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European Science Foundation proposes restructuring

The European Science Foundation (ESF) has recently agreed a plan for the restructuration of its activities over the next five years. The ESF has 62 members from 21 countries, drawn from national research councils, academies and other funding agencies, and has been developing a...
The European Science Foundation (ESF) has recently agreed a plan for the restructuration of its activities over the next five years. The ESF has 62 members from 21 countries, drawn from national research councils, academies and other funding agencies, and has been developing and coordinating multinational basic research projects since 1974.

Basic research supported by the ESF covers the humanities, jurisprudence, economics, social, natural, medical and technical sciences. The main means of support are exploratory workshops, science programmes, scientific networks and Euroconferences. The Foundation's budget, currently around ECU 5.4 million, is made up of contributions from member organizations. The science programmes are, however, funded separately by participating organizations.

The ESF has developed its restructuration plans in parallel with the Commission's development of its proposal for the Fifth RTD Framework Programme. As the Commission is focusing EU-funded research towards meeting socio-economic needs, the ESF wishes to strengthen basic scientific research. Accordingly, the new work plan focuses on eight new themes:

- Solid earth research;
- Environmental processes;
- Natural resources and sustainability;
- Atoms molecules and physical systems (non-linear dynamic systems, novel molecules, etc.);
- Brains and cognitive science;
- Genome and genome products;
- Health issues;
- Culture and European identity.

Programmes addressing these themes will run for between three and five years, starting in January 1998.

The Foundation does not, however, wish to weaken the strong links which it currently has with the Commission in the research field. In particular it does not wish to divide different areas of scientific activity between the two bodies. Work in the fields of large research facilities and conferences will continue to see considerable overlap, in particular following the Commission's commitment to continue funding the ESF Euroconferences throughout the Fifth Framework Programme.
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