Initiative for Science in Europe

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

2.05 Fte (10)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Initiative for Science in Europe   (ISE)

    EU Transparency Register

    263249337259-15 First registered on 24 Feb 2020

    Goals / Remit

    Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) is an independent non-for profit association bringing together European learned societies and scientific research organisations
    operating throughout all disciplines and across all research sectors. ISE supports all fields of science and technology (including the humanities and social sciences) all over Europe, involves active researchers in the design and implementation of European science policies and advocates sound independent scientific advice in the development European policies. ISE has been instrumental in promoting disruptive excellence-based funding programmes for scientific research and played a central and decisive role in the creation of the European Research Council (ERC).

    Main EU files targeted

    Research policies, Higher Education, and Innovation: ISE is highly concerned about these topics and strives for them to get sufficient funding and good practices for an efficient implementation. Our focus is on:
    a) Framework Programmes (currently Horizon Europe - we address both funding and structural issues);
    b) Role of basic research in collaborative projects, including public-private partnerships;
    c) Excellence and Widening participation;
    d) Sustainable Researchers' careers;
    e) Reform of Research Assessment, including Open Science (our angle is that of Learned Societies representing active researchers);
    f) Create a space where politicians and representatives of research and innovation consult each other on a regular basis to promote collaboration between the actors who decide and those who implement and can advise, the ERA Forum is such platform, welcome but need improvement to make it stronger.

    Proposing scientific advisory mechanisms to European institutions is also a major challenge for ISE. It is essential that the contribution of learned societies and scientific organisations is taken into account in the definition of strategic priorities which must be broad and inclusive. Moreover, academic freedom is a fundamental right for excellent and innovative research to achieve the best.


    Head Office
    1 quai Lezay-Marnesia
    Strasbourg 67000
    EU Office
    1 quai Lezay-Marnesia
    Strasbourg 67000


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    1 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 23 Jul 2024

    Name Start date End Date
    Martin Andler 28 Nov 2023 08 Nov 2024

    Complementary Information

    ISE has a committed, constantly evolving Team made up of active researchers spread throught Europe and coordinated by the Executive Director, who is currently full time. ISE organises its work and prepares its positions through vigorous Working Groups, break down into Task Forces where necessary, to act on strategic policy objectives of common interest for its scientific communities. Moreover, ISE is represented by active researchers in several fora, two main are mentioned here, the ERA Forum and CoARA. See: Its President is also extremly active and involved in the implementation of ISE activities.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking



    Member organisations

    European Acoustic Association
    European Association of Social Anthropology
    European Aeronautics Science Network
    European Association of Social Psychology
    European Calcified Tissue Society
    European Economics Association
    European Educational Research Association
    European Geosciences Union
    European Molecular Biology Organization
    European Physical Society
    European Plant Science Organisation
    Federation of European Biochemical Societies
    Pan European Region of the International Association for Dental Research
    Marie Curie Alumni Association
    Young Academy Europe
    Association of ERC Grantees

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    Member's contributions

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    None declared

    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    In 2024:
    - January: ISE’s Main Recommendations for Horizon Europe and FP10, see:
    - April: Launch of a Survey of EP candidate lists’ views on Research and Innovation, see: and

    In 2023:
    - January: Manifesto Handover Event, see:
    - February: Position paper submitted to the EC 3-in-1 Consultation, see:
    - July: Statement on the planned ReICO Observatory, see:
    - November: ISE Contribution on Academic Freedom, see:
    - December: ISE Opinion Paper on the Proposal for a European Framework for Research Careers, see:
    - December: ISE Calls Attention to the Ongoing Multiannual Financial Framework Mid-Term Revision, see:

    In 2022:
    - September: Manifesto for Early Career Researchers
    - Spring-Summer: Participation the drafting of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment agreement, and Signature of the Agreement
    - June: Organisation (with Ciencia Viva) of the 4th Gago Conference "Europe supporting young researchers in times of uncertainty", see:
    - Spring: Member of the ERA Forum stakeholders group
    - February: Paper on "Centrality of Researchers in Reforming Research Assessment", see:

    In 2021, January: after working for an entire year on the topic, ISE published a paper on academic precarity, see:

    During 2020: ISE has been active in the budget discussion and published different statements advocating for more investment in research. As an example, check these pages:
    In addition, ISE has organised a press conference and sent recommendations to the R&I cabinet about supporting young researchers:
    Finally, ISE has supported the ERC when the previous President quit unexpectedly, see:

    In February 2020; ISE has launched a petition for the budget allocation to Horizon Europe, see:

    In September 2019: ISE has contacted the new President Elect of the Commission (then president in charge) to appeal for the inclusion of Education, Research, and Innovation in the portfolio of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


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    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    1 July 2024: We have noted that some meetings are appearing in duplicate, ie. some meetings seem to be listed twice. This seems to be because the Commission changes some element of a meeting data after the meeting has first been listed, which causes LobbyFacts to register it as a new meeting. We are investigating further.

    • Date 29 Oct 2020 Location Virtual
      Subject Horizon Europe
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
      Portfolio Digital Economy and Society
      • Adrienn Kiraly (Cabinet member)
    • Date 29 Oct 2020 Location Virtual
      Subject Horizon Europe
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
      Portfolio Innovation and Youth
      • Adrienn Kiraly (Cabinet member)
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