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New designation: ENRESSH Fellow

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At the Brussels Steering Committee meeting of February 2019, the Steering Committee agreed to create a new designation within the ENRESSH Network, that of “Fellow of the ENRESSH Network”.  The purpose of this designation is to distinguish network participants who have made a substantive contribution to the progress of activities within the network without being part of the Steering Committee.  The Fellowship is only active for as long as the participant is active within the Network. Any network member may be nominated as a Fellow, either as a self-nomination or by a proposer (who is expected to seek the permission of the candidate).  Nominators should provide a brief justification of the proposal, indicating clearly how the proposed candidate has made a substantive contribution to the work of the ENRESSH Network.  Proposed candidates will be scrutinised by the Steering Committee and the award will be conferred after the decision by the Steering Committee.The names and profiles of Fellows will be publicised on the website and new awards will be reported at the annual management meeting.

A fellowship will be awarded to any nominated ENRESSH member who has made an evident and substantive contribution to the work of the ENRESSH Network, regardless age, career stage, and employment status.  Evidence that might suggest a substantivecontribution would typically include (although might not be limited to) involvement in a number of these activities.

  • Having attended and given presentations to one or more ENRESSH WG meetings
  • Having participated in an STSM
  • Having contributed to research activities by completing a questionnaire, fiche, country profile etc.
  • Having contributed actively to training activities in an ENRESSH Training School
  • Having recruited or identified potential new participants or research subjects for ENRESSH activities
  • Having given a presentation at an ENRESSH-affiliated session at a RESSH conference or international conferences
  • Having given a presentation to a third party as a representative or participant of ENRESSH
  • Having published an article in the ENRESSH Working Paper series
  • Having published a paper which acknowledges ENRESSH
  • Having contributed to a writing group producing policy briefs, newsletter or other community material.

Overview of ENRESSH Fellows

During the Management Committee meeting in Podgorica (7th-8th March, 2019), the following ten members received the status of ENRESSH Fellow:

  • Marta Wróblewska
  • Karolina Lendák-Kabók
  • Rita Faria
  • Agnė Girkontaitė
  • Reetta Muhonen
  • Jorge Mañana-Rodríguez
  • Dragan Ivanović
  • Linda Sīle
  • Marc Vanholsbeeck
  • Antun Plenković

‘Guidelines on how to successfully design, and implement, mission-oriented research programmes’ published

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Guidelines on how to successfully design, and implement, mission-oriented research programmes‘ published. The guidelines originate in the ‘Impacts of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) for a European Research Agenda – Valuation of SSH in Mission-Oriented Research’ (Vienna, November 2019) and aim to optimise the position of the SSH in Horizon Europe.

R+D contracts in Spain

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There is currently an open call from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities offering R+D contracts at Universities and Research Institutes in Spain. These contracts are for strengthening the Spanish R+D system. Candidates must meet the requirements of being doctors and having obtained a doctorate between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2015.

The ILIA research group will be glad to support a candidate from ENRESSH who would working with the ILIA research group) in the case of obtaining the grant.

All the details can be found at:

Please, let Elea Gimenez know before January 20th if anyone is interested in this call. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information.

Testimonials in memory of Puay Tang

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Our dear colleague and founder member of EvalHum and ENRESSH, Dr Puay Tang, passed away recently. We are seeking testimonials from all those who knew her as friend, colleague and researcher of dedication and talent.

Dr Puay Tang


Burgess Langshaw-Power and Alexander Caro, on behalf of the Science Policy Research Unit class of 2016

Puay, many knew you for your impactful work in academic and publishing circles. However, we knew you best as an enthusiastic and compassionate individual and as an adept professor. Your purple-tinged hair belied the passion and seriousness with which you took your work. You cared deeply about the success of your students and held us to the highest standards. In return, you gave us your best everyday. Whether academic, professional, or personal, it was you to whom we turned to for support. You served as a mentor to many, providing an ear and wisdom when your students were faced with any challenge.

We have lost a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. Thank you, Puay, for all that you have done. We will never forget you.

