The EU-LIFE community is deeply sad by the passing away of one of its Board of Directors’ member: Michael Wakelam, Director of The Babraham Institute, who died on 1st of April from respiratory complications arising from a suspected Covid-19 infection.
Young scientists and researchers at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and Institut Curie organized a joint Young Scientists Retreat on the 22nd and 23 of September 2019. A great initiative between young scientists from our Portuguese and French members to share their work and foster networking & collaboration!
In our Open Letter we urged the European Parliament and the EU Council to provide Horizon Europe with key assets and to prioritise R&I by committing an appropriate budget for Horizon Europe. Now we keep advocating for R&I through a media campaign to urge politicians to increase the budget for scientific funding.
René Medema, Director of Research of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, has been appointed the new chair of EU-LIFE, an alliance of thirteen leading life science institutes in Europe, as of 1 January 2020.
EU-LIFE Community members held their annual meeting in Milan on 7th and 8th of October. One more year, the working group members, main representatives and directors from our 13 member institutes joined to strengthen the on-going EU-LIFE collaborations looking for an optimal environment for excellent research.
The EU-LIFE Community meeting held in Milan in November gave the opportunity to organize a roundtable discussion on Open Science focused on Open and FAIR data with Sabina Leonelli, professor of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Exeter, Giuseppe Testa, Group Leader at IEO and Henri van Luenen, Director of Operations at NKI.
After the EU-LIFE Visiting Scientist programme, EU-LIFE is launching a new programme to stimulate interaction and collaboration between the scientists of the alliance. The Visiting Postdoctoral EU-LIFE seminars programme is offering a great opportunity for Postdocs to visit other EU-LIFE institutes by giving a talk about their work.
Open letter to the EU Council and the European Parliament to prioritise R&I by committing an appropriate budget for Horizon Europe
Europe is at a critical crossroads. While new major societal challenges emerge, the EU is at the same time called to revisit its founding values and questioned on its role in Europe and the World. Therefore, refocusing on real beacons of the EU ideal is needed to secure and nurture the EU added value for citizens.
EU-LIFE points out the increasing lack of opportunities for collaborative research in biomedicine at a European level and highlights how this is endangering long-lasting, positive impact in health research for the benefit of citizens. 6 recommendations aim at contributing to improvement for the upcoming seven-year cycle of Horizon Europe.