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Making sense of science for policy under conditions of complexity and uncertainty

How can we provide good science advice to European Commission policymakers, based on available evidence, under conditions of scientific complexity and uncertainty?

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Transforming the future of ageing

In Europe and around the world, people are living longer than ever before. This is one of the greatest achievements of the past century, but it also brings challenges for European societies and the EU as a whole.

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Euro-CASE & CAE Forum on Evidence-based Scientific Policy Advice Held at AHUT


In view of the increasing complexity of today’s societal challenges policy makers need more and more interdisciplinary scientific advice independently from fake news and from pressure groups before making important decisions for society.  Euro-CASE  23 members already provide their governments with science-based policy advice and scientific inputs in different formats and at different levels. Scientific policy advice is also important in the context of China, and Academies are also very important and active institutions for the development of science and Technology.

The common Forum was an opportunity to exchange experience between Euro-CASE and the Chinese Academy of Engineering on the development of independent scientific advice in Europe and China at the national level.

Evidence on microplastics does not yet point to widespread risk, say Europe’s top scientists

The best available evidence suggests that microplastics and nanoplastics do not pose a widespread risk to humans or the environment, except in small pockets. But that evidence is limited, and the situation could change if pollution continues at the current rate?
Evidence Review Report
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Workshops on best practices of interaction between academies and with policymakers

Report on exchanges between academies during the workshops on Best Practices of Interaction between Academies and with Policymakers organised by SAPEA at the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain in Madrid and at the Technical Sciences Academy of Romania in Bucharest in 2017.
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Novel carbon capture and utilisation technologies

This report aims, within the framework provided by the SAM/HLG Scoping Paper, to assess the climate mitigation potential of Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU), which is defined as “those technologies that use CO2 as a feedstock and convert it into value-added products such as fuels, chemicals or building materials”.

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Euro-CASE Innovation platform report barriers to innovation and scale-up of innovative SMEs

European innovation policy is organized in the context of the Innovation Union, one of the seven flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth...

Food from the Oceans

SAPEA played a major role on this topic within the Scientific Advice Mechanism. The High Level Group delivered a Scientific Opinion to Commissioner Vella on 29 November 2017.

Science & Policy Making: Towards a new dialogue

The 2nd International Network for Government Science Advice Conference Science and Policy Making: towards a new dialogue
Brussels, 29-30 September 2016

- EC Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
  Scientific Advice Mechanism
- This report has been written by the conference rapporteur,
  Gary Finnegan

Cybersecurity in the European Digital Single Market, High Level Group of Scientific Advisors Scientific Opinion No. 2/2017

On Friday, 24 March 2017, the Chair of the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors, Janusz Bujnicki, submitted to the European Commission the Group’s 2nd Scientific Opinion on Cybersecurity in the Digital Single Market, following the request of Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President for Digital Single Market in January 2016.

New techniques in agricultural biotechnology

Following a request from Commissioner Andriukaitis, the HLG adopted during their 5th meeting (25 November 2016) the scoping paper for the topic “New techniques in agricultural biotechnology”. This adoption follows preliminary discussion during the 3rd HLG meeting (25 July 2016), and a more detailed discussion with Commissioner Andriukaitis, during their 4th meeting (28 September 2016). The SAM HLG received extensive support from scientific experts in its meetings as the NTAB steering group. The non-Commission experts who were invited to participate in the work of the steering group were nominated by the Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) consortium that is funded through the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

Euro-CASE Annual Conference and Board meeting on 14-15.11.2016

Reinhard F. Hüttl re-elected as Euro-CASE chairman for another three-year term

Brussels, 15 November 2016. acatech president Reinhard F. Hüttl was re-elected as chairman at the Euro-CASE Annual conference in Lyngby, Denmark, on November 14, and will head the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering for another period of three years. He seeks to further strengthen the structures of Euro-CASE and to consolidate the role of the Academy Network as partner of the European Commission in providing evidence-based policy advice.

Engineering a future outside the EU

Securing the best outcome for the UK
October 2016

Presidents of the European Academy Networks meet EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors

Brussels, 17.03.2016: the Presidents of the 5 European Academy Networks came together to meet with Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation, and with the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors (HLG).
Photo source: © European Union, 2016, Reference: P-031230/00-10

First meeting of the newly-formed High Level Group of Scientific Advisors

Brussels, January 29, 2016

SAM presented in Davos

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Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Reasearch, Science and Innovation (foto: apa/epa/olivier hoslet)

Annual conference 2016

The Euro-CASE Annual Conference 2016 took place in Lyngby, on November 14, 2016.
Organised by ATV on the subject of 'Big Data – Smarter Products, Better Societies'.

Annual conference 2015

The Euro-CASE Annual Conference 2015 took place in Den Haag, on November 2, 2015. It was organised by AcTi on the subject of “Engineering Smart Cities of the Future”.