Issue 1: February 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.
Welcome to the first edition of the Science Europe Newsletter. 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 to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA). Science Europe promotes co-operation and networking between research organisations at both policy and activity level.

New Practical Guide to Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations

Science Europe is dedicated to improving the European research environment by seeking to ensure that the research careers of women and men are equally facilitated.

The latest practical guide from Science Europe, ‘Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations,’ enables mutual learning between research organisations and directly addresses issues around gender inequality in research. The guide suggests a range of approaches for the implementation of gender equality. It sets out good practice examples and guides the development of context-specific approaches in three areas:
  • how to avoid unconscious bias in peer review processes;
  • how to monitor gender equality; and
  • how to improve grant management practices.

Other News

Joint Statement on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

This statement, released by LIBER Europe, EUA, LERU, CESAER and Science Europe - who together represent hundreds of universities, libraries, research funding and research performing organisations - calls on Members of the European Parliament to modify the current EU copyright reform proposal. Amendments in five main areas of the proposal are critical if Europe wants to be at the forefront of a prosperous and growing digital society. Europe must take the lead in developing legislative frameworks that allow fair dissemination, access to, sharing and use of available knowledge.

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New Policy Brief on Research Infrastructures in EU Framework Programming

This policy brief is a contribution to the evaluation and development of Research Infrastructures (RIs) under Horizon 2020. It highlights why RIs are of utmost importance for Europe’s global competitiveness and how the focus on RIs in Horizon 2020 should be enhanced.

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Research Organisations Enabling Wider Career Options

Intersectoral mobility of researchers is gaining political momentum in Europe, with more interest in bringing the competences that characterise researchers into public, private and not-for-profit sectors. This new survey report on intersectoral mobility schemes looks at the diversity of measures that are in place within Science Europe Member Organisations to enable researchers to be more mobile across different sectors.

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Evaluating FET Flagships

The Science Europe Working Group on Horizon 2020 has released a policy brief on FET Flagships. This policy brief is a contribution to the evaluation and development of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships under Horizon 2020. It highlights lessons learned about the added value and limitations of the current FET Flagships and provides recommendations for the development of the FET Flagship instrument.

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#ScienceIsGlobal: Joint Open Letter on Recent Developments in Science in the US

A new joint Open Letter has been issued by some 40 European science organisations – including Science Europe – about maintaining transparency, open communication and mobility of scholars and scientists in the context of developments in the US. The letter calls on the European Commission to uphold the principles and values that underpin scientific progress and maintain a global science system.

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Safeguarding Research Integrity is a Shared Task

Research Integrity is a priority topic for Science Europe as it creates a well-functioning research environment. 'Safeguarding research integrity is a shared task' is the core message of the Science Europe Governing Board in its latest Open Letter, ‘Research Integrity in the European Policy Landscape.’ The letter also contributes to the revision of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. It acknowledges the recent policy developments and takes stock of Science Europe's contribution to the European debate.

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