European Consortium for Humanities Institutes and Centres
Registration is now open at www.cepese.pt/portal, deadline for registration: 1 February 2014.
Following up on the Vilnius conference, the following letter was sent to the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Geoghegan-Quinn by the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH). In the letter EASSH protests against the evident sidelining – rather than mainstreaming – of the SSH and proposes:
The letter is signed by Poul Holm as Chair of ECHIC.
Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020
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.