The incoming president of the EC Ursula von der Leyen has given into demands that the word ‘research’ should be included in the research commissioner’s job title. The change was made quite last minute, and the new name for the position is called “commissioner for Research, Innovation, Education, Culture & Youth”. This change may help […]


Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday her ambitious agenda at the head of the European Union’s executive will center on the “existential issue” of battling climate change. She also promises to work on an “European Green Deal”, so that the EU can be a leader on this important issue. Read more here. Source: RAF CASERT, […]


The EP is split over whether to declare a global climate emergency before next week’s UN summit. The draft resolution states there is “an environment and climate emergency” and declares the EU will “take action accordingly”. It is a message to European citizens, to young people, to say that Europe is the very first continent […]


Before the EU further opens its R&I funding to countries all over the world, researchers and policy makers in central and eastern Europe wish to strengthen national systems in poorer member states which are lagging behind. People wish the EU to focus on European problems first, before looking further into expanding globally. Read more here. […]


The future of UK’s research is still a little uncertain and it will definitely affect Europe’s R&D as well. Some of the impacts that can already be seen are for example a reluctance to engage UK partners for EU research projects and that EU nationals are less likely to want to apply for short-term jobs in […]


Labour and Liberal Democrats both pledge to invest 3% of GDP on research and to spread R&D funding around the regions, promising to fund more “targeted science, research and innovation” to tackle climate change. Read more here. Source: Éanna Kelly Science Business Picture: Pixabay


A study was made by EMY (Empowerment of Mobile Youth in the EU) to investigate young people’s political interest and engagement in the European Union. The aim of this project is to raise the awareness of young EU citizens about their democratic rights as “Union citizens”. Read more about the key findings of the study […]


Now that the word “research” has been dropped from the incoming R&D commissioner Marya Gabriel’s job title, people are concerned about a shift away from basic science investment in EU research. Stølen, rector of Oslo University, worries that the overriding political instinct is to chase commercial and economic opportunities at the expense of basic science. […]


European Union leaders reached a consensus Monday over the bloc’s 2020 budget to provide around €153.6 billion ($170 billion) in disbursements. The EU’s budget commissioner says that the 2020 EU budget is about continuity – it will help create jobs, address climate change, and leverage investments all over Europe. It will invest in young people […]


In his first big policy speech of the election campaign, prime minister Boris Johnson vowed to double government research and development spending to £18 billion within five years. He also promises to “level up” industry in the regions and lead a “clean energy revolution”. Read more here. Source: Éanna Kelly, Science Business Picture: New York […]

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