From 24-27 March the IISH organized the fifth European Social Science History Conference. The ESSHC took place at the Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany), which constituted the first move out of the Netherlands for the Conference.
The move can only be regarded as very successful, as the number of participants rose to 1350. The number of sessions rose to 340.
The number of session co-organised by more than one network has over the years risen to about 10 % and remained at that level. Papers and presentations remained on a very high level. For a conference of this type the number of papers withdrawn at a late stage was remarkably small.
Papers presented became more evenly distributed over the different networks. In 2000 the four largest networks were responsible for about half the papers presented. By 2004 this figure had fallen to below a third.
Predictably, the move to Berlin meant that the relative number of participants from Germany rose. We had hoped that it would also make participation easier for Eastern Europeans. Thanks to funding by the Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst, we were able to subsidize more participants from non-OECD countries. However, apart from the growth of the percentage of participants from Germany and a relative decline of the number of participants from the Netherlands, the breakdown of participation from different parts of the globe remained remarkably constant.