Science Europe

Report
Science Europe
In a nutshell
NuPECC
14.03.2014, Strasbourg
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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
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History
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
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Founding Assembly – October 2011
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Science Europe Membership
52 member organisations from 28 countries
Together represent approximately €30 billion per annum
POLICY organisation – no funding schemes
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
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Members of Science Europe (January
2014)
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
FWF
FWO, FNRS
BAS
GAČR
DCSR, DFF/DCIR, DG
ETF
AKA
ANR, CNRS, CEA, IFREMER, INRA, INSERM, IRD
DFG, HGF, MPG, WGL
MTA, OTKA
Rannís
HRB, IRC, SFI
CNR, INFN
LZP
LMT
FNR
NWO
RCN
NCN
FCT
APVV
ARSS
CSIC
FAS, FORMAS, VR
SNSF
AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC
Croatian Science
Foundation and Academy of
Research of Slovakia
became new members
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Governing Board from Nov 2011 to Nov
2013
Presidents
Paul Boyle, ESRC (UK)
André Syrota, INSERM, Vice-President (FR)
Pär Omling, 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)
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Governing Board from Nov 2013 to Nov
2015
Presidents
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)
Arvid Hallén, 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)
Pär Omling (extraordinary member), President of the European Science Foundation
(ESF)
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Recruitment in tranches - Current Staff
March 2012 – October 2012
Director
Head of Policy Affairs
Head of Research Affairs
Amanda Crowfoot
Stephan Kuster
Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch
July 2012 – November 2012
3 Senior Scientific Officers (SSO)
1 Policy Officer(PO)
Communications Manager
Office Manager
Maud Evrard
Elena Torta
Fekria Allachi
May 2013 – December 2013 - Recruitment of 6 new staff members
Administrative Assistant
1 IT Manager
16 staff members 2 PO
http://www.scienceeurope.org/secretariat
3 SSO
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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 Commission
Collaborator and / or constructive critic
Strengthening the European Research Area
Collaborator and / or constructive critic
Co-operating with other European organisations
Co-operating with non-European organisations
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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
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A concept
Implemented EC, Parliament,
Council and RPO and RFO
ERA is at the heart of the Europe
H2020 strategy
(structure, instruments such as
ERC, MC, Industry..)
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Structure
Science Europe
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Status of Working Groups – working on the roadmap topics (top down
approach)
Active
1.
2.
‘European Grant Union’
Open Access to Publications
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Started to work (between February and July 2013)
Open Access to Data
Research Integrity
Research Infrastructures
Science in Society – programme not established yet
Research Careers
8.
9.
Start in 2014
Ex post Evaluation/Impact (January)
Gender and diversity (???)
Horizon 2020 (Brussels liaison offices)
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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.
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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’
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The Scientific Committees
Science Communities
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ERA is explicit in the Science Europe
mission:
Science Europe…will strengthen the European
Research Area through 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.”
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Scientific Committees (SCs)
Act as the voice of the Research Community to Science Europe
Constitution
Science Europe is informed and supported in its activities
by six Scientific Committees, composed of highlyauthoritative 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
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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
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Research Affairs Team
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Scientific Committee Chairs
Engineering
Prof. Igor
EMRI
Center for Experimental Mechanics,
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Physical,
Chemical and
Mathematical
Sciences
Prof. Bengt
NORDEN
Department of Chemical and
Biological Engineering, Chalmers
University, Gothenburg, Sweden
Medical
Sciences
Prof. Richard
FRACKOWIAK
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire
Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland
Life Sciences
Prof. Dirk INZE
Department of Plant Systems Biology,
University of Ghent, Belgium
Humanities
Prof. Kirsten
DROTNER
Institute of Literature, Culture &
Media, University of Southern
Denmark
Social
Sciences
Prof. Thomas
RISSE
Center for Transnational Relations,
Foreign and Security Policy,
Department of Political and Social
Science, Freie Universität Berlin,
Germany
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The remits of the Scientific
Committees
Remits
Science
Europe
Science POLICY
Policy
Activitie
s
Europea
n Level
Policy
Activitie
SCIENCE Policy
s
Disciplin
e related
Policy
Activitie
s
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.
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.
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.
Outputs
CONSULTATI
ON
PAPER
SSH on
Open Access
Roadmap
Consultation
OPINION
PAPER
MED - Data
Protection
Regulation
MED on
clinical trials
OR
POSITION
PAPER
SSH on
H2020
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
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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
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Further Information
www.scienceeurope.org
Science Europe
Rue de la Science 14
1040 Brussels
Belgium
[email protected]

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