At a time when funding and international reputation are based predominantly on research activities, universities are shining a new light on their important role as education institutions. Members of LERU are taking a hard look at how they can provide the best possible student education for the twenty-first century, in these days of political and economic challenge. A new LERU position paper, ‘Excellent education in research-rich universities’, analyses the characteristics of excellent education. Considering the different ways in which education and research are connected in research-intensive universities, it illustrates some of the diverse ways in which LERU universities are changing their approach towards education, for the benefit of both students and wider society.
Prof. Herman Vanden Berghe, LERU’s first Secretary-General and Honorary Vice Rector at the KU Leuven, died on 23 January 2017. Herman was Secretary-General of LERU from 2003 until 2005 and one of the founding fathers of the organisation.
Today, representatives of the public research sector in Europe (LERU, CESAER, EUA, LIBER and Science Europe) call with a united voice on European legislators to remove the barriers to research and innovation that exist in the current proposal for copyright. EU policymakers should take the lead in developing legislative frameworks that allow fair dissemination, access to, sharing and use of available knowledge. The joint statement outlines the ways in which the European Commission´s proposal on copyright should be amended to ensure this.
This is the first ever history of the European Research Council (ERC), which is the top public body for the funding of scientific and technological research conducted within the EU, founded in 2007. The author, Thomas König, was an adviser to the former head of the ERC, Helga Nowotny, so it is written with first-hand insider knowledge.
In a paper published today, LERU looks at interdisciplinarity as a powerful driver of knowledge creation, scientific progress and innovation.
Joan Elias, professor of Mathematics, is the new rector of the University of Barcelona, after having obtained the 53,07% of the weighted vote in the second round of the elections for the Rector’s Office which took place on December 1.
While the use of replacement methods is desirable, the use of live animals in research remains essential to protect human and animal health and the environment. Having the right regulatory framework to enable it is crucial. To that end, in 2010, the EU adopted the EU Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and committed itself to reviewing its text by November 2017. Today, one day ahead of the scientific conference that the European Commission (EC) will hold as part of its response to the European Citizens Initiative “Stop Vivisection”, LERU publicly reiterates its support to the Directive and presents its contribution to its reviewing process.
The LERU Office, based in Leuven, Belgium, is hiring a half time Policy Officer and Administrative Assistant.
LERU welcomes the Council conclusions on “measures to support early stage researchers, raise the attractiveness of scientific careers and foster investment in human potential in research and development”.
Prof. Bert van der Zwaan, Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University, is the new Chairman of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).