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Sylvia Schwaag Serger to provide expertise in development of next EU framework programme

Photo of Sylvia Schwaag Serger.

The European Commission has appointed the members of the expert group on the interim evaluation of Horizon Europe, the EU framework programme for research and innovation. The expert group will be tasked with developing a vision for the next framework programme, running from 2028 to 2034. Sylvia Schwaag Serger, professor at the School of Economics and Management is one of the selected fifteen experts.

– This is great news says Per Mickwitz, Pro Vice Chancellor for research. Sylvia Schwaag Serger is an internationally recognised researcher within innovation and research policy. She also has valuable experience from working with research and innovation funding and as former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Lund University. I am therefore convinced that Sylvia will make valuable contributions to the future EU research and innovation policy.

At the same time, he hopes that Sylvia Schwaag Serger’s participation in the group will give the university a better understanding of EU research policy and how it will develop.

The expert group consists of experts from academia, industry and civil society. The European Commission has strived for gender, age and geographical balance. The fifteen experts were chosen among 359 applicants.

The next framework programme, the tenth, until now called ’FP10’, will only start in 2028 but preparations at EU level have already started. The expert group will until October 2024 produce a report evaluating the success of Horizon Europe to date. The outcomes will then feed in to the development of the next framework programme. A similar expert group, the so called Lamy Group (named after its chair Pascal Lamy) was very influential in the development of Horizon Europe.

University management and Research Services monitor the development of FP10 closely and gives feedback to the European Commission whenever possible to defend the interests of our researchers. Possibilities for input are given via participation in our European networks LERUCESAER and our Brussels office as well as the University’s submission to the open consultation on Horizon Europe, which was held in early 2023.