SCIENCE ADVICE FOR POLICY
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Apocalypse Tomorrow: What Should Scientists Do to Prepare for the Next Major Crisis?
Conference on Improving Cancer Screening in the European Union
Ciência 2022 (Science 2022)
7th Congress of Preventive Medicine
Science advice at times of crisis: what roles for universities and academies?
Webinar on Energy efficiency: A science advice perspective
Conference: Science advice under pressure
Euro-CASE Annual Conference "Building back better"
The climate and energy transition in the age of transformation
Time travel and climate: changing the past to fix the future
Science advice for a clean and fair energy transition: a challenge and a call for action
Transitioning to new energy systems: What impact will it have on society and on our lives?
Science advice for energy policy: Who's afraid of epistemic diversity?
Energy transition and the EU hydrogen strategy
Communicating microplastics risk: Balancing sensation and reflection
Plastic pollution: Are biodegradable plastics a solution?
Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?
Research integrity
Digital media in crisis situations
Alternative proteins, consumers and sustainability in Europe: Where next?
Taking action on plastics pollution: are biodegradable plastics the answer?
Climate change and health
The special role of chefs in a sustainable food system
Everything you wanted to ask about science advice #AskRolf
Towards a sustainable food system: the EU's role in the global transition
Food policy at a time of crisis: What should the future look like?
Science advice: what works in a crisis?
The EU's Farm2Fork strategy
Policy implications of Transforming the Future of Ageing
Covid-19 and our food: How is the current crisis affecting how we eat?
Erasmus Maris days
Making Sense of Science at the Royal Irish Academy
Making Sense Of Science For Policy: A Lively Panel Discussion At The University Of Cambridge
SAPEA microplastics event in Finland
The future of science advice in Europe
Evidence-informed policy: a Norwegian perspective
Ageing: from Basic Science to Policy Advice
The science of microplastics in the world ocean
A scientific perspective on microplastics in nature and society in Slovenia
Ageing report to be discussed in Madrid
European Research & Innovation Days
Roundtable discussion on Making Sense of Science
Shaping Horizons
Transforming the Future of Ageing – SAPEA event in Israel
Transforming the Future of Ageing – SAPEA event in France
Transforming the Future of Ageing – SAPEA event in Romania
EurOCEAN 2019 Conference
Albanian forum on microplastics
UN World Oceans Day
Transforming the Future of Ageing – SAPEA event in Portugal
European Maritime Day
Microplastics debate ‘shows how the public can drive scientific conversations’
ALLEA General Assembly
Food from the Oceans, a look into our future
SAPEA at Cardiff Science Festival
INGSA 2018: Science Advice for a Changing World
Annual Conference International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
G7 Scientific Advice Cooperation on Microplastics Pollution Roundtable
SAPEA at Science For Policy expert debate
Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) event at ESOF in Toulouse, France - 11 July 2018
Citizens and science advice event at ESOF in Toulouse, France
Food from the Oceans event in Lisbon, Portugal
SAPEA conference: Shaping European Science Advice: Insights and Experiences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Conference on Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Royal Irish Academy Breakfast Briefing on Food from the Oceans
Blue innovation: Oceans to feed the planet
Crossing boundaries: new approaches to science for policy in Europe
Food From the Oceans event in Hamburg, Germany
Food from the Oceans at Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival
Food from the Oceans in Bergen, Norway

Upcoming events

Apocalypse Tomorrow: What Should Scientists Do to Prepare for the Next Major Crisis?

In the autumn of 2022, the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) will publish a major piece of advice on strategic crisis management for the EU. Based on a broad and multidisciplinary understanding, the work will inform policymakers on how the EU can improve its strategic crisis management. This builds on previous work during the COVID-19 crisis on how to improve pandemic preparedness and management in the EU, conducted in partnership with the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies.

Past events

Conference on Improving Cancer Screening in the European Union

The SAPEA Improving Cancer Screening in the European Union report will be presented at a conference co-organized by SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences .

Ciência 2022 (Science 2022)

The annual meeting of science, technology and innovation in Portugal, takes place this year on the 16th, 17th and 18th of May, at the Lisbon Congress Centre. On day 3, Rebecca Fitzgerald, University of Cambridge is invited to speak during the session Plenária 6: “Cancro: avanços e desafios”

7th Congress of Preventive Medicine

The 7th Congress of the Section for Preventive Medicine of the Slovenian Medical Association is set in an unprecedented time when public health is at the center of attention of the entire society around the world. In the past, public health professionals have repeatedly wished to receive more attention from other scientific disciplines, societies, policies, and global development efforts. At the last congress five years ago, we almost prophetically ascertained the importance of integration for health and discussed the relationship between the public health profession and society.

Science advice at times of crisis: what roles for universities and academies?

University and academy networks of expertise play a key role at the research-policy interface, but is their role really understood, recognised and sufficiently resourced? And what is their role at times of crisis?

