The purpose of the group is to ensure that the interests of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities within the member academies of ALLEA are appropriately represented in the scope, organisation and funding of the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, which will run from 2014-2020. In achieving that purpose the Group engages in consultation with the Academies and relevant EU institutions.


Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
British Academy
Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences
Council of Finnish Academies
Polish Academy of Sciences
Romanian Academy
Royal Irish Academy
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences
Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History & Antiquities
Swiss Academies of Arts & Sciences
Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities (represented by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)

Current programme of action

The programme of action for the Group will include:

(1)    To engage with the European Institutions, particularly the European Commission, on the development for Horizon 2020’s Work Programmes;

(2)    To identify and deliver actions to influence the wording of Horizon 2020’s 2015 and 2016-17 Work Programmes, so that they fully take on board the needs of the Humanities and Social Sciences;

(3)    To produce regular updates for member Academies and for the ALLEA Board on progress in achieving the objectives of the Group and also to identify instances in which member Academies may wish to work in their national contexts;

(4)    To consider the position of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Horizon 2020’s successor framework programme, and their position in advising policy in Brussels.

The Group will review its mandate around the time of ALLEA’s 2015 General Assembly.

Recent Meetings

January 2014
Working Group meeting, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin
Meeting of Foreign Secretary of British Academy and ALLEA President with EU Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and Director General Robert-Jan Smits, EU representation, Berlin

March 2013
Working Group meeting with Director-General Robert-Jan Smits (DG RTD), Brussels

February 2013
Working Group meeting, British Academy, London