SOCIAL POLIS Final conference Vienna, 12 May 2009. Pierre Valette, Commission européenne, DG RTD. Social Sciences and Humanities.
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Vienna, 12 May 2009
Commission européenne, DG RTD
“problem oriented and “policy relevance” are key objectives of SSH research; “participative approach” is a strong concept and method to reflect the needs of both the “users” of research results and the scientific community; it is the heart of SPs and TPs.
A wide consultation of different views is essential: pluralism, multidisciplinary, openness, transparency, and public access are conditions of success: “cities and social cohesion” is a well appropriated subject;
The contribution of stakeholders are easily accessible in synthesised way (and place => website).
Research agenda is the key expected outcome of the social platforms; not only useful for the next SSH work programmes of the EU activity; also a reference for “Joint Programming” linked to regional and national research;
SSH will be based (from 2010) on two types of projects: “societal challenges” and “specific topics”; size of SCs will be larger and will include stocktaking, foresight/forward looking, building of tools, involvement of civil society, communication.
“Social Polis” will deliver a good understanding of the issues and existing knowledge related to cities and social cohesion; a shared vision of the future issues would be also welcomed;
It will provide a research agenda for the coming years, taking into account last social developments like impact of globalisation or economic and social crisis;
It has created a platform of discussion with the main stakeholders which should be maintained in the future;
New initiative like « Round World Café » could serve as model for the other platforms.
THE SSH PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION IS YOUR PROGRAMME!