In 2003, on the initiative of Mark Rotsaert sj, the President of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials, UCSIA established the Scribani network, which encompasses 13 research institutions and social centres associated with the Society of Jesus from 8 European countries. These institutions provide matter for the policy debate on social issues such as migration, they train professionals such as journalists, and they are involved in concrete social action, including poverty alleviation and care for refugees.
Two-yearly, a Scribani conference takes place with the following purposes:
- to bring about encounters between network members and opinion makers and enable reflection ( from a faith-based perspective) on a concrete issue pertaining to social justice and the future of Europe,
- formulate clear perspectives and suggestions for social, cultural and economic policy, both nationally and internationally.
In between conference years, the network meets to exchange information and explore a research topic during an academic seminar.
For more information: http://www.scribani.net