Webinar on Energy efficiency: A science advice perspective

This European Parliament Intergroup webinar will bring together scientific experts, policy advisors, stakeholders and citizen representatives to discuss the future of energy efficiency. Last but not least, this online event will also present recent evidence and policy recommendations delivered by the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism.

Conference: Science advice under pressure

This major public conference will bring together policymakers, science advisors, researchers and other professionals.

Euro-CASE Annual Conference “Building back better”

The Euro-CASE Annual Conference will be hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering on the topic of “building back better”, in relation to the tandem challenges of economic recovery from the pandemic and achieving climate neutrality and resilience in Europe by 2050.

The climate and energy transition in the age of transformation

The energy transition requires immediate action science-based advice from the European academies by Filip Johnsson, Professor, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology, IVA Fellow.

Time travel and climate: changing the past to fix the future

What would you do if you invented a time machine? Would you travel back to the past, to alter history or fix mistakes? Or would you rather jump forward, to collect future knowledge and bring back advanced technologies? And how could a time machine help us reinvent our energy system?

Science advice for a clean and fair energy transition: a challenge and a call for action

This panel discussion organized by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors in collaboration with SAPEA will allow scientists who advise governments and international organizations around the world to present the key messages of their recent joint statement, and to discuss them with representatives from businesses, policy and civil society.

Transitioning to new energy systems: What impact will it have on society and on our lives?

The most recent report of the IPCC, released in early August, was described by the UN as a ‘code red for humanity’. It states that climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. The world now anticipates November’s global climate conference, COP26, to see how nations respond to this latest stark warning.

Science advice for energy policy: Who’s afraid of epistemic diversity?

What are the challenges in organising, generating and absorbing interdisciplinary science for policy? These key challenges of science advice, revealed by the pandemic, were the focus of a session co-organised by SAPEA, the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors as part of the Fourth International Conference on Science Advice to Governments in Québec, Canada.

Energy transition and the EU hydrogen strategy

The European Strategies for Energy System Integration and for Hydrogen have been in the limelight of debates over recent months and a related report was adopted by the Parliament's plenary in May. Furthermore, the European Commission (EC) is now proposing a "Fit for 55" legislative package (expected for 14 July) to fundamentally overhaul the EU's climate policy architecture and put the EU on track towards reaching its target of a 55% net emissions reduction by 2030.

Communicating microplastics risk: Balancing sensation and reflection

SAPEA will organise a workshop at The Future of Science Communication Conference, taking place on 24 and 25 June.

Plastic pollution: Are biodegradable plastics a solution?

Plastic pollution is a worldwide issue of increasing concern. Each year, more and more plastic ends up in the natural environment, raising concerns of risk to the environment, animal and human health. And, while biodegradable plastics could be part of the solution, they also present certain challenges. Many biodegradable plastic products actually biodegrade only in certain specific environments, or only in industrial composting facilities, rather than in the open environment more generally.

Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?

Public awareness and concern over plastics pollution, especially in open environments such as oceans, rivers and land, are at an all-time high. At the same time, the public is often uncertain and confused about what to do with plastic items after use. The increasing availability of products made from biodegradable plastics is likely to add to the confusion.

Research integrity

During this time of crisis, when policymakers and citizens are listening closely to the advice of scientists, trust in the integrity of research and scientific evidence has never been more important. Policymakers and the public must have confidence that scientists have acted with honesty, and have adhered to principles of rigour, transparency and openness in conducting their research.

Digital media in crisis situations

What has been the role of the media, including social media and local news, on our public debate, attitudes and behaviour during this current pandemic? As we emerge from this crisis, could we rethink the role that media and digital platforms play in facilitating the flow of information and dialogue between experts, policymakers and the public, particularly in emergency situations?

Alternative proteins, consumers and sustainability in Europe: Where next?

We know from reliable evidence that our societies need to transition to a more sustainable food system, so that we can provide enough healthy food for an increasing world population without harming the environment. One well-known recommendation is to promote a shift towards diets with fewer conventional animal products.

Taking action on plastics pollution: are biodegradable plastics the answer?

Every year, more and more plastics end up in our oceans and rivers and on the land. Once there, they pose risks to our environment and the health of living creatures. Conventional plastics persist for centuries, but biodegradable plastics are designed by scientists to break down in a few weeks or years. Could biodegradable plastics help us solve the pollution problem, or are they are a problem in themselves?

Climate change and health

In June 2020 the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors published a Scientific Opinion entitled ‘Adaptation to health effects of climate change in Europe’. This informed the implementation of the European Green Deal and highlights that climate change has consequences for human health. In particular, scientific evidence shows that the increase in heatwaves, infectious and vector borne diseases and extreme events like fires and floods are all having a detrimental effect on human health and need to be addressed urgently.

