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SHAPE-ID Webinar 14th May | Interdisciplinarity in Times of Crisis: Why the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Matter

Shaping Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research

We are pleased to announce that we are developing a series of webinars to run over the coming months to engage a wider audience in discussions around the integration of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in inter- and transdisciplinary research. Some of these events will stage broader conversations, with invited panellists from the SHAPE-ID community, consortium and Expert Panel. Others will focus on SHAPE-ID project results and on how to increase the uptake of recommendations from the project.

Format: Webinars will be hosted on Zoom and will take the form of short presentations from panellists followed by an interactive Q&A session with the Zoom audience.

The first webinar will take place on Thursday 14th May and will address the following topic:

Interdisciplinarity in Times of Crisis: Why the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Matter

Date: Thursday 14th May 13.00 – 14.00 CET

Register: click here to register

Immediate responses to the COVID-19 crisis have understandably tended to focus on funding research that can fight the virus. At the same time, our world and ways of living have changed suddenly and radically, and there is a widespread sense that we cannot return to the old “normal”. Panellists will discuss why it remains important to take seriously the perspectives coming from Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences research in times of crisis, and how we can work to ensure real collaboration between these and other scientific approaches in understanding the crisis and preparing for the post-crisis world.

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Principal Investigator of the SHAPE-ID project, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub and Chair of the Irish Research Council, will chair the discussion.


Daniel Carey, MRIA, is Director of the Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies at NUI Galway and Professor of English in the School of English and Creative Arts. He is a Vice-President of the Royal Irish Academy and a board member of the Irish Research Council. He was Chair of the Irish Humanities Alliance 2014-16.

Gabi Lombardo is the Director of the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (, the largest advocacy and science policy organisation for social sciences and humanities in Europe.  She is an expert in both higher education and global research policy, and has extensive high-level experience operating at the interface of strategy, science policy, research support and funding. Gabi has senior level experience in strategic and ‘foresight’ planning in elite higher education institutions, international research funders and associations, having worked with the London School of Economics (LSE), the European Research Council (ERC) and Science Europe (SE).

David Budtz Pedersen is Professor of Science Communication and Director of the Humanomics Research Centre at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on science communication, impact assessment, and science and technology policy. He is the Principal Investigator of ‘Responsible Impact’ (2016-2020), ‘Open Research Analytics’ (2018-2021) and ‘Mapping the Public Value of Humanities’ (2017-2021). He is the Chair of the EU Commission COST Expert Group on Science Communication. Alongside his research, David is adviser to the Danish Government and European Commission, dealing with Open Science, research impact and science advice.

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