Lund University is a member of LERU

(League of European Research Universites)

About LERU

LERU, on Medarbetarwebben (Lund University)

Lund University is part of LERU, 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 (.pdf, 2.3MB)
LERU presentation (.ppt, 1,1MB)
LERU Briefing paper, an era of change, May 2014 (.pdf, 3,4MB)

LERU members on Europa map

LERU members and collaborations, on

  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 

External, international collaboration

Advocating the interests of research intensive universities in Europe

EU-policy & EU-related issues

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.


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.

Paper summary