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EVS General Assembly 2022

The annual General Assembly of EVS takes place on Wednesday September 28th

Venue: University of Bergamo, Department of Human and Social Sciences

ROOM 5, Piazz.le Sant’Agostino 2, Bergamo

14.30 -15.00 Registration and Welcoming Coffee

15.00 -18.00 General Assembly – Chair of the Assembly: Rūta Žiliukaitė

Agenda

  1. Budget, annual fees, partnership renewal
  2. EVS Activities in 2022: updates
    • Projects
      • Sustain
      • EVALUE
      • CRONOS
    • European Values Series
    •  Events
    • Upcoming: EVS sessions at ESRA
  3. Report on data dissemination
  4. Revised EVS regulations: discussion
  5. Announce elections
  6. Cooperation with WVS and ESS: updates and discussion
  7. AOB

Past, Present and Future of the study of European Values

The venue: University of Bergamo, Italy

The Italian team of the European Values Study/World Values Survey hosts the annual General Assembly of EVS, the meeting of the Liaison Committee of EVS-WVS, and the international scientific event “European Values and the Values of Europe” alongside the Third Italian conference of EVS/WVS data users “Crisis after Crisis: Values Change in Italy”.

The event takes place at the University of Bergamo on (28)- 29-30 September 2022 with a rich program for the sessions open to the public.

On September 29th, the keynote session “European values and social identities” with Dr. Plamen Akaliyski and Dr. Simona Guglielmi, addresses relevant issues in current Europe societies, such as cultural integration and national and European identity. Later, during the roundtable on “Studying Values in Turbolent Europe“, Dr. Michale Ochsner (FORS, EVS Standing Group) chairs the discussion on current challenges and future prospects for values research with Ruud Luijks (EVS), Kseniya Kizilova (WVS/WAPOR), Andrea Bonaccorsi (University of Pisa and IRVAPP-FBK), and Gabi Lombardo (European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities).

On 29th afternoon and on 30th, the Third Italian conference of EVS/WVS data users takes place with selected presentations (sessions in English/Italian).

The event takes place in person.

Organizing Committee
Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo), Ferruccio Biolcati (University of Milan), Giancarlo Rovati (Catholic University of Milan), Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University, University of Trento)


Studying Values in Turbolent Europe

The pandemic and the war in Ukraine point to a turning point in history. How does that feed back to values in Europe? What domains does it affect? The many conflicts and changes surfacing now are not an actual cut; rather, the turning point announced itself over the last decades with climate change, digitalisation and the raising of powers. Have values researchers been able to cover this change by the measurements of values? Do we need to reconceptualise what European Values are? And, more generally, What does European mean? Which are the current challenges for measuring European values? Where researchers are heading to and what are expectations of the policy makers on the research with data on European Values?

During the EVS event “Past, present and future of the study of European values” in Bergamo (29.09.2022), Dr. Michael Ochsner (FORS, Switzerland and President of European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences, ENRESSH) chairs the roundtable addressing these urgent questions with prominent guests:

Dr. Gabi Lombardo is the Director of the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities, the advocacy and science policy organization for social sciences and humanities in Europe. She is an expert in both higher education and global research policy, and has extensive high-level experience operating at the interface of strategy, science policy, research support and funding. She advocates also for the need of a strong evidence-based approach to policy-making, and the inclusion of researchers in science policy development for strategic and broad-based research funding.

Andrea Bonaccorsi is Full Professor of Economics and Management at the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa and Researcher at IRVAPP-FBK. He is member of RISE, the group of experts supporting the Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. He has been working for OECD, DG Research, DG Regio, and several national and regional governments. In the period 2011-2015 he has served as member of the Board of the Italian Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.

Dr. Kseniya Kizilova is Head of the Secretariat of the World Values Survey Association, Vice-Director at the Institute for Comparative Survey Research (ICSR) in Vienna, and Executive Director at the World Association for Public Opinion Research.

Her field of research interest includes ethnic identity, population health and life quality, social and political transformations, comparative politics, social capital, political support and political trust.

Ruud Luijkx is the Chair of the Executive Committee and the Methodology Group of the European Values Study; Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at Tilburg University; Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at Trento University; Associate Member of Nuffield College in Oxford; member of the steering committee of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of European Values at Tilburg University.

His research interests are social inequality and mobility, and the methodology of survey research.

Past, Present and Future of the study of European Values

The Italian team of the European Values Study/World Values Survey hosts the annual General Assembly of EVS, the meeting of the Liaison Committee of EVS-WVS, and the international scientific event “European Values and the Values of Europe” alongside the Third Italian conference of EVS/WVS data users “Crisis after Crisis: Values Change in Italy”.