Leonie Van Drooge

I am so sorry to hear about Puay. Fierce and powerful Puay, who showed that physique has nothing to do with force and power. Smart and sharp Puay, who sometimes kept quiet and at the background, and then stepped forward and contributed knowledge, insight, experience. Or wit. Of course, I enjoyed talking with her about clothes, shoes, bags, shops. And food.

I have some memories of Puay that make me smile, even now. I know her ever since the SIAMPI project. She managed to get a letter from the director of the social science center that was her case study for SIAMPI. A very nice interaction, that letter! She read the letter out loud at the final meeting in Brussels. That was one of the few times I saw her actually perform. She wanted, and managed, to bring every word of the letter to the audience.

Kate Baker
I have known Puay over many years from the PRIME network of excellence back in FP6 to working closely with her on the FP7 SIAMPI project where we struggled together with assessing the social impact of research. She brought intellectual sharpness to all our debates together with her unique freshness, energy and humour. She was exceptionally good company and always collegial and supportive in sharing experiences of academic and university life. To say she will be missed is a great understatement.

Ioana Galleron
Puay, you were there at the British academy when I first started to get publicly involved in the defense of the SSH. I was nervous because it was my first speech in English, and in such a prestigious place. You found the words to reassure me. So was your presence all along our too short collaboration: energetic, optimistic, pushing us all to go further and do better. Thank you and farewell!

Ad Prins

I met Puay during the SIAMPI project in which I worked with Jack and Jordi. Smart, funny, cheerful and cordial, she once in a while popped up, usually at the end of our sessions, making fun of her habit of “shopping”, meanwhile also discussing serious matters about our joined topic. It is a great loss, especially for Jordi.

Jack Spaapen

It will not be hard to write up stories about the academic achievements of Puay, her teaching and research qualities, or about her unconventional fashion statements that nevertheless fitted her so well, or about her sharpness, her openness, her kindness, but I will remember Puay because she had the unique ability to light up any room, even a room filed with more or less serious academics. That light I will carry with me.

I don’t remember how I met Puay. She was just there from the beginning of the EvalHum adventure in promoting the Social Sciences and Humanities, an instant friend. A small group attended the meeting I and Ioana Galleron organised at the British Academy in December 2012. We all went off to a pub after and started planning projects and meetings. From then on, we saw a lot of Puay and Jordi as we exchanged emails and ran events whilst trying to get the essential networking funding. We tried the ESF, we tried H2020, we tried COST. We had many refusals, but with Puay’s enthusiasm we kept on trying, and finally won with ENRESSH. It was a privilege to know her for her knowledge and capacities as a researcher, but above all as a genuinely nice person who was just fun to be with. The news of her passing away came out of the blue. I am utterly devastated and, like so many, will miss her greatly. Rest in Peace Puay, your memory will live on!

Sad News

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Devastating news

Dr. Puay Tang

It is with great sadness that the chair and steering committee of ENRESSH  inform you of the death of a dear MC Member and founder of ENRESSH, Dr. Puay TANG. Her untimely death came as a sudden shock to those of us who knew her and was caused by an incurable disease that was discovered at a late stage. It is very hard to accept because Puay, besides being a very fine scholar and a wonderful colleague, was such a lively personality with lots of humour.

She was involved in many projects on evaluating the impact of research, and had published extensively on the subject.

Many of you will not have met Puay, nor her partner Jordi Molas Gallart, MC Member from Spain, and yet they were both with the movement from the outset and helped set up the network that was to become ENRESSH. Puay had been unable to participate at meetings for some time due to new responsabilities at the University of Sussex, but she was always with us. She was involved in many projects on evaluating the impact of research, and had published extensively on the subject. Those who knew her will remember her joyfulness and enthusiasm. Her death is a huge loss for all of us.

ENRESSH will honour Puay’s memory on our website. If you knew her, please feel free to send us a few words saying how you met Puay, on what kind of projects you cooperated with her, or whatever other ideas you have about her. We would like to gather all these testimonials and publish them.

Ioana Galleron

on behalf of the Steering committee of ENRESSH