European Values Conference 2022: A look at the past, present and futures

Date: Time: 09:00 Location: Tilburg University

Novel insights from four decades of EVS data will be presented in the Atlas of European Values at an event in Brussels on Monday May 9, 2022. Subsequently, on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday May 11, 2022, the Department of Sociology at Tilburg University organizes a scientific conference that brings together social scientists with a vast interest in explaining values differences across Europe.

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More than ever, it is crucial to have insights into what unites and divides Europeans. Many societal events such as climate change, migration, and handling the COVID-19 pandemic have shown to require political action that goes beyond the national level. To facilitate political action, broad legitimacy from the general public is required. At the same time, several tendencies indicate a stronger reliance on the national level, including Brexit and debates on national autonomy in the legal realm. In tandem, debates have evolved on the idea that societies are growing apart, with growing polarization between social groups, and questions whether societies are facing a ‘cultural backlash’.

More than 40 years ago, the first wave of the European Values Study (EVS) was collected to monitor values change across Europe. At present, the EVS has collected five waves of survey data representative of the European population to respond to many questions that the European continent is facing today.


More information can be retrieved from the conference website, or via the local organization committee on the e-mail address

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Organization committee Tilburg University

The European Values Study (EVS) is a large-scale, cross-national, repeated cross-sectional survey research program on basic human values. It provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values and opinions of citizens all over Europe.

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