by a working group of representatives from ALLEA member organisations, chaired by John Bell professor of law at the University of Cambridge, which met at the British Academy in London.
Their report insists that that the objectives of the Commission’s seven-year research strategy can only be achieved with the active involvement of social scientists and humanities researchers.
These “have a key contribution to make in defining and understanding the conditions for fostering innovative change and increasing the likelihood that innovation will lead to economic and societal progress,” the committee states.
The roadmap makes a number of specific recommendations including a plea for specific quotas for representatives from the social sciences and humanities on the expert advisory groups and committees leading the various Horison2020 programmes.
It is widely recognized that the social sciences and humanities (SSH) play an important role in the process of European integration. While European research in the social sciences and humanities is world leading, they lack a forum which promotes scholarly exchange across fields and disciplines, sets common guidelines for quality standards and evaluations, and provides adequate representation in the EU policy arena.
The conference “Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities”, initiated and organized by the EU Lithuanian Presidency, invites elaboration of the potential that SSH can bring to European societies. The overall aim of this conference is to discuss, possible ways for the integration of SSH in the European Commission’s multiannual framework programme, “Horizon 2020”.
The conference will be held from 23 to 24 of September 2013, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Please consider your participation at this exceptional event and reserve these dates in your calendar.
In order to be updated on the preparation of the conference (such as the dedicated consulting process, the conference agenda, and other organizational issues in the course of the next months), please send a brief message to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING . This email address can also be used for any questions you may have on the scope of the conference. The website http://horizons.mruni.eu/ will also be regularly updated.
We ask you to forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested in the conference as we hope to have a well-attended and truly interesting conference.
We look forward to your participation at this important event which may set the course for the coming years by bringing together researchers and policy makers.
Helga Nowotny, Rūta Marcinkevičienė, Giedrius Viliūnas in the name of the Steering Committee
The Steering Committee: Helga Nowotny (chair), Rūta Marcinkevičienė (vice chair), Giedrius Viliūnas (vice chair), Jutta Allmendinger, Paul Boyle, Craig Calhoun, Gustavo Cardoso, Rivka Feldhay, Poul Holm, Pavel Kabat, Alain Peyraube, Aura Reggiani, Peter Strohschneider, Peter Tindemans, Wim van den Doel, Michel Wieviorka, Björn Wittrock.