Science Europe

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Science Europe
Science Europe logo
Motto Shaping the future of research
Formation October 2011; 6 years ago (2011-10)
Type NGO
Purpose Research

Science Europe is an association of major Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) and Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) [1]. It was established in October 2011 and is based in Brussels.

The association facilitates co-operation among its members and supports excellence in science and research in all disciplines, acting as a platform to develop positions on research policy issues and to address policy messages to the European institutions, researchers, national governments, and the public.

The RFOs and RPOs that make up Science Europe share a common mission: to fund and perform excellent research in a world where scientific communities are less and less shaped by national borders. They also share the responsibility of managing a substantial proportion of national public research investments in Europe. Science Europe was established by its members to act as a platform to share experience and practice, develop, and deploy collective strategies to face their common challenges, as well as to speak with one voice to other science policy stakeholders when it is relevant to do so.

The policy-related work of Science Europe is guided by the Science Europe Roadmap. This document outlines the strategic objectives for Science Europe, as well as nine Priority Action Areas on which its Member Organisations collaborate.

Areas of Activity[edit]

Science Europe carries out advocacy and policy activities in a variety of research policy areas [2], including:

  • Cross-border Collaboration
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Horizon 2020 and Framework Programme 9
  • Innovation and Impact
  • Open Access to Scientific Publications
  • Open Science
  • Research Careers
  • Research Data
  • Research Infrastructures
  • Research Integrity
  • Research Policy and Programme Evaluation

Dedicated working groups, high level policy networks, and task forces are set up around these policy areas to make concrete progress on finding common approaches; these groups draw on the extensive experience of the Member Organisations. Science Europe regularly publishes position statements, practical guides, policy briefs, survey reports, and other documents on these topics which provide analyses, present results, and make recommendations for research stakeholders [3].

EU Legislation & Regulatory Affairs[edit]

Science Europe is active on topics relating to EU legislation and regulatory affairs which have a large impact on the research sector, current topics include:

  • Directive on Copyright
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Directive on Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes

Scientific Advisory Committee[edit]

In November 2015, Science Europe Member Organisations established a new cross-disciplinary Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) who advise Science Europe on key European research policy topics.

The SAC comprises 30 active researchers from 16 countries [4] representing a variety of career stages and demonstrating a wide spread of research disciplines (including new and emerging fields), excellence in their represented research field, and a 50-50 gender balance. They provide scientifically independent advice to Science Europe on key European research policy topics and on the implications of EU legislative and regulatory developments.

Professor Ola Erstad, Head of the Department of Education at Oslo University, was elected as the new Chair of this cross-disciplinary sounding board in November 2016 for a 3-year term. Supporting him in his role are two Vice-Chairs, Susanne Siebentritt, Professor of Physics and Head of the Laboratory for Photovoltaics at the University of Luxembourg, and Professor Igor Emri, Director of the Center for Experimental Mechanics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The SAC replaced the six individual Scientific Committees that ran from 2012 to 2015.


  1. ^ "Member Organisations". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Policy at Science Europe". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Science Europe Publications". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Scientific Advisory Committee Members". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 

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