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EU Competitiveness Council Fails to Fully Recognise the Societal Value of Research

Science Europe supports some of the conclusions adopted today by the EU Competitiveness Council, but is disappointed by the lack of ambition in others. The conclusions reflect the Council position on the preparation of the ninth Framework Programme (FP) for Research and Development.

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New President and Governing Board Elected

Marc Schiltz is the new President of Science Europe. Its Member Organisations elected him at the General Assembly on 30 November for a two-year period. Ingrid Petersson joins him as Vice-President of the organisations, as does a renewed Governing Board.

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It Is Time to Clarify Who Funds What Research in Europe

A more strategic approach is needed to the co-ordination between regional, national, and European research activities and to the initiatives supporting them. That is the main message of the Policy Brief ‘On Public-to-Public Partnerships and the Next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’, released today by Science Europe. The Policy Brief is presented at today’s 2017 Annual Joint Programming Conference ‘Co-designing Public-to-Public Partnerships for the next Framework Programmes’ in Brussels. The document presents policy makers with the Science Europe view on how to better organise regional, national, and European research efforts.

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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’. Read more

Discussing Research Impact in Estonia this October

Science Europe will be actively involved in the upcoming Estonian Presidency conference ‘European Research Excellence – Impact and Value for Society’ that takes place on 12 October in Tallinn, Estonia. Ola Erstad, Chair of Science Europe’s Scientific Advisory Committee, has been invited to discuss impact in a high-level round table discussion with Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (President of the European Research Council), Luc Soete (Chair of the RISE Group), Günter Stock (President of ALLEA), and Vladimir Šucha (Director-General of the Joint Research Council).

Science Europe has also been invited to co-organise two panel sessions of a European Research Council (ERC) side event on ‘Strengthening Europe’s Science Base’ on 11 October in Tallinn; one on ‘The Complementary Roles of the ERC and National Research Funding’; and another on ‘Peer Review in the 21st Century’. Seven Heads of Science Europe Member Organisations will participate as panellists. Read more.

European R&I Community Urgently Calls to Revise the TDM Exception in the Copyright Reform

Science Europe is collaborating with other stakeholders in the European Research and Innovation community to call on Members of the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) and the Council to secure Europe’s leadership in the data economy by revising the Text and Data Mining (TDM) exception in the draft of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. An open letter, released by the community on 26 September, calls for the TDM exception to apply to any person that has legal access to the content (the principle of ‘the right to read should be the right to mine’), in turn this will help the European data economy grow, fostering innovation and research, and encouraging entrepreneurship and support for SMEs. Read the full open letter here.

Symposium Report on Building a Scientific Narrative on Impact and Societal Value of Science

The Symposium ‘Building a Scientific Narrative on Impact and Societal Value of Science’ was the first public initiative of the Science Europe Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). At the event, hosted in Brussels on 17 November 2016, the topic of research impact was approached from different angles, in order to widen the understanding of the societal value generated by science. This report emphasises that fundamental science and curiosity-driven research are key drivers of change for their intrinsic value and long-term unexpected impact; however, many other aspects are also important, such as challenge oriented research and co-creation of knowledge. Four case studies illustrating the unexpected impact of research on subjects ranging from privacy to nano-encapsulation, that were presented at the Symposium, are also included in the report. Read more.

International Coalition Joins Together to Halt Potentially Harmful Copyright Reform

Science Europe is collaborating with an international coalition in an effort to halt the adoption of harmful provisions found in the current draft of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, and certain amendments, which could threaten Open Access and Open Science. The coalition has written an open letter directed at the EU’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), which was delivered 6 September. In the letter, the coalition urges for the removal of proposals that would restrict access to research and place administrative and legal burdens on institutional repositories. Improvements on proposals related to text and data mining, copyright in an education setting, and preservation and access to works for non-commercial endeavors are also requested.

Original signatories include CESAER, COAR, The Commons Network, Communia Association, Creative Commons, C4C, EBLIDA, EIFL, EUA, Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU, IFLA, LIBER, RLUK, Science Europe, and SPARC Europe. Read the full open letter here and if your organisation would also like to sign please fill in this form.

