Why it’s important

The European Research Area (ERA) is at the heart of the common European policy for research, with the idea of developing a “common market” for research and innovation in  Europe and promoting a leading role for European research worldwide. ERA has been reshaped by the Council of the European Union in 2008,  included the involvement of stakeholders since 2012 and is currently under revision. As the overarching EU policy for research and innovation, ERA encapsulates a vision for future and shapes subsequent policies. 

ERA aims at increasing Europe’s competitiveness in research by setting up 6 priorities: more effective national research systems, an optimal transnational cooperation and competition, including optimal transnational cooperation and competition and research infrastructures, an open labour market for researchers, gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research, an optimal circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge including knowledge circulation and open access, international cooperation. 

Open Science is a new approach to the scientific process. Open Science has the potential to contribute to better and more efficient science, nonetheless it also set great challenges.

Our position

EU-LIFE strongly stands for making the European Research Area a reality and advancing in open science. A healthy Research & Innovation ecosystem – through achieving ERA and progressing in open science - needs strong institutions and cannot fall solely on the shoulders of individual researchers or projects. We advocate for the key role of research and innovation organizations in the implementation of ERA and promotion of excellent Open Science.

What we are doing

We support ERA by participating at the European Commission ERA Stakeholder’s platform and in related working groups and meetings aimed at the advancement of ERA.

EU-LIFE is also a member of the European Open Science Platform (OSPP) launched by Commissioner Moedas. EU-LIFE is contributing actively to its advisory role, working groups and reports on the different topics of open science.
Our involvement in transition to Open Science is also reflected in the support to the Science with and for Society work programme of Horizon 2020 with calls addressing innovative approach to release and disseminate research results and measure their impact. Several of our members teamed up to develop transversal projects such as Libra on gender equality and Orion on Open Science. 

EU-LIFE’s focus on Open Science also leads in providing input to Open Access and Plan S debate. EU-LIFE expressed its views and formulate recommendations on Plan S, answered to Plan S implementation guidelines public consultation opened by cOAlition S and highlighted the challenges laying ahead the revised guidance on PlanS implementation.

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