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Report 2010-2011 Alessia Paccagnini, Blaz Zakelj, Alexey Bessudnov, Christian Kühner and Martijn Willem Dekker, Max Weber Fellows

Conferences The Max Weber Programme holds at least three major conferences over the academic year. Thanks to the enhancement of discussions between Fellows on our intranet Moodle platform, the Fellows’ initiatives in organizing conferences on interdisciplinary research topics of mutual interest grew in 2010-2011. In 2010-2011 the Max Weber Programme organised the following conferences

5th MWP-ACO Conference: Enhancing the Efficiency of European Research Funding in the Social Sciences (in Times of Financial Restraint) 24 November 2010, Academic Careers Observatory, MWP, EUI In November 2010, the Academic Careers Observatory (ACO) of the Max Weber Postdoctoral Programme (MWP) of the European University Institute organized the 5th MWP-ACO conference on ‘Enhancing the Efficiency of European

Research Funding in the Social Sciences (In Times of Financial Restraint)’. The conference gathered together academics, policymakers and representatives of European and national funding agencies to discuss how to enhance the efficiency of different national and supra-national research funding schemes. The conference opened with the presentation of the ‘Preliminary Results of the Survey on Research Funding in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe’, jointly organized by the MWP-ACO with the European Economic Association (EEA) and the European Sociological Association (ESA). The survey confirmed interesting facts about the sociology of the academic profession: persisting ageing and a gender divide, as well as national variation in terms of research internationalization. It furthermore unveiled largely unexplored perceptions of research funding opportunities within the European Research Area (ERA). Both national and supranational financing sources display several problems. Despite the heterogeneity on how different national agencies are managed, there is widespread distrust in the evaluation process.

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Max Weber Programme Annual Report - Academic Year 2010-2011  
Max Weber Programme Annual Report - Academic Year 2010-2011  

Reports on the 2010-2011 teaching and research activities of the largest postdoctoral programme for young academics in the social sciences,...