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European Parliament, Brussels – On 21 June the Commissioner for Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, attended the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee meeting to discuss the Horizon 2020 (H2020) interim evaluation and the upcoming Framework Programme (FP9).
Europe is strengthened if research and innovation (R&I) of the highest caliber flourish in all its regions.
In its position paper on the next Framework Programme (FP9), the Guild calls for strengthening European science and innovation to enable us better to address the challenges of our sustainable global development, as articulated in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
On 7 June the European Commission announced the launch of the European Defence Fund, designed to support Member States in strengthening joint defence capabilities.
The growing challenge of populism, the rise of ‘alternative facts’, and discussions about a vision for Europe challenge not only public institutions in Europe. They also present a fundamental challenge to Europe’s universities, whose essential role lies in the production of knowledge and the education of Europe’s citizens.
On 1 June 2017, the rector of the University of Tübingen, Bernd Engler, hosted a discussion with 90 representatives of member universities of the Guild, and Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, president of the European Research Council (ERC). Bourguignon urged university communities to be vigilant in defending frontier-led science, encouraging rectors and academic leaders to keep articulating the importance of excellent research to citizens, MEPs, national politicians and the media.
The University of Bern has been admitted to The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities as its newest member with immediate effect.
On 27 April, the Swedish government appointed Guild Chair and rector of the University of Oslo (UiO) Ole Petter Ottersen, as Vice-Chancellor of Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm.
The Guild and other academic associations give a unified voice to Europe's research community
On 22 April 2017, The Guild will join people across the world to celebrate the collaborative and transnational spirit of science, and to condemn efforts to curtail academic freedom.
European higher education has evolved very significantly in recent decades, not least through online learning and the expansion of tertiary education, as well as rapidly changing demands for skills. In reflecting on these changes, the Guild makes the following observations on the Commission’s Roadmap leading to the Agenda for the Modernization of Higher Education:
Universities must step up to the unique challenge of leading the debate on the future of Europe, ensuring freedom of expression, quality of argument, and critical dialogue; practices that are currently being threatened on other continents.
Also from our event "stem populism by embracing dissent, universities told" by Times Higher Education