Saturday, May 31, 2014

The role of social science and humanities in addressing global challenges

ESOF 2014
16:30 - 17:45 , June 24 2014
Dipylon Hall, Carlsberg Museum

The future of Europe is increasingly determined by the ability of its governments, industries and citizens to integrate and deploy knowledge through economic, societal and cultural measures. Policy makers look towards science to find solutions to the grand challenges of our time such as climate change, energy and food security, and sustainable resources. Sustainable approaches to those challenges will need cooperation among the natural, social and human sciences. Social science and humanities have the tools to analyse social, political and economic processes, and transfer new knowledge and innovative solutions among individuals and institutions. Even the basic capacity to acknowledge and define a societal challenge is co-shaped by socioeconomic analysis.

We will address where this research is headed and how best to make visible the societal relevance of the human and social sciences. We will present an exclusive medley of recent reports and initiatives mapping the outcomes of this research.


Kirsten Drotner, Science Europe
Poul Holm, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Wim van den Doel, Faculty of Humanities - Leiden University

Discussant: Liviu Matei, Central European University

Moderator: Vincent Hendricks, University of Copenhagen

Session organiser: David Budtz Pedersen, University of Copenhagen; Katja Mayer, University of Vienna, Austria

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