News Archive 2018

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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European Parliament Vote on Copyright Fails to Provide Legal Clarity for Research

Science Europe is disappointed that the European Parliament did not sufficiently improve the far too restrictive proposal by the European Commission for text and data mining in Article 3 of the new Directive on Copyright, in today’s plenary vote.

Text and data mining (TDM) is an innovative way of reading content that one has lawful access to, using software rather than the naked eye. It allows for much faster analysis of such content, and at larger scale. New discoveries often result from analysis of the wealth of existing scientific results from all research disciplines. However, in the current proposal of the Directive, severe restrictions are placed on who can use such TDM techniques to analyse content.

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Science without Publication Paywalls: ‘cOAlition S’ for the Realisation of Full and Immediate Open Access

Researchers and research funders have a collective duty of care for the science system as a whole. The current publication paywalls withhold a substantial amount of research results from a large fraction of the scientific community and from society as a whole. No science should be locked behind paywalls as this hinders the scientific enterprise in its very foundations and hampers its uptake by society.

Today a group of 11 research funding organisations launch ‘cOAlition S’, a collective declaration of commitment whereby, after 1 January 2020, result from research funded by public grants provided by participating funders, must be published in compliant Open Access journals or on compliant Open Access platforms. It is built on Plan S, which was announced at ESOF in Toulouse in July 2018.

Participating funders have agreed to implement the 10 principles of Plan S in a coordinated way, together with the European Commission and the European Research Council. Other research funders are also invited to join cOAlition S.

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‘Plan S’ Making Open Access a Reality by 2020

A plan to decisively advance towards the Open Access of scholarly publishing by 2020 was the topic of discussion at a meeting yesterday between Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Marc Schiltz, President of Science Europe. The plan, currently called ‘Plan S’, was jointly developed by Science Europe, a group of heads of national research funding organisations, and Robert-Jan Smits, Senior Advisor on Open Access within the European Political Strategy Centre at the European Commission. It foresees that from 1 January 2020, all scholarly publications resulting from public research funding must be published in Open Access journals or on Open Access platforms.

Communication on ‘Plan S’

Join Science Europe to Discuss Research Careers and Open Science at ESOF 2018 in Toulouse

‘A New Kind of Science? Supporting scientists at all career stages in the future’ is the topic up for discussion at Science Europe’s session at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). Taking place on Tuesday 10 July from 10.15–11.30 at Hotel Mercure in Toulouse, an interactive panel will discuss Open Science and its implications for researchers at various career stages. Among the topics to discuss between experts and the audience are changes in the science system, and: how they will affect the way research is performed, funded, and rewarded; how to support the researchers in academia, industry and society engaging in Open Science practices; and how to both incentivise and reward researchers for addressing the current societal challenges and improving engagement activities with the general public.

Additional information is available on the ESOF website.

Reaction to the European Commission Proposal on Horizon Europe

Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission’s Proposal on Horizon Europe.

Science Europe welcomes the overall continuity between the internal structure and funding rates between Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. However, the proposed budget increase for the period 2021-2027 does not live up to the ambitious scenarios defended by the European Commission in front of the Heads of States and Governments in March 2018 and will not be sufficient for Europe to meet its ambitious political goals.

The ERC is allocated approximately the same budget share it had in Horizon 2020. This is particularly disappointing considering that fundamental curiosity-driven research underpins all types of present and future research and innovation activities.

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Rosa Menéndez Elected Vice-President of Science Europe

The members of Science Europe have elected Rosa Menéndez, president of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), as Vice-President of the association. She joins President Marc Schiltz (Luxembourg National Research Fund – FNR), Vice-President Ingrid Petersson (Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development – FORMAS) and the rest of the Governing Board in guiding the organisation.

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2018 High-Level Workshop Discusses Mission-oriented Research

Mission-oriented research can be a useful addition to the funding portfolio of national and EU research programmes, but it needs careful design to be effective in its implementation. That is a main outcome of the 10th Science Europe High-Level Workshop, hosted on 31 May in Madrid by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Spanish State Secretariat for Research, Development, and Innovation. Heads of Science Europe Member Organisations, representatives of European institutions and national science ministries, and active researchers gathered to discuss mission-oriented research.

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Despite Increase, Research and Innovation Budget Will Not Support Ambitious Plans

The budget for Horizon Europe, the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027), announced today by the European Commission as part of the next Multiannual Financial Framework will not be sufficient to meet Europe’s political goals and solve the challenges that it faces. Science Europe welcomes the mild increase to €97.6 billion, but considers a more substantial commitment required.

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Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe

Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe. The Governing Board of Science Europe appointed him at their 6 February meeting, following a competitive recruitment process. The appointment is for a period of six years.

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Science Europe and NWO launch initiative for aligning research data management policies

Science Europe and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) have launched an initiative for the voluntary international alignment of research data management policies. They presented the initiative on 30 January in Brussels, at the co-hosted event ‘Open Science and Sharing Research Data: Towards European Guidelines on RDM Procedures’.

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Science Europe Launches Framework for Discipline-specific Research Data Management

Research organisations and funders increasingly require researchers to create data management plans for their work and their proposals. Although researchers acknowledge the importance of good data management, creating such plans can be a time-consuming administrative affair. As there is no common standard format for these plans, they can be equally difficult to compare and evaluate for research organisations and funders. The Science Europe Working Group on Research Data has therefore developed a framework for the creation of domain-specific data management protocols.

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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