about the author

Claus Madsen is Senior Counsellor for International Relations. He has served as coordinator of relations between ESO, Europe’s intergovernmental astronomy organisation, and the EU and played a strong role in the establishment of the EIROforum partnership. He has participated in several working groups at European level on science policy, served as chairman of the EIROforum Working Group on European Affairs, was rapporteur for the first EURAB Working Group on Research Infrastructures, and has represented his organisation at the United Nations.
Born in 1951 in Copenhagen, he joined ESO in 1980, initially working on scientific imaging techniques in astronomy. Since 1986, he has become increasingly engaged in science and society issues, organising exhibitions, producing films, giving public lectures, and writing about astronomy, science communication and education, and science policy issues.

Scientific Europe: Policies and Politics of the European Research Area

by Claus Madsen
Publication date: April 2010 • ISBN 978-1-907132-15-5 • ix + 252pp £37.50/euro 45


In March 2000 Europe’s leaders decided on a new and forward looking strategy for the European Union, aiming to develop a competitive knowledge-based economy. A main tool was the creation of a ‘European Research Area’. Exactly ten years on Claus Madsen examines how European cooperation in research has developed in the light of this political initiative. What has worked? What has failed? And what do we need to do in the future to strengthen Europe’s position in the world of scientific research? As the Portuguese Minister for Science, Jose Mariano Gago says in his foreword, “Claus Madsen took the time and energy to write an important book on the future of science policy in Europe”: important, and also illuminating and stimulating for all those concerned with the vital issues of science policy and politics.


“This is a well informed book in which readers will find a consistent narrative as only a true insider – I would even add: a true believer – can provide and enunciate correctly.”
José Mariano Gago,
Portuguese Minister for Science and Technology

“Claus Madsen provides a deep and exciting insight into the thinking and the political processes behind the development of the European Research Area.”
Bertel Haarder,
Danish Minister for Education

“Writing with wisdom and elegance, Claus Madsen makes us profit from his keen understanding of the various steps and processes. He truly succeeds in making us share his enthusiasm for the integration of science in Europe, despite setbacks and disappointments.”
Catherine Cesarsky,
French High Commissioner for Atomic Energy



Author’s Preface – Aux Armes, Chercheurs….
The ERA: A Flag, foreword by José Mariano Gago
Chapter 1: Going, Going, Gone – Europe’s loss of scientific pre-eminence
Chapter 2: But why ‘do’ Science?
Chapter 3: The Come Back
Chapter 4: “The glittering jewel on its mountain top”
Chapter 5: Towards a European-level Research Policy – Caminante, no hay camino; se hace camino al andar
Chapter 6: The Watershed
Chapter 7: The Lisbon Strategy and the ERA
Chapter 8: The Step Change – FP-6 and FP-7
Chapter 9: New Voices in the Choir – New Kids on the Block
Chapter 10: The Pawn: Research Infrastructures
Chapter 11: We, the People…
Chapter 12: ERA or ERIA – First Class Scientists, Second Class Innovators?
Chapter 13: Science in Society
Chapter 14: Rerouting
Chapter 15: The ERA Future – bound by our Imagination?
Chapter 16: After all, a Flat World
Chapter 17: Conclusions


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