Completed ALLEA projects
Access to Scientific Information
- Speech Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission: “Opening Science Through e Infrastructures”
- Response Royal Society of London
- Response KNAW: see also: “Dutch Science Organisations: Vision on Open Science and Open Education in Europe”
- Response Union of the German Academies: Presentation The Digital Agenda and Access to Scientific Information
- Video: Talking Open Access – A conversation between Neelie Kroes and Günter Stock (Video)
For current related work about Scientific Information please refer to the ALLEA Permanent Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights or our Working Group on E-Humanities.
Intellectual Property Rights
- The Debate Regarding the Grace Period in International Patent Law: A Reminder, (E. Roucounas), 2007.
- Intellectual Property Rights and the Scientific Information Chain, (R. Elliott), 2005.
- Intellectual Property and Science: a complex partnership, (J. Straus), 2005.
- Biotech Patents and the Future of Scientific Research, (S.J.R. Bostyn), 2005.
- Intellectual Property Rights in the Academic and Research Environments, (R. Elliott), 2003.
- Intellectual Property Rights in Europe, (G. Gottschalk et al.), 2000.
For current related work about Intellectual Property Rights please refer to the ALLEA Permanent Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights.
- Venture out into the open: towards a new environment for academic publishing (Y. De Lusenet), 2007.
- Conference programme of :”The Future of the Research Information Chain – The Role of Publisher and Learned Socities”, Budapest, 17-18 March 2005.
For current related work about Open Access please refer to our Permanent Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights.
Science and Ethics
- Proceedings of the ALLEA Standing Committee on Science & Ethics, 2009.
- The Need and Desirability of an (Hippocratic) Oath or pledge for Scientists (H. Ten Have), 2007.
- In Search of Common Values in the European Research Area (P. Drenth; L.Honnefelder; J. Schroots; B. Sitter-Liver), 2006.
- On the wilderness ALLEA must help cultivate (B. Sitter-Liver), 2006.
- Scientific Values: How Universal? (P. Drenth), 2005.
- Freedom and responsibility in Science (P. Drenth), 2002.
- The Impact of Information Systems on the Quality of Life in Terms of Privacy (P. Tabatoni), 2002.
For current related work about Science and Ethics please refer to the ALLEA Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics.
- Scientific Integrity and Social Responsibility: the role of academies of sciences (P. Drenth), 2006.
- Responsible Conduct in Science (P. Drenth), 2006.
- Integrity in Science: a continuous concern (P. Drenth), 2004.
- Memorandum on Scientific Integrity, 2003.
For current related work about Research Integrity please refer to our Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics.
- Presentation by Pierre Léna on future activities of the ALLEA Working Group Science Education, ALLEA Extraordinary Strategy meeting, Amsterdam, November 2009
For current related work about Science Education please refer to the ALLEA Working Group on Science Education
- Declaration of common intent between European research funding organisations, major stakeholders & advisory bodies on research infrastructures (RI)
- ALLEA Position Paper on the EC Green Paper. “Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding”
- Social Sciences and Humanities in European Research, British Academy, 16 May 2011
- Paper by the British Academy in response to the consultation on the Green Paper, 21 April 2011
- Presentation G. Stock (BBAW/Union), Research Infrastructures, ALLEA Extraordinary Strategy Meeting (Nov. 2009)
- Presentation J. Strelau, Polish Academy of Sciences, Open Access / science publishing, ALLEA Extraordinary Strategy Meeting (Nov. 2009)
- Presentation R. Klein (ALLEA), The European National Academies as academic publishers, Strategy Workshop SCH/Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Nov.2009)
- Venture out into the open: towards a new environment for academic publishing (Y. De Lusenet), ALLEA Biennial Yearbook 2006
- Intellectual Property Rights and the Scientific Information Chain (R. Elliott), ALLEA Biennial Yearbook 2004
For current related work about Research Infrastructure please refer to the ALLEA Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics, our Working Group on E-Humanities, or our Working Group Social Sciences and Humanities.
Social Sciences and Humanities
- Social Sciences: Truthful or Useful (P. Drenth), 2008
- Science and Humanities: Two Different Worlds? (S. Del Campo Urbino). 2004
- Science and Humanities: Different Worlds? (H. Illnerová). 2004.
- English in the Social Sciences (A. De Swaan), 2005.
For current related work about Social Sciences and Humanities please refer to the ALLEA Working Group on Social Sciences and Humanities.
Past ALLEA Working Groups, activities and themes
The following section contains information about ALLEA’s work in many fields of science policy as well as European cooperation. Please be aware that information on this page may be outdated.
European Research Area/ Horizon 2020/ Framework Programme 7
Increasingly, national science, research and higher education policies in Europe are being formulated in view of the ambition of building a European Research and Higher Education Area. ALLEA welcomes the strengthening of an autonomous ERA and of more subtle and more substantial science support tools under the Framework Programmes. It is one of ALLEA’s tasks to defend the role of basic science (in all fields of scientific inquiry), and to argue for the diversity of national research traditions as potential assets to be carefully evaluated. The promotion of better scientific cooperation and exchange also beyond the countries of the European Union is a prime concern for ALLEA.
- ALLEA Comments on the European Commission’s Communication “A reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth”, 2012.
- ALLEA Position Paper on the EC Green Paper. “Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding”, 2011.
- Emerging Regional Cooperation: Southeast European Academies of Sciences and Humanities in the ERA, (J. Engelbrecht et al.), 2008.
- Reflections of ALLEA on the EC Green Paper 2007
- Challenges of the Future: Reflections of ALLEA on ERA, 2007
- Challenges of the Future: Reflections of ALLEA on ERA, 2007.
