News Archive 2014

The Importance of International Collaboration for Fostering Frontier Research

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

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

European Data in Health Research Alliance Campaign

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

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 Position Statement is available.

Funding for Research: a Call on European Leaders to Maintain their Commitments

“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

Open Letter from the Governing Board of Science Europe on the Value of Science

Comments on ‘Science 2.0’ – Response to the European Commission Consultation on ‘Science in Transition’

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

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 the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges… read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

News

(07/09/17) New Symposium Report on impact and the societal value of science... read more

(07/09/17) International coalition joins together to halt potentially harmful copyright reform... read more

(04/09/2017) New Workshop Report on cross-border collaboration and portfolio management of Research Infrastructures...read more

(11/07/17) Let's talk about the value of research, not just its impact... read more

(03/07/17) Key principles to shape the future Framework Programme... read more

Documents

Discover the new Position Statement on a New Vision for More Meaningful Research Impact Assessment... read more

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