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First Thoughts on the New European Research Area: An Ambitious Plan Calls for Inclusiveness and Collaboration
Science Europe welcomes the European Commission’s ambitious Communication for ‘A New ERA for Research and Innovation.’ To further strengthen Europe’s world-leading research, a strong ERA is essential and must be based on research excellence, international collaboration, openness, inclusiveness, and academic freedom.
Portugal and Slovenia outlined their plans for the European Research Area in 2021 at European Research and Innovation Days 2020. Marc Schiltz, Science Europe President welcomes the ideas but outlines that there’s still a lot that needs to be done.
Mathilde Reumaux, Senior Policy Officer at Science Europe, responds to the European Commission’s plans to update its proposal evaluation processes for Horizon Europe. It is good that initiatives are being trialed ahead of their potential broader rollout, but transparency for applicants is key.
Response to the European Commission Consultation on the Horizon Europe First Strategic Plan 2021-2024
In its response to the European Commission, Science Europe outlines numerous topics that should be further addressed in order to create the best possible start for Horizon Europe. Such developments include striking the right balance between research and innovation, embedding the whole spectrum of equality aspects, better integration of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the creation of synergies between the various parts of the programme.
Science Europe welcomes the European Commission’s ambitions for digital and green transformation as highlighted by President von der Leyen today. Research is key to achieve these goals and its role needs to be acknowledged in the future long-term budget as well as in all policy developments leading towards these goals.
Science Europe Secretary General, Lidia Borrell-Damián, talked to Science Report about how important the EU budget is for research is right now and highlights that if research is cut both at EU- and national level, it will be difficult to solve many pressing questions (in Danish)
Updating EU legislation on digital services and platforms is essential given the rapid development of online platforms and services. Science Europe explains to Research Professional that greater clarification on the Digital Services Act is needed to ensure it does not have unintended effects on research
In its response to the European Commission, Science Europe highlights that future EU legislation on AI needs to strike the right balance between safeguards for users and developers of AI systems, and a legal environment that fosters R&I.
In its response to the European Commission, Science Europe highlights that the foreseen scope of the new legislation is not clearly defined and greater clarification should be introduced to ensure that the Digital Services Act does not have unintended effects on research.
Science Europe and the OECD Global Science Forum teamed up to identify ways to optimise the operation and use of research infrastructures at national level.
Science Europe is quoted in THE saying that research and innovation must play an important role in these national recovery and resilience plans. It also stresses that the criteria on which national plans are judged should also go beyond a strict definition of immediate growth and return on investment.