U15 signs international commitment to support social sciences and humanities

November 27, 2014

Representatives of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities were on hand in Leiden, the Netherlands this week to discuss the importance of social sciences and humanities research. The U15 delegation was led by Queen’s University Principal Daniel Woolf. “Promoting research in the social sciences and humanities is a crucial step in developing solutions to problems facing not only Canada, but the world at large,” he said. The U15 joined several international organizations in committing themselves to the principles of the Leiden Statement, which calls for an expanded role for the social sciences and humanities in tackling critical social issues. The signatories agreed to 5 key principles: to ensure that social sciences and humanities disciplines continue to receive effective institutional support; to highlight the contributions of these disciplines to national and global wellbeing; to ensure that research in these disciplines is able to reach a broad community; to promote strong funding and support for these disciplines; and to advance global research collaborations, including interdisciplinary approaches. U15 News Release