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Unique new platform offers European scientific community a common voice

On 25 October 2004, the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) was officially launched at an ISE conference in Paris, France.

The launch marked the coming together of some 35 European scientific organizations to structure and give greater weight to the input of the scientific community into science policy-making and to promote the European Research Council (ERC). ISE is an independent and informal platform for organizations committed to the scientific and technological development of Europe. It provides a common forum to advocate independent scientific advice in European policy-making and stimulate the involvement of European scientists in the design and implementation of European science and technology policy. ISE now includes organizations such as the European Life Sciences Forum (ELSF), the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the European Physical Society (EPS), the European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the European University Association (EUA), EuroScience, the Federation of European Biochemical Societies and many more representative of all scientific disciplines ranging from mathematics and chemistry to the social,sciences and humanities. ISE membership is open to all European,organizations. For further information please visit ISE's website on http://www.initiative-science-europe.org ,You may also contact Prof. José Mariano Gago or Dr Luc Van Dyck. Prof. José Mariano Gago,Chair of ISE,Tel: +351 (0) 217 973 880,Mb: +351 965 806 736,E-mail: gago@lip.pt Dr Luc Van Dyck,Secretary of ISE,Tel: +49 (0)6221 8891 552,Mb: +49 (0)174 343 54 99,E-mail: ise@elsf.org