Science advice under the spotlight in Lisbon

SAPEA participated in two major scientific events last week in Lisbon, Portugal, bringing together scientists, policymakers, industry and the public.

Microplastics pollution was the focus of the SAPEA presence at European Maritime Day 2019, a major international conference organised by the European Commission, where entrepreneurs, NGOs and government institutions could discuss the contents of the 2019 Evidence Review Report as well as learning about the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism.

SAPEA also co-hosted a symposium on the future of ageing, along with the Portuguese National Authority for Medicine and Health Products (Infarmed) and the Academy of Medicine. Some 100 attendees from government discussed how to adapt Portuguese and European society to the challenges of ageing, with reference to the forthcoming SAPEA evidence review on the same subject. The event concluded with an address from Dr Francisco Ramos, Portuguese secretary of state for health.


Lively discussion on microplastics in Slovenia

SAPEA’s microplastic report, along with issues related to recycling of plastics and future technologies, were discussed on 4 October 2019 in Ljubljana. The one-day event was organised by SAPEA, the Slovenian Academy of Engineering and the University of Ljubljana.  

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SAPEA report on the future of ageing handed over to Advisors

On Tuesday, 1 October the SAPEA evidence review “Transforming the future of ageing” was officially handed over to Pearl Dykstra from the Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors during an event at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Madrid. The event coincided with the International Day of Older Persons. This year’s theme was ‘The Journey to Age Equality’ and focused on pathways of coping with existing, and preventing future, old age inequalities.

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