The E2C Convenors
The European Science Foundation, the European Materials Research Society and the European Physical Society share the conviction that energy research and development will be substantially more efficient, with faster progress and increased comprehension through interaction of their specialist disciplines: material sciences, physics, chemistry, engineering and environmental sciences.
The European Science Foundation (ESF) began life with a membership of 42 academies and research councils in 15 countries; in 2011 it counts 78 Member Organisations (MOs), including research funding organisations, research performing organisations, academies and learned societies, in 30 countries. As an independent, non-governmental organisation dedicated to pan-European scientific networking and collaboration, the ESF has had a key role to play in mediating between a multitude of heterogeneous research cultures and agencies. The ESF hosts an array of instruments to accommodate various types and levels of international collaboration, within Europe and beyond.
The European Materials Research Society (E‐MRS), which was founded in 1983, has a multi-national membership of over 5,000 scientists, technologists and engineers specialising in the research, development and applications of advanced materials. The society takes action to disseminate the most recent world wide findings of materials science researchers and the opportunities for economic exploitation to benefit the European economy.
The European Physical Society (EPS) is a not-for-profit organisation. It represents over 100 000 members and physicists through its 41 National member societies. In particular, it provides a forum for more than 2700 Individual Members from all over Europe. The EPS works to promote the interests of physics in Europe. Its activities revolve around the themes of promoting excellent physics research, supplying a European view on important questions relating to physics and acting as a liaison between physicists working in different fields and as a catalyst bringing together physicists of different countries.