(Brussels, 15 December 2014) A new brochure has been published by Science Europe’s Scientific Committee on Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences. The publication, entitled ‘The Importance of International Collaboration for Fostering Frontier Research’, outlines the Committee’s opinions on the current barriers to achieving international collaborations, including limited funding opportunities for collaborative frontier research at EU level, an insufficient degree of interdisciplinarity in research funding programmes... read more
Protect the EU Research Budget - Press Release
(Brussels, 11 December 2014) Science Europe calls on the institutions and Member States of the European Union to safeguard Horizon 2020, the EU’s programme for research and innovation. Horizon 2020 has recently been under threat due to the negotiations over the 2014 and 2015 EU budget. It now faces a new threat, in the form of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s proposal to create a European Fund for Strategic Investment, likely to be financed by moving money from existing programmes, including Horizon 2020... read more
(Brussels, 8 December 2014) The SE Medical Sciences Committee has collaborated with Cancer Research UK, the European Public Health Alliance, the European Patients’ Forum, the Federation of European Academies of Medicine, the Wellcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation to create a European Data in Health Research Alliance. The aim of the Alliance is to bring together academic, health research and patient organisations from across Europe to seek to ensure that the final European Data Protection Regulation protects research from the potentially devastating consequences of the amendments proposed by the European Parliament. The Alliance has launched a digital campaign... see the website
‘The Diversity and Richness of the Different European Research Systems are a Strength’, says Science Europe
(Brussels, 7 November 2014) As the European Commission and the EU Member States are reviewing the current Commission’s approach to the European Research Area (ERA) and preparing an ‘ERA Roadmap’ for 2015, Science Europe has today released a position commenting on ERA policy and offering some suggestions for improvement... read more
The full text of the Position Statement.
(Brussels, 31 October 2014) “It is a matter of grave concern to us that at a time when leaders in Europe speak of investing in knowledge, science and innovation as means to spur growth and prosperity for our economies and societies, once again research budgets at national and EU level are facing the prospect of cuts or stagnation”. This is the start of an open letter that Science Europe Governing Board members have just published to remind European leaders of the importance of maintaining their commitments to research funding at both national and European levels... read more
Comments on 'Science 2.0' – Response to the European Commission Consultation on 'Science in Transition'
(Brussels, 30 September 2014) [...] It may be tempting to treat Science 2.0 as a political programme for a new kind of science; however, it is not. Science 2.0 practices are developed bottom-up within research communities in answer to diverse needs in varied scientific communities with different scientific practices and cultural backgrounds. Policy makers should ask how they can support these developments by removing obstacles to the creativity of researchers and by providing targeted support, backed by evidence of their contribution to excellence... read more
Improvements are needed to properly integrate the ‘human factor’ in Horizon 2020 Work Programmes - Press Release
(Brussels, 4 September 2014) The Science Europe Scientific Committee for the Humanities has just published an Opinion Paper, denouncing a systematic failure to integrate humanities disciplines in the 2014–2015 Work Programme of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges... read more
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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).
(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
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
(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
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.
(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
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(4 September 2014) New Opinion Paper of the Humanities Committee on the ‘The Human Factor in the 2014-2015 Work Programme of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges'