Lund University is a member of LERU

LERU is a membership-based organisation with the statutory aims to advocate the values below, to influence policy in Europe and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience:

  • The creation of new knowledge through basic research, which is the ultimate source of innovation in society;
  • The promotion of research across a broad front, which creates a unique capacity to re-configure activities in response to new opportunities and problems.
  • Education through an awareness of the frontiers of human understanding;

LERU in a nutshell
LERU presentation PPP
LERU Briefing paper, an era of change, May 2014

 LERU members

  1. Universiteit van Amsterdam
  2. Universitat de Barcelona
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. University of Copenhagen
  5. Trinity College Dublin
  6. University of Edinburgh
  7. Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg
  8. Université de Genève
  9. Ruprechts-Karls Universität Heidelberg
  10. Helsingin Yliopisto
  11. Universiteit Leiden
  12. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  13. Imperial College London
  14. University College London
  15. Lunds universitet
  16. Università degli Studi di Milano
  17. Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München
  18. University of Oxford
  19. Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6
  20. Université Paris-Sud 11
  21. Université de Strasbourg
  22. Universiteit Utrecht
  23. Universität Zürich 

Advocating the interests of research intensive universities in Europe

LERU is lobbying towards the EU-institutions with the aim of advocating the interests of fundamental science research in Europe and with the aim of setting and influencing the European research agenda. LERU aims to make the European universities opinions more clearly heard. The European Commission (EC) actively seeks input from the academic community on many different issues – current developments in research, innovation, research funding and education.

The lobby activities are conducted from the LERU office in Leuven and by meetings in person. LERU’s Secretary General Kurt Deketelaere regularly meets with representatives of the EU institutions.

Receivers of LERU advocacy are also governments, the business world, societal groups, national ministers of research & innovation and education and finance.

LERU seeks to monitor and influence the policy programmes/initiatives. Over the recent period LERU has been intensively involved in the governance and working structure of Horizon 2020 (H2020). LERU uses the expertise of its members in meetings with EC officials. LERU has for example been involved in the negotiations regarding the position of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Horizon 2020.

As parts of H2020, LERU has among other things been following the European Research Council (ERC) activities and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) negotiations on the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda. LERU follows the development and funding of the present EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), in which at least five LERU members participate.

LERU advice paper Beyond the Horizon – LERU’s views on the 9th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. This paper presented in June 2017 is LERU’s contribution to the development of ideas on the next European Framework Programme (FP) for Research and Innovation (R&I). With this paper, LERU seeks to go beyond general principles and come up with concrete proposals on how to organise FP9, to make the next FP for R&I even more efficient and focused than the current one, generating impact on society and European competitiveness, in both the short and long term.
LERU Advice paper, Beyond the horizon LERUs views on FP9

LERU has a dual function of policy development and advocacy on the one hand and of mutual learning and exchange on the other hand. Both functions inform and reinforce each other. LERU strives to s improve its capacity to develop agreed policy views, and consequently to improve LERU’s policy influencing and lobby capacity in Brussels and beyond. Also LERU aims to provide an efficient enabling platform for mutual learning, exchange of good practice and networking.

LERU is Active by the following Groups
The legally mandated governance groups are LERU Rectors Assembly (RA), the Board of Directors and LERU Office.

Policy Groups
Policy Groups have responsibility is to feed LERU’s overall policy making. They are responsible for overall, high-level policy development related to its function or area of expertise, and  may propose work on certain topics. The specific topics on which policy groups work, may change over time; they are listed in the LERU annual work programmes, annual reports and SG reports. Policy groups should have an agreed output; typically their work will result in LERU policy papers used for advocacy, but internal papers, reports and other kinds of output are possible too. The nine policy groups will convene twice a year in plenary meetings,.

The LERU policy groups are:
Learning & Teaching
Doctoral Studies
Enterprise & Innovation
European Research Project Managers
Social Sciences & Humanities
Natural Sciences
Information & Open Access
Biomedicine/Life Sciences

Thematic Groups
Thematic Groups have responsibility is to deliver expertise on specific topics related to their remit. To examine a particular topic for identifying good practice, for mutual learning and exchange of information or people, or for contributing to policy development focused on their specific expertise or discipline(s), to organise a workshop on a specific topic of interest, etc. It should not be expected that all LERU universities participate in all thematic groups, but equally a sufficient number of universities should be involved for it to count as a LERU group.

The LERU thematic Groups are
Careers of researchers & HR
Research integrity
Digital Education
Alumni Relations
Theology & Religious Studies
Crime & Social Control
Protection of Animals Used for scientific purposes

Network Groups 
Network groups primary responsibility is to optimise communication and information management inside and outside of LERU. The Policy Committee will be reconfigured to improve its connection with other groups and to link it more clearly to the Board of Directors.maintaining a comprehensive understanding of LERU’s goals and activities, and communicating inside and outside of the LERU network. They may also wish to engage in mutual learning and exchange of good practice activities, as a secondary function.

The network groups are
Senior Officers Network
Directors of Communication


Publications are the main mode of communication. LERU publishes its views on research and higher education in several types of publications, including position papers, advice papers, briefing papers and notes.

  • Position papers take high-level policy statements on a wide range of research and higher education issues.
  • Advice papers provide practical and detailed analyses, and usually give concrete recommendations for action. An example is The European Research Area: Priorities for research universities which include recommendations for the development of a more effective and efficient European Research Area (ERA).
  • Briefing papers examine issues of particular interest, exploring principles and comparing policies and practices from a European perspective.
  • LERU notes are short timely statements providing concise analysis and specific advice in response to an issue related to European research and higher education policies. They are often a result of consultation among experts from the LERU universities.
  • LERU press releases

LERU organizes public launch events in Brussels for published papers, with invited people from the EC and other institutions such as universities, funders, governments and journalists.

You will find publications here:

LERU Office

The LERU office is responsible for administrative support for the Rectors Assembly, the communities, working groups and the administrative organisation of meetings and events.

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