European Language Council
With 20 years of policy-making history, our association brings together committed language specialists from around the European continent and beyond to support Europe's language infrastructure, improving societal and individual multilingualism and promoting quality language learning.
Filling a unique niche in Europe's language panorama, the CEL/ELC has unique contact to universities, language institutions, the Council of Europe, and the European Commission, mediating at the various levels to envisage, anticipate and adapt to the future language landscape.
Membership in the CEL/ELC grants institutions and language specialists access to a wide variety of projects and like-minded colleagues in similar language fields, and is open to all institutions of higher education and all national and international associations with a special interest in languages. Additionally, we accept applications for associate membership for individuals.
Media and Communications Officer
European Social Survey ERIC
City University of London
+44 (0)20 7040 4907
+44 (0)7976 682 285
The European Social Survey European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ESS ERIC) is an academic cross-national survey measuring attitudes and behaviour. Every two years, up to 50,000 face-to-face interviews are conducted across Europe on a wide range of subjects. Since its implementation in 2002, over 425,000 interviews have been undertaken over nine rounds in 38 countries. All European Social Survey data is published anonymously, and made available for free for non-commercial use. As at 3 July 2020, over 160,000 people have registered to download or access the data online. This has led to the publication of 4,417 academic articles that analyse the data (2004-18). The development of the ESS was led by Professor Sir Roger Jowell and Professor Max Kaase at the European Science Foundation (ESF) in 1995.
The ESS became the first social science project to win the annual Descartes Prize for Excellence in Scientific Collaborative Research, awarded by the European Union, in 2005. Included on European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap in 2006, 2008 and 2010, the project was recognised as an ESFRI Landmark in 2016. In 2013, the ESS was awarded European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status by the European Commission. The project was awarded the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba (LPV) Dataset Award 2020 by the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).
The European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA) was founded in 2014 to create a hub for social work research development, collaboration and exchange across Europe. Arising from overwhelming levels of engagement in the European Social Work Research Conference, the Association now has over 600 members from across more than 33 countries.
ESWRA’s vision is to take forward the development, practice and utilization of social work research to enhance knowledge about individual and social problems, and to promote just and equitable societies.
Professor Geoffrey WILLIAMS. MSc, PhD
President of the EvalHum Initiative email@example.com
EvalHum is a Europe-wide initiative CONCERNED with research evaluation, innovation and impact in the Social Sciences and Humanities. EvalHum is registered as an association in France under the French 1901 law.
Els van Drimmelen
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences enjoys a prominent standing within the social sciences sector in Europe and is the largest educational and research institution in the social and behavioural sciences in Europe.
Our research and education address societal and human behaviour related themes from the following disciplines:
- Child Development and Education
- Social Sciences (Anthropology, Human Geography, Planning & International Development Studies, Political Science, Sociology)
The Faculty offers a large number of programmes and courses to ca. 8,000 students from the Netherlands and abroad, at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
Prof. Paul Schubert
Secrétaire général de la FIEC
7, rue des Beaux-Arts
2000 NEUCHATEL (Switzerland)
The International Federation of Associations of Classical Studies (FIEC) is an umbrella organization that covers most associations of classical studies of national importance around the world. Its aim is to foster cooperation among classical scholars by disseminating information among affiliated associations, enabling direct contact between Delegates, informing governmental authorities on the importance of classical studies. It also contributes to the support of classical studies on all continents, and more generally takes any apropriate action that will help to sustain classical studies at an international level.
Every five years, FIEC holds an International Congress which gathers scholars from all parts of the world and from all sub-fields of classical studies ; this is coupled with a General Assembly of Delegates ; another General Assembly of Delegates is held once between congresses.
University of Lausanne
Géopolis, CH-1015 Lausanne
+41 (0)21 692 37 47
FORS is the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences. We implement large-scale national and international surveys, offer data and research information services to researchers and academic institutions, and conduct methodological and thematic research. FORS is financed by the Federal Government (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI), by contributions from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and by the University of Lausanne.
Our strategic priorities are the following:
- Data and consulting services for social science researchers and research institutions in Switzerland
This includes data collections as part of the national and international social science infrastructure and services on a mandate basis supporting the entire data life cycle of social science projects in Switzerland.
- Providing tools for the national and international information infrastructure
We acquire, document, preserve and disseminate high quality quantitative and qualitative data and research information in conformity with national and international standards.
- Doing research related to methodological and thematic research
Thanks to its own research activities, FORS is an integral part of the social science research community in Switzerland. To fulfil its key mission, FORS participates in academic research in two main fields: thematic and methodological research.
Dr Stefan Meysman, Coordinator Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35 (UFo, 2nd floor, room 004)
+32 9 331 02 28
In Belgium, Ghent University has been a pioneer in its strategy for quality enhancement and impact of SSH research since 2012. Supportive measures included a structural investment in interdisciplinary research consortia in the fields of culture & heritage, psychology, global studies, criminology and economics.
