The strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) was invited by the European Commission in Brussels to share their expertise on 19 November.
The aim of this visit was to underline the importance of integration of SSH (the Social Sciences and Humanities domain, red.) in other academic disciplines. We aimed for a cross-sectoral research approach, as the European Commission intended. The visit took place among other activities last year. This visit strengthened the visibility of Utrecht University in general and in particular the visibility of the strategic theme IOS.
Meeting on the New Horizon Europe framework programme
Vice-president of Utrecht University Executive Board Annetje Ottow and Programme Director of IOS Bas van Bavel discussed with the Director-General Jean Eric Paquet and the Head of Unit Harald Hartung from the European Commission how a cross-sectoral scientific approach can be organised in the calls of the new Horizon Europe framework programme. The theme An EU economy that works for people, item on the agenda of the new European Commission chairman Ursula von der Leyen, was also discussed.
Combining SSH expertise to better address societal challenges
Furthermore, Denise de Ridder reflected on the theme "From institutions to behaviour and back again to the societal challenges”. In his talk, Bas van Bavel gave insights on the topic "Societal challenges, the rule of the game, the actors and the outcomes".
Bas van Bavel also gave an interview for the European Commission internal TV channel.