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Achieving Impact: Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020

26 & 27 February 2014, Athens, Greece

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NET4SOCIETY, the network of National Contact Points for research in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities is organising a transnational conference which will take place in Athens at the National Hellenic Research Foundation on 26 and 27 February 2014 on the occasion of the Greek EU Council presidency.

Entitled "Achieving Impact: Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Horizon 2020", the conference will aim to highlight the important role SSH has to play, through its relevance and impact, in achieving the targets set out in Europe 2020 - the EU's growth strategy for the current decade. The conference will also showcase exciting opportunities that exist in Horizon 2020 to help prepare the SSH research community for the New EU Programme for Research & Innovation.

The two-day event will appeal to members of the SSH research community who are looking for networking and funding opportunities within Horizon 2020. It will be of particular interest to researchers from universities and research organisations in the field of SSH, Civil Society Organisations & Non-governmental Organisations. SSH-relevant industries involved in Research and Innovation activities are also among the target audience. Established networks such as ERA-NETs will be invited to attend. In addition, the conference will target research programme owners/managers as well as policy makers.

The Conference sessions will address the following areas:

  • The Creative and Cultural Industries
  • The European Social Model
  • Social Innovation

The second day will address Horizon 2020, specifically matters arising from the Work Programme for Societal Challenge 6; Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies. It will feature a brokerage event to facilitate participants' engagement with the HORIZON 2020 research programmes and to enhance their networking and collaboration prospects.