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Seminar on “Heritage of the European Science Foundation”

HAEU, Florence, 11-12 April 2016

In 40 years of existence, the European Science Foundation (ESF) has accumulated a very significant body of documents representing a resource for several purposes including the science and management of research. ESF has recently transitioned into a services-based institution, strengthening science through peer review, evaluation and project management among other activities. As a part of this evolution, ESF has transferred its archives documenting past activity to the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), which will host and make ESF archives accessible to researchers. The ESF collection at HAEU traces the significant historical importance of past ESF networking, funding and coordination activities in the stimulation of European research, and the legacy of ESF itself as a milestone in building a common platform for science in Europe.

To commemorate this transfer, a seminar is being organised by the ESF, HAEU, and the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Studies (USIAS). While marking the opening of the ESF collection at HAEU, this seminar will offer an opportunity to discuss the ESF heritage in the context of current and future developments in the governance of research in Europe. Ongoing research projects on ESF experiences will be presented and possible further initiatives will also be deliberated.