Annual meeting of the Council for Scientific Research held in Paris (8 February 2024)

Annual meeting of the Council for Scientific Research held in Paris (8 February 2024)

The annual meeting of the Council for Scientific Research (CSR) took place at IFCU headquarters in Paris last week, 8th February 2024. As a reminder, the Council, which is chaired by Prof. Vercauteren (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium) and hosted by CIRAD-IFCU, is made up of the presidents (sometimes delegates) from IFCU International research groups (IRG).

Council members, who exchanged about their own group activities, both past and future, had the opportunity to discuss about joint initiatives to make their voice heard within IFCU and beyond. In this regard, it was decided to plan an event around the topic of culture considering Pope’s Francis invitation to build a culture of encounter within and outside our institutions. At the same time, a series of policy briefs on research policy of interest to IFCU member universities should be issued by Council members, while closer links between the groups and key Church organizations should be strengthened in the year ahead.

So far, there are groups around the following disciplines or study topics: theology, psychology, social sciences, educational sciences, memory and identity, studies on Islam, peace studies, artificial intelligence, political sciences. A new group has just been launched on the topic of environmental issues/integral ecology and another one on the Common goods is to be set up in short.

On this occasion, we had the pleasure to welcome Prof. Rita Bichi and Prof. Veronica Riniolo (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy), Prof. Mario Bara and Prof. Jasna Nimac (Catholic University of Croatia, Croatia), Prof. Fernando Soler (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile), Prof. Vania Sousa Lima (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal), Prof. Ricardo Machón (Loyola Marymount University, United States), and Prof. Javier De Cendra (Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Spain).

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