At the recent ESB conference, a lunchtime break-out meeting was held to discuss the potential for increased cooperation between the ESB and the EAMBES. It was clear from the discussion that the possibilities for both the EAMBES and ESB to strongly influence e.g. future European research policy and funding are not limitless. Both organisations function within the constraints of limited funding to devote specifically to lobby actions, therefore it is clear that co-operation rather than individual efforts would be beneficial to have the greatest impact. During the ESB meeting I also had the opportunity to meet with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Glasmacher, the current president of the EAMBES, and brought forward the idea from our break-out of a focused meeting between representatives of the EAMBES and ESB at the next convenient mutual conference or similar event, with the specific goal to produce a clear strategy that both organisations can support and represent.