Today the European Commission opens its online consultation on the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation. The ‘LERU’s Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020’ paper that will be officially launched in Brussels tomorrow is LERU’s response to this consultation and makes recommendations to a wide range of aspects related to Horizon 2020.
11 October saw the publication of the Commission’s High Level Expert Group on the European Science Cloud.
Citizen science is experiencing an upsurge of interest. In a paper published today, LERU analyses trends in citizen science, formulates actionable guidelines for scientists and gives recommendations for universities, policymakers and funders.
The research-intensive universities that are members of LERU have been able to form a unique bond over the past fifteen years and have succeeded in successfully advocating the interests of research-intensive universities in Europe and beyond. They are also keenly aware that, regardless of their location and other differentiating factors, all research universities in Europe face similar challenges affecting all aspects of their intertwined activities - education, research and societal engagement. There are similar challenges for universities, not only within the Western and Southern European quadrants, where LERU universities are located, but also in Central and Eastern Europe, with challenges differing more in intensity and in degree of development, than in fundamental characteristics. That is why a group of seven respected Central-European universities and LERU are joining forces.
Three alumni of the University of Cambridge (a LERU university) were awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering work in the field of condensed matter physics.
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, emeritus professor of the University of Strasbourg (a LERU university) and member of the Académie des Science has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2016.
On 26 September 2016, International law scholar and university leader Professor Stephen Toope was nominated as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
14 September saw the International Association of STM publishers issue a response to the EC’s proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which flies in the face of LERU’s views contained in its own Press Release.
The European Commission has presented its legislative proposal to update the EU framework on copyright. LERU is very pleased to see that the EC has finally included the much needed mandatory exception for Text and Data Mining in the proposed Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market.
Just a few months short of his scheduled end of term as President of the University of Strasbourg and Chairman of LERU, Prof. Alain Beretz has been appointed as the Director-General for Research and Innovation at the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research in Paris.