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CONTENT - Issue n 5 - 1st quarter 2006


Theme of this issue

FP7 to embrace Humanities together with Social Sciences

A packed conference in Brussels last December agreed on the importance of bringing the humanities to join social sciences research in FP7 and making the research itself more international. Speakers argued that research needs to be far more interdisciplinary, richer and more productive, and that EU research organisations had to work more closely with partners from Asia, Africa and Latin America.


  • Are you a potential research partner from outside the EU?
    If so, don't miss the opportunity to apply for a potential participation in FP6 projects already signed or under negotiation. The deadline is 16.5.2006.

  • Social sciences and humanities projects on-line
    The revamped SSH website now includes Briefing Papers from120 projects, describing their research, methods and main scientific and policy outcomes.

Work in progress

  • Priority 7 - 140 projects under way to the sum of 238.5 Million EURO.


  • Conferences to watch out for
    In March/April: PIONEER, COMPRESS, EPICURIUS; plus the Euroscience Open Forum in July.

News from projects

  • What do European citizens think about changes in the family and lifestyle?
    The DIALOG project interviewed more than 30 000 people in14 countries and discovered that most wanted at least two children, and would like to reconcile their work with family life. It also found that people saw no relation between fewer marriages, more divorce and having fewer children.
  • Also in this issue
    Research results from EURECO on the impact of European enlargement on regional structural change and cohesion, EXLINEA on forging links across the EU's new external borders, MAGEEQ on government responses to gender inequality across Europe, and WOMENG on encouraging more women to become engineers.

Books from projects

Other Publications

European Research Area in SSH

Humanities given boost in EU research

Humanities has finally come of age in the European Research Area.

  • Humanities expert group kicks-off
    The Commission has assembled a group of 12 high-level experts from EU and US research institutes and universities to advise it on how to fully integrate humanities into the European Research Area and FP7 activities.
    Other developments
    The Commission's FP6 (2002 to 2006) has been funding humanities projects in earnest. Examples:
    • The ERA-NET HERA - Humanities in the European Research Area, a partnership between 15 Humanities Research Councils across Europe and the European Science Foundation.
    • Ramses II- Research Network Centre in Human Sciences on the Mediterranean Area.

Project reviews

  • Care and sharing - new approaches to family life

Book choice

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