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Report 2010-2011 Conference participants, Fifth ACO conference, November 2010

ACO Reports and Related Publications The logic that guides reporting by the ACO is to put the information that the Observatory collects into a more analytical perspective, useful for understanding facts, changes and evolutions in the academic sphere. To date the ACO has released three reports. The first, in early June 2008, entitled ‘Towards an Open and Competitive European Area for Research Careers’ has achieved wide visibility. The report defines different models of national academic structures, and makes a point on issues such as salaries, women’s representation in the academe, and the importance of the postdoctoral step for young researchers. The ACO staff promoted the report on a number of fronts, and articles have been published in international peer-reviewed journals. The second and third reports were issued,

respectively, in November 2009 and November 2010. These were based on the fourth and fifth annual ACO conferences. More importantly, from mid-2010 until mid-2011, the ACO staff carried out in collaboration with the European Economic Association (EEA), the European Sociological Association (ESA) and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) a Europe-wide survey, ‘Survey on Research Funding in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe’. The survey was sent out to: 5,416 European economists, members of the EEA or highly ranked in the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) database; to 2,180 European sociologists and to 12,348 European political scientists, members of the ESA, of the ECPR, or having published during the last five years in the


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,...