What is Euroscience?

Euroscience was founded in 1997 in order to:

1.      Provide an open forum for debate on science and technology,

2.      Strengthen the links between science and society,

3.      Contribute to the creation of an integrated space for science and technology in Europe

4.      Influence science and technology policies

is a pan-european association of individuals interested in constructing scientific
Europe "from the bottom-up ".
It represents European scientists of all disciplines (including social sciences and the humanities), in the public sector, universities, research institutes as well as business and industry.
This grass-roots organisation is open to research professionals, science administrators, policy-makers, teachers, PhD students, post-docs, engineers, industrialists, and generally to any citizen interested in science and technology and its links with society.

Euroscience has presently 2 100 members in 40 European countries.
It operates through its Workgroups and Regional Sections, setting up conferences, workshops and other appropriate actions (awards...) on subjects such as Career Development, Integration and Collaboration in European Science, Accountability of Scientists to Society, Ethics in Science, Public Awareness of Science...

Also, it works to extend its influence on European authorities and assemblies, national governments, and provides expertise on request. Its aim is to reinforce scientific collaboration, from the inside and across ALL European Borders.

Other areas are developed in response to members' suggestions.


European Association of Research Managers and Administrators

Our Members represent public and private research organisations from over 30 countries across Europe.

As a not-for-profit organisation, EARMA exists to promote the best interests of our Members, by providing services in professional development, networking, and dissemination of best practice in the field of research management.

Our activities include training courses, working groups, annual conferences, staff exchanges, an interactive discussion forum, and a regular newsletter. We aim to provide a voice for research managers in European policy-making.

EARMA Annual Conference 2006

Training Courses in 2006

EARMA was founded in
Genova , Italy, in January 1995 to promote the effectiveness of European research.

The founding of EARMA followed the First Conference on the Management of European Collaborative Research Projects (held in Oxford, United Kingdom in 1994), which recognised the need for a network to help increase the level of expertise in research management. The Association aims to become Europe's leading forum for those engaged in research management and administration and has established links with a number of complementary organisations.

You can read the EARMA Constitution in the registered Members section of the website, under 'EARMA Documents'.

There are two forms of EARMA membership available. Ordinary Membership (OM) is open to individuals working at all levels of management and administration of research in institutes, universities, and industry. Institutional Membership (IM) is also available which enables all staff working in a particular research organisation to access EARMA and its services.

Institutional Members must indicate a contact person to liaise with EARMA, and are entitled to send one representative to the annual General Assembly. Any person from an Institutional Member, who participates in meetings or training courses organised by EARMA, is entitled to pay the discounted fee reserved for Individual Members.


Current membership fees are:

150 for Ordinary Membership

750 for Institutional Membership

There are currently over 200 Ordinary and 60 Institutional members of EARMA, linked to a wider network of over 1,000 people engaged in research management and administration throughout Europe.
EARMA activities and partners:

ProTon Europe Services in 2006

Information on a new activity being provided by ProTon Europe in 2006 - Expert Workshops (ProTon Europe is a pan-European network of Technology Transfer Offices and companies affiliated to universities and other Public Research Organisations).

Please find below information on a new activity from ProTon Europe in 2006.

Expert Workshops

Throughout 2006 ProTon Europe will be organising a series of expert workshops that will offer ProTon Europe members the opportunity to discuss a range of important issues. Each workshop will be delivered by members of ProTon Europe's Working Groups.


What is the purpose of the Expert Workshops?

Each event will bring together a group of experts to discuss a particular topic, issue, or problem relevant to Knowledge Transfer. Although initially much of the discussion will be led by the panel of experts their role will be to provoke and promote a strong exchange of views between all those attending the workshop. Essentially, ProTon Europe is keen that the workshops offer a platform for all of its members, allowing a broad range of views and opinions to be expressed and considered.

What will be the outcome of the Expert Workshops?

Each workshop will deliver a report on the discussions and conclusions reached and this will be made available to all members of the network. It is hoped that reports will offer an insight into the issues and problems facing knowledge transfer professionals and provide solutions and suggestions that can be applied either at a political level and/or on a practical day to day basis.

What topics will be considered?

Topic 1 IP Issues when working with Industry - comparing & evaluating different approaches

Location: Brighton, UK

Date: Friday 7th April

Organised by Gillian McFadzean & Bill Lindsay

Topic 2 Benefit expectations of research partners

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Date: Thursday 4th May

Organised by Thomas Baaken

Topic 3 What is the most effective TTO structure?

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Date: Monday 3rd July

Organised by Giuseppe Conti

Topic 4 Access to investors for early stage university spin-offs

Location: Warwick, UK

Date: Thursday 6th July

Organised by Angus Ferguson

Topic 5 Inter academic-industrial mobility - a basis for successful collaboration

Location: Bonn, Germany

Date: Thursday 12th & Friday 13th October

Organised by Bettina Peitz

How do I apply?

