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European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, speaking at the Royal Society in March 2015

The Royal Society engages with the European Union to promote the effective use of scientific evidence in policy-making and to advise on European research funding programmes.

The European Union invests about €80bn in science and innovation through its research funding programme for 2014—2020, Horizon 2020.

The Royal Society hosted the UK launch of Horizon 2020  it is anticipated that scientists in the UK will receive a significant proportion of the funding. The UK was the second largest recipient of funding through the previous programme.

The Society is a member of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), a forum for national science academies in the EU, and All European Academies (ALLEA), a forum for science and humanities academies in the Council of Europe region.

We contribute to reports and statements published by both organisations and engage with European parliamentarians on issues affecting science in Europe.

Information by country

France

The Royal Society collaborates with Academie des Sciences, the French national science academy, on scientific advice for G7 heads of government.

The Academie des Sciences supports the Royal Society Milner Award for outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

In June 2015, the Society worked with the other G7 science academies on three statements that were sent to heads of government in advance of the G7 summit in Germany on: antibiotics, tropical diseases, and the future of the world’s oceans. 

Germany

In 2017, the Royal Society, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Leopoldina published a joint statement emphasising their commitment to ensure that science remains open to the world, to support and promote excellent science and to the continued scientific collaboration between the UK and Germany in this time of change.

This statement follows a high-level meeting in Berlin in February 2017 including scientists from all three organisations.

In 2010 we awarded the Royal Society King Charles II Medal to Chancellor Angela Merkel, for making an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in Germany.

We Society collaborates with the Leopoldina, the German national science academy, on scientific advice for G7 heads of government. In June 2015, the Society worked with the other G7 science academies on three statements that were sent to heads of government in advance of the G7 summit in Germany on: antibiotics, tropical diseases, and the future of the world’s oceans. 

The Leopoldina supports the Royal Society Milner Award for outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

The Society has held several Frontiers of Science meetings in Germany with the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Ireland

In 2014 the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins visited the Royal Society as part of his state visit to the UK. His visit was a celebration of the scientific links between Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Italy

The Society collaborates with Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Italian national science academy, on scientific advice for G7 heads of government. In June 2015, the Society worked with the other G7 science academies on three statements that were sent to heads of government in advance of the G7 summit in Germany on: antibiotics, tropical diseases, and the future of the world’s oceans. 

Spain

In 2013 the Society and Prince of Asturias Foundation held a series of events to celebrate the relationship between Spanish science and the Royal Society over the centuries.

Turkey

Scientists in Turkey are eligible for Newton International Fellowships, Newton Advanced Fellowships and Newton Mobility Grants which all form part of the UK’s Newton Fund.