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New files from the European Science Foundation available

Posted on 06 October 2020

A new set of 233 archival files from the European Science Foundation’s archival fonds have been inventoried and are now available for research in the HAEU reading room.

The documents available were produced by the ESF’s Standing Committee for Life and Environmental Sciences and by the Standing Committee (and working groups) for the Humanities.

The new files concern various scientific programmes, work projects and activities, such as workshops, seminars, conferences, and summer schools, carried out by the ESF’s Life and Environmental Sciences Standing Committee. Activities covered in the files include the Ocean Drilling programme, the European Geotraverse Project, Taxonomy, the Forest Ecosystems Research Network, Working Group on Environmental Toxicology, the ESF Programme of Grants for Training and Research in Toxicology, and the European Glaciological Programme/Greenland Icecore Project. Furthermore, the projects of the Standing Committee and Working Groups for the Humanities are covered by these files, such as the WG on the Preservation of Medieval Stained Glass, Iranology/Iranian Studies, Inquisition studies, Humanities and Computing, etc. The files contain the project proposals, minutes and reports of meetings of the scientific committees and working groups, as well as working documents, scientific papers, correspondence, final reports and evaluation reports of the programmes.

Through these files, the research community can delve into the variety of scientific projects carried out by eminent European experts since the creation of the ESF in 1974. The ESF fonds offers an overview of the main activities – by type and by theme of research – carried out within the EU in the spheres of the social, human, life and environmental sciences, as well as physical and engineering sciences. The various documents allow to study the development of scientific research and scientific cooperation between the principal partners involved in European research, as well as to analyse the links between European integration and scientific research throughout the EU.

The ESF archives were transferred from Strasbourg to the HAEU in October 2015, and are currently being processed and inventoried. New set of archival files are gradually published and a significant proportion is already available for consultation. This new release enriches the Foundation’s fonds preserved at the HAEU, which covers the years from its creation in 1974 to 2005.

Consult the inventory of the European Science Foundation (ESF) fonds preserved at the HAEU here.