The event takes place at the University of Bergamo on (28)- 29-30 September 2022 with the following program for the sessions open to the public:

Thursday September 29th:

Morning session: “European Values and the Values of Europeans”

9.00-9.30 Welcoming speeches

Sergio Cavalieri, Rector of the University of Bergamo

Ruud Luijkx, Chair of the European Values Study

Chair: Vera Lomazzi, University of Bergamo

Keynote sessions: European values and social identities

9.30 – 10.15 Plamen Akalyiski (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid): A community of shared values? Dimensions and dynamics of cultural integration in the European Union.

10.15 – 11.00 Simona Guglielmi (University of Milan): Co-nationals, first! How national and European identities matter in native favouritism

        11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break           

11.30 – 13.00 Roundtable: Studying values in turbulent Europe

Ruud Luijkx, Chair of the European Values Study

Ksenyia Kizilova, General Secretary of World Values Survey

Gabi Lombardo, Director of the European Alliance for the Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH)

Andrea Bonaccorsi, Professor at the University of Pisa and Senior Research Fellow at IRVAPP-FBK

Chair: Michael Ochsner (FORS, Switzerland)President of European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences (ENRESSH)

13.00- 14.30 Light Lunch

“Crisis after Crisis: Value Change in Italy”

Third Italian conference of EVS/WVS data users

Chair: Paolo Segatti (University of Milan)

14.30 – 15.00  Ferruccio Biolcati (University of Milan), Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo), Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University, University of Trento) & Giancarlo Rovati (Catholic University of Milan): Introduction to the Third Italian conference of EVS/WVS data users

15.00 – 16.00  Polarization and values

Ferruccio Biolcati, Riccardo Ladini, Francesco Molteni and Cristiano Vezzoni (University of Milan): Can we talk about growing religious polarization? Italy in comparative perspective.

Andrea Turković, Dominik Balažka (University of Milan): In God we trust: Inter-religious othering, religiosity, and political orientation in Italy.

                 16.00- 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30 Gender equality and self-determination

Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo): Europeans’ gender equality values and cultural orientations. Where do Italians stand?

Giulia Dotti Sani & Jessica Rosco (University of Milan): The role of political ideology and religiosity in shaping attitudes towards abortion: Italy in a comparative global perspective

17.30 – 18.00 The EVS Beyond academic research

Ruud Luijkx, Inge Sieben and Uwe Krause (Tilburg University): EVALUE: European Values in Education

 20.00 Dinner in the Upper Town (Restaurant: TBC)

Friday September 30th (Working language: Italian)

Venerdì 30 Settembre

Chair: Giancarlo Rovati

9:00– 09:15 Marco Lazzari, Director of the Department of Human and Social Sciences, University of Bergamo: Saluto introduttivo

9:15– 09:45 Keynote Session

Stefano Tomelleri (Università degli Studi di Bergamo): Valori e agire sociale  

09.45 – 11.15  Coesione sociale e fiducia nelle istituzioni

Riccardo Ladini (Università degli Studi di Milano): Tra convergenza e divergenza: Come l’orientamento politico può spiegare il cambiamento della fiducia nelle istituzioni tra gli italiani

Gozzo Simona, D’Agata Rosario (Università di Catania): L’impatto dei sistemi di welfare sui modelli di coesione sociale

Giancarlo Rovati (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore): Immigrazione, sviluppo, cittadinanza: cinque paesi europei a confronto

11.15 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 13.15 Famiglia, Giovani e Valori

Sara Mazzucchelli, Maria Letizia Bosoni, Letizia Medina (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore): Il cambiamento dei valori relativi a famiglia, matrimonio e ruoli di genere

Dario Verderame (Università di Salerno): Il cosmopolitismo dei giovani europei alla prova delle crisi

Matteo Moscatelli, Chiara Ferrari (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore): L’agency relazionale dei giovani italiani. Evidenze dalla quinta edizione della ricerca EVS

13.15 – 13.30 Ferruccio Biolcati (Università di Milano), Vera Lomazzi (Università di Bergamo), Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University, Università di Trento) & Giancarlo Rovati (Università Cattolica of Milano): Conclusioni 

Organizing Committee
Ferruccio Biolcati (University of Milan)
Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo)
Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University, University of Trento)
Giancarlo Rovati (Catholic University of Milan)

Advisory Committee EVS-WVS Italy
Rita Bichi (Catholic University of Milan)
Ferruccio Biolcati (University of Milan)
Antonio M. Chiesi (University of Milan)
Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo)
Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University, University of Trento)
Marco Maraffi (University of Milan)
Giancarlo Rovati (Catholic University of Milan)
Paolo Segatti (University of Milan)

Read the general schedule of the event here and the program of the conference of 29-30.09 here below.

