On 8 June 2015, LERU's Chief Policy Officer, Dr. Katrien Maes, gave a presentation for the Irish Humanities Alliance in Belfast.
LERU is very pleased to present a purpose-built and streamlined model contract for consortium agreements in certain Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions in Horizon 2020.
The protection of personal data stands out as one of the most salient topics of the 21st century. The way in which our personal data are obtained, the purposes for which they are used or their further diffusion are bound to have an ever-increasing importance in our daily lives. The fine line between personal data and fundamental rights calls for a regulatory framework that does not fall short of adequate protection.
LERU has renewed its engagement regarding the European Research Area (ERA). It signed a new "Joint Statement", together with the other stakeholder organisations in the ERA Platform and the European Commission, represented by Commissioner Carlos Moedas.
LERU calls on the European Parliament to adopt a stronger and more ambitious position with regard to mandatory exceptions for research and education purposes and for text and data-mining.
As LERU and many other organisations have steadily argued in the past few months, the use of animals for scientific purposes is still needed and the European Directive on the protection of those animals is one of the most advanced pieces of legislation in the world with regard to animal welfare. Today, this has been confirmed by the European Commission.
Professor Louise Richardson, currently the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, has been nominated as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
LERU has taken note of the provisional agreement on the EFSI regulation. It is relieved that no money originally earmarked for the European Research Council, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and for spreading excellence/widening of participation, will have to contribute to the EFSI. This really was the bottomline.
In 2010 the European Union took a decisive step forward with regard to animal welfare by adopting the European Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The European Union might now take several steps back if the European Commission accepts the claim by the European Citizens´ Initiative (ECI) “Stop Vivisection” to annul this Directive and ban all animal research.
Speech given on Friday 15 May by Prof. José Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission and alumnus and visiting professor at the University of Geneva, at the LERU Rectors’ Assembly in Geneva.