Ligue des universités de recherche européennes (LERU)

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La Ligue des universités de recherche européennes (LERU) fondée en 2002 regroupe actuellement 21 membres, dont l’Université Paris-Sud. Elle a pour mission de promouvoir le rôle des universités de recherche dans le développement d'un enseignement supérieur de qualité en contact avec les limites de la connaissance, et d'une recherche fondamentale intensive, ouverte sur les enjeux économiques et sociétaux.
L'objectif de la LERU est de défendre ces valeurs, en influençant la politique européenne, par des analyses et des propositions concrètes qui pourront être reprises par la Commission ou le Parlement européen. A travers la coopération et l'échange d'expérience entre les 21 universités membres, la LERU promeut également le développement de "bonnes pratiques".

Universités membres de la LERU :

La LERU en quelques chiffres

  • 550 000 étudiants dont 50 000 doctorants
  • 5 milliards d'euros attribués à la recherche par les universités membres
  • 230 Prix Nobel et Médailles Fields accordés à ses membres
  • 55 000 personnels académiques y travaillent

News - LERU : League of European Research Universities

New momentum for the European Research Area
Representative organisations of European universities and research-performing and -funding institutions warmly congratulate the European institutions today on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, marking the birth of the (present) European Union.
LERU congratulates the European Research Council on a decade of vision and excellence!
In the ten years since its creation, the ERC has become an impressive and inspiring success story as the premier, internationally acclaimed beacon of research excellence in Europe
LERU celebrates 15th anniversary
The League of European Research Universities is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017. To mark this occasion, LERU held a festive event in Brussels on 7 March. A diverse group of partners, friends, policy makers and stakeholders were present for this special occasion. 
Excellent education in research-rich universities: new possibilities for Europe today
At a time when funding and international reputation are based predominantly on research activities, universities are shining a new light on their important role as education institutions. Members of LERU are taking a hard look at how they can provide the best possible student education for the twenty-first century, in these days of political and economic challenge. A new LERU position paper, ‘Excellent education in research-rich universities’, analyses the characteristics of excellent education. Considering the different ways in which education and research are connected in research-intensive universities, it illustrates some of the diverse ways in which LERU universities are changing their approach towards education, for the benefit of both students and wider society.
Prof. Herman Vanden Berghe, LERU’s first Secretary-General, passed away
Prof. Herman Vanden Berghe, LERU’s first Secretary-General and Honorary Vice Rector at the KU Leuven, died on 23 January 2017. Herman was Secretary-General of LERU from 2003 until 2005 and one of the founding fathers of the organisation.
The time to act is now!
Today, representatives of the public research sector in Europe (LERU, CESAER, EUA, LIBER and Science Europe) call with a united voice on European legislators to remove the barriers to research and innovation that exist in the current proposal for copyright. EU policymakers should take the lead in developing legislative frameworks that allow fair dissemination, access to, sharing and use of available knowledge. The joint statement outlines the ways in which the European Commission´s proposal on copyright should be amended to ensure this.
The European Research Council, a book by Thomas König
This is the first ever history of the European Research Council (ERC), which is the top public body for the funding of scientific and technological research conducted within the EU, founded in 2007. The author, Thomas König, was an adviser to the former head of the ERC, Helga Nowotny, so it is written with first-hand insider knowledge.
Interdisciplinarity: how universities unlock its power to innovate
In a paper published today, LERU looks at interdisciplinarity as a powerful driver of knowledge creation, scientific progress and innovation.
Joan Elias is elected rector of the UB
Joan Elias, professor of Mathematics, is the new rector of the University of Barcelona, after having obtained the 53,07% of the weighted vote in the second round of the elections for the Rector’s Office which took place on December 1.
The protection of animals used for research: A Directive that is fit for purpose
While the use of replacement methods is desirable, the use of live animals in research remains essential to protect human and animal health and the environment. Having the right regulatory framework to enable it is crucial. To that end, in 2010, the EU adopted the EU Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and committed itself to reviewing its text by November 2017. Today, one day ahead of the scientific conference that the European Commission (EC) will hold as part of its response to the European Citizens Initiative “Stop Vivisection”, LERU publicly reiterates its support to the Directive and presents its contribution to its reviewing process.
Job opportunities at LERU
The LERU Office, based in Leuven, Belgium, is hiring a half time Policy Officer and Administrative Assistant.
Society needs talent from universities
LERU welcomes the Council conclusions on “measures to support early stage researchers, raise the attractiveness of scientific careers and foster investment in human potential in research and development”.
New LERU Chairman elected
Prof. Bert van der Zwaan, Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University, is the new Chairman of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
LERU expands its membership
The University of Copenhagen and Trinity College Dublin will join the League of European Research Universities (LERU) on 1 January 2017.
LERU´s response to the consultation on the Interim Evaluation of the EIT
LERU submitted its response to the European Commission´s public consultation on the Interim Evaluation of the EIT. A good opportunity to take stock of the crucial role that EIT plays in the European innovation landscape and to provide some thoughts on the way forward for the EIT.
2016 Annual Meeting of the Global Council of Research-Intensive University Networks
On 7 and 8 November 2016, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and several of the world’s other leading research-intensive university associations gathered in Tokyo (Keio University) to further strengthen their ties. Since 2012, LERU has gradually intensified its contacts with sister organisations world-wide, aiming at the creation of this Global Council of Research-Intensive Universities Networks.
European Parliament says NO to proposed EU budget cuts and YES to research & innovation
Today, the European Parliament (EP) has adopted in plenary its position on the EU budget for 2017. LERU is pleased to see that the EP sticks to its commitment to research and growth by suggesting to endow the EU with the appropriate funds to realise them.
LERU’s Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020
Today the European Commission opens its online consultation on the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation. The ‘LERU’s Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020’ paper that will be officially launched in Brussels tomorrow is LERU’s response to this consultation and makes recommendations to a wide range of aspects related to Horizon 2020.
Report on European Open Science Cloud now launched!
11 October saw the publication of the Commission’s High Level Expert Group on the European Science Cloud.
Citizen science at universities: Trends, guidelines and recommendations
Citizen science is experiencing an upsurge of interest. In a paper published today, LERU analyses trends in citizen science, formulates actionable guidelines for scientists and gives recommendations for universities, policymakers and funders.