Session: #216

Theme & Session Format

2. Pandemics and climate change: responses to global challenges
Session format:
Round table (without formal abstracts, only list of confirmed discussants / session co-organisers to be provided)

Title & Content

Horizon Europe: Addressing the Priorities
Horizon Europe, which follows Horizon 2020 as the principle vehicle of EU research funding in January 2021, urges us to focus on the urgent matters of the day:

(1) Health
(2) Culture, creativity and an inclusive society
(3) Civil security
(4) Digital industry and space
(5) Climate, energy and mobility
(6) Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment

These objectives align with the Sustainable Development Goals drawn up by the UN in its 75th anniversary year, so can be justly called global. How will archaeology organise to address these topics? As a subject that professes disciplines of both STEM and SHAPE we are well placed to make effective contributions. While science is seen as the primary instrument for achieving the objectives , there is a good case for the humanities, and archaeology in particular, to illuminate the case and win new support through the advocacy of the past. But some adjustment will be required to the traditional agenda and to the interdisciplinary groupings that will be needed. This round table intends to launch the conversation.

1. Introduction: Are we ready to go global? Addressing the UN SDGs:pathways for archaeological research
2. Personal, National and Global: at what level should research agendas be prescriptive?
3. Archaeology is both a STEM and a SHAPE subject with strong benefits to both communities; can we make the case, to governments for a two-horse category for archaeology?
4. If STEM deduces, and SHAPE advocates, how can we strengthen both to strengthen the impact of the whole?
5. Interdisciplinarity is necessary to address the SDG’s. How can project design accommodate it in the new goals?
6. If its principal agenda is to serve the SDGs, how would project designs be assessed?
7. Archaeology has a strong commercial presence and is a million-euro player in the economy; how are its commercial and intellectual
contributions to be assessed?
8. If any of these ideas attracts support, how would their adoption
affect the teaching of archaeology?
9. How would these ideas be of benefit to the public?
Horizon Europe, United Nations Sustainability Goals, Archaeological Research
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Main organiser:
Martin Carver (United Kingdom) 1,2
Eszter Bánffy (Germany) 3,4
1. University of York
2. British Academy
3. DAI Römisch-Germanische Kommission, Frankfurt am Main
4. German Archaeological Institute, Budapest Research Unit