Two Decisive Steps for Horizon Europe: Science Europe’s Reaction

On 12 December the European Parliament (EP) approved the compromise amendments for Horizon Europe as decided by its Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee. Two weeks before, on 30 November, the research Ministers also agreed on a Partial General Approach on the Horizon Europe Regulation.

In view of the upcoming trilogues between the three European institutions, Science Europe invites all parties to consider a series of elements to further improve this legislative package. The budget of €120bn (in 2018 prices) proposed by the EP for Horizon Europe is a very welcome proposal and should be taken up by the Council in the next Multiannual Financial Framework. Moreover, fundamental research must be included in all parts of the programme including the European Innovation Council.

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Stephan Kuster Appointed to the Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud

Stephan Kuster, Secretary General of Science Europe, has been appointed as one of 11 members of the new Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Announced today at the EOSC launch event in Vienna, the first meeting of the Executive Board are scheduled for early 2019. Other members of the Executive Board represent CESAER, CESSDA ERIC, EMBL, European Spallation Source ERIC, GEANT, OPENAIRE, and RDA as well as three independent experts.

Science Europe has been actively involved in Open Science for many years, with its activities in areas such as Open Access, research data, as well as monitoring and contributing to the preparatory work towards the establishment of the EOSC, for example as a member of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). One of its most recent activities, that aims to align research data management policies among funders and research performing organisations, has been developed in the light of the upcoming EOSC. The EOSC will have a significant influence on conducting research and sharing data in the future. Science Europe welcomes this opportunity to represent its Member Organisations and brings a wealth of a experience on the topic.

With the launch of the EOSC and its governance, the European Commission is officially handing over the main responsibility of putting EOSC into practice to the stakeholders. It will be among the tasks of the Executive Board to find solutions for the diverse aspects of EOSC (for example services, access & interface, data, rules, and architecture) as well as work towards a sustainable funding and business model for EOSC post 2020 when the funding under the current framework programme, Horizon 2020, will run out.

R&I Stakeholders Call on the EU Institutions to Seek a Balanced Approach to Data Sharing

Today Business Europe, Digital Europe, EARTO, EUA, and Science Europe release a joint statement calling on the EU institutions to seek a balanced approach to data sharing. It is a response to the European Commission’s proposal for a revision of the Directive on re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive) and the respective ongoing discussions in the European Parliament and Council. The Commission proposes to widen the scope of the Directive by including research data. While the European R&I community is supportive of the European agenda to promote Open Science and innovation, and shares a common commitment to the principle of making research data ‘as open as possible and as closed as necessary’, there is a need to focus on the optimal re-use of research data and not on the (unconditional) opening of such data.

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Vacancy for a Senior Policy Officer at Science Europe

In order to support its policy activities, Science Europe is currently looking for 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. The position is open until filled. Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is selected, at which time the recruitment will be closed.

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News Archive

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Science Europe wishes you a very happy festive season and looks forward to working with you in 2019... read more

(17/12/2018) Science Europe reaction to the legislators' latest decisions on Horizon Europe read more

(23/11/18) Stephan Kuster, Secretary General of Science Europe, has been appointed as one of 11 members of the new Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

(12/11/2018) R&I stakeholders call on the EU institutions to seek a balanced approach to data sharing in the PSI Directive... read more

(19/10/18) Science Europe is currently recruiting a new Senior Policy Officer... read more


The Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management (November 2018) presents core requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs) and criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories, as well as some guidance on how to put these requirements and criteria into practice... read more