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.

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

(24 February 2015) A newly-released Opinion Paper by Science Europe’s Scientific Committee for Engineering and Technical Sciences is a novel contribution to the debate on innovation. The Opinion Paper, written as a manifesto for research-based innovation, calls for the research system and the innovation system to be..read more

(23 January 2015) Today CESAER, EARTO, EUA, LERU and Science Europe, members of the European Research Area Stakeholders Platform, are expressing their great concern regarding the European Commission’s proposed regulation for the new European Fund for Strategic Investments read more

(15 December 2014) Science Europe’s Scientific Committee on Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences has published a new Opinion Paper, entitled, ‘The Importance of International Collaboration for Fostering Frontier Research’. read more

(11 December 2014) 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. read more

(8 December 2014) 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. See the website here.

(7 November 2014) Just published: Position Statement on Priority One of the 2012 ERA Communication: 'More Effective National Research Systems' - See also the Press Release: '‘The Diversity and Richness of the Different European Research Systems are a Strength’, says Science Europe

(31 October 2014) Open Letter of the Governing Board of Science Europe on the Value of Science - See also the Press Release: 'Funding for Research: a Call on European Leaders to Maintain their Commitments'

(30 September 2014) Science Europe Response to the European Commission Consultation on 'Science 2.0': Science in Transition

(1 September 2014) As of today, 1 September 2014, Professor Miguel Seabra, President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, takes up his role as the new President of Science Europe.

(14 August 2014) Open letter 'EU Data Protection Regulation: Vital economic and social research could be prevented'

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.