Interview with the president of YASAS, professor Moniek Tromp

YASAS is SAPEA’s youngest network, in both of its meanings, can you tell us something about the creation of YASAS?   The European Network of Young Academies(ENYA) has been, and still is, an informal forum for Young Academy Members, to share experiences and best practices, as well as discuss joint initiatives. There has been a longstanding … Read more

Europe needs better, more strategic crisis management, according to independent scientific and ethics advisors

The European Union is dealing with an increasing number of complex, overlapping cross-border crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to the scientific and ethical recommendations given to the Commission in Strasbourg, the Union has to improve how it prepares for and responds to crises. An evidence review … Read more

Barbara Prainsack on ethics advice in a crisis

We live in an age of crisis — and the crises that we face are more numerous, more widespread and more overlapping than ever before. In the chaos of high-pressure, life-and-death policymaking, politicians could benefit not just from scientific advice but also from the input of ethicists. That’s where Barbara Prainsack, chair of the European Group on Ethics and New Technologies, comes into the picture.

Rebecca Natow on politically-infused evidence use

Rebecca Natow

Dr Rebecca Natow talks to Toby Wardman about federal education policy in the US, a domain that employs a ‘negotiated rulemaking’ methodology to try to find consensus among many stakeholders — even though scientific input is also legally mandated. The result is a swirling, politically-infused debate around the meaning of both quantitative and qualitative evidence.

Rémi Quirion on the languages of global science advice

The emergence of English as the dominant international language of science has some significant downsides. As part of his presidency of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice, Professor Rémi Quirion of Québec has made it his mission to broaden our linguistic outlook.

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