Science Europe

Working Group on Research Data

The Research Data Working Group brings together experts on research data management from Science Europe Member Organisations. During its initial two-year mandate (2013-2015), the Working Group will act as Science Europe’s platform to reflect upon shared challenges related to research data. It will specifically focus on developing policies related to data collection, quality assurance of data, data preservation, and sharing and re-use of research data.  

The activities of the group will touch upon topics such as ‘Text and Data Mining’, a set of techniques which can enhance the potential for analysing research data and enabling new findings, and the concept of ‘Big Data’, related to the collection of data sets too large and complex for traditional data management tools to process them.

The work of the group is guided by the principle that openness of data should be the standard rule, but can be postponed and limited for legitimate reasons, such as privacy or disciplinary-specific issues.

The Working Group aims to guide Science Europe members, along with other stakeholders in Europe and beyond, in a process to foster a cultural change towards sharing scientific data for the advancement of research and ultimately for the benefit of society at large. In doing so, it will take into account issues related to other policy fields such as: research infrastructures and the necessary development of appropriate data infrastructures for instance; research integrity and the need to ensure responsible and sustainable data management to avoid misconduct; and implications for researchers’ careers and the need to acknowledge that data-intensive research requires new and additional types of skills.


Working Group Members





Austria Austrian Science Fund FWF Katharina Rieck
Belgium Fund for Scientific Research F.N.R.-FNRS Jean-Claude Kita
Belgium Research Foundation Flanders FWO Hans Willem
Czech Republic Czech Science Foundation GACR  
Denmark Danish Council for Independent Research DFF  
Estonia Estonian Research Council ETAg Viktor Muuli
Finland Academy of Finland AKA Vihko Saara
France French National Research Agency ANR Martine Garnier
France National Centre for Scientific Research CNRS Francis André
France French Alternative Energies and
Atomic Energy Commission
CEA Delphine Vidart-Dufort
France French National Institute of Health and
Medical Research
Inserm Anita Burgun
France National Institute for Development IRD Jean-Pierre Finance
Germany German Research Foundation DFG  
Germany Leibniz Association Leibniz Harry Enke
Germany Max Planck Society MPG Michael Franke
Ireland Health Research Board HRB Patricia Clarke
Italy National Institute for Nuclear Physics INFN Donatella Lucchesi
Italy National Research Council CNR Stefano Nativi
Lithuania Research Council of Lithuania LMT Rūta Marcinkevičienė
Luxembourg National Research Fund FNR Olga de Brito
Netherlands Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO Peter Doorn (Chair)
Norway Research Council of Norway RCN  
Portugal Foundation for Science and technology FCT Ana Cristina Neves
Spain Council for Scientific Research CSIC Jesus Marco
Sweden Swedish Research Council VR Anna Wetterbom
Sweden Swedish Research Council for Environment,
Agricultural Science and Spatial Planning
FORMAS Mattias Norrby
Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF Dimitri Sudan
UK Medical Research Council / Research Councils UK MRC / RCUK Geraldine



(27 May 2016) Global Research Council Statement on Interdisciplinarity and Issues concerning Women in more

(24 May 2016) Briefing Paper on Funding Research Data Management and Related Infrastructures released… read more

(29 April 2016) Statement by Michael Matlosz, President of Science Europe on the importance of support for research-based innovation in Europe… read more

(4 April 2016) Science Europe releases briefing paper on ‘Open Access Business Models and Current Trends in the Open Access Publishing System’…

(18 December 2015) Vote by European Parliament on data protection welcomed by research community… read more

(9 December 2015) Science Europe welcomes the European Commission’s position on Text and Data (Content) Mining in its new Communication ‘Towards a modern, more European copyright framework’, released today… read more


(24 May 2016) Science Europe and Knowledge Exchange have released their Briefing Paper on Funding Research Data Management and Related Infrastructures… read more