STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

The social and political environment in which science is carried out is constantly evolving and scientists must adapt to new situations frequently. In response to the resulting challenges and to seize new opportunities, ALLEA has adopted strategic priorities for the years 2019-2024. These priorities form the foundation of ALLEA’s activities in the coming years and are laid out within 7 strategic objectives.

Strategic Objectives

1. Serving academies and facilitating cooperation

Provide Member Academies with ways to engage in and benefit from ALLEA’s activities, facilitate inter-academy exchange, and harmonise cooperation among European  academy networks.

Support Member Academies in their efforts to achieve European and international benchmarks in scientific excellence by providing best practice guidelines.

Engage academies, scientists and scholars actively in the public discourse, particularly on Europe’s values, identity and future.

2. Improving framework conditions for science and research

Shape European research policy, especially the ERA and EU research framework programmes, and promote diverse mechanisms for the broad dissemination of and access to research through open science.

Incentivise and promote excellence, multidisciplinarity, mobility, international cooperation and impact to benefit societal wellbeing and enhance economic growth.

Facilitate, honour and promote scholarly work and cooperation on European values, integration and identity.

3. Providing independent scientific advice to policymakers and society

Offer pathways for European academies to provide timely, independent, and interdisciplinary scientific advice to policymakers.

Involve academies in the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism through the SAPEA project.

Enable academies to inject ideas into the science policy debates at the European and international levels and develop best practices for academies to engage in public debates and interact with relevant policy and media stakeholders.

4. Facilitating good research practice

Advise and work with the European institutions and other stakeholders on best practice in research ethics and integrity.

Encourage and ensure high ethical standards in science and research, in research evaluation, as well as in the communication and dissemination of science.

Provide guidance on how to prevent research misconduct and enable researchers to follow best practice, particularly through the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

5. Defending academic freedom and trustworthy science

Strive to protect academic freedom and the autonomy of science and research.

Provide assistance and advice to academies in difficult circumstances and speak up publicly for autonomy and self-governance of scientific institutions.

Promote public trust in science and scientific reasoning in public discourse and contribute to the debates in relation to truth, trust and expertise, actively countering misinformation where necessary.

6. Strengthening diversity and inclusivity

Work towards an inclusive, diverse and welcoming scientific environment that allows scientists independent of their backgrounds and identities to achieve the maximum of their abilities.

Establish collaboration with early-career researchers and work with organisations from other sectors on topics of mutual interest.

Promote the diverse cultural, scientific and humanist tradition of Europe in an inclusive manner and strengthen an understanding of Europe as multifaceted, intellectual, open and vibrant.

7. Thinking and Acting Globally

Promote science as a global and borderless public good, engaging in European and global science diplomacy activities where appropriate.

Represent the academies’ interests in Europe and the world by enlarging ALLEA’s impact and visibility at the global science-policy-society interface and in the media.

Seek closer cooperation with like-minded international organisations, including from the United Nations system, as well as with regional academy associations and networks.