On 20 and 21 November 2015, the rectors of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) gathered at Imperial College London for the 29th Rectors’ Assembly. The university heads discussed various important research related topics such as open access, Horizon 2020, quality assurance in doctoral education and recent developments in EU research & innovation policies.
The €375,000 prize for the science-based idea competition Helsinki Challenge was divided between two teams. The winner was NEMO – Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction, which received €250,000, while the runner-up, Biodiversity Now, received €125,000.The prize money is intended for realising the team’s idea.
Engaging in gendered research and innovation is vital because it helps research to answer the global societal challenges we are facing, from adaptation to climate change.
On Thursday 29 October, LERU’s Geneva-based alumni were invited to the 8th Alumni Chapter.
Nordic Particle Accelerator School, NPAS granted with ERASMUS+ to allow further development in the coming years
LERU submitted its response to the Horizon 2020 simplification survey of the European Commission. Simplification has always been the number 1 priority of LERU in the development and implementation of Horizon 2020. Consequently LERU has always been actively engaged in the simplification agenda and will certainly continue to do so in the future.
A group of prominent international linguists want to make the access to their scientific results less dependent of expensive commercial publishers. This unique initiative starts under the name LingOA.
Today, during a breakfast briefing at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Julia Reda, LERU presented what universities need from the upcoming EU copyright reform.
Nowadays, European universities pay publishers significant parts of their university budget. Hundreds of millions of euro's. Money which is not directly spent on research and education, even though it is largely taxpayers´ money. LERU calls upon all universities, research institutes, research funders and researchers to sign up to the LERU statement and give a clear signal towards the European Commission and the Dutch EU Presidency.
The European Commission launched the "Science4Refugees" initiative to help refugee scientists and researchers find suitable jobs that both improve their own situation and put their skills and experience to good use in Europe's research system. LERU congratulates Commissioner Carlos Moedas with this important initiative.