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  1. About the European Science Foundation

  2. Setting Science Agendas for Europe • The European Science Foundation provides a common platform for its Member Organisations in order to: • advance European research • explore new directions for research at the European level • Through its activities, the ESF serves the needs of the European research community in a global context. • Its mandate is underpinned by the values of excellence, openness, responsiveness, pan-European, ethical awareness and human values. It coordinates the programmes that are funded directly by national organisations. About the European Science Foundation

  3. ESF Member Organisations ESF is an independent association of 78 Member Organisations ●research funding organisations ●research performing organisations ● academies and learned societies in 30 countries About the European Science Foundation

  4. ESF covers all scientific domains Social Sciences (SCSS) Humanities (SCH) Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences (LESC) Polar Sciences Marine Science Nuclear Physics (NuPECC) Medical Sciences (EMRC) Space Sciences (ESSEC) Physical and Engineering Sciences (PESC) About the European Science Foundation

  5. ESF covers all scientific domains Standing Committee domains ● Humanities ● Life, Earth & Environmental Sciences ● Medical Sciences ● Physical and Engineering Sciences ● Social Sciences Expert Board/Committee domains ● Marine Sciences ● Materials Science and Engineering ● Nuclear Physics ● Polar Sciences ● Radio Astronomy ● Space Sciences About the European Science Foundation

  6. LESCLife, Earth & Environmental Sciences Life Environmental Earth Sciences • to better understand biological, environmental • and Earth systems across time and space About the European Science Foundation

  7. LESCLife, Earth & Environmental Sciences • From life sciences (e.g., molecular biology or physiology) over environmental sciences (e.g., biodiversity) to geosciences (e.g. atmospheric sciences, solid earth, oceans) and Earth system sciences (e.g., sustainable development) • 35 Members + 5 Permanent Observers • Meets twice a year; Core Group meets four times a year • Annual meeting with LESC Member Organisations and with the relevant COST Domain Committees About the European Science Foundation

  8. ESF Activities SCIENCE STRATEGY SCIENCE SYNERGY SCIENCE MANAGEMENT Forward Looks EUROCORES Research Programmes Peer Reviewsupport Science PolicyBriefings Research Networking Programmes Coordination ofEUROHORCsprojects ExploratoryWorkshops ResearchConferences Coordination ofEC projects Implementing agent for COST through EC contract Member Organisation Fora About the European Science Foundation

  9. Range of InstrumentsFunding to researchers direct or indirect from ESF EUROCORES 1 m€ RNPs Funding level 100 k€ Conferences ExploratoryWorkshops 15 k€ 10 30 100 Number of researchersper instrument About the European Science Foundation

  10. Science Strategy Forward Looks • Medium to long-term scientific perspectives • Multidisciplinary topics viewed at a European level • Connecting scientists with policy makers • Wide consultation of stakeholders • Producing major reports and action plans www.esf.org/flooks About the European Science Foundation

  11. Science Strategy Science Policy Briefings • Addressing science policy issues of key concern to Member Organisations and the scientific community • Drawing on the advice and expertise of top-level European researchers • Providing evidence-based strategy recommendations to policy makers www.esf.org/spb About the European Science Foundation

  12. Science Strategy Exploratory Workshops • One-off specialist meetings • Spearheading ‘Bottom-up’ topics based on open calls • Aiming to catalyse significant and strategic activities • 25-30 scientists per workshop • Funding per event: 15 k€ www.esf.org/workshops About the European Science Foundation

  13. ESF Member Organisation Fora • Output-oriented discussion platforms for Member Organisations to develop joint actions on specific issues, involving others as appropriate • To contribute to strategy development and/or lead to the development of • Good practice e.g. peer review • Common procedures • Joint activities • Duration:typically two years • Recent results:European Code of Conduct forResearch Integrity ● European Peer Review Guide● Research Careers in Europe Landscape and Horizons www.esf.org/mo-fora About the European Science Foundation