The special role of chefs in a sustainable food system

In conjunction with the Chefs' Manifesto, part of the SDG2 Advocacy Hub, we hosted a special briefing on how chefs in the EU and globally can contribute to a sustainable food system

Everything you wanted to ask about science advice #AskRolf

Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors which provides independent scientific advice to the European Commission, will answer your questions and discuss with you how to make politicians listen and understand science and why it is important.

Towards a sustainable food system: the EU’s role in the global transition

Working independently of the European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism, a high-level expert panel of the UN's Committee on Food Security has recently delivered evidence-based policy advice on how to transition to a more sustainable food system, and thus work towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Although the SAM focuses on the EU and the UN covers the whole globe, the conclusions reached and the recommendations provided are unequivocal: a transformation of our food system is necessary, and there is a broad scientific consensus on how to achieve this.

Food policy at a time of crisis: What should the future look like?

The global crisis of 2020 has made every one of us aware that 'business as usual' is not an option for future food policy. How have we arrived at where we are now, in terms of the food we eat, where we source it and the impact it has on our planet? What should a transformed future look like? What actions can we all take, collectively and individually, to bring about a sustainable and fair food system that is better for our health, the environment, society and the economy?

Science advice: what works in a crisis?

2020's Covid-19 outbreak has shone the spotlight on science advice like never before. How well are Europe's science advice frameworks standing up to this major stress test?

The EU’s Farm2Fork strategy

The Farm2Fork Strategy aims to promote sustainable food systems by setting concrete targets and establishing an Action plan, annexed to the F2F Strategy. This creates the framework for a real debate on the future of food systems, leading to a legislative proposal for sustainable food systems by 2023.

Policy implications of Transforming the Future of Ageing

For its 2019 report Transforming the future of ageing, SAPEA brought together eminent European scientists to explore and respond to the question “What policies at the EU level could support member states in achieving inclusive, fair and sustainable systems of health and social care to promote the taking-up of innovation for ageing societies?”.

Covid-19 and our food: How is the current crisis affecting how we eat?

The first in our series of webinars on the sustainable food system discussed changes in consumers' attitudes towards food as a public good instead of as a commodity. It confronted the conclusions of the SAPEA report with the challenges and changes observed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Erasmus Maris days

SAPEA report will be presented and discussed at an academic conference in Spain. The event takes place on 16 and 17 April 2020.

Making Sense of Science at the Royal Irish Academy

This Royal Irish Academy workshop, which will hear from high-level experts, will discuss the findings of the SAPEA report on Making Sense of Science and reflect on what insights might be applied to science advice in Ireland. The discussions will focus on both the European and the Irish dimension of evidence-informed policymaking

Making Sense Of Science For Policy: A Lively Panel Discussion At The University Of Cambridge

On 30th January, a panel discussion on the ‘Making Sense of Science for Policy’ Evidence Review Report was hosted by the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

SAPEA microplastics event in Finland

At an event on 14 November 2019 in Helsinki, the SAPEA report will be a starting point for the discussion on risks of microplastics to human and the environment, the relationship between research, scientific data and legislation, and the presence of microplastics in Finnish waters.

The future of science advice in Europe

This one-day event in Helsinki brought together some 200 leading practitioners and scholars from around Europe to provide expert input as Finland developed its next-generation science advice capabilities, and to send a clear message to the new European Commission about the role of science in policymaking.

Evidence-informed policy: a Norwegian perspective

A seminar assessing the findings of the SAPEA report ‘Making sense of science for policy’ was hosted by Academia Europaea Bergen Hub in collaboration with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The seminar, held on 4 November in Oslo, reflected on what insights of the report might be applied to the science advice process in Norway. The event was designed around two linked sessions, one focused on the European dimension of evidence-informed policy and the second examining Norwegian policymaking.

Ageing: from Basic Science to Policy Advice

The first International Feltrinelli Conference; “Ageing: from Basic Science to Policy Advice” will take place on 4-6 November 2019 in Rome. The event is dedicated to reviewing and discussing the multifaceted aspects of the ageing process. The conference is supported by SAPEA and the Lincei Academy’s Fondo “Antonio Feltrinelli”.

The science of microplastics in the world ocean

The SAPEA report was presented at this international workshop to formulate next steps in understanding the fate, distribution, impacts, and technology development necessary to push the science.

A scientific perspective on microplastics in nature and society in Slovenia

SAPEA, the Slovenian Academy of Engineering and the University of Ljubljana will host an event on microplastics. The one day meeting “A scientific perspective on microplastics in nature and society including plastic recycling and bio polymers in advanced technologies of the future” will take place on 4.10.2019 in Ljubljana.

Ageing report to be discussed in Madrid

The recent SAPEA report Transforming the future of ageing will be a starting point for discussion during an event co-organised by SAPEA and the Royal Academy of Medicine in Spain.

European Research & Innovation Days

Our recent report “Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty” was discussed on 26 September during a panel debate at the European Research and  Innovation Days. The main findings of the report were presented by the chair of the SAPEA working group Ortwin Renn. Our report informs a scientific opinion of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, which was handed over to the European Commission during the event.

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