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1 Science Europe Science Europe In a nutshell NuPECC , Strasbourg

2 SCIENCE EUROPE I 2 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

3 SCIENCE EUROPE I 3 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

4 SCIENCE EUROPE I 4 Founding Assembly – October 2011

5 SCIENCE EUROPE I 5 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

6 SCIENCE EUROPE I 6 Members of Science Europe (January 2014) AustriaFWF Belgium FWO, FNRS BulgariaBAS Czech Republic GAČR Denmark DCSR, DFF/DCIR, DG Estonia ETF Finland AKA France ANR, CNRS, CEA, IFREMER, INRA, INSERM, IRD 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 PolandNCN PortugalFCT Slovakia APVV Slovenia ARSS Spain CSIC Sweden FAS, FORMAS, VR Switzerland SNSF United Kingdom AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC Croatian Science Foundation and Academy of Research of Slovakia became new members

7 SCIENCE EUROPE I 7 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)

8 SCIENCE EUROPE I 8 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)

9 SCIENCE EUROPE I 9 Recruitment in tranches - Current Staff March 2012 – October 2012 DirectorAmanda Crowfoot Head of Policy AffairsStephan Kuster Head of Research Affairs Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch July 2012 – November Senior Scientific Officers (SSO) 1 Policy Officer(PO)Maud Evrard Communications ManagerElena Torta Office ManagerFekria Allachi May 2013 – December Recruitment of 6 new staff members Administrative Assistant 1 IT Manager 2 PO 3 SSO 16 staff members -

10 SCIENCE EUROPE I 10 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

11 SCIENCE EUROPE I 11 European Research Area 3 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

12 SCIENCE EUROPE I 12 A concept 3 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..)

13 SCIENCE EUROPE I 13 Structure Science Europe

14 SCIENCE EUROPE I 14 Status of Working Groups – working on the roadmap topics (top down approach) Active 1.‘European Grant Union’ 2.Open Access to Publications Started to work (between February and July 2013) 3.Open Access to Data 4.Research Integrity 5.Research Infrastructures 6.Science in Society – programme not established yet 7.Research Careers Start in Ex post Evaluation/Impact (January) 9.Gender and diversity (???) Horizon 2020 (Brussels liaison offices)

15 SCIENCE EUROPE I 15 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.

16 SCIENCE EUROPE I 16 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’

17 SCIENCE EUROPE I 17 The Scientific Committees Science Communities

18 SCIENCE EUROPE I 18 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.”

19 SCIENCE EUROPE I 19 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 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

20 SCIENCE EUROPE I 20 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

21 SCIENCE EUROPE I 21 Research Affairs Team

22 SCIENCE EUROPE I 22 Scientific Committee Chairs EngineeringProf. 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 SciencesProf. Dirk INZE Department of Plant Systems Biology, University of Ghent, Belgium HumanitiesProf. 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

23 SCIENCE EUROPE I 23 The remits of the Scientific Committees Remits Science Europe Policy Activitie s Europea n Level Policy Activitie s Science POLICY 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. Outputs SCIENCE Policy 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. Disciplin e related Policy Activitie s 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

24 SCIENCE EUROPE I 24 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

25 SCIENCE EUROPE I 25 Further Information Science Europe Rue de la Science Brussels Belgium


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