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E.U. frees up data for science

Scientists in Europe have won a major battle over access to personal health data. A research coalition had worried that draft E.U. legislation would have sharply restricted scientific use of such data. This week, however, scientist-friendly amendments emerged from negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Council, and the European Commission.(...) - Science, by Hinnerk Feldwisch-Drentrup, Dec. 19, 2015

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EU to ease entry rules for researchers, students

European Union Justice and Home Affairs ministers on Friday agreed on common entrance and residency rules aimed at making the European Union more attractive for students and researchers from third countries. (...)  - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 04 December 2015 Issue No:393

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UK and Ireland gain in Horizon 2020 top 50 performers

An analysis of the top performers in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, or H2020, shows that the UK has strengthened its position, along with the Netherlands and Ireland, compared with the Seventh Framework Programme; and Switzerland is no longer represented. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 30 October 2015 Issue No:388

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[Denmark] Scientific impact of EU projects is ‘outstanding’

[Denmark] Scientific impact of EU projects is ‘outstanding’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The scientific impact of Danish publications linked to the European Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes is “outstanding”, according to a ministry report.

For universities and research and technology, or GTS, institutes the effects of participating in the European Union framework programmes were “considerable” regarding building European networks and funding of activities. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust,
09 October 2015 Issue No:385

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Leaving the EU would drive away talented foreign scientists

Leaving the EU would drive away talented foreign scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A Brexit would put the UK’s academic success at risk as European research stars go elsewhere (...) - The Guardian, by Nerea Irigoyen and Eduardo Oliver, 18 August 2015

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Nobel laureates defend E.U. animal research rules against citizens' proposal

Nobel laureates defend E.U. animal research rules against citizens' proposal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

European lawmakers will hear citizens' initiative to "Stop Vivisection" on Monday.

 

Sixteen Nobel laureates have added their voices to a chorus of 149 science organizationsdefending existing E.U.-wide rules for animal research. In an open letter published on Friday, the group warns that repealing the current rules, as a citizens' initiative has proposed, would harm biomedical research in Europe. (...) - Science, by Tania Rabesandratana, 8 May 2015

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E.U. Parliament up in arms against raid on research funds

E.U. Parliament up in arms against raid on research funds | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Talks start on where to find money for European stimulus package.

 

The European Parliament has thrown a spanner into the works of European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker’s plan to slash €2.7 billion from the European Union's 2014 to 2020 research budget for a new investment fund to help ramp up Europe's economy. Although E.U. member states seem happy to sign off on Juncker's proposal, the Parliament says the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) must find its money elsewhere. Talks will start on 23 April in Brussels to reconcile these opposing stances. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratana, Science, 20 April 2015

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Europe's research commissioner lays out his ambitions

Europe's research commissioner lays out his ambitions | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Carlos Moedas on European funding models, diplomacy and scientific advice.

 

ast November, Portuguese engineer-turned-economist Carlos Moedas was plucked from managing his country’s budget-cutting austerity programme to take charge of the research portfolio at the European Commission in Brussels. (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbott & Philip Campbell, 23 March 2015

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Excellence: EU research plan may widen gaps

The success of the European Union (EU) Research and Innovation programme depends on achieving critical mass among member states and optimizing each state's research contribution (see also M. Żylicz Nature 517, 438; 2015). This could be difficult, given the wide variation in each state's willingness to participate and in their… (...) - Nature 518, 167 (12 February 2015) doi:10.1038/518167c

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Swiss scientists regain access to some E.U. grants through 2016

Swiss scientists regain access to some E.U. grants through 2016 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Deal opens up parts of Horizon 2020 blocked after immigration referendum.

BRUSSELS—Starting today, scientists in Switzerland will again be able to apply for some research funds from the European Union's Horizon 2020 program—including coveted grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Both sides reached a short-term deal undoing restrictions imposed on Swiss scientists after a referendum to curb mass immigration back in February. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratana, Science, 15 September 2014

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[Germany] Governments are protecting agricultural subsidies to the disadvantage of research and innovation

 Heads of innovation instead of heads of cabbage

EU budget negotiations for 2015 have resulted in European government leaders planning to cut payments for research and innovation by 11% over the proposals of the European Commission. €1.1 billion would no longer be available. (...)  - HRK, German Rector's Conference

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Conflict erupts over landmark E.U. neuroscience plan

Conflict erupts over landmark E.U. neuroscience plan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists threaten to boycott the Human Brain Project.

 

More than 300 neuroscientists have signed an open letter sent to the European Commission on 7 July to complain about the Human Brain Project (HBP), a hugely ambitious research effort led by Henry Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. HBP, which will receive up to €1 billion in funding from the European Union and its member states, aims to capture the human brain in computer models. The critics say that it is too narrowly focused and poorly managed; they threaten to boycott HBP unless the commission tightens an upcoming review of the project and makes corrections.(...) -  by Martin Enserink, Science, 10 July 2014

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LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections

LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) urges the EU’s political leaders to set ambitious and concrete goals for the next legislature: use smart investment in research and innovation (R&I) as a winning investment for Europe’s future, help Europe power up economically, and build a better society for its citizens. To succeed, we need new mechanisms, incentives and rewards to harness the strengths of the EU’s R&I policies and programmes and forge smarter links with those of the member states. (...) - Press release LERU (League of European Research Universities), 19 May 2014