THE VALUES OF LIVING TOGETHER

The last issue of Intercultura includes the Proceedings of the 11th Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange, entitled THE VALUES OF LIVING TOGETHER – How to assess their evolution within intercultural student exchanges (trimestrale_intercultura_n105_2022.pdf (fondazioneintercultura.org)

The issue contains the following contribution by Ferruccio (who reads in copy) and myself on value change and some insights from EVS and WVS data:

Biolcati, F., & Ladini, R. (2022), On Values As They Evolve: A Presentation of the World Values Survey and the European Values Study, Intercultura, 105, II Trimester, 11-18.

The EVS community mourns the death of Dr. Olga Balakireva

It is with deep sadness that we learn that Dr. Olga Balakireva passed away after long illness. Dr Balakireva has been the Principal Investigator for Ukraine at the European Values Study and at the World Values Survey for over 25 years. Dr Balakireva has facilitated conducting the very first wave of value studies in Ukraine back in 1996 and supported implementation of both research programs in Ukraine since then. Thanks to her constant support, Ukraine has participated in WVS-EVS survey rounds in 1995-1998, 2000-2004, 2005-2008, 2011-2014 and most recently in 2017-2022.

In addition to her committment to the EVS/WVS survey programmes, Dr Balakireva was president of the Board of the Ukrainia Institute for Social Research, Director of the Center for Social Monitoring, Editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian society Magazine, Head of the Department for Monitoring Research of Socio-Economic Transformations of the Institute of Economics and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Dr Balakireva was an experienced researcher, a dear colleague who will be deeply missed. The EVS community expresses condolences to the family and friends.

Data and Documentation – EVS Trend File

Access to data and documentation
  • EVS Trend File 1981-2017 (ZA7503)
    The Scientific Use File contains de facto anonymized data provided for direct download through the GESIS data catalogue.
  • EVS Trend File 1981-2017 – Sensitive Dataset (ZA7504)
    This data file contains data that could not be included in the Scientific Use File because of data protection concerns. Due to the sensitive nature of the data, its usage is subject to specific contractual regulations. The contract allowing for off-site access can be download here.

For further information on data download, see Data Access.

Suggested citation of the EVS Trend Files

  • EVS (2021): EVS Trend File 1981-2017. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7503 Data file Version 2.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.13736.
  • EVS (2021): EVS Trend File 1981-2017 – Sensitive Dataset. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7504. Data file Version 1.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.13094.

Errata & Version History

  • For information on Errata and Version History, please see the Study description of the EVS Trend File ZA7503, section ‚Errata in current version‘.
Documentation related to the EVS Trend File 1981-2017
Documentation related to the EVS waves
Please send your bibliographic citation based on the EVS Trend 1981-2017 at
If you have any questions about the data and documentation, please send us an E-Mail

Data and Documentation – IVS 1981-2021

Building the IVS 1981-2021

(1) Download the EVS and WVS data files and documentation from the EVS and WVS websites.

(2) Download the syntax you will find under “Download/Datasets” in the format you need (SPSS or STATA) and merge the two trend files to generate the IVS 1981-2021.

  • EVS_WVS_Merge_Syntax_SPSS or
  • EVS_WVS_Merge Syntax_STATA
Documentation related to the IVS 1981-2021
Suggested citation of the IVS 1981-2021

Publications based on the IVS 1981-2021 should acknowledge this by means of bibliographic citations. To ensure that such source attributions are captured for social science bibliographic utilities, citations must appear in the footnotes or in the reference section of publications. Please add citations for both files included in the IVS 1981-2021.

  • EVS (2021): EVS Trend File 1981-2017. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7503 Data file Version 2.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.13736.
  • Haerpfer, C., Inglehart, R., Moreno, A., Welzel, C., Kizilova, K., Diez-Medrano J., M. Lagos, P. Norris, E. Ponarin & B. Puranen et al. (eds.). 2021. World Values Survey Time-Series (1981-2020) Cross-National Data-Set. Madrid, Spain & Vienna, Austria: JD Systems Institute & WVSA Secretariat. Version 2.0.0, doi:10.14281/18241.15.
Please send your bibliographic citation based on the IVS 1981-2021 at
If you have any questions about the data and documentation, please send us an E-Mail

Integrated Values Surveys (IVS) 1981-2021

The European Value Study (EVS) and the World Value Survey (WVS) are two large-scale, cross-national, and repeated cross-sectional longitudinal survey research programs. They include a large number of questions, which have been replicated since the early eighties.

The IVS is constructed from the EVS and WVS trend files

Both organizations have published the current EVS and WVS trend files in close cooperation. The EVS archive (GESIS) has been responsible for generating the EVS Trend File 1981-2017. The WVS archive (JDS Madrid) has been responsible for generating the WVS Time-Series 1981-2020. From the two data files, it is easy for data users to construct the Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2021 data file, which contains the five waves of the EVS and the seven waves of the WVS.

Source data files
  • EVS (2021): EVS Trend File 1981-2017. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA7503 Data file Version 2.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.13736.
  • Haerpfer, C., Inglehart, R., Moreno, A., Welzel, C., Kizilova, K., Diez-Medrano J., M. Lagos, P. Norris, E. Ponarin & B. Puranen et al. (eds.). 2021. World Values Survey Time-Series (1981-2020) Cross-National Data-Set. Madrid, Spain  &  Vienna,  Austria:  JD  Systems  Institute  &  WVSA Secretariat. Data File Version 2.0.0, doi:10.14281/18241.15.

EVS and WVS distribute the trend files through their website and retrieval systems. Thus, regular information on the source data files, errata and version history, and documentation are provided here on the EVS website and the WVS website.

The new concept of the EVS and WVS trend files

A new approach has been agreed to transform the former large EVS and WVS longitudinal trend files, which contained almost all variables of the EVS and WVS waves respectively, into leaner and easier-to-use files. Both EVS and WVS trend files are based on the updated Common EVS/WVS Dictionary (2021). It contains only those variables/questions that have been replicated by EVS and/or WVS since the early 1980s. In order to identify the trend variables within EVS or WVS and across both projects, two inclusion requirements were agreed upon:

  • According to requirement 1, all variables that have been used at least twice in the EVS or twice in the WVS are included in the respective EVS or WVS trend file.
  • According to requirement 2, all variables that have been used at least once in the EVS and once in the WVS are included in the respective EVS or WVS trend file.

The Common EVS/WVS Dictionary (2021) gives an overview of the EVS and WVS variables included in the Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2021 constructed after merging the EVS and WVS trend files. It informs about the correspondence of the variables to the five EVS waves and seven WVS waves as well as their compliance with the agreed inclusion requirements mentioned above.

The content of data files and the relation between them is depicted in the following table.

Composition of the IVS 1981-2021
 IVSEVS Trend FileWVS Trend File
Survey period1981-20211981-20201981-2020
Number of waves757
Number of cases645.249223.099422.150
Number of variables838635728
Countries and territories11549104
Number of Surveys450159291

Access to Data and Documentation of the Joint EVS/WVS

Data and Documentation

Overview of the datasets

During recent decades, Europe was exposed to remarkable dynamics of simultaneously growing together and falling apart: the traffic of goods, services, and labour between states and regions, within and outside Europe, increased. The European Union was enlarged as a geographical, political, and social unit, and cultural barriers seem to be declining. At the same time, European societies have been challenges by consequential crises: the banking and financial crisis, the economic crisis, and the recession, with the austerity measures imposed, and the refugee’s crises. How these societal changes are affecting human values?

With the addition of the fifth wave, conducted between 2017 and 2020, the EVS is a unique source of trend data for the last four decades, allowing scholars for investigating the most urgent research questions concerning the values domain of religiosity and morality, politics, family and gender roles, national and European identity, environment, solidarity, and social cohesion.

Many of the questions have been surveyed since earlier waves. This allows the analysis of changes over time in key dimensions of the EVS. Furthermore, a large number of questions are included in the World Values Survey (WVS) surveys from 1981 to 2021, enabling therefore worldwide analyses.

The collaboration with the WVS and the engagement in the SERISS project are crucial aspects of the development of the fifth wave of EVS, together with the strengthens of the methodology standards and practices implemented.

The figure below describes the data products currently available for the EVS as well as the additional datasets resulting from the collaboration with the WVS. For methodological information on each data product, as well as access to the data and documentation, please see the website links below.

The range of possible research questions is very wide and can include any of the topics covered by the EVS. Data users can either use the current EVS 2017 dataset alone or in conjunction with previous EVS waves. They can either look at a specific country alone or in comparison with other European countries (EVS) or even worldwide (WVS).

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