Ludger Pries holds a chair for sociology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He taught and did research in Brazil, Mexico, Spain and the USA in fields of transnationalization and comparative / transnational sociology of migration, organisations, work and labour regulation. He was Deputy President of the German Expert Council on Integration and Migration, held offices in the German Sociological Association (DGS) in sections, was speaker of the Organising Committee of the 36th national congress of DGS, and participated in founding the ESA RN35. He wants to work for ESA as part of a European project to live in diversity under conditions of state of law, human rights, democracy and social security. In this respect, there is much to do between the Scylla of aseptic science beyond any societal responsibility and the Charybdis of misunderstanding science as a servant of ideologies or politics. Recent book: “Refugees, Civil Society and the State. European Experiences and Global Challenges”. Cheltenham: Elgar.
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Marta Soler-Gallart, Harvard PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Director of CREA Research at the University of Barcelona. She is currently ESA Vice-President and co-Chair of the ESA 2019 Conference Committee. She has been Chair of RN29 and is also member of RN33. President of the Catalan Sociological Association and Governing Board member of the European Alliance for the Social Sciences and Humanities. Involved in the ISA as the Editor of the journal International Sociology. She coordinated the H2020 research SOLIDUS, was knowledge management coordinator of the FP7 IMPACT-EV project and has been involved in the Interim Evaluation of H2020 for the European Commission. Author of the book “Achieving Social Impact. Sociology in the Public Sphere” (Springer), and of articles in journals such as Current Sociology and Qualitative Inquiry. She was the first social sciences’ researcher serving at the ORCID Board of Directors (2014-2016), contributing to this organization’s global expansion.