Lund University is a member of LERU

(League of European Research Universites)

LERU Natural Sciences Policy Group

Each LERU university has one/two member(s) in the Natural Sciences Policy Group, usually the Dean of the/or a Natural Sciences faculty. The activities of the group are guided by a steering group. An additional steering group member is desired.

The activities of the Natural Sciences Policy Group are focused on monitoring EU policy developments with relation to Natural Sciences. Currently this is to scope a potential action in the area of universities and sustainability, investigate the recent policy drivers for example Green Deal, Circular Economy Package, Biodiversity Strategy etc) and the drivers from industry to see how these can be aligned in developing more sustainable universities in terms of teaching activities and research activities.

One of the groups’ aims is to influence the European research agenda to strengthen the position and impact of fundamental research in the natural sciences, particularly in the H2020 work programs.

Activities/Topics

28 & 29 April 2021, the Deans of the LERU disciplinary policy groups (Biomedicine & Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, and the Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts) met virtually for their annual ‘joint deans meeting’. They exchanged views about the latest developments in EU research, innovation and education policies.
Topics: *State of affairs of Horizon Europe and the European Research Area (ERA); *Erasmus+, the European Education Area (EEA) and the European Universities Initiative; *Building resilience to prevent, react to, and recover from systemic shocks – such as the current pandemic. Read further on LERU.org


At the meeting November 2020 the following were discussed
-Global health
-EC Missions – Led by Peter van Tienderen, University of Amsterdam
-Natural Sciences Policy group response to the Green Deal

LERU Natural Sciences Policy Group has been working on a short note outlining how medium-sized research infrastructures could be better organised and supported within Europe. While there is currently plenty of focus on larger-sized research infrastructures in Europe, there has been comparatively little focus upon medium-sized infrastructures which are typically embedded within university departments as core facilities. The LERU note aims to convey the importance of medium-sized research infrastructures across multiple domains, and outlines four golden principles which could be used to describe the excellence of such facilities.

The aims of the working group:

1. Show the impact of fundamental research in the natural sciences.
2. Strengthen the position of fundamental research in the natural sciences in the H2020 work programmes.
3. Put the major ‘science’ issues on the long-term agenda of the European Commission (starting with research infrastructures).
4. Create a platform for the exchange of experiences, ideas and information.

The LERU Deans of Natural Sciences has drafted the publication The strength of collaborative research for discovery in Horizon 2020. This paper define the impact of fundamental science research, and explain why this type of research is expected to have an especially high impact in the long term.

Natural Science Group was created in 2014 with the aim of advocating the interests of fundamental science research in Europe and influencing the European research agenda. Presentation Working Group Deans of Natural Sciences Peter Lievens VRR 2015 06 15