16 november: Synergy Conference: creating a common ground for social sciences and humanities

6 November 2017

Which opportunities does the new NWO Social Sciences and Humanities domain offer for collaboration, new initiatives and networks? How can we utilise these opportunities and what do researchers expect from NWO in this regard? Can we start to realise synergy between the academic disciplines in this broad domain? These are key questions at the first NWO Synergy Conference on 16 November 2017 in Utrecht.

The Synergy Conference is being held due to the establishment of the NWO Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) domain on 1 January 2017. On this date the disciplines for the humanities and the social sciences were merged into a single domain that also accommodates WOTRO Science for Global Development and the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research. Together with the development of a new strategy for NWO, this is a good reason for the NWO SSH domain board to invite researchers for a day on which dialogue and synergy will take centre stage.

In the programme there will be plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas with each other and to make acquaintance with the domain board. During two rounds of interactive sessions and workshops, various subjects will be considered such as application pressure, the domain-wide assessment of proposals, public-private partnership, an impact pathway for the social sciences and humanities research, and ‘alternative facts’. The domain board looks forward to receiving input from researchers and other stakeholders about these and other subjects.

How researchers experience funding instruments for the social sciences and humanities domain and their future expectations for these instruments will also be considered. Dr Miko Flohr (Leiden University) and professor Barbara Vis (Utrecht University) will read an essay in which they describe their vision for the future of the social sciences and humanities. Chad Gaffield, Professor of History at the University of Ottawa, will give a keynote lecture about his experiences as a former president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. Professor Gaffield will describe the lessons that the SSHRC has learned with respect to developing funding instruments for the social sciences and humanities.

The NWO SSH domain board hopes that the Synergy Conference will result in new contacts, collaboration and synergy within the social sciences and humanities.

The conference is already fully booked, so unfortunately you can no longer register to attend. We will inform you about the outcomes of the conference via the NWO website.




Source: NWO