Debate at the first physical meeting of the EuroScience Governing Board in 2020, held in Glasgow/UK on March 9-10 and hosted by the University of Glasgow, was dominated by analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the operations of EuroScience and, in particular, on the EuroScience Open Forum event (ESOF2020) currently being prepared in Trieste/Italy. The Governing Board was informed by the ESOF2020 Champion, Prof. Stefano Fantoni, of the risk analysis developed by the local organisers in Trieste, and the Board, in joint agreement with the Trieste organisers, adopted the decision not to cancel ESOF2020 but rather to postpone the event to September 2-6, 2020.
A new strategy for EuroScience
Prof. Michael Matlosz, President of EuroScience, presented the new strategy document “EuroScience 2020-2024” to the Board. The strategy was developed with the support of the Board over the last six months and aims at adapting the missions and priority actions of EuroScience to the new challenges that the research community will face in the coming decade. The Board approved the strategy and charged the EuroScience Office with the preparation of a workplan to be presented to the membership, along with the strategy, at ESOF2020 in Trieste.
EuroScience budget approved
The Governing Board also approved the 2019 accounts and budgetary execution, as well as the projected annual budget of the association for 2020, thereby allowing EuroScience to carry out its planned activities for the year.