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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.
Non-EU European countries, such as Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland contribute to the excellence of the European Research Area (ERA). Guaranteeing the full association of Switzerland to Horizon Europe is a pressing and critical issue for European Research and Innovation (R&I).
Science Europe congratulates Prof. Maria Leptin on her appointment as the next European Research Council (ERC) President.
We are pleased to announce that Science Europe is now issuing Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for its publications and depositing its publications on the Zenodo platform.
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.
How research policies must adapt: association launches new Strategy Plan 2021-2026 and Multi-annual Action Plan 2021-2026.
Science Europe signs the Open Letter of the European STI Councils and Advisory Bodies on the participation of Switzerland under Horizon Europe
On 20 May, the European participants of the Global Research Council (GRC) re-elected Professor Katja Becker, President of the German Research Foundation, to represent them in the GRC Governing Board.
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.
On 19 May the Science Europe General Assembly accepted the application of two new research organisations to the association: research performing organisation the Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH) from Hungary and the dual research funding and performing organisation the Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII) from Spain.
CESAER, the European University Association (EUA), and Science Europe call on all publishers to fully respect researchers’ rights and to end the use of restrictions and embargoes.
The Science Europe Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management (RDM Guide) has seen an important uptake, being referenced and used by a large number of stakeholders within and beyond European borders.
Science Europe, COAR, CoreTrustSeal, the European University Association, and the World Data System issue this Joint Position Statement to highlight the community’s concerns over the 'Data Repository: Selection Criteria that Matter' recommendations and request that the authors of these criteria respond with specific actions.
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.
Science Europe's Statement on the Participation of Associated Countries in Horizon Europe’s Pillar II
For International Women's Day 2021 we asked the women members of our Governing Board about their own experiences as women leaders and discussed what is or can be done to improve gender equality in research.
Twelve Science Europe members launch Weave, a cross-European initiative to fund and support excellent international research projects. It is the first time that such a large number of funders develop an initiative to facilitate structured bilateral and trilateral scientific cooperation.
The outbreak of coronavirus in early 2020 shifted the organisation and hosting of the foreseen Global Research Council (GRC) meetings to 2021. Additionally, a series of virtual GRC regional seminars on COVID-19 was programmed for autumn and winter. The seminar for the European region was co-hosted by Science Europe and the German Research Foundation (DFG) on 14 January 2021.
One of the core purposes of research is the quest for and creation of new knowledge. Quality of the research performed is key to fulfilling this purpose effectively. It is also essential for any potential societal or economic applications that may result from research: both curiosity-driven and challenge-oriented.
2021 will see a busy start for Science Europe’s priority area ‘Research Data’ with two online events organised in the first few weeks of the year. Both events are milestone of Science Europe’s work plan and with these activities Science Europe reinforces its commitment to Open Science, an important area for research and innovation.
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.
Science Europe Calls for Immediate Release of Dr Ahmadreza Djalali and Suspension of his Death Sentence
The international research community rallies together to defend Swedish–Iranian researcher Dr Ahmadreza Djalali.
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.