From the beginning of February the registration will be opened on the ProTon Europe website for the first 2 workshops. Space will be limited for the workshops and therefore places will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Priority will be given to the members of the Working Group organising the event.

Claiming back Expenses

All full ProTon Europe members attending the expert workshop can claim to have their travel and subsistence costs refunded by ProTon Europe either through an invoice or cost statement.


The EARMA Special Interest Groups (SIG's) act as forums for debate, discussion and dissemination of more specific issues related to research management and administration. They also work to develop best practice in these areas. We are actively looking to increase the number of SIG's and the number of members actively taking part in them. Suggestions for new SIG's are very welcome - please e-mail the Webmaster.

EARMA is a partner in the ongoing ProTon Europe project - a pan-European network of Technology Offices linked to public research organisations and universities. It is supported by the European Commission as part of its Gate2Growth Initiative. ProTon-Europe was created for the purpose of promoting a more evenly balanced commercial uptake of publicly funded R&D throughout Europe by further developing the skills of those working in this field and by representing the interest of the technology office profession at EU level (3 contractors: Sopartec, TII and EARMA - Sopartec a french society for contracting the intelectual property of University of Louvain, See TII below).

Gate2Growth is the pan-European Business Platform for :

         Entrepreneurs seeking financing (Business Matching),

         Investors (InvestorNet),

         Technology Incubator Managers (Incubator Forum),

         Knowledge Transfer Offices (Proton Europe),

         Academia in entrepreneurship, innovation and finance
(Academic Network),

         Innovative companies seeking expert service providers
Service Center)

         Community Research & Development Information Service (CORDIS)

         Danish Science Park

         DG Research

         Early Stage Financing

         EARMA European Association of Research Managers

         European Commission, Enterprise Directorate General


         Innovation Relay Centre (Technology Transfer Network)

         International Network for SMEs (INSME)


         Opera Consulting Group

         TII-European Association for the Transfer of Technologies, Innovation and Industrial Formats


         Dutch Incubator Association


Welcome to TII

European Association for the Transfer of Technologies, Innovation and Industrial Information


TII - the European Association for the Transfer of Technologies, Innovation and Industrial Information - is one of the longest-standing, voluntary, independent associations representing the innovation support and technology transfer professions in Europe. Its 300 members, based in some 30 countries, come from both the private and public sectors and are active in R&D exploitation, business incubation, IP negotiation, technology brokerage and licensing, prototype and new product development, technology audits and innovation management, company spin-off and start-up support. TII is a non-profit association governed by a Board of Management elected by and from the members.


EARMA also maintains close links and collaborations with several partner organisations, at national and global level. EARMA is a founding member of INORMS - the International Network of Research Management Societies.

Partner Organisations


Members of INORMS (International Network of Research Management Societies)
INORMS seeks to assist in coordinating international activities in the broad area of research management. Its goals are to internationalise the body of knowledge on research management, exchange best practice, develop international approaches to the creation of knowledge and support of the research enterprise. As well as EARMA, the members of INORMS are:

ACU Association of Commonwealth Universities

ARMA Association of Research Managers & Administrators (UK)
ARMS Australasian Research Managers Association

SRA Society of Research Administrators International

SARIMA Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association

SARMA Swiss Association of Research Managers and Administrators

Other Related Organisations
ANRT Association Nationale de la Recherche (France) Aspert Association (France)
AURIL - Association for University Research and Industry Links

Alpha Galileo



EARTO membership is generally open to all organisations which as their predominant activity provide research and development, technology and innovation services to firms or other clients and which are managerially independent.

Organisations located in countries outside the European Union and European Economic Area can be admitted as corresponding members.

If you are interested in joining, please contact the EARTO Secretariat:


Rue du Luxembourg/Luxemburgstraat 3

B-1000 Brussels

Tel.: +32.2-502 86 98

Fax: +32.2-502 86 93



EIRMA - European Industrial Research Management Association


European Science Foundation

EFMD European Foundation for Management Development


ESMU A European non-profit making organisation operating in global contexts

FEDIT Federacion Espanola de Entidades de Innovacion y Technologica

INSME - International Network for SMEs

LES Licensing Executives Society Europe

RARMA Romanian Association of Research Managers and Administrators

RED OTRI Spanish Network of Universities Research Results Transfer Offices

TII European Association of professionals working in technology transfer and innovation support

UNITE Universities International Team of Experts

WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization

ZWM Speyer Zentrum fur Wissenschaft Management


European science foundation

The European Science Foundation is committed to promoting high quality science at a European level. It is the European association of national organisations responsible for the support of scientific research.


