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


Researchers from the 13 EU-LIFE member institutes gathered at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) in Berlin to discuss their latest exiting research.

The meeting hold extremely high level scientific talks and provided an opportunity for both junior and senior researchers to network and forge potential collaborations.

The EU-LIFE Strategy Group, which includes the Directors of the EU-LIFE member institutes, its main representatives and the chairs of EU-LIFE working Groups met at the MDC in Berlin, back to back with the EU-LIFE Scientific Meeting.

After two days of outstanding scientific talks on the Principles of Homeostasis, the Strategy group of EU-LIFE met to discuss priority topics in European policy: the next Framework programme (FP9) and the key priorities for open science.

EU-LIFE supports publicly the March for Science movement and wishes to invite all citizens to join a March and show your support for science and an opened society !

EU-LIFE institutes we urge politicians from all Members States and the European Union institutions to unequivocally support the ERC namely by increasing its budget in the next framework programme the FP9 and clearly endorsing its guiding principles of scientific merit and independence.

Highlights of EU-LIFE activities in 2016

EU-LIFE, released today a statement with its recommendations for next framework Programme for Research & Innovation, FP9. Strong key message is: to drive European leadership in innovation, boost excellent ground breaking research in combination with professional technology transfer.

EU-LIFE has issued a statement on implementation aspects of H2020 as part of its contribution to the EC Public stakeholder consultation - Interim evaluation of Horizon 2020.

Giulio Superti-Furga, Scientific Director of the EU-LIFE member institute CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Professor for Medical Systems Biology of the Medical University of Vienna has been appointed Member of the Scientific Council of the ERC for a function period of 4 years.

ERC President, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon was the key note speaker at the 2016 EU-LIFE Community Meeting, which was held 2-3 November at The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam. The President of the European Research Council joined EU-LIFE community to discuss the challenging perspectives of research in Europe including the next framework programme (FP9) and overall science policy.

EU-LIFE which spans over 7200 researchers in 13 European countries is committed to international collaboration, with exchange of talent in order to facilitate scientific excellence. Therefore to create consortia based on excellence, we will continue to collaborate with our colleagues in the UK following the referendum on EU membership.