The following answers were provided in our survey. Please add your answers in the comment box below.
Why did you join Big History European Network?
Maarten Oranje: It had been an idea pursued by myself and some others since 2014. A movement like Big History, I believe, has great relevance both in and outside the academic world.
Ian Crawford: I joined because I think there is value in facilitating contacts and activities related to BH in Europe, especially between the biennial IBHA conferences.
What do you want to achieve personally from your membership?
Maarten Oranje: I aspire to become part of a network of like-minded people, and have a fruitful exchange of ideas with them.
Ian Crawford: I would like to maintain contacts with European colleagues and to learn about activities in Europe that I may wish to support.
What do you want this network to achieve?
Maarten Oranje: Continuous exchange, online and in real life, perhaps in the form of summer schools. As well as more institutional embedding of Big History in European schools, universities and other relevant institutions.
Ian Crawford: I hope the network will build on the IBHA meeting in Amsterdam and help continue the growth of BH research and teaching in Europe.
I would like to thank those who have kindly volunteered to take the lead in setting up this network, and Philip especially for the speed with which he has got this website up and running!