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Building Inclusive Societies in Times of Crisis: Evidence and Future Research Needs

24 October 2013, Berlin, Germany


As part of its preparations for Horizon 2020 (the next European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation), the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation organised a one-day stakeholder workshop entitled "Building Inclusive Societies in Times of Crisis: Evidence and Future Research Needs".

The workshop took place on 24 October 2013 at the Representation of the European Commission in Germany in Berlin. Approximately 50 stakeholders, representatives of international organisations and researchers from around Europe participated.

The FP7 Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities Programme funds research in support of finding solutions for those pressing societal challenges. The workshop brought together this research in view of discussing promising approaches that could help in reforming European welfare regimes and building inclusive societies in times of crisis.

Thematically, the workshop concentrated on three areas important for building inclusive societies:

  • care
  • employment
  • education, learning & skills

These are cross-cutting research issues that lend themselves to bridge-building between different Europe 2020 flagship initiatives. The workshop participants discussed these issues with an eye to elaborating future research needs under Horizon 2020.