[Elsnet-list] Fwd: Open Letter to the European Commission on Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities research in the new FP, 2014-2020

Steven Krauwer s.krauwer at uu.nl
Mon Nov 7 12:31:55 CET 2011

Dear subscribers to the ELSNET mailing lists,

Especially for our European subscribers with a special interest
in research related to the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities
(SSH, which includes linguistics, computational linguistics,
phonetics, speech science, multilinguality, etc) I would like to
draw you attention to this invitation to sign an Open Letter to
the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Maire

The purpose of this Open Letter is to ensure that this area will
not be neglected in the upcoming Horizon 2020 Programme of the
European Commission.

Best regards and thanks for your support,


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Open Letter to the European Commission on Socio-economic
Sciences and Humanities research in the new FP, 2014-2020
Date: 	 Sun, 6 Nov 2011 22:36:46 +0100
From: 	 Rudiger Klein <rudiger.klein at allea.org>

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/). The
letter alerts the Commission to the vital insights that
Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) contribute to
addressing Europe's and the world's Grand Societal Challenges,
and suggests that a substantial and independent SSH-centered
research programme should be included into the next and into all
future European Framework Programmes.

*_Kindly also circulate this invitation to sign in your
institutions, across your projects and other
relevant networks and programmes, and through your respective
subject associations._*

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:

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.

_First results of this initiative will be presented at a meeting
with the 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- and our apologies for any cross-posting. 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(ALLEA;
Net4Society; European Science Foundation; ECHIC)

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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