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In Support of the European Research Council Scientific Council Statement ‘Building on a European Success Story to Further Empower European Researchers’

Science Europe expresses its full support for the statement released by the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council on 15 May 2017, and joins the call to “consolidate the ERC’s success by ensuring its continuity, agility and scale-up in the next framework programme.” The ERC is a clear example of European added-value. It is important to retain the autonomy of the ERC, to provide it with adequate long term funding, and to maintain its focus on excellence. Read more here.

Shaping Open Access and Creating Transparency: Science Europe Recommends Disclosing Publication Fees.

Science Europe is committed to playing a role in accomplishing the transition to Open Access in an efficient and sustainable way. In its latest recommendation, scientific institutions are encouraged to disclose payments of Open Access publication fees by participating in the ‘Open APC Initiative’. This will help create a more transparent cost structure in the Open Access publication market and stimulate competition. Read more here.

Science Europe Condemns Legislative Measures Against Academic Freedom in Hungary

Science Europe condemns the amendments to the National Higher Education Law adopted by the Hungarian Parliament today that seriously undermine the activities of the Central European University (CEU), based in Budapest. These amendments signify an unacceptable restriction of academic freedom and scientific independence, two pillars of European democracy that need to be promoted and protected. Science Europe stands for these values and joins the many other organisations that have expressed serious concern on the issue. Read more here.

Launch of the Revised Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

Science Europe congratulates All European Academies (ALLEA) on the release of the revised ‘European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity’. Science Europe actively contributed to the stakeholder consultations organised as part of the revision process and many of the main messages we communicated have been taken up. Professor Günter Stock, President of ALLEA, will formally hand over the code to Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation at a reception in Brussels today. The European Commission intends to refer to the revised code in the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement. Read more here.

Science Organisations Call for Renewed Commitment to the European Research Area

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome, CESAER, EUA, LERU, and Science Europe issue a joint statement calling on European policy makers to provide new momentum for the European Research Area (ERA). The ERA is a treaty obligation of the European Union and today, more than ever, greater commitment to research is needed to tackle the challenges that Europe faces. The EU should aspire to create a strong research ecosystem, based on excellence, that better involves industry, the public sector, and civil society. By strengthening the ERA and increasing funding for research, European policy makers would be giving Europe the resources to embark on another 60 years of peace and prosperity. Read more here.

Science Europe Appoints Stephan Kuster as Acting Director

Science Europe is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephan Kuster as its Acting Director. Appointed by the Science Europe Governing Board, Kuster took over from Amanda Crowfoot on 3 March, following her departure after five years in the role of Director. Kuster joined Science Europe in 2012 as Head of Policy Affairs. Before that, he was European Advisor at SwissCore. Read more here.

#ScienceIsGlobal: New Joint Open Letter on Recent Developments in Science in the US

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.

Research Organisations Committed to Improving Gender Equality

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.

Research Infrastructures Play a Key Role in Horizon 2020

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.

Research Organisations Enabling Wider Career Options for Researchers

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.

Joint Statement from European Research Organisations on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

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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(17/05/17) Science Europe expresses its full support for the statement released by the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council... read more

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