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Europe's Futures

Europe's Futures

The British Academy has longstanding links with a range of partners across Europe and its engagement with European researchers and the European Institutions remains a core element of its international work. The Academy presently chairs the All European Academies (ALLEA) Working Group on the Social Sciences and Humanities, which brings together a selection of European Academies to promote the value and contribution of the social sciences and humanities for European Union research and innovation programmes.

As part of a series of briefings on the UK's relationship with the European Convention of Human Rights, the British Academy has published two briefings by human rights experts: Scotland and the British Bill of Rights proposals, by Christine Bell and Northern Ireland and a Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom, by Colin Harvey were published on Wednesday 24 August. 

On Tuesday 19 July the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Irish Academy and the Learned Society of Wales published a joint statement called Research and Innovation: After the EU Referendum.

Our work on the role of the EU in research and innovation is currently focused on Horizon 2020 and the European Research Area. Horizon 2020 is the current research and innovation programme running from 2014 until the end of 2020. The European Research Area aims to create a unified research area open to the world, based on the European internal market, in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely. On behalf of ALLEA, the Academy recently held an expert workshop to support the development of content for Horizon 2020's 2016-17 Work Programmes. The workshop focused on inequalities, which chimed  with the European Council's call to 'reverse inequalities' in its Strategic Agenda for the Union in Times of Change.

We have also organised a range of events including roundtable and panel discussions in the European Parliament on inequalities in Europe and demographic change in Europe with the All European Academies, the European Science Foundation and the European Parliamentary Research Service. In partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh we have organised a lecture and debate with European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.