In 2015, research and collections of the International Institute have turned out to be more relevant than ever. This was apparent not only from the reading room clientele but also from requests for IISH researchers to appear in person and in the media. Issues relating to social and economic inequality figure high on the social agenda all over the world. In this debate, the IISH aims mainly to highlight the chronological perspective: the notion that contemporary problems are often deeply rooted in the past or have occurred before.
For the Institute, the challenges that lie ahead and how we expect to meet them are becoming increasingly clear. We approved an ambitious, detailed collection plan and an open access policy. Basic staffing of the Research Department returned to its normal level and the IISH research group achieved a more than satisfactory output of quality publications and, as in 2014, was awarded a number of research grants like an ERC starters grant for Bas van Leeuwen and a NWO Veni for Matthias van Rossum.
Read the Annual Report here or read the pdf.