Issue 7: February 2019
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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.

Supporting the International Alignment of Research Data Management

Science Europe’s latest publication, the ‘Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management’, aims to align research data management (RDM) requirements across research funding and research performing organisations in Europe. It has been developed by experts of Science Europe Member Organisations and in consultation with the broader research stakeholder community.

The guide presents core requirements for Data Management Plans (DMPs) and criteria for the selection of trustworthy repositories, as well as some guidance on how to put these requirements and criteria into practice. The alignment of RDM requirements will aid researchers in complying with RDM requirements even when working with different research funders and research organisations

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Other News

Managing the Independence and Guaranteeing the Excellence of the European Research Council

The success of the European Research Council (ERC) relies on its autonomy and on the impeccable management of its administrative wing, the Executive Agency (ERCEA). Pablo Amor, Director of the ERCEA, has stood as a staunch guarantor for both over the past eight years. Following the news of Mr. Amor’s upcoming early departure as Director, Science Europe reiterates the fundamental need to maintain the ERC’s independence in the future.

In order to continue to identify and support word class scientific research, the ERC’s Scientific Council and the ERCEA both require the highest degree of autonomy in their scientific and administrative decision making.

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Feedback on the Implementation Guidance of Plan S Generates Large Public Response

Over 600 individuals and organisations provided feedback to cOAlition S on the implementation guidance of Plan S. Originating from over 40 countries, respondents providing feedback include researchers, librarians and libraries, publishers and editors, universities, learned societies, research funders and performers, and other interested citizens and organisations.

Responses are now being analysed and will feed into an updated version of the Plan S implementation guidance. An initial analysis of the feedback will be released in the spring and all feedback responses will be made openly available.

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Science Europe Vacancies: Secretary General and Senior Policy Officer

In order to support its current policy activities, Science Europe is recruiting a new Senior Policy Officer. The Office is looking for policy experts with expertise in areas such as Open Science, Open Access, Research Infrastructures, or other priority areas of the Science Europe Roadmap. The position is open until filled. Read the full vacancy here.

Science Europe is also recruiting a new Secretary General in anticipation of the upcoming departure of its current head, Stephan Kuster, after nine years at the organisation. For further information on the position, its requirements, and how to apply visit Deadline for applications is the 15 March 2019.

Science Europe Reception 2019


The annual Science Europe Reception took place on 29 January at the Science Europe Office in Brussels. This yearly event is the perfect occasion to socialise with the Science Europe staff, members of Science Europe, and other Brussels stakeholders. The Office was able to celebrate the many achievements of 2018 and highlight its upcoming 2019 priorities with 150 of its closest supporters and partners.

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