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€80m for new projects to promote social sciences, humanities and the role of science in society

European Commission - MEMO/08/4   04/01/2008

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MEMO/08/4

Brussels, 4 January 2008

€80m for new projects to promote social sciences, humanities and the role of science in society

Following calls for proposals launched in December 2006, the European Commission is about to select a total of 93 projects to be funded under the two programmes that address research and policy actions on science, economy and society. This memo outlines a sample of these projects. Details of all successful projects will be available on CORDIS http://cordis.europa.eu/en/home.html. Final figures and partnerships are subject to contract negotiations between the project teams and the European Commission.

Science in Society

The Science in Society programme will fund 28 projects for a total budget of over €21 million. With a view to building an effective and democratic European knowledge-based society, the new research and policy actions will stimulate the harmonious integration of scientific and technological endeavour and associated research policies into European society. The new FP7 Science in Society programme will expand on the actions under FP6 placing greater emphasis on issues such as: multidisciplinary research addressing science-society interactions; capacity building of civil society organisations and their involvement in research, and, cross-thematic actions, combining Science in Society expertise with the science policy design and implementation belonging to other specific S&T fields such as environment, energy or health.

Science needs women scientists

Practising Gender Equality in Science (PRAGES) will compare various strategies implemented in Europe and in third countries (USA, Australia, Canada) for promoting the presence of women in decision-making bodies relating to scientific research public institutions. The main objective is to identify the most relevant activities to fight against vertical segregation in scientific professions.

Estimated EU contribution: around €1 million.

Participants: Ufficio Per Gli Interventi In Campo Economico E Sociale (IT), Assemblea Delle Donne Per Lo Sviluppo E La Lotta All'Esclusione Sociale (IT), Tudomanyos Es Technologiai Alapitvany (HU), Università Degli Studi Di Milano Bicocca (IT), Aarhus Universiteit (DK), University of Manchester (UK), Università Degli Studi Di Milano (IT), Simmons College School of Management (US), New York University (US), The University of Cambridge (UK), The Australian National University (AU), European University Institute (IT).

Encouraging careers in science and technology

The 'Mind the Gap' project will gather, exchange, develop and disseminate good practices in inquiry-based science teaching (IBST). The overall aim is to stimulate a more engaging and interesting science teaching based on principles of IBST so that more young people in general, and girls in particular, wish to pursue education and careers in science and technology.

Estimated EU contribution: around €750.000.

Participants: University of Oslo (NO), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR), University of Copenhagen (DK), University of Bristol (UK), Université Rennes2- Haute Bretagne (FR), University of Kiel (DE), Hungarian Research Teacher’s Association (HU), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (ES), Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (DE).

Mapping out scientific and technical controversies

The Mapping Controversies on Science for Politics (MACOSPOL) project will gather top-level scholars from the area of Science, Technology and Society in a common endeavour to create a platform mapping out scientific and technical controversies. This platform will gather and organise information on specific scientific controversies resulting from existing research activities and allow European citizens to get actively engaged in scientific decision-making processes.

Estimated EU contribution: around €900.000.

Participants: Fondation Nationale Des Sciences Politiques (FR), Universitetet I Oslo (NO), Observa (IT), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen (DE), Université De Liège (BE), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (CH), Universiteit Van Amsterdam (NL), University of Manchester (UK).

Debating on personal detection technologies and biometrics

The Homeland security, biometric identification and personal detection ethics (HIDE) project will create a pan-European dialogue platform on ethics and governance of personal detection technologies and biometrics. Structured discourse may allow a better understanding of others’ perspectives and commit all parties to dialogue. The project aims to create the best environment where this dialogue is possible and may progress.

Estimated EU contribution: around €950.000.

Participants: Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (IT), Cardiff University (UK), Centre for Biomedical Ethics (SG), Eutelis Italia Srl (IT), Univerza v Ljubkjanni (SI), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung (DE), International Biometric Group (UK), Przedsiebiorstwo Badawczo-Produkcyjne Optel Sp. Z O.O. (PL), Sagem Défense Sécurité (FR), The Hastings Center (USA), Zuyd University (NL).

Civil society to support EU sustainable development

The DelibprocessSCP project will address civil society participation in the EU Sustainable Development Strategy by actively involving Civil Society Organisations in identifying research needs and designing elements of deliberative processes on sustainable consumption and production in the areas of food, housing and mobility, which have been found to be responsible for 70 percent of environmental damage in the EU.

Estimated EU contribution:  around €400.000.

Participants: UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating, Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production GmbH (DE), University College for the Creative Arts (UK), Regional Environmental Centre (HU).

Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) programme

This theme of FP7 will fund 65 research projects with a total budget of over €59 million, covering widely the main EU challenges and the multidisciplinary aspects of this field of research. It will help generate an in-depth understanding of the major challenges confronting Europe in the coming years, such as growth, employment, competitiveness and knowledge society, social cohesion, social, cultural and educational challenges in an enlarged EU, sustainability, migration and integration, global interdependence and economic governance. The FP7 approach will maintain a good balance between disciplines and ensure qualitative and quantitative focus. Research will be highly policy relevant and problem oriented with the view of providing an improved knowledge base for policies in the fields concerned.

Social platform on urban development and cohesion

The SOCIAL POLIS - Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion project will test a new instrument of the "social platform" in the area of urban development and cohesion. The central purpose of the project is to engage significant stakeholders from the scientific, civil society and governance sectors in establishing key scientific and policy issues for the agenda, and informing focussed and coherent FP7-SSH calls for proposals on this theme in March 2008 and June 2009. Social Polis will mobilise a wide range of relevant findings, recommendations and scientific/practitioner networks from previous research projects under Framework Programmes 4, 5 and 6. Building on these experiences, Social Polis will organise consultation with a wide network of researchers and other stakeholders, including two workshops and one large-scale conference.

Estimated EU contribution: around €1.4 million.

Participants: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), Universiteit Van Amsterdam (NL), Iter S.R.L. - Centro Ricerche E Servizi (IT), Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (AT), Universite de Quebec à Montreal (CA), Universidade de Lisboa (PT), University of Milano Bicocca (IT), Centre de Recherche et d'Information sur la Démocratie et l'Autonomie Crida (FR), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE), Universitat de Barcelona (ES), University of Manchester (UK).

Support for future Common Agricultural Policy

Sustainable development of rural areas in Europe will be addressed through a new project entitled Assessing the multiple Impacts of the Common Agricultural Policies (CAP) on Rural Economies (CAP-IRE) related to the development of concepts and tools to support the future Common Agriculture Policy design, based on improved understanding of long-term socio-economic mechanism of change in rural areas. Furthermore, a Rural Future Network (RUFUS) project will address the multifunctional aspect of rural areas and will assess the possible combinations of policy regimes to ensure sustainable and integrated rural development.

Estimated EU contribution to CAP-IRE: around €1.5 million.

Participants: Alma Mater Studiorum – Universita’ di Bologna (IT), Instiute for Prospective Technological Studies - European Commission, Dg Joint Research Centre, Ipts Ec-Jrc (IT), Wageningen Universiteit (NL), Landbouw - Economisch Instituut (Lei) B.V. (NL), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (EL), Szkola Glowna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego (PL), The University of Aberdeen (UK), Universidad de Cordoba (ES), Institute of Agricultural Economics (BG).

Estimated EU contribution to RUFUS: around €1.5 million.

Participants: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover (DE), University of The West of England (UK), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (FR), University of East Anglia School of Environmental Sciences (UK), Lunds Universitet (SE), Wageningen Universiteit (NL), Sprintconsult (Gbr) - Wissenschaftliche Politikberatung (DE).

Muslim communities and debates about citizenship

Concerns around Islamic fundamentalism, integration and possible religious divide have brought Muslim communities into the core of political and media debates about citizenship in Europe. A project entitled Media & Citizenship will gather quantitative and qualitative comparative empirical data on the use of Arabic language television in Europe, in order to deliver well founded policy advice on issues relating to political and media debates about citizenship in Europe.

Estimated EU contribution: around € 1.2 million.

Participants: Universiteit Utrecht (NL), Universitaet Bielefeld (DE), University of Leeds (UK), Örebro University (SE), Universite de Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris-3 (FR).

Diasporas in conflict and its resolution

Introduced for the first time in FP7, the instrument of Research for the Benefit of Civil Society Organisations will be tested by a pioneer project on diasporas. The Involving Transnational Communities - Civil Society Forum on Conflicts (INFOCON) project, gathering civil society organisations and research institutions, will address the role of diasporas in some major European cities by looking at whether they 'import' conflicts from the countries of origin to the host countries, or rather help reconciliation and peace. The role of civil society organisations representing diasporas will be focused on, with a view of empowering them and help conflict resolution.

Estimated EU contribution: €850.000

Participants: Stichting Internationalist Review (NL), Stichting Mondiale Samenleving (NL), Minority Rights Group International (UK), Navend - Zentrum für Kurdische Studien E.V. (DE), Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (BE), Vzw Sos Rwanda-Burundi Asbl (BE) Stiftung Zentrum für Türkeistudien - Institut an der Universität Essen (DE), Akagera-Rhein E.V. (DE), Centre de Politique Comparée (BE), Centre D'Etudes De L'Ethnicité Et Des Migrations (BE), Centre of International Development Issues Nijmegen (NL), University of Kent (UK), Universität Essen Duisburg (DE), Institut Québécois Des Hautes Études Internationales, Université Laval (CA), Institut D'Etudes Politiques De Lille (FR)


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