[Humanist] 25.452 open letter on research 2014-2020

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Nov 7 10:55:57 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 452.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 09:50:19 +0000
        From: Sinead O'Sullivan <s.osullivan at qub.ac.uk>
        Subject: Open Letter to the European Commission on Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities research in the new FP, 2014-2020
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Open Letter to the European Commission on Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities research in the new FP, 2014-2020

Dear colleagues,

With this message we would like to invite you to sign an Open Letter addressed to the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation (http://www.eash.eu/openletter2011/), alerting her to the vital insights that Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) contribute to address Europe’s and the world’s Grand Societal Challenges.

In view of legislative decisions to be taken on the next 100-Billion-worth EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the letter stresses the necessity for a varied and strong research programme in the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH): it argues that neglecting such potential contributions as SSH research has to make risks undermining the EU strategy to develop innovative, inclusive and sustainable societies. Yet, there still is a distinct danger of insufficient funding in Horizon 2020 for research areas such as cultural change, demography, education, the economy and globalisation, identity politics and social cohesion, and many others. For background information on these matters see: http://www.eash.eu/openletter2011/

The Open Letter initiative has grown out of deliberations among a number of European umbrella organisations in the area of SSH, and seeks to bring to the attention of the European Commission and national governments the concerns of the largest research community in Europe.

If you agree, that a substantial and independent SSH-centered research programme should be included in all future European Framework Programmes,  we invite you to sign the Open Letter online at http://www.eash.eu/openletter2011/. Please also kindly circulate this invitation to sign among your institutions, and across your networks and subject associations.

First results of this initiative will be presented to Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn on 10 November 2011. We hope to be able to point to a high number of signatures as an expression of a groundswell of support and concern among SSH communities. The collection of signatures will, however, continue after this specific date, as the legislative decision process will last for longer.

Thank you in advance for signing and for supporting this initiative. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: SSH-letter at net4society.eu<mailto:SSH-letter at net4society.eu>.

On behalf of the Inter-agency Task Group on SSH in Europe,

Dr Ruediger Klein
Executive Director
European Federation of National Academies
of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA)
P.O.Box 19121, 1000GC Amsterdam
c/o KNAW, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011JV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31-20-5510-722 (secretariat: -754)
ruediger.klein at allea.org<mailto:ruediger.klein at allea.org>

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