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basis for science europe se
Basis for Science Europe (SE)
  • Need for strong voice of academic research in Europe
  • Diversity and different best practices across Europe, but also collective interests
  • Importance of strategic engagement with the European Commission (EC)

A platform

  • to speak with a common voice to the European institutions, national governments and other stakeholders
  • to seeks to develop common positions on a wide-range of science policy issues
  • Builds on
    • European Heads of Research Councils (EuroHORCS)
    • Policy (and foresight) functions of the European Science Foundation (ESF)
  • Rationalises and re-focusses, in order to be more efficient with less – crucial at time of budget constraints

Science Europe – Start-up with 40 years heritage

science europe membership
Science Europe Membership
  • 52 member organisations from 28 countries
  • Together represent approximately €30 billion per annum
  • POLICY organisation – no fundingschemes
  • Membership is open to Research Funding and Research Performing organisations (RFO/RPO) that
    • Have a substantial and significant impact on their national research system and budget
    • Are primarily funded through national public funding
    • Have substantial operating independence from their national Government
    • Are not for profit
members of science europe january 2014
Members of Science Europe (January 2014)
  • Austria FWF
  • Belgium FWO, FNRS
  • Bulgaria BAS
  • Czech Republic GAČR
  • Denmark DCSR, DFF/DCIR, DG
  • Estonia ETF
  • Finland AKA
  • Germany DFG, HGF, MPG, WGL
  • Hungary MTA, OTKA
  • Iceland Rannís
  • Ireland HRB, IRC, SFI
  • Italy CNR, INFN
  • Latvia LZP
  • Lithuania LMT
  • Luxembourg FNR
  • Netherlands NWO
  • Norway RCN
  • Poland NCN
  • Portugal FCT
  • Slovakia APVV
  • Slovenia ARSS
  • SpainCSIC
  • Sweden FAS, FORMAS, VR
  • Switzerland SNSF

Croatian Science Foundation and Academy of Research of Slovakia became new members

governing board from nov 2011 to nov 2013
Governing Board from Nov 2011 to Nov 2013


  • Paul Boyle, ESRC(UK)
  • André Syrota, INSERM, Vice-President (FR)
  • PärOmling, Chair of ESF, Vice-President (SE)
  • Peter Strohschneider (since 1/1/13), DFG (DE)
  • Elisabeth Monard, FWO (BE)
  • Franci Demšar, ARRS (SI)
  • Toivo Maimets, ETF (EE)
  • Christoph Kratky, FWF (AT)
  • Karl Ulrich Mayer, Leibniz Association (DE)
  • Jόzsef Pálinkás, MTA (HU)
governing board from nov 2013 to nov 2015
Governing Board from Nov 2013 to Nov 2015


  • Paul Boyle, ESRC(UK)
  • Elisabeth Monard, FWO (BE)
  • Emilio Lora-Tamayo, CSIC) (ES)
  • Pascale Briand, Director General of the French National Research Agency (ANR)
  • Alain Fuchs, President of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • ArvidHallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Petr Mateju, President of the Czech Science Foundation President (GACR)   
  • Karl Ulrich Mayer, President of the Leibniz Association (WGL), Germany
  • Eucharia Meehan, Director of the Irish Research Council (IRC)
  • Miguel Seabra, President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
  • PärOmling (extraordinary member), President of the European Science Foundation (ESF)
recruitment in tranches current staff
Recruitment in tranches - Current Staff

March 2012 – October 2012

  • Director Amanda Crowfoot
  • Head of Policy Affairs Stephan Kuster
  • Head of Research Affairs Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch

July 2012 – November 2012

  • 3 Senior Scientific Officers (SSO)
  • 1 Policy Officer(PO)Maud Evrard
  • Communications ManagerElena Torta
  • Office ManagerFekria Allachi

May 2013 – December 2013 - Recruitment of 6 new staff members

  • Administrative Assistant
  • 1 IT Manager
  • 2 PO
  • 3 SSO

16 staff members -

role of science europe
Role of Science Europe
  • Providing a strong voice for science in Europe
  • Representing collective interests of members, where appropriate
  • Supporting collaboration amongst member organisations
    • Surveying the state of science and research in Europe
    • Engaging strategically with the European CommissionCollaborator and / or constructive critic
    • Strengthening the European Research AreaCollaborator and / or constructive critic
  • Co-operating with other European organisations
  • Co-operating with non-European organisations
european research area
European Research Area
  • ERA is a concept to be realised
  • And part of a broader policy strategy (since 2000 – first “Lisbon Strategy’, then ‘Europe 2020’)
  • ERA aims to create a- unified research area open to the world
  • - based on the Internal market, in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely


a concept
A concept
  • Implemented EC, Parliament, Counciland RPO and RFO
  • ERA is at the heart of the Europe H2020 strategy (structure, instruments such as ERC, MC, Industry..)




