ESS ERIC becomes an ESFRI Landmark

The European Social Survey (ESS ERIC) has been recognised as an ESFRI Landmark by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). The announcement, made today, Thursday 10th March, at the launch of the ESFRI’s Roadmap 2016 in Amsterdam, marks a significant achievement for the ESS.

ESFRI is a strategic instrument of the European Commission to develop the scientific integration of Europe and to strengthen its international outreach. The ESFRI Roadmap, which has been updated three times since its inception in 2006, identifies new research infrastructures of pan-European interest, corresponding to the long-term needs of European research communities, covering all scientific areas.

ESFRI Landmarks are research infrastructures that were implemented or started implementation under previous stages of the ESFRI Roadmap. They are established, excellent research infrastructures that are given an ESFRI Landmark status to help ensure they continue to be recognised by national governments.

Dr Rory Fitzgerald, Director of ESS ERIC, said:

“Becoming an ESFRI Landmark is a major achievement for the European Social Survey and I am delighted that the infrastructure has achieved this important status. It is recognition that charting stability and change in the social structure, conditions and attitudes in Europe and interpreting how the social, political and moral fabric is changing is critical for academics, civil society, policy makers and the public alike. The ESS illuminates social attitudes and behaviour on many of the key challenges facing European societies – such as immigration, climate change and energy security, democracy and health inequalities. The next steps for the ESS are to work towards full pan-European membership of the ERIC and I urge those countries outside the infrastructure to ensure that their citizens are heard on these key challenges through participation in ESS ERIC.”

Dr Eric Harrison, Deputy Director of ESS ERIC, spoke at the ESFRI Roadmap 2016 launch on 10th March as part of a discussion on the policy and socio-economic impact of social science research infrastructures. He represented the ESS ERIC and other social science infrastructures, including the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE ERIC) and the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA AS) that were also recognised as ESFRI Landmarks in the ESFRI Roadmap 2016. Both SHARE and CESSDA together with the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP), the European Values Study (EVS) and the WageIndicator Survey are part of a collaboration coordinated by ESS ERIC, called Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS).