Activities & Initiatives

ISE is active in the promotion of research and innovation. Follows, in reverse chronological order, a list of the main activities and initiatives that ISE has promoted since its creation.


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September 2022: It is time to act!  Publication of the Manifesto for Early Career Researchers. 




June 2022: Proposals for enhancing actions for “Widening participation and spreading excellence” — work in progress

An interim report of our Taskforce is available here.



June 13, 2022: Gago Conference


March 2022: reforming research assessment

ISE report identifying 18 policy options for stakeholders to improve the ways in which research and researchers are evaluated and rewarded, and to enable a transition to Open Science.



March 2022: 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.



January 2022: COVID-19 and young researchers

ISE has written a statement to urge Member States, in occasion of the gathering of research ministers in Paris, to take immediate action to support young researchers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.



July 2021: Letter about the conference on the Future of Europe

ISE has expressed the concern of research communities for the omission of R&I from the topics of the Conference on the Future of Europe.



July 2021: position paper on Horizon Europe

ISE has finalised a position paper on three aspects of HE: widening participation, the R&I cycle in pillar 2, and interdisciplinarity.



March 2021: workshop on the assessment of Open Science practices

ISE held a 2-day stakeholder workshop to discuss the implementation of mechanisms to incentivise and reward the adoption of Open Science practices.



February 2021: webinar series about academic precarity

ISE ran a series of high level discussions around academic precarity in online webinars.



January 2021: academic precarity

ISE published a statement about the urgent problem of academic precarity and organizes a series of webinars on the topic.



November 2020: COVID and young researchers

ISE published a set of recommendations to the European Commission to support young researchers affected by COVID. The recommendations are based on the information about the negative impact on careers and mental health. [READ MORE]
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September 2020: ISE press conference 

ISE hosted a press conference about the impact of COVID-19 and budget cuts on the next generation of European Researchers. [READ MORE]


August 2020: Letter to the European Parliament

ISE wrote to the president of the EU Parliament and to the ITRE group with recommendations about amending the EU Council proposal for the MFF. Particular emphasis was about supporting fundamental research in Pillar I of Horizon Europe. [READ MORE]


July 2020: statement on MFF negotiation box

ISE published this statement a few days before the meeting of the European Council. The novel negotiation box proposed one week earlier by the President had struck down the total budget to levels considered unacceptable by the scientific community. [READ THE STATEMENT]

June 2020: statement on budget discussion

In this statement, ISE acknowledged the effort made by the European Commission to shape the new budget, but  criticised the proposal to fall short of being ambitious enough for the challenges ahead.



April 2020: letter to EU leaders

ISE wrote to the presidents of the EU Commission, EU Parliament, and EU Council, and to the Commissioner for Research and Innovation, to highlight the challenges ahead for an equitable distribution of research capacity, and an efficient balance across all fields of research and all Countries. All but the President of the EU Commission replied to ISE confirming their willingness to take into account our recommendations. [READ THE LETTER]


April 2020: statement about the ERC President resignation

Upon the controversial resignations of the ERC President, Prof. Mauro Ferrari, ISE published a statement to support the values and mission of the ERC. [READ THE STATEMENT]

February 2020: petition to invest more in Horizon Europe

ISE collected thousands of signatures from eminent scientists, research organisations, and concerned citizens, to push for a much more ambitious budget for Horizon Europe.[READ PRESS RELEASE]

October 2019: Horizon Europe budget campaign

ISE launched a synchronised action to write letters to the leaders of EU-28 Countries to ask for wise investment decisions for the next R&I framework programme. [READ MORE]

April 2016: Funding gap in collaborative research

ISE organised a meeting to evaluate views and evidence on collaborative research funding in H2020. Work by ISE suggests that due to the focus on higher technology levels, the societal challenges part of H2020 misses out the potential from projects that are anchored in basic research. [READ THE PAPER]