17/07/2012 at 11:15
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Business | Science and technology
Organiser: European Commission
The European Commission will set out steps needed to complete the European Research Area (ERA) and present its policy on access to scientific information, including open access to the results of publicly funded research. ERA means a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation in Europe, which will enable researchers, research institutions and businesses to better move, compete and co-operate across borders. The deadline to complete ERA is 2014. Proposals will cover measures to remove barriers to researcher careers and mobility in the EU, to encourage more cross-border cooperation and funding of research into common challenges and to make the results of EU-funded research more widely available.
At the same time, the Commission will unveil a series of measures to improve the access to, and the long term preservation of, research results across the EU. The Commission initiative on scientific information aims at promoting 'open access' to research publications from EU-funded projects, as well as from nationally funded research. That means having these publications freely accessible on the internet. It will also address better availability of raw research data and preservation of digital research publications and data.
Stakeholders suggest that the main issues holding back cross-border research cooperation are barriers to research careers and mobility and cross-border access to research funding programmes and infrastructures. Stakeholders stress that access to research publications needs to be improved, in order to accelerate research and the take up of research results in new products and services. Currently many researchers, but also SMEs, do not have access to the information they need, a problem that is exacerbated by rising journal prices and declining budgets of academic libraries.
On 17 July, the Commission will set out its strategy and a series of concrete measures in a Communication to the European Parliament and Council on the European Research Area, and a Communication and Commission Recommendation on the access to, and preservation of, scientific information.
11.15 Press conference with Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes and European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, preceded by a technical briefing off the record at 10:45.
IP + MEMO available on the day.