Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020
Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020 continues to be emphasised by the EC.
The Integrating SSH research across Horizon 2020 is essential to maximise the returns to society from investment in science and technology. Integrating the socio-economic dimension into the design, development and implementation of research itself and of new technologies can help find solutions to societal problems. The idea to focus Horizon 2020 on 'challenges' rather than disciplinary fields of research illustrates this new approach.
In order to identify the calls for proposals where Social Sciences and Humanities are prevalent the Participant Portal now contains a full listing where SSH has been tagged within the topics.
Trust: European Research Co-creating Resilient Societies Conference
The importance of Social Sciences and Humanities to the commission was also highlighted by Commissioner Moedas in his speech at this high-level conference. The EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation stressed the importance of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in tackling the challenges currently facing our societies. He stated that “even though Europe has been shaken at its foundation and questioned, Europe is still the answer and social sciences and humanities are the key to understanding societal challenges and to building up trust for more resilient societies”
Commissioner Moedas said that “even though Europe has been shaken at its foundation and questioned, Europe is still the answer and social sciences and humanities are the key to understanding societal challenges and to building up trust for more resilient societies”. He added that the European Commission will continue to support SSH through Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and in addition, he will personally support SSH as a vital element for understanding European society and values.
Among other distinguished speakers was Baroness Onora O’Neill, of the House of Lords and Professor at the University of Cambridge, Milena Žic Fuchs of the Croatian Academy of Science.
The main message from the conference is that it is important that the EU Commission continues to support research in the social sciences and humanities, both as disciplines on their own as well as an integral part of multidisciplinary research policy. Only then can we provide real evidence for building trust which will lead to more resilient European societies, better equipped to tackle the grand societal challenges that we face.
Further information can be found on the conference website.