LERU firmly established itself as a network of top-level universities dedicated to fundamental research. Internally, it has built up an organisation fit to meet LERU’s aims.

It developed ways to disseminate its message on research and higher education through several types of influential publications, helping to shape research policy at the EU level.

LERU has become a valued interlocutor for the European Commission on various research topics (FP7, Horizon 2020, ERA, etc.) and acts as the voice of European research-intensive universities on a very wide range of topics related to EU research policy. Through membership in the LERU network, LERU’s members can influence national agenda’s and improve their expertise through mutual learning and exchange of best practices.

To celebrate its first decade, LERU held a special conference in Barcelona entitled: “European Research Universities – Guide and Engine for Europe 2050”