Tallinn Call for Action Takes Up Science Europe Recommendation on Research Impact

“Recognise a broad notion of impact that acknowledges the societal value of research for policy and practice.” That is one of seven recommendations made in the Tallinn Call for Action, which is released today by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU at the conference ‘European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society’. This recommendation echoes the main point from Science Europe’s July 2017 Position Statement ‘On A New Vision for More Meaningful Research Impact Assessment’.

Cover of the draft version of the Tallinn Call to Action

“We are pleased to see that the need to adopt a broader notion of impact is gaining traction in Europe”, said Ola Erstad, Chair of the Science Europe Scientific Advisory Committee, who is taking part in a panel session at the conference. The SAC has provided Science Europe with input from the scientific community on the topic of impact over the past year, resulting in the 2016 SAC Symposium on developing a scientific narrative on impact.

SE support for the Call of Action

Science Europe supports all recommendations made in the Tallinn Call for Action and it invites the EU Competitiveness Council to take them up when preparing its Conclusions in December. This document, ‘From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth Framework Programme’, is anticipated to flag key principles in preparing the ninth Framework Programme, such as rationalisation of the R&I funding landscape.

Both Science Europe and the Call for Action support investment in basic and long-term research. “The best guarantee for sustained benefits for society lies in focusing on scientific excellence and in supporting researchers that compete and collaborate across borders, sectors, and disciplines”, says Stephan Kuster, Acting Director of Science Europe. “The Tallinn Call for Action is a great reminder of this and of the fact that the European Research Area is needed more than ever”.

About the Call for Action

The Tallinn Call for Action on research and innovation makes a total of seven recommendations across three priorities, addressed at funders, policy makers, researchers and research organisations, academia, and media. It aims to reinforce support for European investment into R&I by highlighting the added value of European scientific collaboration, and stressing the necessity of R&I for competitiveness, education, and building a better future.

About the Science Europe Position Statement

The Science Europe Position Statement ‘On A New Vision for More Meaningful Research Impact Assessment’ was released in July 2017. It advocates using the notion of ‘value’ of research, rather than ‘impact’, which reflects the intrinsic value of scientific research and its capacity to generate new knowledge. It provides a series of key principles and actions for policy makers and research organisations to help bring forward a new vision of impact assessment.

Note: This article was updated on 19 October to add the link to the Tallin Call for Action.

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