The academic world urges publishers to enter a brave new world

27 January 2016

Today, 27 January 2016, Prof Alain Beretz and Prof Kurt Deketelaere, Chair and Secretary-General of LERU, presented the signatures to the LERU Statement on Open Access to Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Dutch Secretary of State Sander Dekker. At the end of the meeting of the informal Competitiveness Council in Amsterdam, almost 10,000 signatures* (from individuals and institutions) were handed over, calling upon the policy makers for clear initiatives to guide the development of the Green and Gold routes to Open Access.

LERU Chairman gives his views on Horizon 2020

20 January 2016

Professor Alain Beretz, Chairman of LERU and President of the University of Strasbourg, offers his assessment of Horizon 2020.


Nick Jennings, computer science pioneer, appointed Vice Provost for Research at Imperial

20 January 2016

One of the world's most distinguished computer scientists, Professor Nick Jennings, is to become Vice Provost (Research) at Imperial from April 2016.

New Vice-Chancellor pledges ‘innovative, creative’ future for Oxford

05 January 2016

Professor Louise Richardson has spoken of her vision for Oxford's future as she becomes Vice-Chancellor of the University. She expressed the aim of keeping Oxford in the forefront of international education with 'ever more creativity, ever more innovation, ever more flexibility'.

LERU Secretary-General addresses House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

15 December 2015

As a member of the evidence panel, Prof Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General LERU, addressed today the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Lords (London, UK).

EU research must take a global view

15 December 2015

In the latest edition of the ERA newsletter, the focus lies on how Member States are pooling resources and aligning research agendas to address the societal challenges facing Europe. LERU emphasizes that EU research must take a global view. To tackle global challenges, European stakeholders must engage with international research institutions.

Christmas is over for journal publishers - opinion piece by Paul Ayris in University World News

15 December 2015

On 12 October 2015, LERU, issued a public Statement on Open Access. The statement looked at both the 'Green' and 'Gold' routes for Open Access – the Green involving self-archiving in a repository and the Gold involving publishing in a fully open access journal or website. It identified challenges that need to be addressed in both areas of activity.

Modest Open Access Christmas Deal in The Netherlands

10 December 2015

LERU has taken note of the agreement in principle which has been reached between the Dutch universities (VSNU) and Elsevier on open accessand subscriptions. It welcomes this agreement as a first modest step in the direction of introducing new business models for scholarly publishing.

EU copyright reform: time to walk the talk!

09 December 2015

Today, 9 December 2015, the European Commission has issued a Communication on the modernisation of copyright which will set the tone and pace of the change to come.

LERU takes next step towards a Global Council of Research-Intensive University Networks

08 December 2015

From 6 till 8 December 2015, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and some of the world’s other leading research-intensive university associations gathered in Berlin to further strengthen their ties.