News Archive 2016
(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.
Science Europe will organise the session “Beyond the ‘Anthropocene’: Where Mankind and Machines Converge” at this year’s ESOF conference. Hosted on 25 July from 15h45 to 17h00, this scientific session will look at the interaction between humans and technology. Discover the full workshop description here.
(Brussels 5 July 2016) Report now available from the Science Europe Survey on ‘Research Integrity Practices in Science Europe Member Organisations’ undertaken by the Working Group on Research Integrity read more
(Brussels 23 June 2016) Report now available from the Science Europe Workshop on ‘Career Pathways in Multidisciplinary Research: How to Assess the Contributions of Single Authors in Large Teams’… read more
(Brussels, 17 June 2016) Science Europe has released a new publication on exergy during EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW16). This brochure introduces the concept of exergy and provides examples of its application … read more
Science Europe Welcomes Defence of EU Research Funding and Call for Action on Open Science by the EU Competitiveness Council
(Brussels, 31 May 2016) Science Europe strongly supports the stand taken by the Competitiveness Council of the European Union, at its meeting of 26 and 27 May, that “within the framework of Horizon 2020 care should be taken to ensure that loan-based financing is not further expanded to the detriment of grant-based R&I funding”… read more
(Brussels, 27 May 2016) Today, Science Europe joins research councils from across the world in addressing interdisciplinarity and issues concerning women in research… read more
(Brussels, 24 May 2016) Science Europe and Knowledge Exchange have released a joint Briefing Paper on ‘Funding Research Data Management and Related Infrastructures’. The paper informs the discussion on the funding of RDM and its related infrastructures in Europe, helps raise awareness of the current challenges, and communicates opportunities for co-ordinated action to relevant stakeholders… read more
(Brussels, 29 April 2016) European competitiveness and well-being depend on its knowledge ecosystem and on a culture of innovation. The cornerstone of any European strategy to strengthen innovation should aim to overcome the gap between research and innovation… read more
Briefing Paper on Open Access Business Models: Science Europe Experts Help Policy Makers Take Decisive Action
(Brussels, 4 April 2016) To aid policy makers and stakeholders in making the necessary decisions on a crucial aspect of Open Science, Science Europe is today releasing a briefing paper on ‘Open Access Business Models and Current Trends in the Open Access Publishing System’. Put together by leading experts in the Science Europe Working Group on Open Access to Scientific Publications, the paper provides decision makers with a condensed analysis of current business models and trends in scientific publishing… read more