Science Europe Founding Assembly


On 21 October 2011 European research organisations celebrated the founding of Science Europe in Berlin. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (the German Research Foundation) hosted and organized the launch event and the founding assembly in co-operation with the Science Europe Pilot Office. Forty-nine Organisations participated in Science Europe’s Founding Assembly and elected the President, two Vice-Presidents and seven Board Members.

Founding Members

Seven organisations acted as founding members of Science Europe:

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Estonian Research Council (ETAG)
  • Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
  • Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS)
  • Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation

    Presentations from the Launch

    Welcome speech by Professor Matthias Kleiner, President of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

    Science Europe: a Logical Piece in the Puzzle‘, speech by Professor Imboden, President of the Research Council at the Swiss National Science Foundation and founding President of Science Europe

    Research and Innovation: Addressing Common Challenges in Europe‘, speech by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation

    Speech by Professor Paul Boyle, President of Science Europe

    Press Release: ‘Science Europe Founded to Strengthen Collaboration between Europe’s National Research Organisations’

    Photos of the Founding Assembly:

    Photos: © 2011 DFG/David Ausserhofer


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