Our aim is to act as a catalyst for the development of science by bringing together leading scientists and research funding agencies to debate, plan and implement pan-European initiatives. Our objectives

        to advance European cooperation in basic research

        to examine and advise on research and science policy issues of strategic importance

        to promote the mobility of researchers and the free flow of information and ideas

        to facilitate cooperation in the use of existing facilities and in the planning and provision of new facilities

        to plan and, where appropriate, to manage collaborative research activities.


The European Science Foundation currently has 78 member organisations from 30 European countries.

Bulgarian members:

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)

National science fund

European Industrial Research Management Association

The European Industrial Research Management Association is an independent, not-for-profit body. We aim to enhance innovation through more effective market-oriented research and development. Our unique features are the networking and personal contact that the FT recommends. We've offered this for 40 years.
By being member-focused and by providing a platform for these members to discuss ideas and exchange practical experience, we are always up-to-date with the ways managers think about and address their jobs. So our activities support companies in benchmarking and improving their innovation processes and in ensureing well-managed and well-organised research and development. These activities also establish EIRMA as a natural first point of contact for policy makers and others seeking the business communitys insight.

Founded in 1966, today EIRMA has some 150 member companies. They are based in over twenty countries and they collectively fund the major proportion of business enterprise investment in R&D in

Up-to-date information on business innovation and R&D and a full archive of our recent activities.


European University Association


European Association of Research and Technology Organizations

Effective innovation and R&D involves many people and players: universities, business enterprises, institutions and governments. Europe's overall competitiveness and innovation performace depends on how well these players handle their own activities, and - increasingly - how well they work together. By bringing people from different constituencies together, our aim is to improve awareness and mutual understanding of the conditions and approaches that will lead to improved performance.
We work with many groups - academic, research institute and industry associations such as the European University Association (EUA), the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) and the European Round Table of Industrialists, international organisations such as the OECD and the European Commission and the respective business groups, UNICE and BIAC - to develop this understanding and awareness. Our approach is consultative, bringing together people who have a deep practical understanding of different aspects of a subject to foster greater mutual understanding and awareness of industry's activities and needs.
We also keep in regular contact with sister organisations around the world, particularly the Industrial Research Institute. This site provides links to these organisations and an atlas of information on matters affecting industrial R&D management.

EIRMA is supporting several initiatives related to the European Research Area. We are giving particular attention to the quality of university-business R&D collaborations and Knowledge Transfer.


Address: European Industrial Research Management Association,

46 rue Lauriston,

F-75116 Paris.

Tel: +33 (0)1 53 23 83 10.

Fax: +33 (0)1 47 20 05 30.


EURODOC is the European Council of doctoral candidates and young researchers. It takes the form of a federation of national associations of Ph.D. candidates and young researchers.
EURODOC's objectives are:

        To represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers.

        To advance the quality of doctoral programmes and the standards of research activity in Europe.

        To promote the circulation of information on issues regarding young researchers; organize events, take part in debates and assist in the elaboration of policies about Higher Education and Research in Europe.

        To establish and promote co-operation between national associations representing doctoral candidates and junior researchers within Europe.

EURODOC was founded in Girona (Spain) on 02/02/02.

Eurodoc Has now 21 members:

Some of them:

Confédération des jeunes chercheurs (CJC) France

Hellenic association of doctoral researchers ..

Asociácia doktorandov Slovenska



Eurodoc regularly interacts with the following stakeholders at the European level:

        The European Commission, DG Research - Directorate D (Human resources and Mobility)

        The EUA (European University Association)

        The UK Grad programme

In addition, closer or more formal interactions are aimed at or in the making with the following organisations:

        ESIB, the National Unions of Students in Europe

        WAYS, the World Academy of Young Scientists


European university Association




EUROPROBE is a Lithosphere Dynamics programme, concerned with the origin and evolution of the continents. It was conceived and has grown within the International Lithosphere Program (ILP) and, since 1992, has been supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF). This major venture is focused on, but not confined to Europe.

EUROPROBE is dedicated to carrying out a new generation of major projects that will improve our understanding of the tectonic evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle, and the dynamic processes which controlled this evolution through time.

EUROPROBE is an interdisciplinary program, combining surface observations with deep geophysical and geochemical probing; applying, adapting and developing the latest technology to obtain an integrated image of the whole lithosphere. EUROPROBE has designed a range of multidisciplinary projects, located in different parts of Europe, to investigate the origin and evolution of continental lithosphere. Most of these projects concern orogenic processes: on-going in the Carpathians and the Caucasus; Paleozoic in the Uralides, the Trans-European Suture Zone and Iberia; Proterozoic and Archaean in the Baltic Shield. Others focus on intraplate tectonics and, particulary, on the evolution of sedimentary basins both in conjunction with cratonic rifting and with orogenic activity along plate margins. All these projects are dedicated to improving our understanding of the dynamic evolution of continental lithosphere.


