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Social Economy Scientific Conference #SES2020

Social Economy Scientific Conference #SES2020
Nov 24 2020
Nov 25 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has increased the visibility of the social economy’s contribution to socio-economic development and social cohesion.

The pandemic demonstrates that it is an essential part of Europe’s safety net in times of crisis, thanks to its leadership in providing essential goods and services to the most deprived.

Therefore social economy could play an important role in the recovery phase.The #SES2020 will look at the social economy as a driver of change.

On this basis a vibrant network of distinguished researchers and academic scholars will discuss how the future of social economy could bounce forward our societies in the next normal.


Please register on the dedicated conference website.

For additional information: About Social Economy Scientific Conference #SES2020.

Participation to the conference is free of charge.


24/11/20 14:30 - 16:30 Social Economy as an agent of change and its spillover effect (chaired by Marie J. Bouchard, Université du Québec à Montréal)

25/11/20 10:30 - 12:30 Social Economy as a part of an ecosystem (chaired by Dominika Wruk, University of Mannheim)

25/11/20 14:30 - 16:30 Social Economy as a partner of policy makers and the for profit sector (chaired by Gorgi Krlev, University Heidelberg)


Julie Battilana, Harvard Business School

Marthe Nyssens, UCLouvain

Rafael Chaves, Universitat de Valencia,

Ruth Brännvall, Impact Invest – SIIN AB

Marieke Huysentruyt, HEC Paris

Mario Calderini, Tiresa at Politecnico di Milano

Geoff Mulgan, University College London

Alex Nicholls, University of Oxford

Lisa Hehenberger, ESADE

Kai Hockerts, Copenhagen Business School

Antonio Miguel, NOVA SBE

Eva Varga, Euclid Network

Eleanor Carter, Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government


The European Commission announced a forthcoming European Action Plan for the Social Economy to enhance social investment and social innovation and to boost the potential of social enterprises to create jobs. This policy initiative to be released during the second semester 2021, will be a key tool to systematically incorporate the social economy into the different socio-economic policies of the European Union, as well as into its actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The #SES2020 is tapping into the social economy momentum to discuss under which conditions it is possible to maximise social economy contribution in constructing viable solutions to the grand challenges of our time.

This conference is co-organised by the JRC, the European Commission’s department for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, the University of Mannheim, University of Heidelberg and Social Entrepreneurship BW.