Who represents European scientists?

  • The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) is an umbrella platform founded in the mid-2000s to join forces and bring together the voices of European learned societies and grassroots organisations, and to advocate for the creation of the European Research Council. In 2012 and 2013, a similar campaign was launched to support research investment in the EU budget framework negotiations, involving over 153’000 researchers. Individual researchers can get involved through member organisations and join the ‘no-cuts-on-research’ mailing list to be kept updated about upcoming campaigns and activities.
  • Euroscience, founded in 1997, is a European grassroots association open not only to individual researchers in academia and industry but also to science journalists, teachers, policy makers, and other citizens that are interested in science. The board is elected by the members by means of online voting. Euroscience is best known as the organizer of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe, held biannually in different European cities. Individuals can directly join working groups and as members.
  • Learned societies & professional associations have a long tradition of organizing the scientific community of a specific discipline or around an interdisciplinary thematic area. They facilitate scientific exchange through various activities including the organisation of conferences and courses, the publication of reviews and journals, support for young researchers by means of fellowships or grants, mentoring and networking opportunities. They are also active in science policy, representing their disciplines and advising policy makers. To tackle the overarching policy questions that are relevant to all disciplines, major learned societies, such as the European Physical Society, EuChemSand FEBS, have joined forces within ISE.Take a look at our database of European learned societies and scientific organisations and join your society either at the national or directly at the European level.
  • Staff associations, postdoc and predoc organisations are networks of researchers mostly established at department or university level, often extending to the national level. Besides networking and the organisation of leisure activities, they often have an important role in representing researchers at different career stages at institutional or national level.At the European level, Eurodoc, the European Council of doctoral candidates and junior researchers, is the umbrella of national organisations of postdocs and predocs. The International Council of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) networks staff associations at international level.
  • Unions have a long history in defending workers’ rights and pushing for improved work and contractual conditions. They are recognized as a partner in negotiations on collective bargaining agreements at universities or at the national level in many countries. At the European level, there are two confederations that include researchers in their target group:

    Both are affiliated with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

  • Academies:Membership in academies is by invitation only, following a nomination process.
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