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September 22nd, Sunday – Arrival day

Registration, at Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva (Konstitucijos pr. 20, Vilnius)

Welcome reception, at Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva (Konstitucijos pr. 20, Vilnius)

September 23rd, Monday

at Mykolas Romeris University (Ateities str. 20)



Opening session – Welcome


Address by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė (Download PDF) Video
Address by Robert- Jan Smits, Director-General, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission Video
Address by Dainius Pavalkis, Minister of Education and Science, Lithuania (Download PDF) Video
Address by Alvydas Pumputis, Rector of Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania Video
Address by Rūta Petrauskaitė, Vice-Chair of Research Council of Lithuania Video
Moderator: Eugenijus Butkus, Vice President, European Science Foundation, Lithuania Video

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Coffee break

Rotond Hall, ground floor


Diversity and Common Ground: Setting the theme


Keynote: Jean-Louis Fabiani, Central European University, Hungary and EHESS, France Video Text
Keynote: Ulrike Felt, University of Vienna, Austria Video Text
Comment: Daniel Weidner, Centre for Literary and Cultural Research, Germany Video Text
Comment: Giuseppe Testa, European Institute of Oncology, Italy Video Text
Moderator: Nina Kancewicz-Hoffman, European Science Foundation

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Rotond Hall, ground floor


Engaging in “Training and Education”

Keynote: Ineke Sluiter, Leiden University, Netherlands Video Text
Comment: Manja Klemenčič, Harvard University, USA Video Text
Comment: Thomas Bräuninger, University of Mannheim, Germany Video Text
Moderator: Milena Žic-Fuchs, University of Zagreb, Croatia and former Chair of the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation

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15:30 – 16:00
Coffee break

Rotond Hall, ground floor

16:00 – 17:30

Engaging in “Impact and Evaluation”

Keynote: Johannes Angermüller, University of Warwick, United Kingdom Video Text
Comment: Thed van Leeuwen, Leiden University, Netherlands Video
Comment: Rūta Petrauskaitė, Research Council of Lithuania Video
Moderator: Paul Boyle, Science Europe, United Kingdom

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Conference Dinner, at Le Méridien Vilnius

Evening address:
Alvydas Pumputis, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
Chad Gaffield, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Text


September 24th, Tuesday

at Mykolas Romeris University (Ateities str. 20)


Address by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science: Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities (download PDF)

Photos Video

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9:30-12:30 7 parallel sessions: SSH in the Challenges Pillars

Coffee break

Rotond Hall, ground floor

Health, demographic change and well-being

Photos Video

Chair: Danguolė Jankauskienė, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
Rapporteur: Wim van den Doel, Leiden University,  Netherlands
Statement: Wolfgang Lutz,  Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (Austria)
Statement: Illina Singh, Kings College London, United Kingdom
Statement: Line Matthiessen, European Commission, Belgium (PDF)

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Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bio-economy

Video Video Video Video Video Video

Chair: Poul Holm, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Rapporteur: Lotte Holm, Copenhagen University, Denmark
Statement: Robert Emmett, University of Munich, Germany
Statement: Mauro Agnoletti, University of Florence, Italy
Statement: Antonio Di Gulio, European Commission, Belgium (PDF)

Room I-416

Secure, clean and efficient energy

Video Video Video Video Video

Chair: Manfred Horvat, Technical University Vienna, Austria
Rapporteur: Andrea Ricci, Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems, Italy
Statement: Kathryn Janda, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Statement: Torbjorn Digernes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Statement: Gilles Lequeux, European Commission, Belgium (PDF)

Room I-407

Smart, green and integrated transport


Chair: Aura Reggiani, University of Bologna, Italy
Rapporteur: Peter Tindemans, Euroscience
Statement: Maria Attard, University of Malta
Statement: Peter Nijkamp, Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Statement: Alessandro Damiani European Commission, Belgium (PDF)

Room I-406

Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials

Photos Video Video Video

Chair: Pavel Kabat, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Rapporteur: Markus Amman, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Statement: Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Central European University, Hungary
Statement: Bronislaw Szerszynski, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Statement: Arnoldas Milukas, European Commission, Belgium (PDF)

Room I-408

Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

Photos Video Video Video Video Video Video

Chair: Jutta Allmendinger, WZB Social Science Research Center, Germany
Rapporteur: Sally Wyatt, University of Maastricht, Netherlands
Statement: Reinhilde Veugelers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Statement: Marc Caball, University College Dublin, Ireland
Statement: Robert Burmanjer, European Commission, Belgium

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Secure societies


Chair: Michel Wieviorka, Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’ Homme, France
Rapporteur: Kristian B. Harpviken, Peace Research Institute, Norway
Statement: Gemma Galdon Clavell, University of Barcelona, Spain
Statement: Rainer Böhme, University of Münster, Germany
Statement: Aleksandra Oczko-Dolny, European Commission, Belgium (PDF)

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Rotond Hall, ground floor

14:00-15:30 Parallel sessions

Emerging trends and organisational needs

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Introduction: Thomas König, European Research Council, Austria
Infrastructure: Algis Krupavičius, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Digitization, multi-lingual access to knowledge, e-science: Stefan Gradmann, Leuven University, Belgium
Open Access, Open Data, Open Science: Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme, Italy (PDF)
Moderator: Björn Wittrock, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Sweden

Room I-414

Smart specialisation and structural funding

Photos Video Video Video Video Video

Włodzimierz Bolecki, Polish Academy of Sciences and Humanities (project proposal E-SSH Labs)
Adrian Dusa, Romanian Social Data Archive
Ülle Must, International Research Cooperation, Estonian Research Council (PDF)
Victoria Tsoukala, National Documentation Centre/NHRF, Greece
Jurgita Petrauskienė, Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre, Lithuania
Moderator: Giedrius Viliūnas, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania

Room I-416

European Reseach Council, Social Sciences and Humanities domain: Widening participation

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Nicholas Canny, Professor emeritus of History at National University of Ireland, Galway Video
Nuria Sebastian Galles, University Pompeu Fabra, Spain Video
Natalia Letki, University of Warsaw , Poland Video
Kenneth Hugdahl, University of Bergen, Norway Video
Vladimir Canudas Romo, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Video
Moderator: Alain Peyraube, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) , School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and Collegium de Lyon, France

Nicholas Canny, Nuria Sebastian Galles and Alain Peyraube are members of the ERC Scientific Council

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Coffee break

Rotond Hall, ground floor


Presentation of Declaration

Horizons for SSH: What follows?


Hans-Jochen Schiewer, University of Freiburg, Germany Video
Milena Žic-Fuchs, University of Zagreb, Croatia Video
Wilhelm Krull, Volkswagen Stiftung, Germany
Kirsten Drotner, Science Europe Video
Michel Wieviorka, Fondation Maison des Sciences de I’Homme, France Video
Rūta Petrauskaitė, Research Council of Lithuania Video
Moderator: Helga Nowotny, European Research Council

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Conference Conclusion

Britta Thomsen, Member of the European Parliament, Denmark
Dainius Pavalkis, Minister of Education and Science, Lithuania (Download PDF) Video

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The future of Science in Society
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