(Brussels, 10 February 2017) A new joint Open Letter has been released by 40 European science organisations – including Science Europe – about maintaining transparency, open communication and mobility of scholars and scientists in the context of developments in the US. Read more here.
(Brussels, 6 February 2017) Science Europe is dedicated to improving the scientific environment within the European research system by seeking to ensure that the research careers of woman and men are equally facilitated. Released today, the latest practical guide from Science Europe, ‘Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations,’ enables mutual learning between research organisations and directly addresses issues around gender inequality in research. It sets out good practice examples and guides the further development of context specific approaches. Read more here.
(Brussels, 30 January 2017) A new policy brief ‘Research Infrastructures in EU Framework Programming’ is released today by Science Europe. It is a contribution to the evaluation and development of Research Infrastructures (RIs) under Horizon 2020. It highlights why RIs are of utmost importance for Europe’s global competitiveness and how the focus on RIs in Horizon 2020 should be enhanced. It accompanies the ‘Policy Brief on FET Flagships’ and the position statement ‘The Framework Programme Europe Really Needs’ which were released at the end of 2016. Read more here.
(Brussels, 16 January 2017) Intersectoral mobility of researchers is gaining political momentum in Europe, with more interest in bringing in the competences that characterise researchers into public, private and not-for-profit sectors. This new report from Science Europe looks at the diversity of measures in place within Science Europe Member Organisations to enable researchers to be more mobile across different sectors of employment. It also makes a series of recommendations on how to improve schemes for researchers across Europe. Read more here.
(Brussels, 10 January 2017) Science Europe is one of five key European research organisations calling on Members of the European Parliament to modify the current EU copyright reform proposal. In a joint statement released today, LIBER Europe, CESAER, EUA, LERU, and Science Europe — who together represent hundreds of universities, libraries, and research funding and performing organisations — say that amendments in five main areas of the proposal are critical if Europe wants to be at the forefront of a prosperous and growing digital society. Read more here.
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(Brussels, 16 December 2016) “Safeguarding research integrity is a shared task” is the core message of the Science Europe Governing Board in its Open Letter ‘Research Integrity in the European Policy Landscape’ released today. The letter also contributes to the revision of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. It provides the opportunity to take stock of the recent policy developments, and of Science Europe’s contribution to the European debate on research integrity. Read more here.
(Brussels, 15 December 2016) Today the Science Europe Working Group on Horizon 2020 releases a new policy brief on FET Flagships. This policy brief is a contribution to the evaluation and development of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships under Horizon 2020. It highlights lessons learned about the added value and limitations of the current FET Flagships and provides recommendations for the development of the FET Flagship instrument. It will also contribute to the high-level round table on the ‘Future of FET Flagships’, organised by the European Commission on 15 December 2016. Read more here.
(Brussels, 22 November 2016) At a recent meeting of the Science Europe Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on 16 November, Professor Ola Erstad, Head of the Department of Education at Oslo University, was elected as the new Chair of this cross-disciplinary sounding board. Supporting Professor Erstad in his role will be two Vice-Chairs, Susanne Siebentritt, Professor of Physics and Head of the Laboratory for Photovoltaics at the University of Luxembourg, and Professor Igor Emri, Director of the Center for Experimental Mechanics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Read more here.
(Brussels, 10 November 2016) Today the Science Europe Working Group on Research Policy and Programme Evaluation releases a new Position Statement on Research Information Systems. This statement aims to enhance the interoperability of research information systems by providing a set of common principles to guide their development. Read more here.
(Brussels, 20 October 2016) Horizon 2020 is a unique programme worldwide; it is widely appreciated and has an ambitious agenda. It can meet expectations as long as its nature as a programme capable of supporting excellent research is reinforced. Ahead of the launch of the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, Science Europe wishes to share the extensive experience and collective views of its members, many of whom have decades of experience in setting up world-leading research programmes or are among the main beneficiaries of the Framework Programmes, and to provide recommendations to help prepare future Framework Programmes. Read more here.
(Brussels, 17 October 2016) Discover more about the Open Access (OA) publishing policies in Science Europe Member Organisations in a new report published today. The report highlights the efforts made by public research organisations in Europe to develop and implement OA policies and addresses the challenges faced by different actors in order to facilitate and accelerate the transition towards full OA for all scholarly publications by 2020. Read more here.
(Brussels, 13 October 2016) Today Science Europe and Wellcome Trust release a joint statement from the research community on the implementation of the Data Protection Regulation (DPR). The DPR provides a strong basis for the safe use of personal data in research and Member States now have a crucial role to play in its implementation by reviewing and amending their current laws to enable research to take place. Read the full statement with signatories here.
(Brussels, 5 October 2016) The Science Europe Working Group on Research Careers has released today a new survey report mapping the support opportunities available for postdoctoral researchers (postdocs) in order to improve understanding of what funders do to support researchers’ careers after the completion of their PhD, and to learn whether existing funding schemes can be improved in terms of career support. Read the full report here.
(Brussels, 26 September 2016) A new statement was released today by Science Europe on the EU copyright reform. The current proposal has come a long way in recognising the tremendous potential of new digital technologies for knowledge creation but it is still far from establishing a copyright system that helps Europe realise its full potential. Read the full statement here.
(Brussels, 13 September 2016) A new statement was released today on the Horizon 2020 budget: ‘Funding Research in Horizon 2020: Europe’s Most Valuable Strategic Resource’. Science Europe expresses strong concern that the research funding budget be maximised in Horizon 2020 so that Europe can fully realise its target of becoming a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. Funding for research and innovation in Europe is a critical strategic investment which is essential for Europe’s long-term growth and prosperity. Read the full statement here.
(Brussels, 12 September 2016) The Science Europe Working Group on Research Data has released a workshop report from the event ‘The Importance of Content Mining for Science.’ The workshop discussed changes needed in EU copyright in the context of text and data mining in order to encourage better scientific research and the free flow of knowledge across borders. Discover the full report here.
(10/02/17) New joint Open Letter from European science organisations on mobility, transparency & openness... read more
(06/02/17) New practical guide on improving gender equality in research organisations... read more
(30/01/17) New Policy Brief on Research Infrastructures in Horizon 2020... read more
(16/01/17) New report on the intersectoral mobility schemes in Science Europe Member Organisations... read more
(10/01/17) Joint statement released today calling on Members of the European Parliament to modify the current EU copyright reform proposal... read more
(16/12/16) Open letter from the Science Europe Governing Board on research integrity in the European policy landscape... read more
(10/11/16) New Policy Brief on FET Flagships is released today... read more
(22/11/16) Science Europe Scientific Advisory Committee elects a new chair and two Vice-Chairs... read more
(10/11/16) New Science Europe Position Statement on Research Information Systems is released today... read more