ALLEA to hold workshop on ethical aspects of Open Access

The ALLEA (All European Academies) Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics will present a one-day workshop on Ethical Aspects of Open Access on 1 February 2018 at the Academy Palace in Brussels, Belgium, hosted by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. The workshop will be held back-to-back with an Open Data in … Read more

EASAC report calls for urgent action on food and nutrition

European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) published a report on 5 December 2017 titled Opportunities and Challenges for Research on Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture in Europe. It calls for urgent action on food and nutrition. This thorough analysis has implications for policy-makers working on food, nutrition, health, the environment, climate change, and agriculture. Combating … Read more

Professor Bernard Charpentier takes over as Chair of SAPEA

SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) has announced Professor Bernard Charpentier as the new chair of the SAPEA Board. Professor Charpentier is the President of FEAM (Federation of European Academies of Medicine), Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Paris Sud 11 and a Fellow of the French Academy of Medicine. He takes … Read more

SAPEA provides evidence for the European Commission on Food from the Oceans

SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) has published its first Evidence Review Report titled Food from the Oceans, which examines the question of how the ocean can help satisfy the global demand for food. As an integral part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), SAPEA was asked to produce this Evidence Review Report … Read more

Bringing academies together

SAPEA brought academies from across Europe together for meetings in Madrid, Spain and Bucharest, Romania to share best practice in the provision of scientific advice to policy-makers and public engagement. During the months of September and October, science academies from over 20 countries took part in these two workshops organised by SAPEA. The workshops were … Read more

FEAM publishes position paper on “The application of Genome Editing in Humans”

In this position paper FEAM acknowledges the importance of the significant advances that have taken place over the last few years in the science and application of genome editing, aided by the development of new techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9. FEAM also recognises that the rapid development of this technology and its potential to deliberately introduce … Read more

ALLEA publishes statement on the patentability of inventions involving human embryonic stem cells in Europe

ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, warns in a statement published on 19 October 2017 that, in light of recent scientific progress in human embryonic stem cells, parts of the reasoning of a 2014 judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) “could soon lead to inconsistent and … Read more

SAPEA in Hamburg, Germany

SAPEA’s Food from the Oceans public engagement activities extended to yet another European coastal city. Together with the Union of German of Sciences and Humanities and the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, SAPEA organised a panel discussion on the topic on 5 October. The event slotted in with the German Year of Science 2016*17 Seas … Read more

FEAM statement: Strengthening biomedical research

On 27 September, FEAM (the Federation of European Academies of Medicine) published a statement with BioMed Alliance (the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe) titled ‘Strengthening biomedical research for the benefit of European citizens’. The statement highlights the need to provide a more robust environment for academic clinical and health research in Europe in view … Read more

High Level Group Opinion used in next steps for Cybersecurity in the EU

The Scientific Advice Mechanism High Level Group Scientific Opinion on Cybersecurity in the European Digital Single Market has been recognised as one of the main inputs for the Commission’s next steps on cybersecurity. SAPEA experts participated in the work on this topic leading to the Opinion, which was delivered to the Commission in March 2017, … Read more