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Issue 2: June 2017
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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 an association of European Research Funding and Performing Organisations based in Brussels. Our mission is to promote the collective interests of our members and support co-operation between research organisations at both policy and activity level. We help strengthen the European Research Area by contributing evidence based science policy and conducting advocacy activities that promote the importance of science and research.

Join us on 21 June to Discuss Why Europe Needs Text and Data Mining

Science Europe and the European Alliance for Research Excellence (EARE) co-organise a seminar on Text and Data Mining (TDM) at the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Zdzisław Krasnodębski from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR). The seminar, which will take place on Wednesday 21 June from 17.00 to 19.00, will provide an insight into the particularities of TDM and its importance for Europe as an innovative research area. Interested participants must register by 19 June.

Speakers from various fields – research, academia, and start-ups – will present their views on why a broad TDM exception in the Copyright Directive is fundamental in order to put Europe at the forefront of a prosperous and growing digital society. Marie Timmermann, Science Europe Officer for EU Legislation and Regulatory Affairs, will present the Science Europe views on the need for a copyright exception for TDM.

Other News

Shaping Open Access and Creating Transparency


Science Europe is committed to playing a leading role in accomplishing the transition to Open Access in an efficient and sustainable way. In its latest recommendation, scientific institutions are encouraged to disclose payments of Open Access publication fees by participating in the ‘Open APC Initiative’. This will help create a more transparent cost structure in the Open Access publication market and stimulate competition.

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In Support of the ERC Scientific Council Statement ‘Building on a European Success Story to Further Empower European Researchers’
 

Science Europe expresses its full support for the statement released by the European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council in May, and joins the call to consolidate the ERC’s success by ensuring its continuity, agility and scale-up in the next framework programme.” The ERC is a clear example of European added value. It is important to retain the autonomy of the ERC, to provide it with adequate long term funding, and to maintain its focus on excellence.

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New Workshop Report on Advancing Research Integrity Practices and Policies
 

A Science Europe workshop, held on 22 February, addressed the issue of implementing the recommendations that Science Europe made on research integrity practices in its July 2016 Survey Report ‘Research Integrity Practices in Science Europe Member Organisations’. Participants explored the challenges in taking forward the recommendations through the discussion of case studies presented by organisations that have already tackled some of the more difficult issues. A report of this workshop was produced, which along with key outputs from the workshop, was presented at the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity in Amsterdam by Tony Peatfield (Science Europe Working Group on Research Integrity/Medical Research Council, UK).

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How to Challenge Current Business Models in Academic Publishing?
 

On 26 and 27 April, Science Europe hosted the workshop ‘Challenging the Current Business Models in Academic Publishing: Accelerators and Obstacles to the Open Access Transition’ in Antwerp, Belgium, in collaboration with LIBER and EUA. The workshop brought together fifty experts from research funding and research performing organisations, universities, libraries, OA publishers, and individual researchers, to discuss and challenge current licensing practices. The topic of ‘Big Deals’ was at the forefront of the discussions as a highly disputed business model in OA publishing.

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Building a Narrative on Impact and the Societal Value of Science
 

‘Building a Narrative on Impact and the Societal Value of Science’ was the first Symposium hosted by the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of Science Europe on 17 November 2016 in Brussels. The event marked an important step in the development of a multidisciplinary scientific narrative on the topic of impact, and featured an open dialogue between members of the SAC, high-level representatives from Science Europe Member Organisations, and external stakeholders. Full conference report to be released shortly.

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The 2017 edition of the SAC Symposium, which will take place this November, will address the topic of ‘Science Without Borders’. More information will follow.
 

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