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Universities highlight humanities’ contribution to health research

Social sciences and humanities (SSH) researchers should be fully involved in Horizon 2020's societal challenge for health, says the League of European Research Universities.

The European Commission has said that the next EU funding programme will encourage interdisciplinary research and innovation that can make a contribution to six or seven main societal challenges, such as food security or climate change. Leru, which represents 20 top research universities, says it will publish several papers to advise the Commission on how to include social sciences and humanities research in each of these broad challenges.

In a paper published on 15 March, the League writes that not only SSH research must be included in the challenge called “Health, demographic change and well-being”, but also that SSH scholars must be involved in all relevant committees to have a say in the definition of subtopics.

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