The European Commission issued a monitoring and evaluation report on the integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020, by focusing on participants, budgets and disciplines. The report shows an uneven and unequal integration of SSH in projects and provides a series of recommendations.
The integration of Social Sciences and Humanities in the European framework programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020 is part of the priorities of the European Commission (EC). The SSH comprise various disciplines such as anthropology, economics, history, humanities and the arts (archaeology, ethics, literature, theology, etc), political science, law, sociology and psychology. Contributions from these fields are needed "to generate new knowledge, support evidence-based policymaking, develop key competences and produce interdisciplinary solutions to both societal and technological issues."
While in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) SSH had their own dedicated programme, Horizon 2020 'embeds' SSH researchers in areas and topics under the Societal Challenges and Industrial Leadership priorities. EC has recently issued a monitoring and evaluation report on the intergration of SSH in these two areas. Its aim is to evaluate the quality of the integration by focusing on participation, budget allowed and the variety of SSH disciplines in the 2014 calls for proposals.
A summary of the report conclusions can be found on the SWISSCORE website and the full report is available from the EC.
MIME coordinator François Grin and co-authors have just published a book about young people in Switzerland:
Grin, François, J. Amos, K. Faniko, G. Fürst, J. Lurin and A. Schwob, 2015: Suisse—Société multiculturelle. Ce qu’en font les jeunes aujourd’hui [Enquêtes fédérales auprès de la jeunesse]. Zürich/Glarus: Rüegger Verlag, 625 p.
This book was presented at the Media Centre of the Swiss Federal government in Berne on 28 September 2015. It has received considerable interest from the media, with newspapers articles, TV and radio interviews in French, German and Italian. Links to selected articles and interviews can be found on various sub-sections ("Interviews", etc.) of the "media" page of the Observatoire ELF website at http://www.unige.ch/traduction-interpretation/recherches/groupes/elf/medias.html.
Prof. François Grin (MIME coordination + WP5) and Dr. Guillaume Fürst (WP6) have received funding from the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs towards the "CreaQuest" (Creativity Questionnaire) Project (http://creaquest.com/info/?p=1). This project may be seen as indirectly related to Task 6.5 ("Multilingualism, Creativity and Finance"), carried out by partner ObsFin. The CreaQuest project examines the multilingualism-creativity link through the performance of survey participants in what is usually called "creativity tasks". Support from the Swiss ministry of foreign affairs has enabled the researchers to develop a computer-based interface for the simultaneous production and evaluation of creative products (short stories, drawings, etc.). The prototype of this interface has been tested with participants at the second Forum mondial de la langue française (http://www.forumfrancophonie.org/content/le-forum) which took place in Liège (Belgium) from 20 to 23 July 2015.
Chap. 21. F. Grin, ‘Language Planning and Economics’, Current Issues in Language Planning, 2003, 4, 1, 1–66. (in vol. 1 of this four-volume anthology: "Theoretical and Historical Foundations").
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