  14. Science Synergy EUROCORES(European Collaborative Research Programmes) • Unique investigator-driven collaborative research scheme covering all scientific disciplines • Opportunity for scientists to submit themes for collaborative research programmes • International and joint peer review • Research funding remains national, coordination and networking funded through ESF • One programme includes about 30 individual projects from several countries • Channels 5-10 M€ over 3 years • Currently,1500 researchers funded by 66 funding organisations with M€ 150 • In anticipation of decisions on the future of ESF, no call for themes will be launched in 2011  www.esf.org/eurocores About the European Science Foundation

  15. Science Synergy Research Networking Programmes • Enable scientific endeavours over a 4-5 year period • Supported by Member Organisations and other research and academic institutions • Include workshops, conferences, exchange visits, summer schools, dissemination • Can link to other initiatives, including the EC programmes • Funding of 100-130 k€ per year per programme • On average 10 000 participants per year in 45-50 programmes • In anticipation of decisions on the future of ESF, the 2010 call for proposals was cancelled www.esf.org/programmes About the European Science Foundation

  16. Science Synergy Research Conferences • Interdisciplinary scheme in collaboration with institutional partners • Stimulate dialogue between early-stage researchers and scientific leaders worldwide • Cover topics proposed by the scientific community • Grants of 20-60 k€ per conference, including specific support for early-stage researchers • Organisation by ESF conference unit www.esf.org/conferences About the European Science Foundation

  17. Science Management ESF serves the academic community by creating synergies between funding agencies and by assisting cross-border cooperation. • Peer Review support for funding organisations • Coordination of ERA-NETs and other EC projects • Implementing agent for COST through a European Commission contract About the European Science Foundation

  18. European Cooperation in Science and Technology www.cost.eu About the European Science Foundation

  19. History • Oldest running European intergovernmental network for cooperation in research in Europe • Established by Ministerial Conference of 19 European States in 1971, Brussels, as a Framework for coordinating nationally funded research in Europe • 1974: European Science Foundation • 1983 First Framework Programme • From 19 countries in 1971 to currently 36 COST countries with 1 cooperating state & participation from international organizations and non-COST countries • From 7 Actions in 1971 to over 270 Actions running in 2010, networked research projects • From 7 Domains in 1971 to 9 Domains plus a trans-domain www.cost.eu About the European Science Foundation

  20. COST Structure EC Contract www.cost.eu About the European Science Foundation

  21. European Cooperation in Science and Technology • Meetings, workshops, conferences, short term scientific visits, training schools. • Between 65 and 300 k€ per year over 4 years • Continuous open call all with collection dates in March and September • Approximately 9-month decision period www.cost.eu About the European Science Foundation

  22. COST Domains • Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) • Chemistry and Molecular Sciences & Technologies (CMST) • Earth System Science & Environmental Management (ESSEM) • Food & Agriculture (FA) • Forests, their Products and Services (FPS) • Individuals, Society, Culture & Health (ISCH) • Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) • Materials, Physics & Nanosciences (MPNS) • Transport & Urban Development (TUD) + Trans-Disciplinary www.cost.eu About the European Science Foundation

  23. ESSEM Domain • 117 Actions launched since 1992 • Some key areas: Sun-Earth Interactions Meteorology, Atmospheric Chemistry Hydrology, Marine Sciences Remote Sensing and Observing Technologies Geology, Soil sciences Climate System and Global Changes Natural Resources Management • 25 Actions (Jan 2012) www.cost.eu About the European Science Foundation

  24. A time of change At the moment ESF is in a period of transition and is currently developing a multiannual plan which will be presented in 2012. It is continuing discussions with its Member Organisations and the recently launched Science Europe to define future roles and activities. In the meantime, ESF’s existing commitments will be unaffected by these developments. Updated information regarding ESF activities is available on our website:http://www.esf.org/about-esf/latest-esf-developments.html About the European Science Foundation

  25. NATURAL HAZARDS The problem of Natural Hazards can be addressed more efficiently by realizing a network of experts in different disciplines (e.g. geosciences, engineering sciences and social sciences) aiming to target this issue in a comprehensive manner, through synergies. The ESF LESC Unit is currently exploring the possibility of promoting some action on Natural Hazards in 2012. In this framework, ESF LESC is looking at realizing synergies with International Organizations and the relevant scientific community  OPEN FOR DISCUSSION About the European Science Foundation

  26. Thank you About the European Science Foundation