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Facing the Future
European Research Infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences

hosted by the ESFRI strategy working group Social and Cultural Innovation (SCI-SWG) in collaboration with the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) and the German Data Forum (RatSWD).

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Over the last years, societies have been facing tremendous challenges, for instance through demographic and climate changes. Both effect all our lives in the present and will still do so in the future. At the same time, globalization as well as new information and communication technologies redefine working and living conditions and effect the way in which societies are structured.

Reliable data and knowledge about social development are a precondition for a better society, as they help to evaluate and analyze the changes and challenges in a more precise way.

The conference Facing the Future: European Research Infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, organized by the Social and Cultural Innovation Strategy Working Group of ESFRI and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and hosted by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) and the German Data Forum (RatSWD), invites social science and humanities experts, policy makers, and scientific research infrastructure coordinators to engage in a productive exchange of ideas for a Roadmap to strengthen Social Sciences and Humanities alike.

The aim of the conference is to identify and discuss relevant topics - e.g. possible ways of getting countries more involved in the current roadmap and the importance of 'big data' across different domains - and to highlight opportunities for an excellent research environment as a foundation for innovative research today and in the future.

Format of the Conference

The conference will comprise a variety of (keynote) speakers representing a wide range of social science disciplines, searching for a common ground and creating synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations.

The conference sessions include presentations and discussions concerning Social Sciences and Humanities Research Infrastructures in 2020, Administrative Data, Longitudinal Sciences and Bio-social sciences, Digital Humanities, Digital Communication and Social Media, and Further Steps into the future.

The presentations, arranged in 20 minutes slots, will focus on the questions how research infrastructures will look like in the next decade, what has to be done to overcome challenges, and how they will relate to the foreseeable 'big data' movement.

In order to make an active and lasting impact on the public dialogue, a conference book including papers based on the (key) speaker's presentations and a chapter 'Outlook and Recommendations' concerning the European Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences and Humanities in the next decade is going to be published subsequently.