Cross-border Collaboration and Portfolio Management of Research Infrastructures

Science Europe has just release its latest Workshop Report on ‘Cross-border Collaboration and Portfolio Management of Research Infrastructures’. The workshop was organised by the Science Europe Working Group on Research Infrastructures on 30 and 31 January 2017 in Dublin, Ireland, co-hosted by Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board. It explored the challenges facing research funding and performing organisations to design and manage balanced Research Infrastructure (RI) portfolios and design effective cross-border collaborations when setting up and running joint RIs. The workshop led to the identification of lessons learned and possible ways forward, and the key points discussed during the workshop are summarised in this report. Read more.

Let’s Talk About the Value of Research, Not Just Its Impact

Science Europe advocates using the notion of ‘value’ of research in its latest Position Statement ‘On a New Vision for More Meaningful Impact Assessment’. This is wider than ‘impact’ and reflects the intrinsic value of scientific research and its capacity to generate new knowledge. There are countless ways in which research brings its immense value to society. Some of this value is indirect or intangible and cannot easily be measured by strictly defined impact assessment criteria. Other parts of it are long-term or unpredictable and may not yet be visible at the time that the research is evaluated. This statement provides a series of key principles and actions for policy makers and research organisations to help bring forward a new vision of impact assessment. Read more.

Key Principles to Shape the Future Framework Programme

Ahead of the European Commission’s conference ‘Research & Innovation – shaping our future’ on 3 July, Science Europe reiterates eight key principles to shape the future Framework Programme (FP). The current FP is a unique programme worldwide, widely appreciated and with an ambitious agenda. Examples of its clear European added value include the European Research Council’s role in fostering Europe-wide competition, the support of Research Infrastructures as a fundamental part of the European research system, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funding, fostering mobility for the benefits of researchers’ careers in a smooth way, and the support of collaborative research to solve societal challenges that cannot be addressed purely with national efforts.

Science Europe welcomes the resolution of the European Parliament on Horizon 2020 Interim evaluation and the preparation of the next FP, and is willing to continue the dialogue with European institutions, European Research Area stakeholders, and high level expert groups in defining a common vision for FP9. Discover the key principles here.

Join Science Europe on 21 June to Discuss Why Europe Needs Text and Data Mining

Science Europe and the European Alliance for Research Excellence (EARE) co-organise a seminar on Text and Data Mining (TDM) at the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Zdzisław Krasnodębski from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR). The seminar, which will take place on Wednesday 21 June from 17.00 to 19.00, will provide an insight into the particularities of TDM and its importance for Europe as an innovative research area. Interested participants must register by 19 June.

Speakers from various fields – research, academia, and start-ups – will present their views on why a broad TDM exception in the Copyright Directive is fundamental in order to put Europe at the forefront of a prosperous and growing digital society. Marie Timmermann, Science Europe Officer for EU Legislation and Regulatory Affairs, will present the Science Europe views on the need for a copyright exception for TDM. Read more.

In Support of the European Research Council Scientific Council Statement ‘Building on a European Success Story to Further Empower European Researchers’

Science Europe expresses its full support for the statement released by the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council on 15 May 2017, and joins the call to “consolidate the ERC’s success by ensuring its continuity, agility and scale-up in the next framework programme.” The ERC is a clear example of European added-value. It is important to retain the autonomy of the ERC, to provide it with adequate long term funding, and to maintain its focus on excellence. Read more here.

Shaping Open Access and Creating Transparency: Science Europe Recommends Disclosing Publication Fees.

Science Europe is committed to playing a role in accomplishing the transition to Open Access in an efficient and sustainable way. In its latest recommendation, scientific institutions are encouraged to disclose payments of Open Access publication fees by participating in the ‘Open APC Initiative’. This will help create a more transparent cost structure in the Open Access publication market and stimulate competition. Read more here.

Science Europe Condemns Legislative Measures Against Academic Freedom in Hungary

Science Europe condemns the amendments to the National Higher Education Law adopted by the Hungarian Parliament today that seriously undermine the activities of the Central European University (CEU), based in Budapest. These amendments signify an unacceptable restriction of academic freedom and scientific independence, two pillars of European democracy that need to be promoted and protected. Science Europe stands for these values and joins the many other organisations that have expressed serious concern on the issue. Read more here.

