Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe


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 and the future direction they might take as an independent researcher.

EU-LIFE, the alliance of 13 leading Life Science Research Institutes in Europe, urges the EU Council and the European Parliament to double Horizon Europe’s budget compared to Horizon 2020 (H2020), to 150 Billion Euros and within it, to double the budget for discovery research, including the well-proven European Research Council. In addition, we strongly support the position of the President of the European Parliament, Mr. David Sassoli, on the need to include “Research” in the name of the portfolio of the EC Commissioner for Innovation and Youth.

Today, our chair Geneviève Almouzni, Director of the Research Center of the Institut Curie from 2013 to 2018 and honorary director since then, has been appointed member of the Scientific Council of the ERC for a function period of 4 years.

On May 31st 2019, cOAlition S published a revised guidance on Plan S implementation, following an open consultation that gathered over 600 inputs from individuals and diverse organizations and associations. EU-LIFE´s answer raised specifically seven main points to address.

Today, Jo Bury, managing director of the EU-LIFE member institute VIB, the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, has been appointed by the EU Commission among 22 exceptional innovators from the worlds of entrepreneurship, venture capital, science and technology as member of the European Innovation Council Advisory Board.

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. Based on the analysis on the barriers regarding participation in collaborative health research in Horizon 2020, 6 recommendations aim at contributing to improvement for the upcoming seven-year cycle of Horizon Europe.

EU-LIFE, EuroScience and Wellcome are launching a joint campaign #DealforScience to urge the EU and UK to continue supporting scientific collaboration. A petition is now available for individual researchers to support, calling for the EU and UK to sign a research and innovation agreement as soon as possible.

Following the call for action on the role of small and medium sized research infrastructures (SMRI) in Europe released in September 2018. EU-LIFE organizes a workshop bringing together relevant stakeholders representing various scientific areas on 10th of May in Brussels. The objective is to join forces for getting better recognition of these significant infrastructures.

2018 Highlights on the priority areas of EU-LIFE

EU-LIFE supports open access to scholarly publications recognising the rights of every researcher and citizen to access scientific literature (publishing as well as reading and re-using) as we believe science to be a public good for society.
We appreciate that the Plan S guidance document addresses several concerns raised by our previous statement and by other research communities. However, in answer to the two main questions regarding implementation raised during the public consultation, we believe that cOAlition S should work with diverse stakeholders to address 7 main points.