European Research Area

The European Research Area (ERA) is a vision for a single, borderless market for research, innovation and technology across the EU. Although the ERA has been in development since 2000, the European Commission has recently injected the ambition with a new lease of life. A new Pact for Research and Innovation and an ERA Policy Agenda intend to reaffirm and coordinate Member States’ commitment to strengthening the free circulation of researchers and knowledge, excellence, attractive careers, equal opportunities and cooperation between research and innovation actors, and to investing in research and innovation.

ALLEA Working Group on the European Research Area

The ALLEA Working Group on the ERA aims to contribute to the further development of the ERA, its political framework, implementation and monitoring. The breadth of expertise and geographical representation of the group’s membership aptly reflects the heterogeneity of the ERA itself. Under the chairpersonship of Professor Arben Merkoçi of the Academy of Sciences of Albania, the working group will engage with European institutions, particularly the European Commission, and collaborate with like-minded umbrella organisations from the European research and innovation landscape.

  • Professor Arben Merkoçi, Academy of Sciences of Albania (Chair)
  • Professor Mete Atature, Bilim Akademisi (Turkey)
  • Professor John Bell QC (hon.) FBA, British Academy
  • Professor Daniel Carey, Royal Irish Academy
  • Professor Andrea Evers, KNAW (Netherlands)
  • Professor Marcella Frangipane, Accademia Nationale dei Lincei (Italy)
  • Professor Helen Fulton, Learned Society of Wales
  • Professor Hans Petter Graver, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • Dr Arthur Ishkhanyan, National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Armenia
  • Dr Gisela Kopp, Die Junge Akademie (Germany)
  • Professor Alpár Losonc, Serbian Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Marie Louise Bech Nosch, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
  • Professor Simona Pekarek Doehler, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr Tomasz Poprawka, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Barbara Prainsack, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Volodymyr Radchenko, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Professor Kerstin Sahlin, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Dr George Sakellaris, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Dr Katalin Solymosi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Emilija Stojmenova Duh, Global Young Academy
  • Professor Birgitta Svensson, Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
  • Professor Gintautas Tamulaitis, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Miloš Trifković, Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Professor Krista Varantola, Council of Finnish Academies

ALLEA Contact Person

Daniel Kaiser

Scientific Policy Officer

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