The Political Partial Agreement on Horizon Europe: Science Europe’s Reaction

Science Europe welcomes the Political Partial Agreement on Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for research and innovation (R&I), previously approved by the Council and voted on today in plenary by the European Parliament. Science Europe is very pleased to see that excellence remains the core principle of the programme. It also welcomes the increase of the budget earmarked to support low R&I-performing countries. However Horizon Europe’s ambitions can only be met with the appropriate funding. Science Europe therefore advises the European Council and the Finance Ministers to grant Horizon Europe a budget of at least €120bn.

Read more | Watch the European Parliament Press Conference on the Horizon Europe PPA

European Research Associations Join Together to Promote Academic Freedom

Academic freedom and institutional autonomy are of fundamental importance and value to society, as highlighted in a joint statement issued today by All European Academies (ALLEA), the European University Association (EUA), and Science Europe.

“All countries in Europe share legal and political commitments to protect academic freedom and safeguard the institutional autonomy of research organisations” said Stephan Kuster, Secretary General of Science Europe. “However, government and public authorities need to better protect and promote those rights.”

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Vacancy for a Senior Policy Officer at Science Europe

In order to support its policy activities, Science Europe is recruiting a Senior Policy Officer. The successful candidate will be part of a team that is responsible for supporting collaboration among the Member Organisations, for developing advocacy strategies on key issues for scientific research in Europe, and for advising the Science Europe governance on policy developments. We are looking for policy experts with expertise in areas such as Open Science/Open Access, Research Infrastructures, and other priority areas of the Science Europe Roadmap.

The position is open until filled. Read the full vacancy here

Managing the Independence and Guaranteeing the Excellence of the European Research Council

The success of the European Research Council (ERC) relies on its autonomy and on the impeccable management of its administrative wing, the Executive Agency (ERCEA). Pablo Amor, Director of the ERCEA, has stood as a staunch guarantor for both over the past eight years. Following the news of Mr. Amor’s upcoming early departure as Director, Science Europe reiterates the fundamental need to maintain the ERC’s independence in the future. In order to continue to identify and support word class scientific research, the ERC’s Scientific Council and the ERCEA both require the highest degree of autonomy in their scientific and administrative decision making.

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Supporting the International Alignment of Research Data Management

Research funding organisations, research organisations, and individual researchers have different needs and requirements when it comes to research data management (RDM). Science Europe’s latest publication, the ‘Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management’, aims to align these RDM requirements across research funding and research organisations in Europe.

The practical guide has been developed by experts from Science Europe Member Organisations and in consultation with the broader research stakeholder community in order to maximise its usefulness. It presents core requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs) and criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories, as well as guidance on how to put these requirements and criteria into practice.

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News Archive

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(18/04/19) Science Europe welcomes the PPA on Horizon Europe. It's a good deal but is there a supporting budget? read more

(10/04/19) ALLEA, EUA, and Science Europe join together to protect academic freedom... read more

(19/02/19) Vacancy for a Senior Policy Officer at Science Europe... read more

(0702/19) Science Europe issues a statement on managing the independence and guaranteeing the excellence of the European Research Council... read more

(29/01/19) Science Europe launches guide to support the international alignment of Research Data Management... read more


ALLEA, EUA, and Science Europe release a joint statement highlighting an urgent need to back commitments to academic freedom and institutional autonomy... read more