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allea newsletter #18
Introducing ALLEA's New Image and Website

Dear ALLEA members and friends,

As you are well aware, the year 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of ALLEA. This is a good moment to not only reflect on our history and celebrate our past achievements, but also to map out the path we want to follow. To that end, we determined that our 25th anniversary would be a great opportunity to revitalise our look, refurbish our online presence, and to set our future priorities.

We are therefore thrilled to announce that ALLEA is officially launching a brand-new corporate image which, we feel, better reflects ALLEA’s evolution, values and vision for the future as outlined in ALLEA’s Strategic Priorities 2019-2024.

We are particularly excited to present the new ALLEA website to you. The redesign process was carried out by making you, the members and visitors, our primary consideration. We want to make ALLEA’s virtual space as user-friendly, informative and accessible as possible. The result is for you to judge. Please take a look!

We also introduce below the latest issue of our newsletter. This issue focuses on the celebrations and outcomes of our 25th anniversary in Bern last May, and features our latest discussion paper, upcoming events, and new SAPEA reports, among other issues.

Enjoy the read!
Kind regards,
Antonio Loprieno
President of ALLEA

ALLEA 25th Anniversary

Science & Society in Present-day Europe

25 years of cooperation among European academies are a good reason for celebration. On 8-9 May, ALLEA’s Member Academies, past presidents, partners and friends came together for a two-day commemorative and scientific programme hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in Bern.

Among the keynotes of the event, we welcomed EU Director-General for Research and Innovation Jean-Eric Paquet, ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and the 2019 Madame de Staël Prize laureate, Economist Mariana Mazzucato. Take a look at the highlights video of the event produced by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and revisit all panels and discussions on our website.

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Produced by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and Seervision
Annual Report 2018/2019 released!
We are proud to publish ALLEA's Annual Report 2018/2019. This document compiles an overview of our activities from May 2018 to April 2019 and takes a look back even further to commemorate our 25th anniversary. 

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Flourishing in a Data-enabled Society

Our recently published Discussion Paper ‘Flourishing in a data-enabled society,’ a joint project between ALLEA and the Royal Society, examines how a European approach to data governance can unlock the full potential of data-based technologies, while at the same time safeguarding European values.
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Genome Editing for Crop Improvement

A symposium jointly organised by ALLEA and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) will be held in Brussels on 7-8 November 2019 to assess the impact of the recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning gene editing on present research and the future developments of genome editing in plant breeding.
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Open consultation on FAIR data in the Humanities

During the General Assembly in May, the ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group launched an open consultation on draft recommendations for humanities researchers working with data. The goal is to gather broad feedback from active humanities researchers and tailor the recommendations to community needs. The consultation is open to all researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in disciplines within the humanities.
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Open Survey: Climate Education Activities in Europe

The ALLEA Working Group Science Education is commencing work on climate education Initiatives in Europe. The aim of this survey is to gain an in-depth overview of existing climate education initiatives currently being implemented across Europe.
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latest news
ALLEA's reaction to the Parliament's bill concerning the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

ALLEA has expressed its deep concern about the bill passed by the Hungarian Parliament on 2 July 2019 which will strip the Hungarian Academy of Sciences of its research institutes, transferring the academy’s research capacities to a research network under direct supervision of the Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology. Read more

Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty

SAPEA’s most recent Evidence Review Report titled “Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty” seeks to tackle the challenge of delivering high-quality scientific policy advice under circumstances of social complexity and scientific uncertainty. Read more

Transforming the future of ageing

SAPEA report looks into the future of ageing, reviewing the best evidence available on what public policies might help EU countries achieve inclusive, fair and sustainable health and social care in the future. The authors conclude that the ageing process needs to be transformed, and that the best way to improve life outcomes in old age is to anticipate and tackle them in youth and middle age. Read more

Discussing the impact of Brexit at the Royal Society of Edinburgh

ALLEA’s President participated in the summit ‘Rising to the Challenges of a Post-Brexit World’ hosted by our member The Royal Society of Edinburgh on 30 May. The debate examined how Scotland could maintain its relationships with European partners and how its need for skilled workforce could be met in a post-Brexit environment. Read more

Revised Plan S principles and implementation guidelines published

Plan S, the initiative to transition the scientific publishing system towards open access, has been updated and postponed for a year. Its initiators, the so-called cOAlition S, have published a revision of its principles and implementation guidelines, taking onboard the feedback received by ALLEA and other stakeholder organisations. The update extends the envisaged starting date by one year until 2021. Read more
The future of academies discussed in Philadelphia

On 12-14 June 2019, the American Philosophical Society held the Public Keynote ‘International Symposium on the Future of Learned Academies’ as the closing event of its 275th anniversary celebration. Representing the European academy landscape, ALLEA President Antonio Loprieno joined other renowned scholars from nearly 30 academies around the world to discuss the major challenges and opportunities facing scientific institutions in the current political, economic, and social context. Read more
upcoming events

Assessing the Impact of Plan S 
KU Leuven, 5-6 November

An international symposium at KU Leuven, Belgium, on 5-6 November will address Plan S’ main goal of ensuring full open access to published research and the implications of this goal for the future of research. Distinguished experts and leading actors in the field of open access join the symposium, with Professor Luke Drury (Royal Irish Academy) representing ALLEA as Board Member and lead author of ALLEA’s response to Plan S. Read more

Europe on Test: Narratives of Union and Disunion
Warsaw, 11 October | Torino, 7-8 November

The ALLEA conference series "Europe on Test Narratives of Union and Disunion" will continue at the Polish Academy of Sciences on 11 October in Warsaw and at the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino on 7-8 November. Read more

allea in the news

To meet the ‘Plan S’ open-access mandate, journals mull setting papers free at publication
Mariana Mazzucato receives Madame de Staël Prize

Hungary eyes science research as latest target for state control

Hungarian government takes control of research institutes despite outcry
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