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Universities need to hone their argument for staying in the EU

Universities need to hone their argument for staying in the EU | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Emran Mian looks at four arguments that British universities have so far mustered for staying in the EU – and says universities must engage further, detail by detail, with the Eurosceptic rebuttals to these arguments. Even in universities the support for staying in the EU is soft. There is still time for universities to construct better arguments. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Emran Mia, 2015/12/15

 

 

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EU membership backed by 70% of UK university students, survey finds

EU membership backed by 70% of UK university students, survey finds | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pro-EU support strong but unreliable, with fewer than half of students polled saying they would definitely vote in referendum (...) - The Guardian, by Richard Adams, 29 November 2015

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EU unveils Horizon 2020 two-year work programme

The European Commission is to invest almost €16 billion (US$18 billion) in research and innovation in 2016 and 2017 under its Horizon 2020 programme, it was announced last Tuesday.

It follows the adoption of a new 'Work Programme' for those two years, covering nearly 600 topics. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley and Jan Petter Myklebust, 14 October 2015 Issue No:386

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EU hiring rules could catch out universities

Universities could lose up to a quarter of European Union research funding if they fail to comply with new rules designed to promote fair recruitment, a Brussels official has warned. Under the six-year €80 billion (US$90 billion) Horizon 2020 settlement agreed in May, UK universities are expected to receive roughly £2 billion (US$3 billion) in EU funding over the next two years, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education. (...) - University World News, by Times Higher Education, 19 September 2015 Issue No:382

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E.U. trims Horizon 2020 but spares European Research Council

E.U. trims Horizon 2020 but spares European Research Council | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Commission decides to use €2.2 billion in research money for a new European investment fund (...) - Science, by Tania Rabesandratana, 29 May 2015

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European commission leader plans to push international and gender diversity to promote research

European commission leader plans to push international and gender diversity to promote research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Gender Balance and Research Excellence

 

Improving “gender balance” in research to help drive up the quality of work produced is among the top priorities for the European Union’s new commissioner for research, science and innovation.

Carlos Moedas outlined his plans for the post, including a new visa program for researchers from countries outside the E.U., at the European University Association’s annual conference in Antwerp, Belgium. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Holly Else for Times Higher Education, April 23, 2015

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Ukraine joins E.U. research club—at a steep discount

Ukraine joins E.U. research club—at a steep discount | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Horizon 2020 deal brings Ukrainian science closer to Western bloc.

 

BRUSSELS—Ukraine has earned privileged access to competitive research funds from the European Union, bringing its science closer to the Western bloc. Under a deal signed in Kiev on 20 Marchwith the European Commission, Ukraine becomes an “associated country” to Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion, 7-year research program. That means researchers and businesses in Ukraine may apply for any Horizon 2020 grant. (...) - Science, by Tania Rabesandratana, 24 March 2015

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Corruption: Good governance powers innovation

Corruption: Good governance powers innovation | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Corruption is a barrier to innovation, warns Alina Mungiu-Pippidi. Greater scrutiny of public spending is needed if science and technology are to fulfil their potential. (...) - Nature, by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, 18 February 2015

 

 

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E.U. research chief candidate passes first test

E.U. research chief candidate passes first test | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Portugal's Carlos Moedas pledges to work as science's "torchbearer" and professes love of Europe.

 

BRUSSELS—Carlos Moedas, the commissioner-designate for research, has won over European parliamentarians in a public hearing here today. A former secretary of state in Portugal with no research policy background, Moedas came across as competent and well-prepared—but the plans he presented for his possible 5-year term remain vague, observers say. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratana, Science, 30 September 2014

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Universities warn against cuts to EU research funding

The European University Association, or EUA, has warned the Council of the European Union against making “considerable cuts” to proposed funding for research and innovation, including to the major framework programme Horizon 2020.

In a press statement last Thursday, the EUA said it understood that the Council of Minister’s position – to be formally adopted in September – recommended reductions in research and innovation payments.(...)  - University World News, 30 August 2014 issues 332

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Decision looms on future of E.U. science advice

Decision looms on future of E.U. science advice | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Green groups criticize current adviser—and her office.

 

A row has erupted over the job of chief science adviser to the European Commission, a post created in 2012. Jean-Claude Juncker, the new commission's president-elect, must decide whether to keep the post; nine nongovernmental organizations have called on him to scrap it because they are angered by the support of the current science adviser, Anne Glover, for genetically modified organisms. Many scientific organizations want to keep the position. But even Glover's supporters admit that her position has problems—including a tiny budget and an ill-defined mandate—that the new commission, set to take office in November, needs to fix. (...) - by Kai Kupferschmidt, 31 July 2014

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E.U. Commission Rejects Plea to Block Stem Cell Research Funding

E.U. Commission Rejects Plea to Block Stem Cell Research Funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

"Agreement to disagree" among member states will remain the rule under Horizon 2020.

 

BRUSSELS—The European Commission today turned down a request by pro-life organizations to block E.U. funding for research using embryonic stem cells—causing many scientists to breathe a sigh of relief. The commission says the existing rules under the European Union's science program, Horizon 2020, are appropriate and will not change. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratana, Science, 28 May 2014

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