SCIENCE ADVICE FOR POLICY
BY EUROPEAN ACADEMIES

Who decides what you eat? The power of food environments on consumer diets

Evidence increasingly shows the way we farm and eat has a big impact on the planet, public health, animal welfare and more. Shifting to healthier and more plant-based diets with ‘less and better’ animal products can be beneficial on many counts. You will also have the opportunity to hear from experts on how they can be used to influence consumer behaviours and shape our food systems for the better.

EIT FOOD Annual event

Creating healthy, sustainable food environments involves implementing policies to reshape incentives across the food chain, regulatory efforts, new business models for both in and out of home eating. How can we together reshape food environments to long term consumer shifts in diets?

Scientific symposium ‘Crises and the Importance of Research: How Prepared Can We Be?

How can public services help us respond to various crises such as conflict and climate change? What role do different actors play in preparing for future pandemics? What lessons can we learn from civil emergencies regarding researchers’ access to data, and how can we apply these lessons to future processes? On 22 June 2023, the scientific symposium ‘Crises and the Importance of Research: How Prepared Can We Be?’ invites international experts to explore how research contributes to responding to and preparing for multiple and entangled crises of our times.

Are we ready for the next cross-border health crisis?

The European Union was not ready for COVID-19, despite the history of the spread of serious infectious diseases and the presence of special services and road maps. The cost of COVID-19 and its cascading effects is still adding up and may soon exceed 3 trillion euros. The probability of such events to occur is difficult to calculate. This is particularly true for new health threats, since mutations occur completely randomly. 

Webinar: Be prepared – Can we forecast the next crisis and be ready to manage it?

When a crisis does strike, what do we need to know in deciding on effective action? How do we make sense of incoming information and data? Is it possible to build trust across our communities, and establish effective communications? Join our panel of experts to discuss these critical issues, where we consider some of the lessons learnt from recent crises and what is needed for the future. You, the audience, will have the opportunity to pose questions and be part of the debate. Our webinar is free and open to all.

Time to screen! Implementing new EU screening recommendations

On 12 April, the Member of the European Parliament, Romana Jerkovic, will host the conference “Time to screen! Implementing new EU screening recommendations”, at the European Parliament. The event’s focus is the implementation of the updated European screening recommendations and strengthening cancer prevention through early detection. Professor George Griffin, FEAM Past President, will be one of the speakers in this event.

Library Talk: Improving crisis management in the EU: a discussion with the Commission’s science and ethics advisors

For over a decade, we’ve been hit by one crisis after another, from financial meltdowns to the COVID-19 pandemic, devastating natural disasters fueled by climate change, and geopolitical tensions like Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine. How to better prepare, respond and recover from crises that escalate fast and reach an international or even global dimension? In … Read more

Why do we need public trust in times of crisis?

This event will particularly look into issues of trust between citizens and public institutions. It will discuss why trust in turbulent times of crisis is such an essential principle, how to build it and when, who we trust and why, and who we should trust. It will explore how social sciences, local-embedded knowledge and communities’ perspectives are brought in advising into strategic crisis management.