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


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. We welcome the statements by Commissioner Moedas emphasising the UK’s continued eligibility for funding under the Horizon 2020 programme and encourage our colleagues to respect this position and be mindful of any possible bias.

EU-LIFE and FAPESP - the funding agency of the State of S. Paulo, Brazil have organized a scientific symposium in S. Paulo, Brazil, from 7-9th June 2016.

EU-LIFE nominated for the new Open Science Policy Platform at the European Commission. The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission established a Commission Advisory Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe.

The EU-LIFE Scientific Workshop organized by the translational research working group of the EU-LIFE institutes took place from May 12-13, 2016 at CeMM in Vienna. Following successful meetings on “Biology of Cancer” (2014, CRG) and “Epigenetics and Disease” (2015, BRIC), this year’s topic was on "Inflammation and Immunity in Health and Disease". Three sessions explored autoimmunity, T-cells in cancer immunology, and innate pathways in cancer immunology.

The EU-LIFE Board of Directors and the strategy working group had their yearly EU-LIFE Strategy Meeting on 11th and 12th May at CeMM in Vienna, Austria, one of the 13 EU-LIFE member institutes.

 The meeting aimed at reflecting on current strategies on the EU-LIFE’s priority areas including the strengthening scientific collaborations within and outside the alliance, influencing research policy in life sciences, and sharing knowledge and best practices.

EU-LIFE congratulate Commissioner Moedas and DG Research for initiating the public debate regarding the creation of an EIC and would like to highlight the potential of an EIC as an extraordinary opportunity for a paradigm shift at two levels:

  • To change the way innovation is tackled in Europe
  • To change the vision of the role of research in boosting innovation