Initiative for Science in Europe


The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) is an independent platform of European Learned Societies and Research Organizations operating within different disciplines and across sectors. ISE supports all fields of science at a European level, involves researchers in the design and implementation of European science policies, and advocates strong independent scientific advice in European policy making. ISE has been instrumental in promoting disruptive excellence-based funding programmes for scientific research such as the ERC. More about ISE.


The European Research Area should contribute, through science, to three major goals: knowledge, benefit to society, and economic progress. ISE believes that researchers are central in delivering all three goals and contributes its ideas to policy makers.


ISE aims to help large and small learned societies and research organizations, from all fields of science, including the humanities and social sciences, as well as multidisciplinary associations be informed and involved on science policy issues at the European level.


ISE was created in 2004; it played an central role in the creation of the European Research Council. Since 2006, it has been active in promoting the European scientific community's views on the framework programmes and their budgets, open access, scientific advice and several other issues.


Reforming research assessment

Policy options to improve how research and researchers are evaluated and rewarded, and to enable a transition to Open Science.

War in Ukraine

ISE statement about the war in Ukraine and links to initiatives taken by member organisations against the war and in support of Ukraine.


Executive Coordinator

Monica Dietl

external policy advisors

Initiative for Science in Europe

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