European Commission call for speakers to present evidence on social investment

  • economy
  • knowledge society

The European Commission's Social Situation Monitor (SSM) team has launched a call for abstracts for an oral presentation at an EU seminar on social investment that will take place in Brussels, in late January/early February 2019, depending on speakers’ availability.

This is a good opportunity for cities to contribute with evidence from social analysis at local level. EUROCITIES will apply to present the findings from the comparative analysis of survey responses on city measures in line with the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Your city is also welcome to present your recent research of social analysis and raise awareness at EU level of the social situation in your city.

Focus of the seminar: social investment

Key policy areas targeted at the seminar include education, quality childcare, long-term care, healthcare, training, job-search assistance, social services and housing.

The aim of the seminar is to present and discuss the latest research on the issue of social investment in Europe. More specifically, presentations are welcome on:

  • measurement of returns on investment
  • public returns (e.g. fiscal, economic and social outcomes at macro level)
  • comparative analysis: cross-national/regional patterns and variations,
  • synergies between different elements of social policies (e.g. income support and enabling services)
  • synergies between social investment and environmental sustainability.

How to apply?

You can submit your abstract electronically by 26 November 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed by the SSM team, which includes representatives from the European Commission, LSE Enterprise and ICF Consulting. Abstracts will be assessed based on their quality and relevance to the work of the SSM team.

Invited speakers will be given 20 minutes to present and 20 minutes to respond to questions from the audience. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for one presenter per paper (in case of co-authored papers).

The Social Situation Monitor seminar series

These seminars are research seminars. Their aim is to provide a forum to discuss the methodological and policy implications of the latest social research. More specifically, the seminars aim to inform the social analysis of the European Commission. The seminars are primarily intended for researchers and policy officers with an interest in social analysis.

EUROCITIES staff contact

Bianca Faragau-Tavares