ERGOMAS is the European Research Group on Military and Society, founded in 1986.

It is an international scientific association, based originally in Europe but now open to all scholars from around the world, devoted to collaborative research on military and society.

ERGOMAS is a public, non-profit, politically and ideologically independent professional organization of scientists. Its purposes are pursued through the activity of Working Groups and the Biennial Conference.

The core disciplines of ERGOMAS are sociology and political science but, over time, it has become more and more multidisciplinary, and now has members drawn from many other disciplines.


ERGOMAS - 30th Anniversary

ERGOMAS - 30th Anniversary - Letter from the President 

Dear ERGOMAS members and friends,

Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and all the best for the coming year. Indeed, this year is a special one in that we mark the 30th Anniversary of ERGOMAS! Much has been accomplished in the past three decades, and we look forward to our continued collaboration and contributions to the field of armed forces and society.

With that, please find a letter from the ERGOMAS President, Dr. George Kaffes. George's inspirational words remind us of our history as an organization, as well as the way forward in our forthcoming work and collaboration!

ERGOMAS - 30th Anniversary - Letter from the President


In memoriam Giuseppe Caforio


Dear ERGOMAS Members and Friends,

As you may already know, Giuseppe Caforio is no longer with us. He died suddenly after a heart attack in his beloved Palau in Sardinia and his funeral took place on Aug. 4th in the presence of his wife Donnatella and his family in his beloved Luogosanto 27 km. away. Giuseppe Caforio was one of the founding members of ERGOMAS, of the International Sociological Association's RC01 Armed Forces and one of the youngest minds in the field of Military Sociology.

I would like to express my deep condolences to his wife, to the members of his family and to all friends and colleagues who have known and collaborated with him. As ERGOMAS President I will organize an extensive feature in the near future dedicated to his work and his memory will be honoured during our next conference in Athens.

The ERGOMAS President
George Kaffes
Associate Professor of Military Sociology
Hellenic Army Academy

If you would like to express your condolences, please do so through our Twitter account or our Facebook page. If you want to send a personal message to Giuseppe's wife Donatella can do it by email at Giuseppe's address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Biennial Conference News


2017 ERGOMAS Conference dates announced

We are happy to annonce the dates for the next ERGOMAS conference. It will be held at the Hellenic Military Academy, Greece on 26-30 June 2017. Please save the date.



Call for Papers:
 International Applied Military Psychology Symposium, Porto, Portugal, 20-23 June 2016

The International Applied Military Psychology Symposium (IAMPS 2016) will be hosted by the Portuguese Army/Applied Psychology Army Center in Porto, Portugal from June 20 to 23, 2016. The theme this year is Military Psychology: Challenges for the Future. Please see the letter of invitation by the Chairman of IAMPS 2016 and Director of the Army Psychology Center: invitation letter for download.

You are invited to participate in this symposium and to present your research. You can submit your proposals and register for the symposium on the conference website

Due to the Festa de São João do Porto (Festival of St John of Porto) it is important to book your room as early as possible. A small number of rooms will be available until May 13, when the block reservation will terminate.


Book announcement:
European Military Culture and Security Governance: Soldiers, Scholars and National Defence Universities

ERGOMAS is happy to announce the publication of a member's new book entitled "European Military Culture and Security Governance: Soldiers, Scholars and National Defence Universities" by Tamir Libel from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies.


ERGOMAS Newsletter published

The November 2015 issue of the ERGOMAS newsletter has been published. Please download it from our Newsletter page (25 November 2015).


Call for Papers:
Conference on Interagency and International Cooperation in Countering Hybrid Threats

Please note the Call for Papers for the international conference "Interagency and International Cooperation in Countering Hybrid Threats" to be held on 28-29 September 2016 at the Central Military Club in Sofia, Bulgaria. Download the Call for Papers. Deadline for submission of proposals: 15 June 2016.



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