EuroScience in a nutshell
EuroScience is the non-profit grassroots association of researchers in Europe.
Open to European researchers across disciplines and countries, EuroScience undertakes to advance science and innovation in Europe, thereby promoting the interests of its thousands of members.
From its inception in 1997, EuroScience has been active in shaping policies for science, technology and innovation (STI), from the discussions leading to the European Charter and Code for Researchers, establishing the ERC, or the shaping of Horizon 2020 and its budget in the EU Financial Framework 2014-2020. EuroScience also plays a key role in RRI Tools, a major project on Responsible Research and Innovation.
EuroScience represents European scientists in all areas of knowledge and those interested in science, whether in public sector institutions, universities, research institutes or the business sector. Science is an essential part of Europe’s cultural achievements and provides the basis for the continuing health and prosperity of European citizens. It provides the basis for the development of policy at the European, national and regional levels and for societal debates. Science, technological developments and innovation are together the engine of welfare and development in Europe.
This is at the base of EuroScience’s vision and strategy of becoming the most prominent grass-roots organization for science, technology and innovation in Europe, as well as an umbrella for European organisations in the field of science.
EuroScience membership is open to anyone and any organisation who shares this vision, who will work towards making this vision come true and who is willing to contribute to furthering the objectives of EuroScience.
Our vision has four cornerstones. They define the key agenda of EuroScience and its members, namely to:
- Contribute to the integration of Europe through the promotion of the idea of a threefold citizenship among scientists and scientific institutions in Europe – a European citizenship and a disciplinary and national (and regional) one
- Enhance the contribution of science to the well-being and prosperity of mankind and enrich society in dealing with the political and ethical issues confronting it
- Influence the shaping of policies for science in Europe, both at a national and European level
- Raise awareness of the important issues linking science to society, and actively engage in addressing these issues through political processes and the promotion of dialogue at the European level between scientists and other stakeholders in science
The mission of EuroScience as a grassroots organisation is to be:
- A voice for and to European scientists
- An anchor point for all those who want to interact with a European scientific voice
- A platform for policymakers to connect to scientists and scientific institutions at a European level
- A platform where scientists, politicians and other stakeholders can meet, discuss and advance societal, including ethical issues concerning science and its applications
A membership organization of researchers
President of Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Former ESF CEO
ESOF 2008 Champion
ESOF 2010 champion
1st Secretary General
Former ERC president
ESOF 2006 co-champion
ERC president, former IHES director
José Mariano Gago
Minister for Science and Higher Education of Portugal
ESOF 2014 champion
ESOF 2012 champion
Director general of Deutsches Museum, ESOF 2006 champion
Prof. Carl Johan Sundberg
1st ESOF champion, Winner of EU Descartes prize
Human Physiology, Medicine, Bioentrepreneurship - Sweden
Dr. Raymond Seltz
2nd Secretary General
EuroScience has 2600 Individual Members in 77 countries and 14 Corporate Members.
As a grass-roots association, EuroScience strongly depends on the support of individuals and organisations to grow in size and influence to make its ambition, which is effectively your ambition, a reality: becoming the independent Voice of Science in Europe.
Supporting EuroScience is a direct and democratic way to influence the construction of the Europe of Science and Technology, for the benefit of Europe’s international position in science, and to enhance science’s contribution to society, opportunities and mobility for both young and experienced researchers. Find out how to support EuroScience.
Françoise Praderie described the foundation of the EuroScience Association from her perspective in a speech on the occasion of the award of the Fondation La Ferthé prize. Read Françoise Praderie’s speech on EuroScience first steps.