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Getting the most out of social sciences and humanities

Ghent University has created social science and humanities consortia to boost the research subjects’ standing in Horizon 2020 and beyond. Here, senior policy adviser on European affairs Wendy Sonneveld explains what would help in future.

Ghent University is a comprehensive university, a member of the European Universities Association and the Conference of European Schools of Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER). In 2013, the university created five multidisciplinary and cross-faculty social sciences and humanities consortia with the aim of boosting interdisciplinary research within the disciplines. The consortia increasingly reach out to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) researchers in Europe.

The consortia were selected on the basis of their established expertise, the added value of their multidisciplinary collaboration and their potential to join forces in their fields and become go-to knowledge brokers. They were allocated €4.25 million between 2013-17 and each of them had a coordinator and three professorships.

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