Press release: LERU Secretary-General represents Hefei signatories at GRC 2014 Annual Meeting

22 May 2014

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) will be held on May 26-28, 2014 in Beijing, China.

The Global Research Council is a virtual organisation, comprised of the heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world, dedicated to promoting the sharing of data and best practices for high-quality collaboration among funding agencies worldwide.

For the 2014 Annual Meeting, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) will be the host organisations. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will be the co-host organisation. Approximately 60 Heads of Research Councils from around the world are expected to participate. The topics for discussion include Open Access for Publications and Shaping the Future: Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers.

For the first time, the major networks of research-intensive universities will be present as well: LERU Secretary-General Kurt Deketelaere, representing the signatories of the Hefei Statement, will attend the GRC meeting as an observer. "I am really looking forward to this meeting, and hope that research universities can join forces with the research funders on crucial issues like open access and research careers", he says.

The Hefei Statement on the key characteristics of contemporary research-intensive universities world-wide ( is a joint statement by LERU (Europe), AAU (United States), C9 (China) and Go8 (Australia). It was signed at the annual meeting of the C9 Presidents in Hefei, China, on 10 October 2013. Early in 2014, at the original signatories’ invitation, the following organisations signed up to the Hefei Statement: the Russell Group (UK), U15 (Canada) and AEARU (East-Asia).

This network of networks aims at increasing the collaboration between the partners and at tackling common challenges together. They will meet in Leiden on 20 & 21 November 2014 to discuss the characteristics and problems of Social Sciences & Humanities Research and sign a "Leiden Statement" on the matter.

In the long run, the partners in the network want to create a "Global Council of Research-Intensive Universities", which could act in a complementary way to the GRC.

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