Technology and the Making of Europe

Building a future research agenda

8 June 2016

On 10-11 March 2016, representatives from 13 out of currently 19 partner institutions in the Tensions of Europe /SHT Grand Challenges program met at an inspiring workshop in Vught (the Netherlands).

The aim of the workshop was to kick-off the new flagship research program Technology and the Making of Europe’s Societal Challenges, using our past Tensions of Europe research experience to address the big issues and crises of our time. The first explorative phase of the program aims to explore the historical questions we should ask about what goes on in the world today, and how they could be researched. We hope to have our first answers by the time of the next ToE conference in Athens. Also we want to identify funding options for actual in depth research phase.

In Vught a first list of possible research themes emerged: Resources and Colonialism, B/order, Security, Migration, Discourses of Crisis, Science Diplomacy, Disruptive Technologies, Urban Challenges/Urban Mobility, Labour, Health, Financial Crisis, Environment. This list serves as starting point. Scholars and institutions are invited to get involved and join developing theme groups or propose new themes. You can read the full report of the workshop here.

For more information please download the report of the kick-off workshop here, or contact Erik van der Vleuten (