- Investing in Knowledge in Europe: Reflections of ALLEA on the proposals for the Seventh Framework Programme 2007-2013 of the European Commission, 2006.
- Competition vs. equal development, (P. Drenth), 2004.
- National Strategies of Research in Smaller European Countries, (J. Engelbrecht et al.), 2002.
- Science, Society and Culture: Response to the proposal for the Framework Programme 2002-2006 of the European Community, 2001.
European Young Academy
(Disclaimer) The European Young Academy was an ALLEA project intended to connect and to promote young European researchers across European research institutions. The project was discontinued as of March 2010.
In a rapidly changing research landscape, with forms of doing research and new fields and challenges emerging and with the European Research and Higher Education Area taking shape, the project “European Young Academy” (EYA) aims at giving a voice for the next generation of scientific leaders in Europe.
Traditionally, national academies have been promoters of top quality research sources of independent scientific advice and provided a platform for interdisciplinary exchange. The next generation of scientific leaders must equally be able to contribute to the Europe-wide discussion, across language and disciplinary boundaries, of the future environment and progress of research.
Some countries have established National Young Academies, others are thinking about similar models (see below).
The vision for a EYA includes the following core elements:
A virtual and independent body which would give a select group of the very best early career researchers in Europe the opportunity to:
1. contribute critically and constructively to the process of building the European Research and Higher Education areas;
2. promote academic excellence, independence and freedom;
3. contribute to science policy debates;
4. increase the visibility of European research through public outreach;
5. enhance the potential of scientific collaboration across disciplinary boundaries,
making use of new forms and developing of communication to foster the dialogue between science and society in a European and global perspective.
Former Working Group Evaluating for Science/ Evaluation and Benchmarking
While the European Research and Higher Education Area is emerging, evaluation practices and policies are still very much linked to national traditions and institutional frameworks. ALLEA has been promoting in the past discussions about the necessity to engage at a European level also in terms of quality assurance and evaluation; the ALLEA Working Group Evaluation is producing European protocols for institutional evaluations and tackles the issues of university rankings.
- Proposal for the minimal contents of a self-assessment report
- ALLEA-ESF 2009 evaluation of research institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (summary report)”, 2009
- Evaluating for Science: Processes and Protocols (H. Hackmann et al.), 2004.
- Standard Evaluation Protocol 2003-2009 for Public Research Organisations, 2004
- KNAW Standard Evaluation Protocol 2009 – 2015
- Quality without Quantity (J. Engelbrecht), 2002.
- Will / May Quality suffer from Moral Demands? (G. Toulouse et al), 2002.
- Quality Assessment; a Challenging Task for Academies of Sciences (P.J.D. Drenth), 2002.
- Quality assurance in scientific research. From SEP to CEP: Balancing fairness and simplicity
- Presentation: Jack Spaapen, ALLEA WG meeting Amsterdam, 25 June 2009
- ESF Member Organisations Forum Ex-Post Evaluation (overview)
- ESF Member Organisations Forum Ex-Post Evaluation (report)
- Peer review. Its present and future state (ESF Conference report) 4.
Science and the Media
The communication on scientific advances and risks is one of the cornerstones for the building of a knowledge-based society: a passion for science as well as a better understanding of the opportunities and limits of scientific enterprise in improving living conditions for societies and individuals need to be stimulated. Adequate use of the media in improving the quality of science/society dialogues has been at the heart of an ALLEA Working Group which may be re-established as part of a more global approach.
- Science, Society and the Media: brief report (N. Schamp), 2005.
- Science, Society and the Media (CAWET), 2004.
- Science and Media (J. Strelau), 2004.
- Science & Media – A Snapshot from Norway (G.T. Einevoll), 2004.
- The Impact of Information Systems on the Quality of Life in Terms of Privacy (P. Tabatoni), 2002.
In the 21st century, the role of Academies of Sciences (and Humanities) in the European and global research landscape may be in need of a redefinition: the all-pervasive nature of science in the emerging knowledge society – and the ever-present hope that science will provide relief to society’s ills – demands a new appreciation of the totality of science, including human and social sciences, such as it is typically assembled in the academies. ALLEA makes the case for the academies as guardians of independent and expert advice in an age in which the borders between basic and applied research are being redrawn.
- Autonomy and Independence: Key Concerns for an Academy of Sciences and Humanities (P. Drenth), 2006.
- Walks in the Garden of Science, (P. Drenth), 2006.
- The Role of an Academy of Sciences and Humanities, (P. Drenth), 2002
- The Limits of Science and the Limitations of Knowledge (J. Mittelstrass), 2002.
- Science, Pseudo-science and Traditional Knowledge (D. Follesdal), 2002.
One of ALLEA’s assets is its diverse membership, comprising as it does national academies from large G8 nations and smaller emerging economies alike. The political and social changes, the emergence of new nation states, and the reorientation of the science system in Central and Eastern Europe have placed science policy makers in Europe in front of massive challenges. ALLEA has been exploring options and obstacles throughout these processes and continues to operate as an avocate for the better integration of all its members into the European Research and Higher Education Area.
- Working Group on Research Cooperation. Final Report (J. Engelbrecht), 2007.
- National Strategies of Research in Smaller European Countries (J. Engelbrecht et al.), 2002.
Scientific Lingua Franca
ALLEA’s Member Academies have been instrumental in the more distant and the more recent past in stimulating and creating national research environments. The global spread of the scientific endeavour makes it ever more necessary that science communication occurs both globally and locally.
- Scientific Lingua Franca and National Languages (W. Raible). 2004.
- Languages of Scientific Communication in the Russian Federation (A. Moldovan). 2004.
- Scientific Lingua Franca – National Languages at the Crossroads (M. Simionescu & E. Simion). 2004
- English in the Social Sciences (A. Swaan). 2004.