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In Memoriam: Jaroslav Koča

It is with great sorrow that Science Europe learned of the passing of Professor Jaroslav Koča, President of the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR), on 2 July 2021. He was appointed to the position of President in December 2020, after being a member of the Presidium of the Czech Science Foundation since 2016.

Science Europe had the brief opportunity to meet and work with him. In the personal meetings that we had with Professor Koča and in the events that he attended, we gained the impression of a dedicated and first-class scientist who was eager to contribute to European scientific co-operation. We very much looked forward to our future collaboration, which has been tragically cut short.

Science Europe extends its deepest condolences to Professor Koča's family, friends, and colleagues at the Czech Science Foundation.

For more information, please see the obituary on the Czech Science Foundation website.


Outcomes of the GRC 2021 Annual Meeting

The Global Research Council (GRC) 2021 Annual Meeting, hosted by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa, took place remotely between 24 and 28 May 2021. It was preceded by the regional events and meetings of the various GRC groups.


New Science Europe Working Group on Open Science

The Science Europe General Assembly adopted the creation of a new working group on Open Science (WG OS) to develop a comprehensive approach towards the topic. WG OS will provide a platform to bring together the Open Science aspects embedded in all activities of Science Europe. It will also broaden the scope of our work in the area, to fulfill the objectives described in the new Science Europe Strategy and Multi-annual Action Plan.


Conversation with Professor Helena Pereira, President of FCT

The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) is a crucial actor in the Portuguese research and Innovation landscape, therefore playing an important role in the implementation of the Portuguese priorities during the Presidency period. Lidia Borrell-Damian, Secretary General of Science Europe, interviewed Professor Helena Pereira, President of FCT to discuss the presidency, ERA, and the work of FCT.


Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for 2021

Thank you for the support you have shown towards Science Europe in 2020. It has been an unprecedented year for all of us where the spotlight shone brighter than ever on the importance of research and collaboration.

On behalf of the Science Europe Office, best wishes for the Holiday Season and for the New Year. We look forward to working together in 2021.


The GRC Responsible Research Assessment Conference – an Important Global Perspective on the State of Research Assessment.

Between 23 and 27 November, Global Research Council (GRC), UK Research and Innovation, Research England,  and the National Research Foundation (South Africa) jointly hosted a conference addressing the concept of responsible research assessment. The meeting focussed on research assessment criteria and processes, the evaluation of assessment processes, and the influence that both have on the research system as a whole.

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