Issue 5: March 2018
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Science Europe Newsletter

Your quarterly update from Science Europe with news and information on our events, publications and other activities.
Science Europe is the association of European Research Performing and Funding Organisations, based in Brussels. Our mission is to promote the collective interests of our members and to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA). Science Europe promotes co-operation and networking between research organisations at both policy and activity level.

Stephan Kuster Secretary General of Science Europe

As of February 2018, Stephan Kuster is the Secretary General of Science Europe. The Governing Board appointed him for a term of six years, in which he will manage the Brussels Office and act as the main spokesperson for the association.
Stephan Kuster (42) is a Swiss and Colombian national with a background in social sciences. He was part of the Pilot Office that prepared the launch of Science Europe in 2011, and served as its Head of Policy Affairs since 2012. Following the departure of former Director Amanda Crowfoot in March 2017, Kuster was appointed as Acting Director.

Kuster called it “a great honour to be entrusted with representing the collective interests of some of the best and largest research organisations in the world.” He intends to continue promoting scientific research as a vital activity and to highlight the crucial role that the Science Europe members play in Europe and in the world.

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Harmonisation of Research Data Management Policy

On 30 January, Science Europe and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) launched an initiative for the voluntary international alignment of research data management policies and practices.

There is currently large diversity in Data Management Plan policies and guidelines, which can cause confusion for researchers who increasingly acquire funding from different sources. There is therefore a need to align data management requirements to support researchers and their data stewards.

The aim of the initiative is to develop a set of core requirements for research data management plans, as well as a list of criteria to select trusted repositories where researchers can safely store their data for sharing.

The Science Europe Working Group on Research Data will soon launch a consultation and invite consolidated feedback from representative organisations and networks on the proposed draft requirements and criteria. Interested parties are invited to contact the Science Europe Office.

More information | Guidance Document on a Framework for RDM

Other News

UK Research Councils Continue as UK Research and Innovation

As of 1 April 2018, the seven UK Research Councils – all members of Science Europe – will continue as a single organisation. They are joined by Innovate UK and Research England in the newly created UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Sir Mark Walport will lead the new structure as its Chief Executive.

Science Europe looks forward to continuing the close collaboration with its UK member.

Science Europe Statement on the Multiannual Financial Framework

Multiannual Financial Frameworks (MFF) determine the budget allocation of the EU over a period of seven years. Science Europe recommends to strengthen science, research, and innovation by increasing their budget in the 2021–2027 MFF and to take measures to ensure that the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will have the capacity to achieve its goals.

Read 'The Funding that Europe Needs'

The Rationales of Open Science: Digitalisation and Democratisation in Research

The German Research Foundation (DFG) hosted the 2017 edition of the annual Science Europe High Level Workshop. In Berlin, participants discussed several aspects of Open Science. How can citizens best be involved in the scientific process, and how 'Open' can we make science? And how do we ensure that the highest standards in scientific research are maintained in such a system? A brief report of the discussions on the day is now available.

Read the High Level Workshop 2017 Report

Open Letter on Sustainability of
Research Infrastructures

Research infrastructures are of vital importance to the European research landscape. Operating and funding them in a sustainable way should therefore be high on the agenda.

Ahead of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council's conference on research infrastructures, Science Europe shares the expertise of its members in this Open Letter. It makes several recommendations to ensure the longevity and sustainability of these systems.

Read the Open Letter

Science Europe in the News

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