Katarina Bjelke appointed to the Board of Science Europe

Katarina Bjelke, Director General of the Swedish Research Council, has been appointed a new board member of Science Europe, an organisation of research funding bodies and research-performing organisations that monitor and drive research policy issues at the European level.

“I am both honoured and happy for the trust shown in me. Science Europe serves an important task, and I am looking forward to collaborating with my colleages on the Board to strengthen the influence of the organisation on European research policy”, says Katarina Bjelke, Director General at the Swedish Research Council.

Some of the issues that Katarina Bjelke wants to pursue are the importance of academic freedom, undirected researcher-initiated research, and international collaboration.

“It is important for Sweden’s success as a research nation that our influence on the EU’s research and innovation policy increases. Science Europe is an arena where discussions are held on contiuned prioritisations of research within the EU, and therefore this appointment also feels strategically important.”

The new Board of Science Europe consists of ten persons and is appointed for the period November 2023–November 2025. Formulärets överkantIn order to be appointed as a member, a high level of competence and relevant experience on Science Europe's issues is required. Mari Sundli Tveit, Chief Executive of the Research Council of Norway is the new president.

Read more at Science Europe's website External link.

About Science Europe

Science Europe consists of around 40 research funding bodies and research-performing organisations from 30 European countries. The purpose of Science Europe is to contribute to realising the European Research Area (ERA). Science Europe monitors and drives research policy issues of importance to the member organisations, and has a strong voice in European research policy. Swedish members of Science Europe are the Swedish Research Council, Formas and Forte.




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