Science Policy: EuroScience latest statements

You will find below a provision of well-researched brief statements on science and innovation policy, distributed through traditional as well as social networks, for both policy makers and the general public, coupled with active campaigns and other supporting activities.

Other issues of great concern to EuroScience include:

  •  Researchers’ rights: we actively organize debates on intellectual property rights and the promotion of open access, to balance the interests of individual scientists, their institutions, companies and society at large. We also campaign against infringements by public or institutional authorities on the rights of scientists.

 

  • Research integrity: we adress the urgent need for fighting fraud, forgery and plagiarism in science world-wide. We also promote integrity, responsability and solidarity within the scientific community, including its relationship with the society at large. Lastly, we aim at developing a common perception and support of the cultural, ethical and legal value of science and research within Europe.

 

  • Defense of scientists’ rights: the importance of the human factor in research is evident to everybody, and concerns all disciplines, branches and sectors. The working conditions, the rights and the duties, the intellectual freedom, the material environment for the conduction of a fruitful scientific inquiry are all common elements for the profession of researcher, irrespective of the specific career and field chosen.Scientific research and the defense of human rights share common values (aspiration to universality, regard for precision and transparency, critical spirit) and they are enterprises called to join forces and throw light on each other, for better against worst.
    In this regard, the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers are a must-read. These address researchers as well as employers and funders in both the public and private sectors. The Charter provides a framework for the career management of researchers, while the Code promotes open and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures.

EuroScience 2017 statements

Framework 9 will not be built on boasting and buzzwords (3 August 2017 Research Europe):

Instead of believing its own hype, the European Commission should ask what EU R&D programmes are for, says Peter Tindemans. Read more…

Open Letter on recent developments in science in the US (10 February 2017):

A large number of major European organisations in the area of science, research, innovation and higher education have written an Open Letter to European Prime Ministers, ministers responsible for those same areas, as well as the President of the European Council and of the European Commission, and Commissioner Carlos Moedas for Research and Innovation to express their concern about recent developments in the US. Read more…

EuroScience 2016 statements

Turkey urgent call for solidarity (5 September 2016):

We shared our concerns about the repression of democratic and academic freedoms in Turkey. We endorse the Call for Solidarity by Academics for Peace. Members of “Academics for Peace” and Education and Science Workers Union (Eğitim­SEN) have been removed from their positions in public higher education institutions permanently! Read more…

Turkey: an open call to all governments and institutions in the Free World (1 August 2016):

We call on all governments and institutions of the Free World to condemn the recent actions of the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms and to withdraw any support for President Erdogan until civil liberties are restored in his country. Read more…

Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation: a joint statement by EuroScience and the Initiative for Science in Europe (26 July 2016):

The Initiative for Science in Europe and EuroScience call for an inclusive and open dialogue with the European Commission on the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation while identifying five areas of opportunity and concern. Read more…

Global science organisations: “keep investing in long-term science” (26 July 2016):

Six leading science organisations from across the world have identified three important principles for continuing and optimising public investment in science and engineering. These principles were presented to Carlos Moedas at ESOF 2016 in Manchester, UK. Read more…

EuroScience issues Open Letter to President Erdogan (21 July 2016):

In an Open Letter to Turkish President Erdogan, EuroScience expresses great concerns about the threats to the openness, independence and autonomy of the scientific and educational endeavour in Turkey. Read more…

Deploring UK decision to leave, EuroScience will work on good conditions for cooperation (24 June 2016):

EuroScience is very disappointed about the decision of the UK people to leave the EU. ESOF 2016 event in July in Manchester will demonstrate that UK scientists are as much a part of the European scientific community as before the vote to leave. Read more…

Scientific research saved in new EU data protection agreement (14 April 2016):

EuroScience has followed closely the upcoming modifications of the Data Protection legislation and Directive. It seems to us that in the end the EU institutions have realised that society and citizens stand to benefit greatly if scientific research can use data, of course in responsible ways. Read more…

EuroScience supports the REIsearch Initiative on chronic diseases (16 February 2016):

The European Institute for Science Media and Democracy (EISMD) launched on 15 February 2016 a citizen engagement and media campaign on chronic diseases, the REIsearch Initiative, of which EuroScience is a partner. Read more…

EuroScience 2015 statements

Sign petition to keep ethical, responsible research using personal data (20 October 2015):

EuroScience calls on its members and readers to sign the petition to urge the European institutions to maintain exemptions for research in the trilogues on the new Data Protection Regulation. Read more…

 Realities should prompt a rethink of doctoral education (29 June 2015):

Doctoral education was seen in the past as an individual relationship between a supervisor and the doctoral candidate. Nowadays universities follow performance of doctoral training efforts more closely. What are we training doctoral candidates for? Read more…

ERC and Marie Curie Sklodowska budgets saved (28 May 2015):

EuroScience congratulates the European Parliament for being steadfast and the European Commission for being flexible which have resulted in no cuts in the budgets of the European Research Council and the Marie Curie Sklodowska actions. Read more…

EuroScience supports Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (13 March 2015):

The use of animals in research has proved indispensable. Although in vitro testing and other computational modelling methods are being developed, they do not constitute a real alternative for the time being. Read more…

Open letter: EU share in Investment Plan (17 February 2015):

The EC has published its budget proposal indicating from where it will draw the funds for its own contribution to the European Fund for Strategic Investment. Read more…

EuroScience very concerned about using ERC funds for EU Fund for Strategic Investments (27 January 2015):

The European Commission has published from which budgets it will draw the funds for its own contribution to the European Fund for Strategic Investments, which then should trigger a multiplier effect through contributions from the European Investment Bank, national governments and the private sector. Read more…

EuroScience expresses support for French population and colleagues (9 January 2015):

EuroScience expresses its strong solidarity with the population of France and especially our French colleagues in EuroScience in these days when mortal attacks have been carried out on journalists standing for the freedom of speech, and therefore on that freedom itself. Read more…

EuroScience concerned for Prof. Imad al-Barghouthi (8 January 2015):

EuroScience has learned with concern the arrest and detention of the well-known Palestinian astronomer prof. Imad al-Barghouthi traveling to a conference. Read more…

You may find the statements released before 2015 on this page. For past activities before 2015, please also refer to this press review.