‘Plan S’ Making Open Access a Reality by 2020

A plan to decisively advance towards the Open Access of scholarly publishing by 2020 was the topic of discussion at a meeting yesterday between Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Marc Schiltz, President of Science Europe. The plan, currently called ‘Plan S’, was jointly developed by Science Europe, a group of heads of national research funding organisations, and Robert-Jan Smits, Senior Advisor on Open Access within the European Political Strategy Centre at the European Commission. It foresees that from 1 January 2020, all scholarly publications resulting from public research funding must be published in Open Access journals or on Open Access platforms.

Communication on ‘Plan S’

Join Science Europe to Discuss Research Careers and Open Science at ESOF 2018 in Toulouse

‘A New Kind of Science? Supporting scientists at all career stages in the future’ is the topic up for discussion at Science Europe’s session at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). Taking place on Tuesday 10 July from 10.15–11.30 at Hotel Mercure in Toulouse, an interactive panel will discuss Open Science and its implications for researchers at various career stages. Among the topics to discuss between experts and the audience are changes in the science system, and: how they will affect the way research is performed, funded, and rewarded; how to support the researchers in academia, industry and society engaging in Open Science practices; and how to both incentivise and reward researchers for addressing the current societal challenges and improving engagement activities with the general public.

Additional information is available on the ESOF website.

Reaction to the European Commission Proposal on Horizon Europe

Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission’s Proposal on Horizon Europe.

Science Europe welcomes the overall continuity between the internal structure and funding rates between Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. However, the proposed budget increase for the period 2021-2027 does not live up to the ambitious scenarios defended by the European Commission in front of the Heads of States and Governments in March 2018 and will not be sufficient for Europe to meet its ambitious political goals.

The ERC is allocated approximately the same budget share it had in Horizon 2020. This is particularly disappointing considering that fundamental curiosity-driven research underpins all types of present and future research and innovation activities.

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Rosa Menéndez Elected Vice-President of Science Europe

The members of Science Europe have elected Rosa Menéndez, president of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), as Vice-President of the association. She joins President Marc Schiltz (Luxembourg National Research Fund – FNR), Vice-President Ingrid Petersson (Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development – FORMAS) and the rest of the Governing Board in guiding the organisation.

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2018 High-Level Workshop Discusses Mission-oriented Research

Mission-oriented research can be a useful addition to the funding portfolio of national and EU research programmes, but it needs careful design to be effective in its implementation. That is a main outcome of the 10th Science Europe High-Level Workshop, hosted on 31 May in Madrid by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Spanish State Secretariat for Research, Development, and Innovation. Heads of Science Europe Member Organisations, representatives of European institutions and national science ministries, and active researchers gathered to discuss mission-oriented research.

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Despite Increase, Research and Innovation Budget Will Not Support Ambitious Plans

The budget for Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027), announced today by the European Commission as part of the next Multiannual Financial Framework will not be sufficient to meet Europe’s political goals and solve the challenges that it faces. Science Europe welcomes the mild increase to €97.6 billion, but considers a more substantial commitment required.

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Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe

Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe. The Governing Board of Science Europe appointed him at their 6 February meeting, following a competitive recruitment process. The appointment is for a period of six years.

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Science Europe and NWO launch initiative for aligning research data management policies

Science Europe and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) have launched an initiative for the voluntary international alignment of research data management policies. They presented the initiative on 30 January in Brussels, at the co-hosted event ‘Open Science and Sharing Research Data: Towards European Guidelines on RDM Procedures’.

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Science Europe Launches Framework for Discipline-specific Research Data Management

Research organisations and funders increasingly require researchers to create data management plans for their work and their proposals. Although researchers acknowledge the importance of good data management, creating such plans can be a time-consuming administrative affair. As there is no common standard format for these plans, they can be equally difficult to compare and evaluate for research organisations and funders. The Science Europe Working Group on Research Data has therefore developed a framework for the creation of domain-specific data management protocols.

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Response to ‘LAB-FAB-APP: Investing in the European Future we want’ published

Science Europe has published its response to the 3 July 2017 report ‘LAB–FAB–APP: Investing in the European Future we want’, by the High Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research and Innovation programmes, chaired by Pascal Lamy. This response follows several consultations with the High Level Group over the course of 2017.

In its response, Science Europe provides its opinion on the 11 recommendations in the report for the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9), and proposes additional or alternative recommendations on how the future of European research should take shape.

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EU Competitiveness Council Fails to Fully Recognise the Societal Value of Research

Science Europe supports some of the conclusions adopted today by the EU Competitiveness Council, but is disappointed by the lack of ambition in others. The conclusions reflect the Council position on the preparation of the ninth Framework Programme (FP) for Research and Development.

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(11/07/2018) Research funders making Open Access a reality by more

(08/06/2018) Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission's Proposal on Horizon Europe…read more

(01/06/2018) Rosa Menéndez (CSIC) was elected as Science Europe Vice-President... Read more

(31/05/18) Science Europe held its 2018 High-Level Workshop on the topic of Mission-oriented Research… Read more

(02/05/18) The proposed budget for Horizon Europe is an increase, but less than required… Read more

(07/02/18) Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe… Read more

(02/02/2018) Science Europe and NWO have launched an initiative to align RDM policies across Europe… Read more


Science Europe reacted to the European Commission proposal on Horizon Europe... read more