2. November 2011

Humanities Researchers and Digital Technologies: Building Infrastructures for a New Age

New report from the European Science Foundation assesses Research Infrastructures in Humanities research [more]

8. August 2011

Networked Humanities: Art History on the Web

Selected proceedings of the ESF/COST high level research conference "Networked Humanities: Art History on the Web" are now published in open access form at The conference - which took place in Acquafredda di... [more]

1. February 2011

ESF at AAAS 2011

At the AAAS annual meeting 2011 in Washington DC, ESF is organising two sessions: Thinking About Thinking: How Do We Know What We Know? Sunday 20 February, 3.00pm – 4.30pmReaching a Global Standard in Research Integrity Monday 21 February, 9.45am – 12.45pm See to... [more]

25. November 2010

European Science Foundation cancels research funding calls

The European Science Foundation (ESF) will not launch three funding calls pending more progress towards its merger with the European Heads of Research Councils (EUROHORCs). At the ESF annual assembly last week ESF member organisations decided to put certain activities on hold during the current... [more]

6. October 2010

Humanities in the European Research Area announces winners of its first Joint Research Programme

16.4 million euro awarded to 19 transnational collaborative research projects in two humanities research themes across Europe [more]

28. April 2010

Modelling intelligent interaction: the social face of logic

The popular idea is that reasoned, rational thinking blossoms with a lone scientist thinking rigorously about the universe. Yet surprisingly, rationality is more often about intelligent interaction. “Dialogue is at the heart of logic,” explains Dutch logician and philosopher Professor Johan van... [more]

17. February 2010

Listen to the natives for better environmental monitoring

Modern methods can answer a multitude of questions, but sometimes traditional techniques are superior. Authorities in northern Quebec, Canada, found this to their cost, when they relied upon statistical data to monitor moose populations. For many centuries the Cree, an indigenous group of people... [more]

29. November 2009

Big freeze plunged Europe into ice age in months

In the film, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ the world enters the icy grip of a new glacial period within the space of just a few weeks. Now new research shows that this scenario may not be so far from the truth after all. William Patterson, from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, and his... [more]

29. September 2009

Evidence that animals can think about thinking

There is growing evidence that animals may share humans’ ability to reflect upon, monitor and regulate their states of mind, according to a study published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences this month. Dr David Smith, comparative psychologist at the University of Buffalo, makes this conclusion in a... [more]

27. August 2009

80,000 year old shells point to earliest cultural trend

Perforated Nassarius gibbosulus dated to between 73 400 and 91 500 years ago.

Shell beads newly unearthed from four sites in Morocco confirm early humans were consistently wearing and potentially trading symbolic jewellery as early as 80,000 years ago. These beads add significantly to similar finds dating back as far as 110,000 in Algeria, Morocco, Israel and South Africa,... [more]