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European Social Survey Measuring attitudes and values in Europe
European Social Survey Launch Conference Brussels 25-26 November 2003

Centre Borchette, Rue Froissard, 36, 1000 Brussels

The Commission services, responsible for research on social sciences and humanities, in close collaboration with the project coordinating team, have organised a major launch Conference of the European Social Survey (ESS) first round in November 2003.

Initiated by the European Science Foundation, the ESS is also funded by the European Commission's Fifth Framework Programme and national scientific funding bodies from 22 participating countries, including the 15 Member States and five accession and candidate countries. The ESS is considered as a concrete example of the European Research Area in action, given its blend of national and European level actors and funding.

The primary aim of the ESS is to provide reliable data on underlying value change within Europe. It is designed to provide a long-term account of the evolution of European societal trends and changes, and of how its changing political and economic institutions interact over time with the changing attitudes and values of its citizens. It aims as well to raise the standards of data for comparative attitudinal research and help to inform both academic debate and European governance.

The first results of the ESS, first round, have been released on 22 September 2003 at the website http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/ .

The Conference has included presentations by leading social scientists who have analysed and interpreted the new data. Mirroring the twin aims of the project, the conference has covered both substantive and methodological issues and has attempted to place the ESS in the context of the emerging European Research Area (ERA). PowerPoint presentations are available at the Programme's Conference webpage.

EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin has attended this Conference, reinforcing the high political and scientific profile of this project.

To read the conclusions of closing session, please click on following link .

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