ESOF 2012 top down sessions

Time to simplify the representation of European research

Type: Science Programme, Policy

Organiser: Raymond Seltz, Deputy Secretary General of Euroscience

European countries invest less than America and Asia; organising and funding research at the European level is clumsy and complex. National funding agencies look for a higher profile in European policy discussions as the biggest providers of flexible money, but face challenges: position vis-à-vis the ERC; joint responsibilities e.g. in providing mid-level European research infrastructures. Key performing agencies are central in defining major European research efforts: easy for big players (e.g. CNRS, MPG, TNO, major aerospace labs), but the tens of thousands universities and research institutions, or individual enterprises? At grass-roots level EuroScience aims to provide a platform and shared services for individual scientists and institutions. Science Europe defines itself as new European lobbyist representing many national funding agencies and some performing organisations. The European Science Foundation looks for its most effective added value. Horizon 2020 presents major organisational and funding challenges: research and funding institutions must position themselves to ensure that solutions for major European research and innovation efforts are not largely politically inspired. European researchers and institutions need to unite to make their voice better heard and help find structures fit for purpose in the 21st century.


Prof. Enric Banda Former
Former President of EuroScience

Octavi Quintana Trias
Director of the European Research Area

Prof. Paul Boyle
President of Science Europe

Peter Tindemans
Secretary General of EuroScience

Boosting Frontier Research in Europe

Type: Careers Programme, The 21st Century Researcher

Organiser: Helga Nowotny; Raymond Seltz

ERC grantees represent the seed for future European leading research activities in all fields of scientific knowledge. Due to the diversity of European research funding they conduct their work in a great variety of situations. The speakers highlighted in the first place the exciting science they are carrying out. They shared their motivation and responded to the ‘what for’ question, illustrating that mixture of curiosity and drive arising from issues challenging society. They made the case for Europe as a fertile breeding ground for the highest quality research and attracting the best minds from all over the world if only the right conditions are put in place.


André Mischke
Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Carl Johan Sundberg
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Leif Schroeder
Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology, Germany

Simone Turchetti
University of Manchester, UK

Thomas Schäfer
POLYMAT. University of the Basque Country

South Eastern Europe Facing the Knowledge Society

Type: Careers Programme, The Global Researcher

Organiser: Raymond Seltz

The main goal of this session is to initiate discussions among different generations of researchers on the challenges of transforming economies and societies in Southeast-European countries. In this context, two challenging domains were particularly discussed: Perspectives for career development within Science and Technology (S&T) Intra- and interregional collaborations. The expected results are to: Challenge the Governments in Southeast Europe to respond with more clear and concrete statements on their policies in the field of S&T; Open new vistas for scientific and technological co-operations in the European Research Area. The session included short reports (5 min.) of pre-ESOF meetings in different countries followed by a discussion.


Daniela Calciu Ion Mincu
University Bucharest, Romania

Jana Ognjenovic
University Belgrade, Serbia

Jean-Pierre Alix
CNRS, France

Raymond Seltz
Deputy Secretary General of Euroscience, France