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Past events

  • 12-14.4.2007. Krakow, Final conference of the FP6 project MOVE - The Moving Frontier: The Changing Geography of Production in Labour Intensive Industries (Contact: Marc Goffart, L2).

    The Conference demonstrated that the effects of delocalisation are less negative than usually portrayed (in scientific literature and media): There is no direct correlation between the region's economic growth and unemployment rates in regions affected by job losses due to delocalisation. On the contrary, delocalising companies increase their competitiveness, while the receiving regions create new jobs and may move up the value chain. New Member States are not receiving the "cheapest" and low-value labour (because they already too expensive for that), but rather get skilled jobs.

    Policy interventions by the countries and regions concerned are conducive to managing the effects of delocalisation and in creating a favourable socio-economic environment. The Enlargement process has been particularly successful in this respect, as it has managed to maintain a large number of jobs within the European Union, which might otherwise have been relocalised to regions such as India or China. The project findings are based on a rich database of 756 field interviews with managers in manufacturing (leatherwear, textiles, electronics) and services (software) in several regions in the UK, Greece, Poland and Bulgaria, as well as with key informants and policy-makers.

  • 12-14.4.2007. Spala, Final dissemination conference of the FP6 project PROFIT : Policy Responses Overcoming Factors in Intergenerational Transmission of Inequalities (Contact: Marc Goffart, L2).

    Pan-European survey data provides evidence that inheritance of inequalities occurrs in the 8 towns studied: on average, 53% of young people growing up in poor families remain in ("relative") poverty, while 47% experience advancement. The economic standing of a country is not a decisive factor: educational, labour and welfare policies matter as well. The cumulative effect of discouraging family and non-supportive school are the most likely factors leading individuals to stay in poverty and follow their parents' life course. While social policy is not perceived by young adults as a factor impacting on their life course, the survey data reveal that policies can contribute to upward mobility of underprivileged young people.

    The project has interviewed (national and local) policy-makers, stakeholders and social actors, as well as young people (in poverty as well as ordinary) in 8 EU countries [4 representing the traditional "Welfare State Models": UK (Anglo-Saxon), Germany (Continental/Bismarckian), Finland (Scandinavian) and Italy (Mediterranean/Southern), as well as 4 from New Member States (Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Bulgaria)]. An interesting and unexpected side-effect of this project contains a component of action research, whereby the interviews with policy-makers, social actors and young peopl (unemployed or not) seems to have generated some dynamic and coordination among the municipalities involved. Top level actors admit the existence of Intergenerational Transmission of Inequalities, but most of them perceive it as a "private" rather than a social problem.

Projects events

  • 17-20.10.2007. Warwick, Annual Conference of the Network of Excellence GARNET (Global Governance, Regionalisation and Regulation: The role of the EU)
  • 20-21.10.2007. Utrecht (NL), Conference on The emergence of new technologies and responsibilities for health care at home across diverse European systems and cultures:
  • 28-29.10.2007. Belfast, Workshop on 'Gender Justice and Democracy' in the context of the Integrated Project RECON (Reconstituting Democracy in Europe).
  • 28-29.10.2007. Brussels, Final Conference of the research project PEACE-COM (Peace Processes in Community Conflicts),
  • 7-9.10.2007. Kyoto, 4th Annual Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum
  • 17-19.10.2007. Istambul, Conference "Citizenship and Cultural Identities" : EESHRA - Enlarging the SSH Research Agenda; Informing the Turkish interested stakeholders in our work on cultural research in FP6 and making several FP6 projects meet
  • 24.10.2007. Brussels, Conference "Towards post-carbon society" - European Research on Economic Incentives and Social Behavior.
  • 1-4.10.2007. Lisbon, UP2YOUTH project public event.

Policy related (Portuguese Presidency)

  • 21.09.2007. Lisbon, XXII Meeting of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
  • 12-13.11.2007. Lisbon, NORFACE Conference- Bridging Knowledge: Social sciences collaboration in practice.
  • 2-4.11.2007. Lisbon, Forum MANUFUTURE Portugal 2007: Constructing a Sustainable Competitive Europe.
  • 3-4.11.2007. Lisbon, Special European Conference on Effective Knowledge Transfer.

Other events

  • 17-19.9.2007. Lisbon, Conference on Research Integrity: Commissioner Potocnik confirmed his presence. The conference aims to provide researchers, research administrators, research sponsors, journal editors, representatives from professional societies, policymakers, and others with an opportunity to discuss strategies for harmonising research misconduct policies and fostering responsible conduct in research.

  • 8-10.10.2007. Lisbon, Conference on The future of Science and Technology in Europe: The European Commission and the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union are jointly organising a conference entitled "The future of Science and Technology in Europe" which will take place in Lisbon from the 8th to the 10th of October. Attendance at the conference is by invitation only. Invitees are carefully selected for their ability to contribute to a lively and productive debate.
    The conference will focus on advancing the creation of the European Research Area and will be informed by the on-going consultation and debate following publication by the European Commission of the Green Paper "The European Research Area: New Perspectives", earlier this year . There will be a mixture of plenary and parallel sessions focussing on issues including: increasing public and private investment, improving conditions for researchers, science and society as well as the specific chapters included in the green paper (Research institutions, researchers, International cooperation, research programmes and priorities, infrastructures, knowledge sharing).
    Expert groups have been created by the European Commission to address a number of these issues. Their initial analysis of the results of the public consultation as well as of their own research will be presented at the conference for discussion.

  • 11.10.2007. Lisbon, CEPR event: The Seventh Framework Programme: Opportunities for the Economic and Social Sciences.

  • 11-12.10.2007. Lisbon, Portugal, Meeting of the National Ethics Councils: The Forum of National Ethics Councils is an independent informal platform for exchange of information, experience and best practices on issues of common interest in the field of ethics and science. The NEC Forum contributes to strengthening the coordination of ethics policies in Europe, following the "open method of coordination".

  • 12.10.2007. Fontainebleau, France, RESPONSE: Understanding and responding to societal demands on corporate responsibility, INSEAD.

  • 19-20.10.2007. Paris, France, "Les nationalismes littéraires": conference organised by the ESS. The aim is to compare the place of literature within the different national traditions which have been studied; the manner literary fields constitute themselves and their principle of structuring.

  • 1-3 November 2007. Halle/Salle, Germany, Final Project conference "KASS - Kinship and Social Security in Europe": co-founded with DG Employment. The aim is to investigate the role of family networks as sources of security and mutual assistance
  • As many arrows, loosed several ways, come to one mark ... so may a thousand actions, once afoot, end in one purpose. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616). Henry V, Act I.
  • Most successful fathers have least successful daughters, researchers find 'What's good for the goose is good for the gander,' the old saying goes. However, new research suggests that this may not apply in the case of red deer and their genes. A team of British researchers found that genes which offer an advantage to male deer may be less beneficial to female deer.
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