This week the European Science Foundation (ESF) was scheduled to vote on changes to the organisation that would shift it toward a focus on policy and lobbying. I mentioned last month that not all of the ESF’s membership was keen on the idea, which would involve some kind of merger with EuroHORCS, an association of research councils from European countries.
However, two different merger plans failed to reach sufficient levels of approval to move forward (H/T ScienceInsider and The Great Beyond). Discussions will continue, but this cannot help but be a setback for the supporters of the merger. The plan is further complicated by EuroHORCS’ decision last month to move forward with the plan to end and create a new organisation called Science Europe. The next meeting of ESF is scheduled for next month.