In 2018-2019, the university reinforced its efforts, leveraging these consortia towards even more ambitious interdisciplinary collaborations and societal impact. Next, UGent funded a university-wide roll-out of the initiative. There now exist ten competitively selected Interdisciplinary Consortia for Societal Impact (IDC), covering a wide variety of disciplines in SSH and STEMM, and breaking down traditional barriers inside academia as well as with stakeholders.
Chair of HERA Network Board
Prof. Wojciech Sowa
Senior executive officer
HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area – is a network of 26 Humanities Research Funders from 25 countries across Europe. The network’s mission is to promote and support European arts and humanities research through research funding, collaboration and advocacy.
HERA is committed to the view that historical, cultural, artistic and philosophical knowledge is indispensable for understanding humanity’s past, for dealing with the key societal challenges of the present, and for imagining possible futures. HERA supports the methods of reflective critique, transnational collaboration and interdisciplinarity and is dedicated to building relationships among humanities researchers across Europe and enabling the widespread sharing of knowledge and expertise.
HERA is also committed to bringing arts and humanities research into productive dialogue with policymakers, industry and the wider public. With the objective of firmly establishing the humanities in the European Research Area and in the European Commission Framework Programmes, HERA, with co-funding from the European Commission, has developed and implemented four rounds of transnational humanities calls for proposals to date.
Secretary of Humanistica
Humanistica est l’association francophone des humanités numériques/digitales. Elle cherche à réunir autour d’actions communes toutes les personnes intéressées par le mouvement des digital humanities telles qu’elles peuvent s’exercer et se penser en langue française.
Humanistica is the French-speaking digital humanities association. It seeks to unite all those interested in the digital humanities movement around common actions that can be practiced and thought of in the French language.
Dr Peter Degerman
Mid Sweden University
S-852 30 Sundsvall
Humtank is a think tank for research and education in the humanities created by a unique collaboration between faculties of humanities at originally twelve and, from the autumn of 2017, fifteen Swedish universities. The purpose is to strengthen and enhance the role of the humanities both within and outside academic institutions. We also want to explain to the public the relevance and sustainability of the humanities in society as a whole.
We operate on a broad front and participate in public debate with the aim of establishing a humanities-oriented research policy and a fairer distribution of educational resources, as well as changing the public's perception of and attitudes towards the humanities.
Chair: Professor Eugene McNulty
Director: Dr Mel Farrell
Royal Irish Academy
19 Dawson Street
Tel: 00 353 (0) 1 609 0666 (direct line)
The Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA) was formed in September 2013. It is a joint initiative of Humanities researchers within eleven higher education and research institutions, including all of the universities, North and South, Dublin Institute of Technology and the Royal Irish Academy.
The Alliance is working to generate public awareness of the importance of humanities teaching and research in higher education and society at large. It is concerned also to inform and shape public policy in both jurisdictions and in the EU.
The Alliance has established working groups to address the main areas of strategy which impinge on the roles of the humanities in education and research today. Through these it will aim to engage productively with policymakers and funders in the wider interests of the university systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The Institute for Social Research is an independent research institute in Oslo. The Institute for Social Research is organised as a foundation and has, since its establishment in 1950, played a vital role in the development of Norwegian social research.
The main research topics of the institute are: working life, media and the public sphere, gender equality, migration and integration, civil society, elections and democracy, and welfare.
Advisor on Science Diplomacy
The Institute of Social Sciences is based in Belgrade, the capital of the Republic of Serbia. The Institute has six scientific research centres (Centre for Demographic Research, Centre for Politicological Research and Public Opinion, Centre for Economic Research, Centre for Legal Research, Centre for Sociological and Anthropological Research and Centre for Philosophy) and a staff of 38 doctoral degree holders and five master’s degree holders.
The work of the Institute is based on the research of basic social phenomena, promoting scientific thinking and developing scientific methodology in the domain of social sciences. The Institute has also focused on the professional development of scholars, developing cooperation with professional institutions and organisations, and implementing scientific research results in public policies.
So far, the Institute has published several hundreds of books and collected papers and thousands of articles and other research papers; conducted complex scientific research projects; organised international and national scientific conferences; developed scientific cooperation at international and national levels, and its staff and associates have actively participated in creating and developing public policies.
The Institute of Social Sciences (ICS – Instituto de Ciências Sociais) is a graduate school and research unit of the University of Lisbon. Its mission is based on a unique combination of top-quality fundamental research, advanced training and societal outreach via policy-relevant science and dissemination. This is achieved through support to ground-breaking, curiosity-driven projects and plural, robust theoretical and methodological approaches; a collaborative work environment, sustained by 7 Research Groups and their networks and partnerships; a commitment to post-graduate teaching and research training of young scholars in the main fields of the social sciences and history; reliable infrastructural drivers that strengthen the institutional capacity for original knowledge production and consistent societal impact; a commitment to science-society dialogue, knowledge transfer and a strong relationship between research and policy development.
The backbone of the research agenda - Changing Societies, Legacies and Challenges - is critical thinking on the conditions that shape contemporary societies and their processes of change, which result from both short-term external shocks and longstanding inner structural dynamics. Research expands across 3 intertwined thematic axes – Inclusion, Citizenship, Sustainability – which underpin ICS’ interdisciplinary agenda.