Science Europe Appoints Lidia Borrell-Damián as Secretary General

Lidia Borrell-Damián has been appointed as the new Secretary General of Science Europe. She was appointed, following a competitive recruitment process, by the Science Europe Governing Board at its meeting on 18 June in Budapest, Hungary. She succeeds Stephan Kuster who leaves the organisation this June after nine years.

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cOAlition S Releases Revised Implementation Guidance on Plan S Following Public Feedback Exercise

Today cOAlition S releases revised guidance on Plan S implementation. Since its launch in September 2018, Plan S has reinvigorated the global debate on Open Access to scholarly publications. cOAlition S is grateful to all those who took the trouble to respond and provide specific advice during its recent feedback exercise – the largest ever international consultation that has been conducted on an Open Access policy. The 600 plus inputs received allowed the coalition to make changes that take into consideration the views expressed by the diverse communities affected. Read more about the revised guidance and changes made on the cOAlition S website.

Science Europe Congratulates Professor Mauro Ferrari on his Appointment as the Next President of the European Research Council

Science Europe congratulates Professor Mauro Ferrari on his appointment as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC) and wishes him all the best in this future role.

Science Europe considers the ERC to be one of the most significant research-related developments and successful initiatives to have been launched in Europe in the past two decades. With Professor Ferrari’s breadth of experience, Science Europe is confident that he will help maintain the success and international recognition of this major institution for the European and world research landscapes.

The success of the ERC relies on the highest degree of independence, the use of excellence as the sole evaluation criterion for its frontier research projects, and the full freedom given to researchers in the submission of research ideas. Science Europe looks forward to collaborating with Professor Ferrari during his tenure for the benefit of fundamental and curiosity-driven research.

EUA and Science Europe Join Efforts to Improve Scholarly Research Assessment Methodologies

Today the European University Association (EUA) and Science Europe launch a joint statement on research assessment demonstrating their commitment to building a strong dialogue between their members, who share the responsibility of developing and implementing more accurate, open, transparent and responsible approaches, that better reflects the evolution of research activity in the digital era.

The two associations also plan to launch future activities to further engage their members in improving and strengthening their research assessment practices. Building on these actions, both associations commit to maintaining a continuous dialogue and explore opportunities for joint actions, with a view to promoting strong synergies between the rewards and incentives structures of research funders and research performing organisations, as well as universities. Read the full statement.

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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(24/06/19) Lidia Borrell-Damián has been appointed as the new Secretary General of Science Europe... read more

(31/05/19) cOAlition S releases revised implementation guidance on Plan S following public feedback exercise... read more

(16/05/19) Science Europe congratulates Professor Mauro Ferrari on his appointment as the next President of the European Research Council... read more

(14/05/19) EUA and Science Europe Join Efforts to Improve Scholarly Research Assessment Methodologies... read more

(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


EUA and Science Europe join efforts to improve scholarly research assessment methodologies... read more