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Dear members of the CIVICA communities,
Dear partners and colleagues,

Welcome to the first newsletter of CIVICA Research, a project of CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences!

Guillaume PlantinWe are excited to launch the newsletter following a momentous first year for our project. In 2021, we laid the groundwork for a joint research agenda with transformational impact. We began work on an R&I infrastructure rooted in the social sciences, transnational exchanges, open science, inclusiveness, and a long-term approach. We selected for funding 11 collaborative research projects that gather top expertise from our alliance. We launched a postdoctoral mobility scheme and hosted the first snowball seminars, Open Access roundtable, international doctoral conference, and hackathon.

In 2022, we will step up these efforts, fully convinced that a deeper collaboration in research makes our society better prepared for current and emerging challenges. We will continue to expand our offer of transnational research opportunities and events. The collaborative research projects will contribute their first findings for the benefit of European and global research communities, policymakers, civil society and citizens.

Whether you are a PhD, postdoc, researcher, faculty or staff of our alliance, an external partner, policymaker or engaged citizen, you will find something relevant among our current and planned CIVICA Research activities.

To keep up to date with our work, I invite you to:
—Guillaume Plantin, Vice President for Research, Sciences Po, Scientific Coordinator of CIVICA Research and Co-chair of the Permanent Design Team
CIVICA Research projects: network graph
Introducing our collaborative research projects

Meet the 11 joint research projects currently underway within CIVICA Research. The projects mobilise experts from CIVICA & beyond to develop cross-cutting research on critical issues of our times, such as inequality, populism, democracy and sustainable transitions. Their first results will be available this spring. Read>>
Carsten Schneider and Daniel IzsakCIVICA Research snapshot
CEU's Carsten Schneider and Daniel Izsak discuss current and upcoming CIVICA Research highlights and opportunities, and what the project brings to researchers across the alliance. Read>>
Open Science‘Open social science’ – An agenda for cultural change
LSE's Patrick Dunleavy sets out initial ideas to foster a cultural shift towards open social science, explored in a current CIVICA Research project. Read>>



Doctoral conference 2021 at EUIFacilitating exchange: The first CIVICA Research Doctoral Conference
Fifteen PhD candidates from across the alliance met at the European University Institute for a training conference on how to prepare for the job market. Read and check out the conference experience of PhD researchers from LSE and from Sciences Po.
Open Access roundtableTowards an alliance-wide adoption of open science
The first CIVICA Research open science roundtable drew researchers and staff from the alliance to discuss how to promote and deepen open science practices. Watch the recording and read>>
Research collaborationScaling up research collaboration to European dimensions
SNSPA Vice-Dean Andrei Țăranu visited the Hertie School in Berlin to strengthen the research links between the two established members of CIVICA. Read>>

Public events

Research events from CIVICA universities
  • 27 January | 3:00pm CET | Online @ Sciences Po
    More Than a Recovery Plan: How to Make Europe Greener and Fairer?
    In the context of the French Presidency of the EU, Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for Economy, will present the European Commission’s proposals on economic policy in this meeting-debate. Register>>

  • Starting 27 January, 5:30pm CET | Online @ EUI
    Unmuted: MEPs on the Conference on the Future of Europe
    The EUI-STG Forum on Democratic Participation and the Future of Europe is organizing a webinar series that will explore the outcomes of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Register>>

  • 27 January | 6:00pm CET | Online @ Sciences Po
    Telemedicine in Abortion Care
    Join a discussion with experts who conducted pioneering research on attitudes to medication abortions conducted by telemedicine. Register>>

  • 31 January | 5:00pm CET | Online @ EUI
    Leveraging Blockchain in Education
    Join a lecture by Primavera De Filippi (Harvard University and EUI) on how blockchain technology can help achieve greater transparency and accountability for academic credentials. Register>>

  • Next event: 3 February | LSE Research Showcase Lent Term 2022
    Join a series of online 30-minute coffee-break talks, showcasing some of the fascinating research from LSE's academic community. Browse programme and register>>

  • 4 February | 3:00pm CET | Online @ EUI
    Literature Will Save Us From Extinction
    Join a research seminar with Professor Carla Benedetti (University of Pisa), who will present her latest publication. Register>>

  • 4-5 February | Online
    Paris Open Science European Conference (OSEC)
    France is organising a major international event in the context of the French Presidency of the EU, to address the transformation of the research and innovation ecosystem in Europe. Register>>

Media corner

In the first CIVICA Research hackathon, participants collaborated to predict the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across and within countries. Hosted by LSE's Data Science Institute, the hackathon was based on a EUI collaborative statistical modelling project. Watch the recordings>>
CIVICA Research hackathon
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About CIVICA Research
CIVICA Research brings together researchers from eight leading European universities in the social sciences to contribute knowledge and solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The project strengthens the research & innovation pillar of the European University alliance CIVICA.

CIVICA Research members: Bocconi University (Italy), Central European University (Austria and Hungary), European University Institute (Intergovernmental), Hertie School (Germany), National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania), Sciences Po (France), Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden) and The London School of Economics and Political Sciences (United Kingdom)
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CIVICA Research has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017201. 

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