The EIROforum partner organisations constitute an essential pillar of the European Research Area. Within their respective scientific disciplines, the partner organisations play a decisive role, both with respect to enabling world-class science to be undertaken, but also as a central and structuring element for organising the research activities at a European level.
Historically, the EIROforum partner organisations have emerged as solutions to needs and desires by active scientists across Europe, thus in a way acting as ‘scientific grass-roots movements’, albeit cast in an intergovernmental framework which has given the organisations long-term stability to develop their ambitious scientific and technological programmes that have made them world-leaders within their respective areas of scientific inquiry.
While firmly based in Europe, the partner organisations have numerous links and relations to institutions and countries outside of Europe. The EIROforum organisations thus represent an ‘Open Europe’ in science.
The unique character of the EIROforum organisations and of the partnership itself makes EIROforum an important actor as the European Research Area continues to develop and EIROforum has contributed to this process by means of policy papers and topical statements as well as participation at conferences and meetings etc. over the years.
EIROforum science policy news
Starting 2nd July 2018, EUROfusion takes over the chairmanship of EIROforum from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). EIROforum is the unified platform for eight European organisations that form the backbone of fundamental science research in Europe: CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL, EUROfusion and the Institut Laue-Langevin. EIROforum operates on a rotational… Read more
EIROforum and the European Commission signed their new joint work plan for the years 2018-2020 Read more
In Sofia last week EIROforum Chair and EMBL Director-General Iain Mattaj outlined how research infrastructures underpin basic research and bring value to society. Read more
Research Infrastructures including EIROforum representatives meet at AAAS 2018 to discuss how to better foster innovation potential. Read more
EIROforum publishes its position on the next European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Read more
Position paper on how EIROforum could contribute to the European Open Science Cloud. Read more
EMBL Director-General Iain Mattaj takes over the Chairship of EIROforum and reflects on the role that EIROforum can play in international science. Read more
On 11 May, EIROforum’s Directors-General assembly met with the European Commissioner for Research, Carlos Moedas, and Director-General for Research and Innovation, Robert Jan-Smits, in Brussels to discuss the EC’s current and future research programmes as well as the EC’s plans to launch the European Open Science Cloud. Read more
The European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIROs), members of EIROforum, provide world-class research infrastructures and facilities to users from various scientific communities. In order to stay at the forefront of their research fields, the EIROs continuously develop and implement novel cutting-edge technologies, many of which have industrial, healthcare and other applications… Read more
A new EIROforum discussion paper tackles the issues of long-term sustainability of Research Infrastructures (RIs), which was launched in the European arena in 2014. The paper should be considered as a contribution to this discussion led by the European Commission, and involving other stakeholders. Having long-standing experience in managing large-scale European… Read more
The EIROforum IT Working Group published in 2013 the e‐Infrastructure for the 21st Century document that presented a vision for an integrated set of e-Infrastructure services to support the growing needs of data intensive science. It identified several aspects of e-Infrastructures where improvement would lead to efficiencies and increased adoption… Read more
EIROforum has launched a response to the European Research Area (ERA) Progress Report, which was published by the European Commission on 23 September 2013. The ERA Progress Report is a critical assessment of whether the goal of creating a “reinforced ERA” by the year 2014 is achievable and what the… Read more
“It is absolutely vital that investment in our scientific resources – both human and technical – is sustained, at a time when a return to growth is the most pressing policy priority across Europe,” declared the heads of CERN, EFDA-JET, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL and ILL in an… Read more
EIROs look back and move forward, calling for sustained science funding in Europe Leaders of European research gathered at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France on 15 November for a special debate to mark the 10th anniversary of the formation of EIROforum, a partnership of the eight largest European… Read more
During 2011, experts from EIROforum and ERF, the European Association of National Research Facilities Laboratories, have prepared a joint proposal to tackle one of the key bottlenecks for the implementation of the ESFRI Roadmap for Pan-European Research Infrastructures: the need for highly experienced senior staff during the implementation phase of… Read more
EIROforum participated in the EC Conference on the Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation funding, held at the Charlemagne building in Brussels on 10 June 2011. The Conference followed a four-month public consultation initiated in February 2011 by a Green Paper of the European Commission. In the context… Read more