Brussels, 25 September 2001
Key words: Academia, Industry, Advisory Bodies, EURAB
- ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY TO ADVISE ON THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA (ERA) -
On 26 September 2001, the new European Research Advisory Board (EURAB) will meet for the first time. Research
Commissioner Philippe Busquin has taken the initiative to set up this new top-level European body to provide the European institutions with advice on the Union’s research policy. It is made up of senior representatives from industry and science and will support the creation of the
European Research Area.
Commenting on the creation of the new advisory body, Commissioner Busquin said: “Making a reality of the European Research Area is an objective we want to reach with and for the scientific community. I am happy that we will be able to count on the advice of such eminent scientists, both from the public and from the private sectors. They will help us in meeting our priorities: bringing science and society closer together and achieving more co-operation and co-ordination in European research, a pure necessity if we want Europe to succeed in a global knowledge society and promote our well-being and quality of life.”
EURAB counts 45 members, 20 of which have been proposed by the European Science
Foundation (ESF) to represent the world of science and academia, and 20 proposed
by UNICE, the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe, to
represent the world of business and industry. Five members have been appointed
directly by the European Commission.
ESF and UNICE have been
entirely free in proposing their nominations, being only invited by the
Commission to respect basic criteria in relation to geographical, gender and
discipline / sector balance. Set up by a Commission decision, EURAB will operate
independently both from the European Commission and from existing science or
industry organisations. It will nevertheless be able to call upon the expertise
of representative organisations that exist at European level.
Commissioner Busquin expressed particular satisfaction that ESF and UNICE had
responded so positively to the Commission's hopes concerning the:
Overcoming of the traditional academia-industry divide
and commit themselves to co-operation in one single body;
Nomination of top figures for EURAB membership; EURAB
membership does in fact include Nobel prize winners and other highly
distinguished scientists as well as senior figures from industry - both from
big companies and small and medium size enterprises;
Provision of advice to the Commission, both upon request,
but also spontaneously on the basis of members’ intimate knowledge of
scientific and industrial developments.
With EURAB, the European Commission hopes to dispose of the advice and support
that reflects Europe's impressive scientific and industrial potential. EURAB is
expected to deal with all issues that will come up in months and years to come.
Commissioner Busquin expressed confidence that the quality and relevance of
EURAB's work would leave nothing to envy other countries or regions of the world
Among the agenda items of the first meeting are a discussion on the challenges
of European research and the expectations from EURAB as well as the election of
its first president. Philippe Busquin will open the inaugural meeting.
On the occasion of the first EURAB meeting the European Commission will host an
informal lunch, to which the media are invited. The lunch will be an opportunity
for journalists to meet with EURAB members and to discuss forthcoming activities
and priorities. At lunchtime the name of the first EURAB President may also be
known. Journalists will also have the opportunity to question Commissioner
BUSQUIN and Achilleas MITSOS,
Director General of DG Research.
The lunch will take place in the:
Conference Centre Albert Borschette (CCAB)
Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
on 26 September 2001, starting at 13.30hrs.
The list of EURAB members is to be
found on the top of the page together with the text of the Commission decision
A website for EURAB will be available on Europa Research in
the near future; it will be announced on the Research
For additional information please contact:
Mr Gilbert Fayl, Head of Unit C2 - Directorate C - Relations
with Scientific Advisory Bodies , Research DG
Mr Jürgen Rosenbaum, Head of Unit RTD 2 - Information and communication Unit, Research DG
Tel.: +32-2-296.90.28; Fax: +32-2-295.82.20