Science Europe

Policy at Science Europe

The Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations that make up Science Europe share a common mission: to fund and perform excellent research in a world where scientific communities are less and less shaped by national borders. They also share the responsibility of managing a substantial proportion of national public research investments in Europe.

This shared mission and responsibility means that members have a major impact in shaping public research policy across Europe and the world. Collaboration between them is therefore important to ensure a strong and effective research system for Europe.

Science Europe was established by its members to act as a platform to share experience and practice, develop and deploy collective strategies to face their common challenges, as well as to speak with one voice to other science policy stakeholders, such as European and national institutions, where it is relevant to do so.

The Science Europe Roadmap, approved by the General Assembly on 21 November 2013, provides the strategic vision and basis for the collaboration on policy issues. It identifies objectives in key Priority Action Areas, where increased collaboration can produce significant beneficial impact on the European research system.

Background

In 2009, European public research organisations – based on a long tradition of co-operation – released the 'Vision on a Globally Competitive ERA and their Road Map for Actions', jointly developed by the members of the European Heads of Research Councils (EUROHORCs) and the European Science Foundation (ESF). That vision led to substantial progress in a wide range of science policy areas, and the Science Europe Roadmap builds on this progress.

Specific Working Groups have been created in order to make recommendations for the implementation of policies layed out in the Roadmap.

Policy Priorities

Science Europe as a policy platform for major Research Performing and Research Funding Organisations in Europe harnesses the extensive experience and knowledge of its members in science policy issues with two main priorities: enhancing opportunities for collaboration between national Public Research Organisations, and contributing to the continuous development of research policy in Europe.

Science Europe policy activities respond to the need for a common effort towards the establishment of a European Research Area (ERA). Science Europe sees ERA as a dynamic, creative, flexible and evolving space within which researchers, ideas and knowledge circulate freely and respond to society’s challenges (see also Science Europe Statement on ERA). In 2012 Science Europe together with other stakeholder organisations and the European Commission established the ERA platform to work in partnership and develop ERA policy. This partnership approach was renewed in December 2013 with a Joint Declaration, and again in June 2015 with an updated Joint Statement covering the period until 2019.

Science Europe also contributes to global debate on science policy, through its roles in the Global Research Council (GRC), including co-ordination of its European chapter and participation in its Board.

News

(23 June 2015) Science Europe has signed a new Joint Statement to work in partnership with the Commission and four other stakeholder organisations towards the European Research Area...read more

(22 June 2015) A new brochure has been published by Science Europe’s Working Group on Research Integrity. The brochure, entitled ‘Seven Reasons to Care about Integrity in Research’, sets out the key reasons why research organisations care about promoting research integrity amongst their community...read more

(19 June 2015) In the context of the discussions on the ERA Roadmap and its governance, Science Europe wishes to highlight the importance of research infrastructures within the ERA. The forthcoming conference 'Opening up to an ERA of Innovation' (22 and 23 June 2015, Brussels) also offers a great opportunity...read more

(29 May 2015) Science Europe congratulates the European Research and Innovation Area Committee (ERAC) for today’s endorsement of the ‘European Research Area Roadmap 2015-2020’ by the Competitiveness Council. read more

(19 May 2015) Science Europe welcomes the recent announcement by the European Commission of its intention to put in place a Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) to ensure provision of independent scientific advice. read more 

(27 April 2015) At its General Assembly meeting in Vienna on 15 April, Science Europe’s members - comprising 50 major public research organisations in Europe - adopted four new common principles on Open Access Publisher Services. read more.

(22 April 2015) Science Europe welcomes the decision by the European Parliament’s Committees on Industry, Energy and Research (ITRE), Budget (BUDG) and Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) to protect the Horizon 2020 budget from a proposal to reallocate part of its funds for the EFSI plan. read more

(19 March 2015) Today Science Europe is expressing its support for the growing number of calls from the scientific community – including its own Member Organisations – to preserve Horizon 2020, and in particular European Research Council (ERC), budgets. read more

(4 March 2015) Science Europe's Scientific Committees for Medical Sciences and Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences have signed a joint statement supporting the European Directive 2010/63/EU (“Directive”) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes..read more

Documents

(24 February 2015) New Opinion Paper of the Engineering Sciences Committee on Empowering Researchers to Provide Societal Value: Towards Innovation Communities that Leverage Excellence-focused Research.