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European Science Foundation

Science Europe (SE) is an association of European Research Funding Organizations and Research Performing Organizations established in 2011 and based in Brussels. SE takes over and develops some activities which were realized by ESF in the past. Currently ESF is focusing on the winding down of its research instruments.

Science Europe comprises 52 organizations from 27 European countries and the Czech Science Foundation is currently the only member from the Czech Republic. Science Europe cooperates also with other entities such as the European universities, the European academies, the European scientific intergovernmental organizations and the European Commission for the purpose of developing the European Research Area (ERA).

Science Europe supports its member organizations in their efforts to foster European research. It will strengthen the ERA through its direct negotiations with key partners. SE promotes the work of its member organizations and supports cooperation between them both at policy and activity level. It also cooperates with non-European research organizations. SE acts, with the interests and expert views of researchers as a guide, to maximize the input of the member organizations in the development of the ERA in conjunction with the European Commission. It provides a plan of action to ensure that publicly funded research and innovation in Europe has the maximum impact, contributing to the development of the economy and providing solutions to deliver societal benefit. One of the Czech Science Foundation’s main interests within the SE is the Open Access issue, i.e. the accessibility of scientific data and outputs.

Structure of SE

The highest decision making body of Science Europe is the General Assembly. It consists of representatives of each of the member organizations at their top decision-making level and may have high level observers from external bodies. General Assembly on the basis of recommendations to the Governing Board by a Membership Committee approves new members of SE.

The SE Governing Board is the senior body of elected members who make, guide and monitor the strategic direction of SE.

As of 20 November 2015, Science Europe’s President is Michael Matlosz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the French National Research Agency (ANR). The two Vice-Presidents are Emilio Lora-Tamayo, President of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Ingrid Petersson, Director General of the Swedish Research Council for Environment (FORMAS).

  • The following people are members of the Governing Board:

  • Zbigniew Blocki, Director of the National Science Centre (NCN), Poland
  • Jane Elliott, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK
  • Jos Engelen, Chairman of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Fernando Ferroni, President of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy
  • Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Association (Germany)
  • Eucharia Meehan, Director of the Irish Research Council (IRC)
  • Marc Schiltz, Secretary General/Executive Head of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)

SE is informed and supported in its activities by six Scientific Committees, composed of highly respected academics from all over Europe and representing the broadest range of scientific disciplines. These Committees, each composed of 15 members, act as the voice of researchers to SE and are essential for the provision of scientific evidence to support science policy and strategy developments at pan-European and global level.

  • The Scientific Committees cover the following disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Life, Environmental and Geo Sciences
  • Medical Sciences
  • Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences (including Materials Sciences)
  • Engineering and Technology Sciences (including Geo- and Bio-Engineering)