Scientific research using animals allows for crucial scientific progress as it leads to greater understanding and permits us to fight diseases. Science Europe supports the implementation of the 3Rs: the replacement, reduction, and refinement of the use of animals for scientific purposes to ensure the best possible animal welfare.
European copyright needed to be modernised and harmonised to support researchers’ use of cutting-edge technologies, such as Text and Data Mining (TDM). During its recent legislative campaign, Science Europe advocated a broad TDM exception to foster collaborative research and international collaboration.
Researchers need legal certainty on data usage. Legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Directive on the Re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI Directive), and the Regulation on the Free Flow of non-personal data needs to reflect the practices and needs of research.
Academic freedom and institutional autonomy are fundamental to society and research excellence. Governments must deliver on their commitments to protecting them and refrain from interfering in funding decisions.
Gender equality and diversity are essential components of scientific quality. Science Europe works to promote a research ecosystem where all scholars can realise their potential regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, disabilities, ethnic origin, or social background.
Responsible and evidence-based research and ethical research behaviour are indispensable to ensure the reliability of research results, as well as public trust in research.