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EU Data Protection Regulation: Vital economic and social research could be prevented - Open Letter

(Brussels, 14 August 2014) Europe needs a consistent Data Protection framework that protects individual privacy and the European Commission’s proposed Regulation provided this. However, the suggested amendments adopted earlier this year by the European Parliament would undermine important research using personal data. If the amendments are passed, there would be dire consequences for European research and the value it can bring to government, the economy and society at large... read more

International Progress towards Open Access and Harmonised Scientific Careers at the Global Research Council - Science Europe – ANR Press Release

(Beijing, 28 May 2014) Today heads of public national research funding organisations from throughout the world endorsed a ‘state-of-play’ report on Open Access to Publications and adopted shared principles to support scientific career development. These are the key outcomes of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) held on 27 and 28 May in Beijing (China)... read more 

Professor Miguel Seabra Elected as Next Science Europe President - Press Release

(Krakow, 20 May 2014) Today the General Assembly of Science Europe has unanimously elected Professor Miguel Seabra, President of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), as the next President of Science Europe. Professor Seabra will take over from Professor Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), who will step down as President of Science Europe at the end of August 2014, when he leaves ESRC to take up a new position as Vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester. Therefore the new President will take up the position as of 1 September 2014, for a two-year term... read more

Letter to Commissioner regarding the Work Programme of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges

(Brussels, 22 April 2014) This letter follows up on the Opinion Paper ‘SSH in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges: Implementation and Monitoring’ (November 2013), where the Committees for the Humanities and Social Sciences expressed their intention to contribute to monitoring the integration of SSH in all Societal Challenges. In the letter the Committees note with regret that the first Work Programme for the Challenges fails to systematically facilitate the integration of the human and social dimension; they call upon the Commissioner to address this matter and to ensure that their suggestions are being duly taken into consideration in time for the launch of the 2015 Work Programme... read more

Social Sciences and Horizon 2020: An Open Letter

(Brussels, 13 February 2014) Reviews of previous European funding framework programmes have shown that Social Sciences and Humanities research has produced outputs of the highest academic standards. The Science Europe Scientific Committee for the Social Sciences urges the social sciences communities to seize the opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 and to take the lead where appropriate... read more

Protecting Health and Scientific Research in the Data Protection Regulation

(Brussels, 29 January 2014) The Science Europe Scientific Committee for Medical Sciences supports a statement shared with several other research organisations, calling for a proportionate mechanism for protecting privacy, while enabling health and scientific research to continue. The statement was also signed by two members of Science Europe: the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC).

The full document is available.

The Science Europe Roadmap: A Vision for the Future of European Research - Press Release

(Brussels, 9 December 2013) Today a significant group of European public research organisations present their vision of the road ahead for European research policy. The ‘Science Europe Roadmap’ is the result of extensive discussion and consultation on a wide range of research policy areas between more than 50 research funders and performers from across Europe... read more

The full text of the Science Europe Roadmap

Open Access: a New Opportunity for the Humanities - Press Release

(Brussels, 18 November 2013) On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Berlin Open Access Declaration and just ahead of the conference organised for it in Berlin by the Max Planck Society, the Science Europe Humanities Scientific Committee is publishing an Opinion Paper that recognises Open Access as the way forward for Humanities disciplines... read more

The Opinion Paper 'Open Access Opportunities for the Humanities' is available

European and US Research Collaboration and Mobility Patterns: Science Europe and Elsevier Release Comprehensive Study - Press Release

(12 September 2013) Science Europe and Elsevier today released a new report that for the first time provides a comprehensive view of the European and US research mobility and collaboration landscapes: ’Comparative Benchmarking of European and US Research Collaboration and Researcher Mobility’... read more

The full report 'Comparative Benchmarking of European and US Research Collaboration and Researcher Mobility’ is available.

Horizon 2020: Getting the Cost System Right - Press Release

(4 June 2013) As the ‘Trialogue’ negotiations over the Rules for Participation for Horizon 2020 continue, Science Europe stresses that it is essential that the outcome of the debate is an appropriate funding regime which represents real simplification for participants. There is an urgent need for clarification on the funding model; this includes a clear definition of what constitutes ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ costs, as well as a ‘full cost’ alternative to flat-rate funding... read more

Science and Personal Data: Reconciling the Protection of Individual Rights to Privacy with the Needs of Scientific Research - Press Release

(8 May 2013) With the EU institutions currently debating the proposal for an EU Regulation on data protection, Science Europe has just released a Position Statement highlighting the need to reconcile the protection of individual rights to privacy with the safe processing of personal data for scientific research... read more

Full text of Science Europe Position Statement on the Proposed European General Data Protection Regulation

Full text of the Medical Sciences Committee Opinion Paper: The Benefits of Personal Data Processing for Medical Sciences in the Context of Protection of Patient Privacy and Safety

Increasing Access to Science Results: Science Europe Adopts Principles - Press Release

(29 April 2013) For the first time since the debate on Open Access to scientific publication has taken off, the major European Research Funding and Performing Organisations have agreed on a common set of ‘Principles’ that should guide the transition to Open Access to research publications... read more

Full text of Science Europe Position Statement: Principles on the Transition to Open Access to Research Publications

Science Europe announces the launch of its Scientific Committee for Medical Sciences - Press Release

(24 April 2013) Science Europe is pleased to announce the launch of its Scientific Committee for Medical Sciences, composed of 13 highly-qualified European academics representing a broad range of disciplines in biomedical research... read more

Full list of the Medical Committee's Members.

The Essential Role of Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020 - Press Release

(21 January 2013) With the future EU budget for research still under negotiation, Science Europe has released a Position Statement with recommendations on the importance of the appropriate inclusion of social sciences and humanities within Horizon 2020, the dedicated research and innovation programme... read more

Full text of Science Europe Position Statement: Embedding Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges

 

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News

(1 September 2014) As of today, 1 September 2014, Professor Miguel Seabra, President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, takes up his role as the new President of Science Europe.

(14 August 2014) Open letter 'EU Data Protection Regulation: Vital economic and social research could be prevented': Europe needs a consistent Data Protection framework that protects individual privacy and the European Commission’s proposed Regulation provided this. 

(27 June 2014) Opinion Paper on 'Career Paths in Multidisciplinary Research', by the Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences Committee 

(28 May 2014) International Progress towards Open Access and Harmonised Scientific Careers at the Global Research Council - Science Europe – ANR Press Release

(20 May 2014) The General Assembly of Science Europe has unanimously elected Professor Miguel Seabra, President of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), as the next President of Science Europe. See the full Press Release

(22 April 2014) the Committees for the the Humanities and the Social Sciences sent a letter to the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, on the integration of SSH in all Societal Challenges.

Documents

New brochure highlights key research priorities aiming at improving the world’s resilience to future impacts of global environmental change (May 2014)

Science Europe Roadmap is available.