Launch of the Revised Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

Science Europe congratulates All European Academies (ALLEA) on the release of the revised ‘European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity’. Science Europe actively contributed to the stakeholder consultations organised as part of the revision process and many of the main messages we communicated have been taken up. Professor Günter Stock, President of ALLEA, will formally hand over the code to Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation at a reception in Brussels today. The European Commission intends to refer to the revised code in the Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement. Read more here.

Science Organisations Call for Renewed Commitment to the European Research Area

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome, CESAER, EUA, LERU, and Science Europe issue a joint statement calling on European policy makers to provide new momentum for the European Research Area (ERA). The ERA is a treaty obligation of the European Union and today, more than ever, greater commitment to research is needed to tackle the challenges that Europe faces. The EU should aspire to create a strong research ecosystem, based on excellence, that better involves industry, the public sector, and civil society. By strengthening the ERA and increasing funding for research, European policy makers would be giving Europe the resources to embark on another 60 years of peace and prosperity. Read more here.

Science Europe Appoints Stephan Kuster as Acting Director

Science Europe is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephan Kuster as its Acting Director. Appointed by the Science Europe Governing Board, Kuster took over from Amanda Crowfoot on 3 March, following her departure after five years in the role of Director. Kuster joined Science Europe in 2012 as Head of Policy Affairs. Before that, he was European Advisor at SwissCore. Read more here.

#ScienceIsGlobal: New Joint Open Letter on Recent Developments in Science in the US

A new joint Open Letter has been released by 40 European science organisations – including Science Europe – about maintaining transparency, open communication and mobility of scholars and scientists in the context of developments in the US. Read more here.

Research Organisations Committed to Improving Gender Equality

Science Europe is dedicated to improving the scientific environment within the European research system by seeking to ensure that the research careers of woman and men are equally facilitated. Released today, the latest practical guide from Science Europe, ‘Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations,’ enables mutual learning between research organisations and directly addresses issues around gender inequality in research. It sets out good practice examples and guides the further development of context specific approaches. Read more here.

Research Infrastructures Play a Key Role in Horizon 2020

A new policy brief ‘Research Infrastructures in EU Framework Programming’ is released today by Science Europe. It is a contribution to the evaluation and development of Research Infrastructures (RIs) under Horizon 2020. It highlights why RIs are of utmost importance for Europe’s global competitiveness and how the focus on RIs in Horizon 2020 should be enhanced. It accompanies the ‘Policy Brief on FET Flagships’ and the position statement ‘The Framework Programme Europe Really Needs’ which were released at the end of 2016. Read more here.

Research Organisations Enabling Wider Career Options for Researchers

Intersectoral mobility of researchers is gaining political momentum in Europe, with more interest in bringing in the competences that characterise researchers into public, private and not-for-profit sectors. This new report from Science Europe looks at the diversity of measures in place within Science Europe Member Organisations to enable researchers to be more mobile across different sectors of employment. It also makes a series of recommendations on how to improve schemes for researchers across Europe. Read more here.

Joint Statement from European Research Organisations on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

Science Europe is one of five key European research organisations calling on Members of the European Parliament to modify the current EU copyright reform proposal. In a joint statement released today, LIBER Europe, CESAER, EUA, LERU, and Science Europe — who together represent hundreds of universities, libraries, and research funding and performing organisations — say that amendments in five main areas of the proposal are critical if Europe wants to be at the forefront of a prosperous and growing digital society. Read more here.

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(01/12/17) Science Europe responds to the conclusions adopted today by the EU Competitiveness Council… read more

(01/12/17) Marc Schiltz (FNR) is the new President of Science Europe… read more

(07/11/17) Science Europe calls for simplification in Policy Brief on Public-to-Public Partnerships…read more

(Tallinn, 12 October 2017) The Tallinn Call for Action is released today by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It repeats the recommendation from Science Europe’s July 2017 Position Statement ‘On A New Vision for More Meaningful Research Impact Assessment’. Read more

(26/09/17) European R&I community urgently calls to revise the TDM exception in the copyright reform... read more

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(28/11/2017) The Governing Board of Science Europe released an open letter on the EOSC… read more