The time to act is now!

10 January 2017

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.

The European Research Council, a book by Thomas König

21 December 2016

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.

Interdisciplinarity: how universities unlock its power to innovate

14 December 2016

In a paper published today, LERU looks at interdisciplinarity as a powerful driver of knowledge creation, scientific progress and innovation.

Joan Elias is elected rector of the UB

05 December 2016

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.

The protection of animals used for research: A Directive that is fit for purpose

05 December 2016

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.

Job opportunities at LERU

02 December 2016

The LERU Office, based in Leuven, Belgium, is hiring a half time Policy Officer and Administrative Assistant.

Society needs talent from universities

29 November 2016

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”.

New LERU Chairman elected

21 November 2016

Prof. Bert van der Zwaan, Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University, is the new Chairman of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

LERU expands its membership

18 November 2016

The University of Copenhagen and Trinity College Dublin will join the League of European Research Universities (LERU) on 1 January 2017.

LERU´s response to the consultation on the Interim Evaluation of the EIT

16 November 2016

LERU submitted its response to the European Commission´s public consultation on the Interim Evaluation of the EIT. A good opportunity to take stock of the crucial role that EIT plays in the European innovation landscape and to provide some thoughts on the way forward for the EIT.