EHRI Continues Under Horizon 2020
Kick-off for its Second Funding Period in Brussels on 29 and 30 June
The international Holocaust-project EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) will be expanded. The EU has decided to support the next phase of EHRI work with 8 million euro of funding under Horizon 2020.
Already present in 51 Countries
The news was announced by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission, at the presentation of the EHRI portal in Berlin on 26 March 2015. The EHRI portal provides access to more than 1,800 Holocaust-related archival institutions in fifty-one countries, and to descriptions of tens of thousands of archival materials. Starting out in 2010 as a EC-financed initiative, researchers in twenty institutions in Europe and Israel worked together to make archives accessible and to connect collections.
Second phase: Expanding and Reinforcing
EHRI online portal presentation on 26 March 2015. (Photo EHRI)
International historical research into the Holocaust and its impact as a European phenomenon has to be continued, according to the EU. In this second phase, EHRI will consolidate its existing position and expand it to other countries. The new consortium will enable EHRI to reach those regions where much valuable Holocaust source material is located, but where access has hitherto been problematic. Director-General Robert-Jan Smits said: "EHRI's impressive work has given invaluable support to Holocaust researchers. I am delighted that under Horizon 2020 the project will even expand its scope during the second phase. It will continue to be a 'best practice' model for other humanities projects in its innovative approach not only as regards data integration, management and retrieval, but also as outreach to society."
First Plenary Meeting in Brussels on 29 and 30 June
CegeSoma continues to take part in the Consortium by actively contributing to various aspects of its work, including hosting fellows via the EHRI fellowship program. The first general partner meeting of the new consortium of twenty-two institutions from seventeen countries will be held in Brussels on 29 and 30 June. Further information can be found on EHRI's website.
Veerle Vanden Daelen