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Horizon Europe - continued

Negotiations surrounding the future EU research framework programme Horizon Europe are progressing although diverging conclusions are slowly being reached between the European Parliament and the Council. In addition, national ministers themselves are split on a number of central issues. At heart of the different viewpoints for Horizon Europe is that of whether to continue maintaining the notion of ‘excellence’ as the central pillar, or whether to shape Horizon Europe as a tool to help fix the research and innovation divide between western and eastern Member States. Read more about the latest progress on Horizon Europe here.

Plan S: China, petitions, events & a GDCh statement

Plan S, the plan initiated by a coalition of European funders (cOAlition S) and supported by the European Commission to encourage a rapid transition to open access publishing continues to make waves within the scientific community. From petitions, China's unexpected interest in Plan S, events in Brussels, a GDCh statement and a public consultation, we've provided you with a quick overview of the latest developments and debates. Click here for the full debrief.

Report of the 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists is published

The report of the 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists (ESEC2) was published on 21 November. The report, which analysed data received in 2017, delves into the employment conditions and career opportunities for chemists in Europe. Read more about the report here.

Forums and events - EuChemS attends EFSA Stakeholder Forum, European Parliament Impact Research EU event & ECHA Committee for Risk Assessment meeting

Last month saw the annual European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) Stakeholder Forum, an event which sought to stimulate and simplify dialogue between the European Agency and official stakeholders. The event also aimed to exchange views on EFSA’s ongoing work and plans for the future. The relatively new and bolstered role of academic organisations was recognised by EFSA as a positive and much needed aspect of stakeholder interaction. Full debrief of the meeting here.

EuChemS also attended the high-level conference on how research and innovation affect daily life which was held in the European Parliament. The event, which combined talks with representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament and ministers from EU Member States as well as a range of scientists, explored the major challenges we currently face, and how impact research can and should continue to be fostered in Europe. Read all about it here.

EuChemS attended the European Chemical Agency’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) – 47 meeting in Helsinki in November. The RAC prepares the opinions of ECHA related to the risks of substances to human health and the environment, although final decisions are taken by the European Commission. Click here for more information.  

Open Access: Plan S guidelines

public consultation has now been opened on the Plan S guidelines. EuChemS is currently preparing a Position Paper on the topic. 
Deadline: 1st February 2019

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David Spichiger, SCS