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CARMEN - Lettre du 17/01/12

Dear colleagues and friends of CARMEN,

Let me draw your attention to the following information on CARMEN
cooperation with ALLEA, and call for application to study at the CEU.

Best regards,
Katerina Hornickova
CARMEN

- 1. In December 2011, CARMEN joined ALLEA (All European Academies Network), the new lobbying organisation for humanities and social sciences on the European level. Attached, see the presentation of the Director of ALLEA, Rüdiger Klein, the notes from the ALLEA meeting in December, the statement of the organisation, and the statement of the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.

- 2. ALLEA 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, which highlights some of the vital insights that Socio-economic Sciences and
Humanities (SSH) can contribute to addressing Europe’s and the world’s
Grand Societal Challenges. If you agree, that a substantial and independent
SSH-centered research programme should be included in all future European
Framework Programmes, kindly sign the Open Letter online.

In view of legislative decisions to be taken soon on the next
80-Billion-worth EU Framework Programme “Horizon 2020” (2014-2020), the letter stresses the necessity for a varied and strong research programme in SSH. It would be tantamount to undermining the EU strategy to develop
innovative, inclusive and sustainable societies, were there insufficient
funding in “Horizon 2020” for research areas such as cultural change,
demography, education, the economy and globalisation, identity politics and
social cohesion, poverty relief and global governance as well as many
others.
Kindly circulate this invitation to sign the letter also across your
institutions, as well as through your networks, FP and other projects and
subject associations.

First results of this initiative were presented to Commissioner
Geoghegan-Quinn on 10 November 2011 during a ½ day symposium on the role of SSH in “Horizon 2020” in London. The Commissioner expressed her
appreciation for the mobilisation of the community towards strengthening
the SSH domain in the new programme and acknowledged the need for such a strong SSH component (see here). Yet, the proposal submitted for “Horizon 2020” by the European Commission does not yet fully reflect this understanding.

Following these initial exchanges, we shall now interact with lawmakers in
the European Parliament and national political authorities. For we must
bear in mind that in the past the SSH-related Framework Programme component has been, time and again, in danger of being eliminated at the end of negotiations between national governments, the European Parliament and the Commission ; also, the size of the budget accessible for SSH-researchers is as yet far from being secured. We therefore continue collecting further support from a large cross-section of the SSH- and SSH-related research communities.

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. For more information
see here.

Thank you in advance for supporting this initiative. Do not hesitate to
contact us if you have any questions.

On behalf of the Inter-agency Task Group on SSH in Europe (ALLEA – ALL
European Academies ; ESF - European Science Foundation : Standing Committees for the Humanities and Social Sciences ; ECHIC - European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres ; Net4Society - Network of SSH National Contact Points), with endorsements from the SSH ERA-Nets and others.

Dr. Ruediger Klein
Executive Director
European Federation of National Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA)
P.O.Box 19121, 1010GC Amsterdam
c/o KNAW, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1010JV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Email.

- 3. Call for application to study at the CEU, bursaries available. See
enclosed the CEU call for application, the CEU Medieval poster and the
TextHSozKult.