Science Europe

status of working groups working on the roadmap topics top down approach
Status of Working Groups – working on the roadmap topics (top down approach)


  • ‘European Grant Union’
  • Open Access to Publications Started to work (between February and July 2013)
  • Open Access to Data
  • Research Integrity
  • Research Infrastructures
  • Science in Society – programme not established yet
  • Research CareersStart in 2014
  • Ex post Evaluation/Impact (January)
  • Gender and diversity (???)
  • Horizon 2020 (Brussels liaison offices)
policy affairs team
Policy Affairs Team
  • Policy co-ordination
  • Set up and support to the Working Groups
  • Roadmap
  • Finalisation on Position Statement
  • ERA discussions
  • Liaison to EP
  • High level events

Dedicated projects

  • Principles (on Open Access)
  • Letter to DG RTD on Text and Data Mining
  • Letter to DG RTD on international collaboration in Horizon 2020
  • etc.
science europe position statements
Science Europe – Position Statements
  • Open Access to Publications
  • Research Data (access, hurdles, harmonisation…)
  • Research Integrity (including ethics)
  • Research Infrastructures
  • Cross boarder collaboration
  • Research Careers (education, training)
  • Science in Society
  • Evaluation (excellence)
  • Gender and diversity
  • Principles for Transition to Open Access to Scientific Publications
  • ‘On the Budget for Horizon 2020’
  • ‘Horizon 2020: Excellence Counts’
  • ‘Embedding Social Sciences and Humanities in the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges’
the scientific committees
The Scientific Committees

Science Communities

era is explicit in the science europe mission
ERA is explicit in the Science Europe mission:
  • Science Europe…will strengthen the European Research Areathrough its direct engagement with key partners.
  • In doing so it will be informed by direct representation of all scientific communities in its reflections on policies, priorities and strategies.”
  • “It works and partners with other entities…to develop a coherent and inclusive European Research Area.”
scientific committees scs act as the voice of the research community to science europe
Scientific Committees (SCs)Act as the voice of the Research Community to Science Europe


Science Europe is informed and supported in its activities by six Scientific Committees, composed of highly-authoritative academics coming from all over Europe and representing the broadest range of scientific communities and disciplines

  • SCs are essential for the provision of scientific evidence to support science policy and strategy developments at pan-European and global level
responsibilities of committee members
Responsibilities of Committee members
  • SCs members act as the voice of researchers to Science Europe
  • Members of Scientific Committees do not represent their countries or MO
  • Speak as independent scientists
  • Bring in experiences and best practices on research and research-funding from own country
  • Also able to represent, connect and network with a broader research community at pan-European level and to integrate different viewpoints and perspectives
the remits of the scientific committees
The remits of the Scientific Committees



Science POLICY



  • SSH on Open Access
  • Roadmap Consultation

Science Europe Policy Activities

1. Provide input to the science policy work undertaken in collaboration with working groups in the context of the SE Roadmap. The role of the SCs in this process is to point out the issues in their respective domains on the developed policies.

  • Providing input and support to the development of Science Europe’s policy activity
  • Providing advice on mechanisms needed to promote scientific excellence across Europe
  • Providing independent scientific advice for the preparation of statements of Science Europe to the European Commission or national governments



  • MED - Data Protection Regulation
  • MED on clinical trials



  • SSH on H2020

European Level Policy Activities

2. Respond to EU policy, orientations or regulatory developments. Focused actions on key science policy and regulatory issues at European level that may impact MOs.Provide advice on mechanisms needed to promote scientific excellence.

Discipline related Policy Activities

3. Flag emerging topics. ‘Horizon-scans’ of future trends of research fields to provide recommendations to the MOs for actions. Comment the scientific orientations in the programmes proposed by different institutions at EU level.


shaping and implementation
Shaping and implementation

Science Europe Science Committees

  • Platform, which encompass a variety of activities
  • Great opportunity for scientists to make a difference
  • Need to keep balance between promoting excellent science and support research at the European level while meeting the needs of the MOs
  • But too much freedom at risk of spreading one self thin and not to focus on priorities
  • Shaping and implementation open...still in the build up phase
further information
Further Information

Science Europe

Rue de la Science 14

1040 Brussels