With 40 years’ experience in all areas of research, the European Science Foundation (ESF) was originally set up to act as a coordinating body for Europe’s main research funding and research performing organisations. But as the research landscape has evolved, so has ESF’s role in supporting scientific endeavours.
Today ESF is continuing to honour its commitments to its Member Organisations and the science community through the coordination of collaborative research programmes in all scientific domains, but we are winding down these traditional research activities to reach completion by the end of 2015. Our current role, in today’s changing climate, needs to be redefined. Europe has overcome past obstacles, but is facing new challenges; at ESF we have the experience and agility to develop solutions and services to face these new challenges and turn them into opportunities.
With a new approach in the future to working with our stakeholders, as a service provider rather than a wholly member-owned organisation, we are poised to launch valuable offerings to the scientific and academic communities – such as peer review, evaluation, conferences and career tracking. We hope to support and drive the future of a globally competitive European Research Area while maintaining our strong track record of successful research programmes for our members. The future is in our hands and we are taking on this new endeavour with a commitment to high quality for our Member Organisations and the science community to provide valued services to Europe and beyond.