        Studies lithosphere across a United Europe; Connected with the framework of the ILP.

        Today: 10 projects; more than 30 countries, c. 5 MEcu research budget annual.

        Organized in 1984; Reorganized in 1988/89.

        Sponsored by ESF Jan. 1992. Sponsorship extended by ESF for the years 1999-2001.

        Europrobe obtained inspiration from: the ESF program European Geotraverse, the Canadian Lithoprobe Program.

        Conceived as a program of focused integrated geological, geophysical, and geochemical research.



The Marie Curie Fellowship Association

The Marie Curie Fellowship Association is the association of scientists (Marie Curie Fellows) who were awarded a mobility research training grant by the European Community. 15 new Marie Curie Fellows joined the association since January 1st, 2006.

What is the Marie Curie Fellowship Association?

The Marie Curie Fellowship Association is the Association of scientists who have once been awarded a Marie Curie fellowship or other European Community research training grant selected through a selection procedure. A Marie Curie fellowship is a grant within a harmonized scheme under one of the European RTD framework programmes to stimulate the training and mobility of researchers in the European Community.

Please find here a one page summary of the activities of the MCFA during the year 2002.

The Association is organised along hierarchical lines with both regional/local groups, national groups and on an international level. There are also horizontal structures such as committees and working groups.


History of the MCFA

The Association was launched at an inaugural seminar in Brussels in October 1996. This seminar was organized under the auspices of the European Commission. During its first three years the Association received a generous grant from the European Commission. At the same time the Marie Curie Fellowships Unit at the Direction Generale XII of the European Commission supported the Association with advice and logistical help. Today there are still tight links between the Association representatives and the European Commission.

The international administration of the MCFA

All activities of the MCFA are co-ordinated on the international level. The running of the Association lies in the hands of the Administrative Board that is elected by the members of the Association at the Annual General Meeting. The structure of the MCFA is laid down in the Statutes.

National groups

The National Groups are one of the pillars of the MCFA.

All national groups have their own co-ordinators for the various national activities. These activities include meetings, advice on contract problems, meetings with national government officials, marketing articles and the like. For a list of national co-ordinators and links to the national WWW pages, please have a look at our National Co-ordinators Page. The national co-ordinators form the local groups committee.
Regional group meetings are usually informal gatherings of fellows working in large institutions, or living in large cities or within one region. They are useful as social get-togethers, and for help with individual contract problems.

Partner organisations

The MCFA aims at developing steady contacts with other European scientific and science policy organisations. In collaboration with other organisations we try to transmit the opinions and ideas of mobile high level researchers and the obstacles to mobility they experienced during their stay in different European countries.



European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA)




Fondation nationale Alfred Kastler France

The Fondation nationale Alfred Kastler de l'Académie des Sciences has two primary goals. First, the Foundation strives to help foreign scientists have productive and pleasant stays in France by guiding them through the process of planning their trips; helping them with the initial difficulties of their stay, such as the red tape in obtaining visas and other documents, as well as with the practical problems of everyday live in a foreign country. Also, the Foundation endeavours to maintain contact with these scientists following their return home. The Kastler Foundation most often works with post-doctoral scientists and more senior visitors, but in certain cases it will be able to help doctoral candidates. The Kastler Foundation works with scientists of all nationalities and from the full range of scientific disciplines, from experimental to social sciences. For more information please consult the webpages at An interview with Mr. Antony Mauvais, Secretary General of the Kastler Foundation that was published in the MCFA Newsletter of Summer 2001 can be found here

Pi-Net - The Postgraduates International Network

The MCFA has also started a collaboration with Pi-Net, which is as Eurodoc represented in the "Young scientists" working group, founded at the Euroscience/EARMA conference in Budapest in June 2002.


National groups:

Marie Curie Fellowship Association Bulgaria.

We are aiming to provide information and facilitate communications between Fellows in Bulgaria, those anticipating to come here or with other European Marie Curie Local Groups.

Please contact our national coordinator Christina N. Vidinova for any queries.

Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft


is a joint action of industry involving around 3.000 companies, industrial associations and individuals who wish to promote science and the humanities, research, education and public understanding of science. Thanks to its private funding, the Stifterverband is able to operate in an unbureaucratic manner and without state provisions, which is an important prerequisite for the innovative impulses the organisation has repeatedly managed to give.


European Union of Science Journalists' Associations


helps science writers throughout Europe to keep in touch with one another.

EUSJA does not have individual members. To become a part of the EUSJA 'family' join your local science writers' association. You may find a contact to your country's association on the page where we list the national representatives to EUSJA.