Published Sep. 13, 2022 9:49 AM

Over the past few years, European leaders have begun to see the strategic necessity of investing in science. The pandemic, growing geopolitical tensions, and the sheer urgency of the climate crisis make it imperative that Europe’s scientists develop new solutions across the disciplinary spectrum. Excluding a major science powerhouse like Switzerland from associating with Horizon Europe is contrary to the EU’s political, strategic and economic – let alone scientific – interests.

Published June 23, 2022 9:30 AM

The biggest contribution Universities make to the economy is through their students. However ground-breaking our research may be, it will lack societal impact if we do not have great minds who can apply these ideas to the benefit of society. Indeed, our research itself, and the ability to generate innovation through it, is stymied without excellent students ready to become tomorrow’s scientists.

Published June 7, 2022 10:56 AM

In a recent twitter thread, Gosse Vuijk, Member of Dr Christian Ehler MEP’s parliamentary team, defended the EU’s reluctance to associate the UK and Switzerland at a time when the wider political relationship was in question. He recalled Dr Ehler’s important article of last November in ScienceBusiness, in which Ehler had underlined the primacy of policy in decisions about association, while demanding at the same time greater clarity and transparency from the Council and the Commission. As Vuijk affirmed, science ‘is inherently political and can therefore not be isolated from the broader political context’.

Published Mar. 21, 2022 1:22 PM

As the Russian attack on Ukraine continues without mercy, universities across Europe have set up crisis teams, coordinating how best support incoming staff and students from Ukraine with the resources they have. This has also made clear: the resources of universities are not enough. Universities cannot meet the demand for places on their own.