EuroScience in a nutshell
EuroScience is the European grassroots organization for the Advancement of Science with a current membership base of more than 2500 individual members and 17 cooperate members from 75 countries. EuroScience members are for the most part researchers and engineers from all scientific disciplines, including physical sciences, life sciences and social sciences and humanities, working professionally in public and private research institutions, universities, industrial enterprises and government agencies. In addition to scientists and engineers, EuroScience also has many members from other professions involving science and technology, such as journalists, communicators, teachers and students.
The distinguishing feature of EuroScience is its mission to represent its members as individual professionals, independently of their institutional affiliation or employer. This places EuroScience in a unique position to reflect and debate on science and the science system in general, the relation of science to society and the role of the science professions in promoting well-being and societal progress. EuroScience consults its membership, both directly and through its science policy working group, on major topics of importance for science and society and offers a “voice” for expression of the position of science professionals through public statements and messages to political institutions, policy makers and the public.
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The vision of EuroScience is a scientific workforce that creates positive change for society.
This Vision expresses our desire to support the development of a responsible scientific community that contributes to the well-being and prosperity of mankind and to the capacity of society to face the political, social and economic challenges ahead.
EuroScience acts to create the necessary conditions to allow the scientific community to accept its societal accountability by integrating a role for citizen involvement and scrutiny, while at the same time preserving the values of research freedom: open, exploratory, expert, curiosity-driven scientific investigation, with liberty of thought and expression.
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.
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.