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The Scientific Committee for Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences

The Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences Scientific Committee informs and supports Science Europe in science policy activities. The Committee comprises 15 highly-authoritative European academics representing a wide range of research disciplines. It is chaired by Professor Dirk Inzé who is Scientific Director of the Department of Plant Systems Biology, Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB), Belgium.

The Committee is supported in its work by a dedicated Senior Scientific Officer within the Science Europe Research Affairs Team.

 The remit of the Committee includes:

  • Providing expert opinions on relevant European policies impacting research in Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences (‘Opinion Papers’);
  • Providing independent scientific advice and support for Science Europe’s policy activities, including support for policy statements to the European Institutions and national governments (‘Position Statements’);
  • Participating in ‘horizon scanning’ and monitoring new emerging research developments, in order to provide timely advice to Science Europe Member Organisations and policy-makers.

The Committe's Priorities

Some of the Committee’s 2014 priorities in terms of policy topics include:

Career Paths in Multidisciplinary Research

Traditional ways of working in silos hamper the ability to provide integrated data and models. The current rapid progress in data acquisition and analysis requires input from various experts in order to generate knowledge whilst combining different fields. In this context, new challenges emerge in advancing careers. Thus, the Committee is addressing an urgent need for the development of ‘credits’ -  such as publications records or being a speaker at events – for scientists working in large multidisciplinary teams. Moreover, this field requires impact indicators which can demonstrate the added value of joint efforts, and suitable strategies in publishing and authorship.

International Collaboration

Scientific research dedicated to solving global challenges requires collaborative research on an international scale. Therefore, the Committee is analysing opportunities arising from international collaborations and identifying tools that foster the development of multinational and bottom-up collaborative research, by reaching out directly to scientific communities.

Sustainable Management of the Earth’s Resources

Innovation in science and technology can contribute valuable tools and strategies for sustainable management of ecosystems, biodiversity, natural resources, and climate change, whilst facing pressures from the world’s growing population in terms of food security and health. Hence, the Committee is exploring challenges and opportunities in the transition to sustainable development.


(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'


(4 September 2014) New Opinion Paper of the Humanities Committee on the ‘The Human Factor in the 2014-2015 Work Programme of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges'

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