Objectives

Closing current research gaps and meeting research needs

The synergies offered by a research network enable the precise identification of research gaps and the avoidance of redundant research efforts while promoting a comprehensive and well-founded understanding of young children and their development and living conditions.

Consolidation of interdisciplinary approaches

One key aspect of early childhood research is the diversity in methods and methodologies used and the level of interdisciplinarity required, reflecting a holistic and systemic view of childhood. The society will work on driving the methodological discourse through a variety of interdisciplinary projects.

Ensuring the next generation of young motivated scientists 

The continuous aspirations of and platforms for exchange established by the society will create the foundations for the sustainable training of qualified researchers, regardless of changes in policy at universities and research institutions.

Increased visibility and knowledge transfer

Externally, the networking activities of the society are intended to strengthen the public and political visibility of the field, while internally they will enable the consolidation and further development of research projects and identity of researchers in the field.The society will promote knowledge transfer through dialogue with various fields of practise in order to identify research needs and to share findings.

Connection to international research

The sustainable activities of the scientific community should form the basis for the exploitation of national and international expertise. It is intended to strengthen the exchange within the international research community.

Sustainable funding

The society will create a high degree of continuity, visibility and evidence. These are prerequisites for securing funding that will allow research to flourish in a financially sustainable manner.