About Us

Science Europe is an association of European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO), based in Brussels. Its Founding General Assembly took place in Berlin in October 2011.

Mission

Science Europe promotes the collective interests of the Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations of Europe. It supports its Member Organisations in their efforts to foster European research. It will strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) through its direct engagement with key partners. In doing so it will be informed by direct representation of all scientific communities in its reflections on policies, priorities and strategies.

It works and partners with other entities such as the European Universities, the European Academies, the European Scientific Intergovernmental Organisations and the European institutions to develop a coherent and inclusive ERA. In its structures and actions it ensures that it takes into consideration the interests and opinions of researchers in all European research systems.

Science Europe will:

  • Support the work of its Member Organisations and promote co-operation between them both at policy and activity level;
  • Establish the scientific community as a third voice in the ERA, together with national government and the European Commission;
  • Act, with the interests and expert views of researchers as a guide, to maximise the input of the Member Organisations in the development of the ERA in conjunction with the European Commission;
  • Work with other European organisations to ensure that a broad based forum is established to inform discussions on ERA and related policy matters;
  • Provide a platform for dialogue with national ministers of research;
  • Co-operate with non-European research organisations; and
  • Deliver a coherent plan of action to ensure that publicly funded research and innovation in Europe has the maximum impact, contributing to the development of the economy and providing solutions to deliver societal benefit.

More information on Science Europe’s activities can be found on our Policy and Scientific Advisory Committee pages.

News

(07/02/18) Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe… Read more

(02/02/2018) Science Europe and NWO have launched an initiative to align RDM policies across Europe… Read more

(18/01/18) Science Europe has launched a framework for discipline-specific research data management... read more

(21/12/17) Science Europe has published its response to the 'LAB–FAB–APP' report… read more

(01/12/17) Science Europe responds to the conclusions adopted today by the EU Competitiveness Council… read more

Documents

(21/03/18) Science Europe has published an Open Letter on the long-term sustainability of research infrastructures… read more