Letter to Christian Ehler and European Parliament members
on the evolution of SSH in Horizon2020, October 2015
Letter to European Commission ITRE, September 2015
On the role of SSH in Horizon 2020
Letter to Commissioner Moedas, February 2015
Fighting terrorism and radicalization
Letter to Mr Juncker, December 2014
Concerns about the funding of the Investment Plan for Europe on Innovation and research7
Letter to European Commission ITRE, September 2014
On the Horizon 2020 Work Programmme
The ‘European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities’ (EASSH) brings together scientific networks, associations, disciplines and universities. The main purpose of EASSH is to promote research on social sciences and humanities as a resource for Europe and the world.
EASSH is a channel to and from the social sciences and humanities for the research system of civil society, policy makers, advisors, public-private partnerships, administrators and practitioners.
EASSH advises on architectures, frameworks and processes of multi-national and European research programmes.
EASSH highlights the potential of the social sciences and humanities to contribute to the benefit, innovation and resilience of societies.
The annual ‘EASSH Convention of Social Sciences and Humanities’ brings the SSH community into debate with representatives of European institutions, private and public partners and other disciplines.
EASSH working groups bring SSH expertise to bear on the public debate, to strengthen European research and may interact with public and private partners. More...
In July 2015, EASSH started with the full registration of its members. Detailed information on each member will be provided so that the EASSH website will become an European platform for key actors in the fields of the Social Sciences and the Humanities. More...
The Association is formed of the founding members and of any future members who will join the association according to the provisions of these statutes. These statutes are governed by the law of 1st July 1901, as amended and by its application.
Article 2: Name
The association's name is "European Alliance for the Social Sciences and the Humanities."
It may be known by the acronym "EASSH."
Article 3: Purpose
The “European Alliance for the Social Sciences and Humanities” promotes the importance and value of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) at all pertinent levels and through all relevant actions in Europe and beyond.
The aims are:
- to promote European social sciences and humanities as a resource for Europe and the world;
- to provide a contact point for national, European and international SSH organisations, and pertinent policy- and decision-makers;
- to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of common interest;
- to further the interests of its members with respect to the institutions of the European Union and other European and international bodies in all fields relevant to SSH;
- to promote ethically justified and responsible SSH research at all levels;
- to ensure that proper attention is paid to SSH at all levels of education.
On 30 May, the European Commission launched its renewed agenda for higher education.
As was the case with the 2006 and 2011 Communications, the present agenda outlines the European Commission’s policy priorities for higher education and also proposes some concrete actions, such as a European Graduate Tracking initiative. More...
The assessment phase of the first half of Horizon 2020 is being concluded with the release of the European Commission’s interim evaluation and the European Parliament’s committee report on the implementation of the programme. Both policy making bodies insist that Horizon 2020 remains largely underfunded and therefore is not able to meet the rising tide of excellent proposals submitted by the scientific community. These statements not only echo EUA’s concerns on the lack of efficiency of the programme, but also take into consideration EUA’s estimates of ‘hidden’ costs in submitting proposals. This is a step in the right direction, as there is growing recognition of the financial waste at all levels (European, national and institutional) and missed scientific opportunities to address the crucial challenges being faced by the EU. More...
EUA considers the consultation as an opportunity to take stock of the practical experience achieved with the Framework so far, and to consider the changes that it may require. In particular, beyond skills and skills provision, the concept of lifelong learning would have to be revisited, given also social and technological changes. EUA believes that LLL has to remain a priority for European society, and its education sectors. More...
EUA has released a full comparative analysis of the state of play of university autonomy in 29 higher education systems in Europe. The report, published today, complements the presentation of the main outcomes which were revealed at EUA’s annual conference “Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities” held in April 2017. More...
Universities are the unique places for production and dissemination of new knowledge, which are fundamentally important for society. Universities have been benefitting from, and contributing to the EU research framework programmes (FPs) for decades. More...
The Open Public Consultation on the mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ Programme, carried out by the European Commission (EC), will end on 31 May 2017. This consultation invites various stakeholders as well as the general public to reflect on the relevance of the Erasmus+ programme, including its objectives, the effectiveness of measures taken to achieve them, and the efficiency of their implementation. More...