Innovations are new or significantly improved goods, services, processes and methods; they are social if they are designed to benefit society rather than the individual. Very often social challenges cannot be met with traditional recipes and approaches.
The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Investment Bank Institute, plan to launch a € 2 Million Horizon prize on a social challenge chosen by the public, as part of Horizon 2020, the EU's biggest ever research and innovation framework programme.
September 10th, Prof. Dr. Paul Leseman, the scientific coordinator of the FP7 funded Social Sciences and Humanities research project, CARE, spoke about how best to handle and benefit from multilingualism at the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Presidential Conference: Diversity and Multilingualism in Early Childhood Education and CARE, which focused on the importance of quality education and equality of opportunities.
The LLLightinEurope research project proposed that high investments in lifelong learning of formal, nonformal and informal nature are required for European economies to be vibrant and for European citizens to enjoy high and growing quality of life. One of LLLight’s main objectives was to understand to what extent the skill of complex problem solving should be targeted in lifelong learning.
Governance of global and regional challenges has become an increasingly difficult task.The US and Europe should leverage stronger transatlantic ties to engage other countries, from a position of strength. This approach should guide transatlantic cooperation in critical regional contexts as well as on the global stage.
European cities today are more diverse than ever before. Immigration, socio-economic inequalities, spatial segregation and a diversity of identities and lifestyles are all contributing factors. The challenges faced by urban policymakers and institutions to meet the needs of Europe’s increasingly diverse population are numerous and complex.
The principal aim of DIVERCITIES is to examine how Europe can benefit from diversity. The project’s central hypothesis is that urban diversity is an asset. It can inspire creativity and innovation. Create cities that are more liveable and harmonious. Stimulate local and national economies and make European cities more competitive.
Young people across Europe are not politically disengaged as is commonly assumed, a research study has found.
In fact, most of them vote and fully support democracy, even if they think things could be improved and politics should become more about the common good and less about corporate and elite interest. That’s the take-home message from the EU-funded study MYPLACE, whose findings across 14 European countries including Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Russia and the UK revealed that 42 % of young people, defined as 16 to 25 years old, are interested in politics, and 70 % of those who are eligible voted in their last national election.
Dramatic changes are underway in global politics. GR:EEN project aims to help Europe’s policymakers respond in a way that ensures European values and objectives continue to influence the evolution of global norms and policies.