One of the key objectives of EqUIP is to support the networking of European and Indian researchers and projects that are addressing cutting edge research questions in the area of social sciences and humanities, and major global societal challenges. This will contribute to identify of opportunities and priorities for future research collaboration between Europe and India in the mentioned areas, and to develop stronger strategic partnership and the conditions for enhanced collaboration at both funder and research level.
This objective is being pursued mainly through the organisation of a series of six EqUIP Symposia.
What are Symposia?
In winter 2014, through an initial scoping exercise, EqUIP identified five broad research thematic areas of aligned and mutual priority for India and the EU.
These five themes would benefit from an EU-India perspective/ collaboration for further exploration, and will be brought to the attention of the Indian and European research community for further discussion, exploration and analysis, through the organisation of dedicated thematic Symposia events.
Symposia will contribute to a closer coordination and knowledge exchange of existing activities and future priorities. Also, symposia will provide the context to present and discuss research findings and future research agendas with policy stakeholders: opportunities and priorities for joint initiatives between funders will be identified and explored with a view to the joining forces to support new joint programming activity where appropriate.
Over the next year the EqUIP platform will deliver six symposia on the following themes:
- Inequalities, growth and place/space –19-20th October 2015, Delhi, India
- Digital archives and databases as a source of mutual knowledge – 5-6th May 2016, Rome, Italy.
- Social transformation, cultural expressions, cross-cultural connections and dialogue – 28-29th June 2016, Damdama Lake, Gurgaon, India, India.
- Sustainable prosperity, well-being and innovation – 9-10 June 2016, Helsinki, Finland.
- Power structures, conflict resolution and social justice – 13-14 October 2016, Damdama Lake, Gurgaon, India.
- Final summary symposia – 25-26 October 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
More in particular, these are the objectives of Symposia:
- Stimulate the networking of existing collaborative projects working in areas of mutual interest;
- Create new networks to identify and explore the state of the art research needs a thematic area;
- Strengthen the production, use and communication of existing research findings to policy makers and practitioners;
- Share experiences of the challenges of undertaking collaborative research between Europe and India, and how these challenges can be overcome; and
- Identify broad research priorities for possible future collaborative initiatives between research funders
A reflection paper will be produced after each symposium, providing a state of the art overview of the topic area discussed, including recommendations for future activities. Reflection papers from all the events will be used to produce a Summary Report on Opportunities and Priorities for Future Research Collaboration, amongst the funding agencies active in the EqUIP project.
Regarding the Final symposium, it will be different in its structure since its objective will be to discuss and integrate previous workshop elements. Representatives of EqUIP partner organisations as well as academic experts will come together and discuss the results from the reflection papers issued from of all previous symposia, and other EqUIP activities, such as the Joint Learning Workshop and the Staff Exchange Scheme.
Who are the experts that will participate to Symposia?
Experts invited to attend symposia will be identified by EqUIP partners using the following criteria. Suggested attendees should:
- be carrying out research that falls primarily within the Social Sciences and Humanities, although interdisciplinary expertise is welcomed.
- be able to take an overarching view of the Social Sciences and Humanities, and be comfortable engaging with topics beyond their immediate area of expertise
- have a significant international research experience or active engagement with interdisciplinary research scholarship.