About us

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

Bertil Andersson

President of Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Former ESF CEO


Claude Kordon

1st president


Enric Banda

ESOF 2008 Champion


Enrico Predazzi

ESOF 2010 champion


Françoise Praderie

1st Secretary General


Helga Nowotny

Former ERC president


Indrig Wünning-Tscholl

ESOF 2006 co-champion


Jean-Patrick Connerade

2nd president


Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

ERC president, former IHES director


José Mariano Gago

Minister for Science and Higher Education of Portugal


Klaus Bock

ESOF 2014 champion


Patrick Cunningham

ESOF 2012 champion


Wolfgang Heckl

Director general of Deutsches Museum, ESOF 2006 champion


Prof. Carl Johan Sundberg

1st ESOF champion, Winner of EU Descartes prize

Karolinska Institutet

Human Physiology, Medicine, Bioentrepreneurship - Sweden

Dr. Raymond Seltz

2nd Secretary General

- France

EuroScience has 2600 Individual Members in 77 countries and 16 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.