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About

The conference Facing the Future: European Research Infrastructure for Humanities and Social Sciences, initiated 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 humanities and social science experts, policy makers, and scientific research infrastructure coordinators to engage in a productive exchange of ideas for a roadmap to strengthen humanities and social sciences 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.

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Day 1 (21st November 2013)

12.00 - 12.30

Arrival and Registration

12.30 - 13.00

Welcome and Introduction

  • Dietrich Nelle
    Head of the Directorate "Research Organizations" at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Adrian Dusa
    Chairperson of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) Strategy Working Group on "Social and Cultural Innovation" (SCI-SWG), Professor at the University of Bucharest
  • Gert G. Wagner Chairperson of the German Data Forum (RatSWD), Professor at the Berlin University of Technology, and Board Member of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

13.00 - 15.00

Keynote session

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Session Chair / Rapporteur: Adrian Dusa

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 - 18.30

Future Strategies and Directions

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Session Chair / Rapporteur: Dietrich Nelle, Gert G. Wagner

Moderation: Peter Elias

19.30 - 22.00

Get-together



Day 2 (22nd November 2013)

08.30 - 9.00

Arrival and Coffee

09.00 - 10.30

Session A - Administrative Data

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Session Chair / Rapporteur: Peter Elias, University of Warwick, Strategic Advisor for Data Resources, Member of the SCI-SWG

Presenters:

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30

Session B - Longitudinal Sciences and Bio-Social Sciences

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Session Chair / Rapporteur: John Hobcraft, University of York, ESRC Strategic Advisor of Data Resources

Presenters:

12.30 - 13.30

Lunch

13.30 - 15.00

Session C - Digital Humanities

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Session Chair / Rapporteur: Jacques Dubucs, University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne, Scientific Director of the Department Human and Social Sciences, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research

ALLEA Co-Chair: Sandra Collins, Director of Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Chair of ALLEA Working Group E Humanities

Presenters:

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break

15.30 - 17.00

Session D - New Forms of Data for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences

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Session Chair / Rapporteur: Ranjana Sarkar, Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Centre

Presenters:

17.00 - 17.45

Looking Forward: Wrap-Up

A panel wraps up the two conference days and discusses the conference outcome in a plenary discussion.

Session Chair / Rapporteur: Adrian Dusa

Panellist:

Peter Elias, John Hobcraft, Jacques Dubucs, Sandra Collins, Ranjana Sarkar, Gert G. Wagner

17.45 - 18.00

Closing Words

Günter Stock, President of ALLEA, the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities