I would like to draw your attention to an important open letter that is being addressed to the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. As some of you may know, the future research programme of the European Commssion is now being discussed and there are many concerns about the continuing presence of funding for research projects in the humanities and the social sciences. There are reasons to believe that, if action is not taken now, these research areas may be largely, or even totally, neglected in future European research programmes.The EASR has been officially invited to discuss the possibility of creating an umbrella organization that will voice these concerns and defend the interests of scholars in the humanities and social sciences with the European institutions. In the meanwhile, the petition is an important first step towards making these issues visible and sensitive, both at institutional level and in the public opinion. I would invite you all to read the text of the open letter and sign it, if you agree with it.
You can find the text and the online form for signing here: http://www.eash.eu/openletter2011/ .
Twenty-three thousand colleagues have already signed so far.
You are of course also cordially invited to further spread this message.